XR Newsletter #4 – Democracy demands a rebellion

Democracy demands a rebellion 📣📣
Hello Rebels!

This is the 4th Extinction Rebellion Newsletter. If you’ve just joined the rebellion, welcome!

The Extinction Rebellion is spreading out across the internet. If facebook isn’t working for you, you can also stay in touch and up to date here;
Website- https://risingup.org.uk/XR/
Blog- https://extinctionrebellion.org/
Twitter- http://twitter.com/ExtinctionR
Contents:
Activity Since Last Newsletter
The Extinction Rebellion – Key Demands
Declaration of Rebellion
Suggested Reading/Viewing
Volunteer Call out
The Rebellion is coming – How to get involved
Latest News and Data
In Depth: Cuadrilla at Preston New Road
Sign off

Activity since last newsletter

New Facebook groups:
Elders: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1714248518686469/members/
Sisters: https://www.facebook.com/groups/918452671682090/
Young People: https://www.facebook.com/groups/540448519750807/
(and we hope for brothers soon!)

Rising Up! Autumn Gathering 2018

On the weekend of 29/30 September 2018 people from around the country came to London for Rising Up!’s Autumn Gathering 2018, to learn about non-hierarchical, non-violent action in the face of climate catastrophe.

The Autumn Gathering included a number of workshops; creative protest through clowning and ‘brandalism’; discussion of sortition; as well as legal/prison briefings in the run up to the Autumn actions. Dr Gail Bradbrook and Roger Hallam PhD discussed the origins of the Rising Up movement, its aims, and effective methods to see necessary radical change.

Further organisation of the Extinction Rebellion was solidified through meetings between the seven Working Groups of the movement. Currently people are needed in Outreach and Training; how to do talks and training to grow the movement; and Regenerative Culture to ensure sustainability of the movement and avoid burn out among protestors. For details regarding all our Working Groups, as well as contact details for the co-ordinators to get involved, please see our Campaign Overview Document

On Saturday there was a walk to Cable Street in commemoration of those stopping Moseley’s march through London at the infamous battle between fascists and anti-fascists in 1932. The 4th of October was the 82nd anniversary of the battle of Cable Street, and our visit to the sight reinforced a defiant spirit among the Extinction Rebellion! With love and rage, the weekend was a storming success.

“This was an inspiring weekend that gave people a chance to be creative, be challenged and have fun. The food and the company was great and a visit to Cable Street placed Rising Up in a historical context of Rebellion.” – Jeremy

The Extinction Rebellion – Key Demands

Sortition:

Sortition – the use of random selection to fill a legislative assembly with members of the public who are trained and appointed to decide on policy.

This is one of the key demands of the Extinction Rebellion. To create a national assembly comprised of randomly selected members of the public to focus specifically on solutions for the climate crises. The selection process would be stratified to ensure a representative sample of society populate the assembly – with women making up fifty percent of representatives for example. These assemblies will be supported by expert panels that will suggest policy that is in turn debated by the appointed members of the national assembly. This will lead to evidence based policy being chosen by the people, in the interest of the people. Expert knowledge will be provided and available on tap, but NOT on top.

It is now unquestionable that our current political system is failing to address environmental issues. A sortition led national assembly provides a solution to problems in the current election and decision making processes; career politicians, powerful vested interests distorting policy, five year cycles that ensure a preference for short term election friendly policies – to be foregone after election victories – rather than long term planning, to name just a few. A representative national assembly based on random selection would eliminate these problems.

We know the problems and are offering alternative solutions. We ask you to join our efforts to work on something better!

To find out more about sortition, please watch Brett Hennig’s video in the Suggested Viewing section, and visit the Sortition Foundation’s website – https://www.sortitionfoundation.org

More information to follow so stay tuned!

What if we replaced politicians with randomly selected people? | Brett Hennig
Declaration of Rebellion

Wednesday, October 31, 2018. 10 AM – 3 PM
Meet at the statue of Millicent Fawcett, Parliament Square, London.

There will be a rally to address the press and public. Speakers will be invited to talk about the dire situation we face. We will hold a short extinction ceremony, honouring those who have died and those who will die as a result of the criminal negligence of the government’s inaction. We will then hold a peaceful sit-in and a banner drop at a nearby location to symbolise our defiance in the face of extinction and our determination to rebel. Some will take a non-violent action which may lead to arrest. If the government does not respond seriously to the Extinction Rebellion’s demands, civil disobedience will commence from the 12th November. Now is the time because we are out of time. There is nothing left to lose.

RUN-UP ACTION IN BRISTOL
Make Ecocide Law
BRISTOL
Monday, October 8, 2018. 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
The Bearpit
St James Barton Roundabout, Bristol. BS1 3LY
https://www.facebook.com/events/1550304565104261/

This protest will involve nonviolent civil disobedience intended to highlight the government’s inaction on the ecological crisis. Everyone welcome to play their role. Flyering, holding banners and dancing needed!

Suggested Reading:

– World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity: A Second Notice

– ‘Eco-grief’ over Climate Change Felt by Generations of British Columbians

– Beautiful Trouble

Suggested Viewing

– Hope Dies, Action Begins: : an interview with RisingUp’s Gail Bradbrook

– What if we replaced Politicians With Randomly Selected People? – Brett Hennig

– How Protest is Redefining Democracy all Around the World

– World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity: A Second Notice

Can you give financial support to the Extinction Rebellion/RisingUp?

RisingUp! and the Extinction Rebellion will have many costs over the coming months including art materials, banners, fliers, personal expenses etc. The Rebellion needs a lot of funding to start in several place across the UK at the same time and to continue into 2019. Indeed, the scale of the Rebellion could be limited by the amount of money available.

If you would like to support the Rebellion financially, a regular standing order would be perfect (as would one off donations). Standing orders or money transfers should be made to our Triodos Bank Account (Sort code: 16-58-10 Account No: 20737912) in the name of Compassionate Revolution Ltd (the holding company for Rising Up!).

Alternatively, if you’re a PayPal user (or more comfortable with PayPal), PayPal
payments can be made to info@risingup.org.uk

Any queries contact Dave Nicks (dave.nicks@btinternet.com)

Volunteer Callout!

We need some serious help if we’re going to make real system change. Can you help us to organise a talk in your area, promote our events on Facebook or get on the phone to new members?

If so please drop us an email to extinctionrebellion@risingup.org.uk, message the Facebook page or join our volunteer Facebook group.

For more information on the working groups and generally what is involved with the rebellion please check out the ‘How to get involved’ and ‘Briefing’ documents.

“Individual commitment to a group effort–that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” –Vince Lombardi

Can you help us spark a rebellion?
Sign up to the rebellion!
The Rebellion is coming –

How to get involved

To make our holocratic movement more accessible for those who’ve decided to #deletefacebook here is our full itinerary of upcoming events, talks, meetings, trainings and socials.

Extinction Rebellion Weekly Volunteer Conference Calls

As we escalate towards the Rebellion, we need your help to create a decentralised network of groups that are volunteer led to make #systemchangenotclimatechange a reality. For more info check out the How to Get Involved document, here

These conference calls are conducted online. First GoToMeeting? Let’s do a quick system check:
https://link.gotomeeting.com/system-check

Mon, Oct 8th, 2018. 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
You can join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/394667933
Or, you can dial in using your phone.
United Kingdom: +44 330 221 0097

Access Code: RSVP for access code
https://www.facebook.com/events/560395517742724/

Tuesday, October 9th, 2018. 1 PM – 2 PM
You can join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/645780797
You can also dial in using your phone.
United Kingdom: +44 330 221 0088

Access Code: RSVP for access code
https://www.facebook.com/events/174111800168900/

XR London Meeting – Weekly Event Promotion
If you have been meaning to support the Extinction Rebellion for a while but weren’t quite sure how to do so, this is the perfect opportunity for you to join! Come along this Wednesday and learn how to promote our talks and trainings online! Please bring (preferably vegan) food along and a laptop, if possible, otherwise a phone will also do the job. We’re looking forward to spending a relaxed and productive evening with you! 🙂

LONDON
Wednesday, October 10th, 17th, 24th 2018. 7PM
Mayday Rooms
88 Fleet St, London. EC4 1DH
https://www.facebook.com/events/2198401650440845/

XR Networking Meeting
This year, most of the XR actions will take place in London. Therefore, we invite people involved in other environmental and radical networks in the city to a meeting where we will provide briefing on the plans. As long as groups agree with the general aims and have a commitment to nonviolence, we want to encourage them to make their own statements and organise their own public actions.

LONDON
Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 7 PM – 8:30 PM
Mayday Rooms
88 Fleet St, London. EC4 1DH
https://www.facebook.com/events/1909607045823806/

Extinction Rebellion Rave

“If I can’t dance, I don’t want to be part of your revolution” – Emma Goldman

The Extinction Rebellion Rave on Saturday the 20th of October 2018 is going to raise awareness of & support for the rebellion in November against the criminal inactivity of the UK government on the climate emergency and ecological crisis. The form, time and place of the rave is still be to determined. If you have a venue or any another resources that you would like to donate for the rave please let us know.
https://www.facebook.com/events/536360923477869/

LOCATION TBC
Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 8 PM – 4 AM
https://www.facebook.com/events/536360923477869/

TRAINING: How to Give a Climate Change Talk
Saturday, October 6, 2018 at 6 PM – 7:30 PM
ONLINE

As part of our preparations, we are giving talks up and down the country entitled, ‘Climate Change: Why we are heading for extinction and what to do about it.’ Based upon award winning PhD research on effective campaign mobilisation, the talk explains why we are heading towards climate apocalypse and outlines the political response necessary to maximise the chances that we will avoid extinction.

To reach the as many communities across the country as possible we are training anyone who is interested, so they can go to their local communities and deliver the talk themselves. The facilitators will be able to send documents and scripts, making the process as easy as possible – so don’t worry if you have never given a talk before! Join the conference call if you’re keen to help and want to learn how to give the talk in your own community. Here are the details you will need to access the conference call:

You can join this meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/936258621
You can also dial in using your phone.
United Kingdom: +44 20 3713 5011

Access Code: RSVP for access code
https://www.facebook.com/events/2079971305665974/

Protest Art Workshop
Climate Change is THE big news. Forget Brexit, put away your political allegiances, and join us for an afternoon exploring the subject head-on. The afternoon will begin with a talk about the existential threat we are facing, followed by an art workshop led by award-winning designers This Ain’t Rock’n’Roll and sustainable fashion icons Body Politic. @thisaintrock | @bodypolitic We will work with you to create protest statements, artworks and clothing adaptations. We’ll also help get your messages ‘out there’. Materials will be provided. A pay what you can donation is appreciated.

LONDON
Sunday, October 21, 2018. 3 PM – 5 PM
Acqua7
7 Balls Pond Road, London. N1 4AX
https://www.facebook.com/events/462673200891495/

XR Media & Messaging Training
The Extinction Rebellion needs to be on-it when it comes to communicating what we’re about. So we’ll be spending the day refining our messaging and practicing speaking with confidence and power. If you’re interested in being a part of XR and speaking to the media, this workshop is for you!
The workshop will be led by Jamie Kelsey Fry, contributing editor for New Internationalist and media activist.

BRISTOL
Sunday, October 7, 2018. 11 AM – 4 PM
St Werburghs Community Centre
Horley Road, Bristol. BS2 9TJ
https://www.facebook.com/events/687865524926263/

TALKS: Climate Change: Heading for Extinction and What To Do About It
In these public talks, we share the latest climate science on where our planet and our society is heading, discuss the some of the current psychology around climate change and offer solutions through the study of previous radical social movements.

BRIGHTON
Tuesday, October 9, 2018. 6 PM – 8 PM
Sussex University, Room 202, Fulton Building,
66 Hollingdean Terrace, Brighton. BN1 7HA
https://www.facebook.com/events/1871247802955974/

NOTTINGHAM
Wednesday, October 10, 2018. 7 PM – 9 PM
International Community Centre.
61b Mansfield Road, Nottingham. NG1 3FN
https://www.facebook.com/events/2003160089747126/

BRADFORD
Thursday, October 11, 2018 at 7 PM – 9 PM
Delius Arts & Cultural Centre,
29 Great Horton Road, Bradford. BD7 1AA
https://www.facebook.com/events/2124255184483513/

CAMBRIDGE
Thursday, October 11, 2018. 7 PM – 9 PM
David Attenborough Building
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
https://www.facebook.com/events/258208564898963/

LIVERPOOL
Friday, October 12, 2018. 7 PM – 9 PM
Gilmour Room, Liverpool Guild of Students.
Liverpool. L3 5TR
https://www.facebook.com/events/297763541053406/

GLOBAL FRACKDOWN CARNIVAL: Talk and NVDA Training.
Saturday, October 13th. 2 PM – 8 PM
Barkers Pool, Sheffield. S1 1
https://www.facebook.com/events/650351438695454/

BATH
Sunday, October 14th. 7 PM – 9 PM
The Bell Inn
103 Walcot Street, Bath, Somerset. BA1 5BW
https://www.facebook.com/events/279591185984923/

HUDDERSFIELD
Monday, October 15, 2018. 7 PM – 9 PM
The Corner – Mallinsons Brewery Taphouse
5 Market Walk, Huddersfield. HD12QA
https://www.facebook.com/events/2832026656823044/

LEEDS
Tuesday, October 16, 2018. 7 PM – 9 PM
Wharf Chambers
Ground Floor, 23 – 25 Wharf Street, Leeds. LS2 7EQ
https://www.facebook.com/events/262532501118474/

LONDON
Tuesday, October 16, 2018. 7 PM – 9:30PM
King’s College, London – room to be confirmed
https://www.facebook.com/events/550608238686158/

PENRYN
Wednesday, October 17, 2018. 7 PM – 8:30 PM
Fish Factory Art Space
Commercial Road, Penryn, Cornwall. TR10 8AG
https://www.facebook.com/events/2099585986742458/

KING’S LYNN
Thursday, October 18, 2018. 7 PM – 8:30 PM
Marriott’s Warehouse
south quay, King’s Lynn, Norfolk. PE30 5DT
https://www.facebook.com/events/334316847145503/

BANGOR
Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 7 PM – 9 PM
Blue Sky Cafe
Ambassador Hall, Rear of 236 High Street, Bangor, Gwynedd. LL57 1PA
https://www.facebook.com/events/1419879428145893/

LONDON
Tuesday, October 23, 2018. 7 PM – 9 PM
Big Green Bookshop
Unit 1, Brampton Park Road, Wood Green, London N22 6BG
https://www.facebook.com/events/2159580987652058/

TRAININGS: Non-Violent Direct Action (NVDA)
Affinity groups are forming around the country to take part in a series of escalating disruptions during November. At these training sessions we will do a briefing about the Rebellion, go through the theory, and more importantly the practice of nonviolent action. We will consolidate these lessons by forming affinity groups during the training, and discuss further ways to recruit people.

LONDON
!LOCATION AND DATE CHANGE!
Monday, October 8, 2018. 7 PM – 9:30 PM
UNITARIAN CHAPEL
Newington Green, London. N16 9PR
https://www.facebook.com/events/280251462555857/

LANCASTER
Thursday, October 11, 2018. 6:30 PM
Friends Meeting House
Lancaster, Lancashire. LA1 1TX
https://www.facebook.com/events/740586202952239/

OXFORD
Tuesday, October 16, 2018. 7 PM – 9 PM
John Wesley Room, Wesley Memorial Church,
New Inn Hall Street Oxford. OX1 2DH
https://www.facebook.com/events/286931115237870/

FROME
Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at 7 PM – 9:30 PM
Frome Town Hall
Christchurch St W, BA11 1EB Frome, Somerset
https://www.facebook.com/events/269507633678678/

PLYMOUTH
Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Union Corner – Stonehouse Action
96 Union Street, PL1 3EZ Plymouth
https://www.facebook.com/events/472346683272222/

Workshop: What’s the deal with prison?
Introductory, interactive workshops on prison – why does going to prison make a difference? What’s it like inside? How can we support each other through this process? Covering the key aspects about we are using going to prison as a tactic for the November rebellion and how it’s going to work.

DISCLAIMER: We wish to make very clear that the information contained in this workshop is our best bet view. We cannot be responsible if matters turn out differently to what we all expect. We will give you the best probability we can of what might happen. If you want certainty it might be best to reconsider whether you take part.

LONDON
Tuesday, October 9, 2018. 7 PM – 9 PM
Venue TBC
https://www.facebook.com/events/264002284248175/

BRISTOL
Wednesday, October 10, 2018. 7 PM – 9 PM
Venue TBC
https://www.facebook.com/events/429484817578443/

LONDON
Tuesday, October 23, 2018. 7 PM – 9 PM
Venue TBC
https://www.facebook.com/events/462891354119868/

BRISTOL
Wednesday, October 24, 2018. 7 PM – 9 PM
Venue TBC
https://www.facebook.com/events/340493086699610/

MANCHESTER
Thursday, October 25, 2018. 7 PM – 9 PM
Venue TBC
https://www.facebook.com/events/488538718223225/

ONLINE
Thursday, October 25, 2018. 7 PM – 9 PM
Join from your computer, tablet or smartphone: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/784464013
Or, dial in using your phone: United Kingdom: +44 20 3713 5028
RSVP for access code.
https://www.facebook.com/events/529919910769214/

The rebellion will be volunteer led!

Latest News and Data

Kings College London Students Face Charge of Criminal Damage for Spray Chalking
In February 2017 eight protestors used chalk spray on the entrance of KCL’s Strand campus, writing slogans promoting environmental issues. The eight protestors brought cleaning equipment with them but were stopped from washing off the spray chalk by campus security. Of the eight who took part, two of the protestors are now facing charges for the total of the supposed damage, set at £9000 by the Crown Prosecution Service – eighteen months after the event. This issue was resolved internally with Kings agreeing to the demands of the protestors after a 14 day hunger strike was initiated by Roger Hallam, PhD at Kings and central figure in the Extinction Rebellion.
Trial date is set for 4th November, court support details to follow.
https://therealnews.com/stories/rhallam0509kings

Extinction Rebels at Bristol Freshers’ Fair
The queue for free Dominos pizza at Bristol University’s Freshers’ Fair was stormed and blockaded this week as the Extinction Rebellion and Bristol University students protested large corporations invading student spaces.
https://epigram.org.uk/2018/09/28/freshers-fair-dominoes-stall-disrupted-by-bristol-uni-protestors/

Scientists STILL Struggling to Find the Right Words to Motivate World ‘Leaders’
A much-awaited report from the U.N.’s top climate science panel will show an enormous gap between where we are and where we need to be to prevent dangerous levels of warming. They’re calling it the “Talanoa Dialogue,” in which parties to the Paris agreement begin to consider the large gap between what they say they want to achieve and what they are actually doing. (or not doing…). This comes from the FORTY EIGHTH session of the IPCC. The final wording of the report is expected to be agreed upon at the TWENTY FOURTH annual COP, (Conference of the Parties), which is scheduled to take place in Poland in December this year.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/energy-environment/2018/10/03/climate-scientists-are-struggling-find-right-words-very-bad-news/

Environmentalists Take UK Government To Court
The High Court has granted permission for five legal challenges against expanding Heathrow airport to proceed to full hearings.
Tim Crosland, director of Plan B, welcomed the decision. “It’s clear that plans to expand Heathrow Airport are inconsistent with this government’s own commitment to the Paris Agreement, a fact which Chris Grayling, the Transport Secretary has conveniently ignored,” he continued “We need the government to confront the climate crisis head-on and to invest in clean forms of transport, not the most polluting kind. Wildfires in the Arctic Circle over the summer must be a wake-up call.”

Indonesia Tsunami: Death Toll Jumps to 1,400 Expected to Continue to Rise as Volcano Erupts
A 7.5-magnitude quake struck just off the central island of Sulawesi, setting off a tsunami that engulfed the coastal city of Palu on Friday last week. There are fears some survivors may still be trapped under the rubble of buildings. The Red Cross estimates that more than 1.6 million people have been affected.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-45716915
This follows a summer of unprecedented numbers of earthquakes in the area known as the ring of fire – the region encircling the Pacific Ocean. https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-08-22/over-last-7-days-our-planet-has-been-violently-shaken-144-major-earthquakes. These are NOT normal weather patterns. We must inform others, and act to change our painful fate.

Defiant Resistance Stepped up at Preston New Rd Following Sentencing of #FrackFree4
If sentencing the frack free four to such disproportionate jail sentences was intended to intimidate the anti-fracking movement, the strategy has comprehensively failed. The bellmouth (entrance) to Cuadrilla’s Preston New Rd site was blockaded in the early hours of Monday morning by 9 people, 2 tripods and a lot of arm tubes for some 58 hours. All were cut free by Wednesday but the blockade resumed straightaway with more lorry surfers deploying on Thursday. One protector was arrested for throwing an apple to them. This week’s blockades were in solidarity with the three men who were jailed last week for an anti-fracking protest at Preston New Road in July 2017. A fourth man was given a suspended sentence. The local community have been campaigning against fracking at the site for the last 8 years.

Ways to support the #FrackFreeFour here:
http://frackfreefoursupporters.org/
Anti-fracking protest outside shale gas site continues into third day

Angus Energy granted a High Court injunction
Attempts to clamp down on protesting at their fracking sites in Balcombe and Brockham, Sussex, last month (September) were in effective. About 50 protectors gathered the day after the injunction was granted to make their opposition to fracking clear.
Balcombe villagers protest against oil tests

Old Tidemill Occupied
Around 50 local volunteers have set up camp at the Old Tidemill wildlife garden in Deptford to protect 74 mature trees from the council’s proposed housing development there. The occupiers hope that a judicial review may yet save the garden, but following three years of campaigning and engagement with the democratic process they are taking no chances. For more background take a look at crossfield.blogspot.com. You can donate at crowdjustice.com/cases/save-reginald-save-tidemill
https://realmedia.press/old-tidemill-occupation/

Hambach Forest – Mass Demo This Saturday, 6th October
Following the recent evictions of tree houses in the Hambach Forest, the threatened clearing by the energy company RWE is becoming more concrete. However, the admissibility of this clearing is currently being heard by the Federal Environment and Nature Conservation Union (BUND) before the Higher Administrative Court. Creating facts before the court decision is another provocation from RWE. Under the court’s pressure, RWE has declared it will not begin clearing before October 14, 2018. That’s why the BUND, Campact, Greenpeace and the Friends of Nature in Germany are calling for a demonstration on October 6 at the Hambacher Wald to send a clear signal to RWE. 8.2k have clicked ‘attending’ on the facebook event page, with 41k ‘interested’.
https://www.facebook.com/events/1482505368518579/

Stansted 15 Trial Begins This Week
Last year, 15 people grounded a deportation charter flight for ten hours to prevent it taking off. The individuals responsible for this non-violent direct action have been charged with terrrorism-related offences that could result in life imprisonment. They were due to stand trial in March this year but after a series of delays the trial was adjourned.
These brave, compassionate activists succeeded in their aim of grounding the plane, proving both the strength of non-violent direct action and the corruption of the governmental and judicial processes. Their trial began this week, our thoughts are with them.
https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/uk-mass-deportation-protesters-charged-terrorism-offences-chelmsford-court-dangerous-precedent-a8257211.html
https://www.amnesty.org.uk/press-releases/stansted-15-amnesty-observe-trial-amid-concerns-anti-deportation-activists

In Depth – Cuadrilla at Preston New Road

One of the aims of these newsletters is to highlight the challenges we are facing in the struggle to reframe the debate on climate change; the realities of ecological collapse feature very low in corporate media, if at all; coverage of those protesting in the name of these issues is distinctly lower; as well as the increasingly punitive legal measures to strangle free protest. Events at Preston New Road in recent years provide practical evidence of these ideas, and speak of the need for our movement.

Cuadrilla have been drilling for shale gas since 2010. Their first attempts at extraction in Preese Hall, Lancashire, resulted in two earthquakes, on 1 April and 27 May[1]. Drilling was suspended after the second tremor, with Cuadrilla commissioning a number of reports to investigate the cause. All evidence pointed to the tremors resulting from, “direct injection of fluid into the same fault zone.”[2] By 2013, despite spending over £100 million, with licenses to operate on ten sites in the UK, Cuadrilla had only carried out drilling on one site[3]. The multifaceted difficulties in successfully locating and extracting gas without excessive disruption to local wildlife and communities was evidenced by Lancashire County Council’s decision to refuse permission to frack at Preston New Road in 2015[4]. The decision made by local authorities, was overturned in 2016 by then Communities Secretary, Sajid Javid.

More than 300 protesters have been arrested since Cuadrilla began constructing a fracking pad at the site in January 2017[5], with high profile arrestees including; Lancashire County councillor, Gina Dowding, Fylde councillor, Julie Brickles, and Kirkham Town councillor, Miranda Cox. The success of the dynamic protesting used at PNR, such as the lorry surfing used by the #FrackFreeFour who were recently given wholly disproportionate jail time, is beyond question. With on-going disruption, Cuadrilla filed an injunction order in 2018 that would make almost all forms of protest around the sight site illegal[6]. The strength of direct action is reflected in the High Court’s approval of that injunction order. As of July 2018, legal forms of protest have been limited to slow walks and marches, or meetings, gatherings and vigils. These are only permissible with the following conditions,

“Provided that: (i) the said events take place between the hours of 0930 and 1230 on a Wednesday; (ii) the said walk or march lasts for no more than 1 hour; and (iii) the said meeting, gathering, vigil or similar assembly lasts for no more than 15 minutes.”[7]

Injunctions such as this, combined with the highly discretionary Public Nuisance order should be of concern to anyone who values the right to protest, freedom of speech, assembly and association.

Any ‘solutions’ predicated on the use of fossil fuels, are NOT a solution. We need to think beyond existing paradigms that saw the world develop through the 20th century with a complete dependence on fossil fuels[8]. This is the kind of critical thinking the Extinction Rebellion encourages.

[1] https://www.newscientist.com/article/dn21120-how-fracking-caused-earthquakes-in-the-uk/
[2]http://energyspeakswv.com/Resources/Docs/Studies/Final_Report_Bowland_Seismicity_02-11-11.pdf (P.52, report commissioned by Cuadrilla).
[3] https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/mar/13/fracking-cuadrilla-halts-operations-lancashire
[4]https://acp.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/ViewDocument.aspx?fileid=18206275. (See point 5 on Page 2 for detailed reasoning of Lancashire County Council’s rejection of Cuadrilla application for Preston New Road.)
[5] https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/sep/26/anti-fracking-activists-jailed-for-blackpool-cuadrilla-protest
[6] https://cuadrillaresources.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/High-Court-Order.pdf
[7] https://cuadrillaresources.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/High-Court-Order.pdf (P.3).
[8] https://www.postcarbon.org/renewable-energy-will-not-support-economic-growth/

Sign Off
And so we come to the end of our 4th Edition of the Extinction Rebellion Newsletter. Pulling together the information to share with you all can be a disheartening process. With each passing week, devastation at the hands of climate change is growing.

But there is hope. For every company seeking short term profits over long term environmental assurance, there are protestors emboldened in their attempts to disrupt means of production. The lines are being clearly drawn. Those who wish to save the natural world, and those who wish to destroy it. The decisions we all make now will be heavily scrutinised in the years to come. We must ensure we are on the right side of history.

We’re developing the format of the newsletter in an effort to make it as useful and helpful as it can be. Any help with future editions; constructive criticism, feedback and input would be much appreciated.
“The way to change the nature of your experience is to change the nature of your thoughts”
Marianne Williamson
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