XR Newsletter Archive #9: LONG LIVE THE REBELLION!

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Welcome to the 9th Extinction Rebellion newsletter!

So far, over 150 brave rebels have been arrested for taking non violent direct action. The rebellion is continuing to take root and self-organise all over the world. Find your local XR group on the map, here.

Check out what’s on near you with our full list of upcoming events available to view on our website, rebellion.earth/events (or on facebook here). If you’re new or haven’t already, remember to check out our Campaign Overview Document.



  • Recent Activity
  • Upcoming Activity
  • Latest News and Data
  • Extreme Weather
  • Recommended Reading and Viewing

Recent Activity

For two weeks, thousands of rebels have joined actions which shut down London and cities around the UK with acts of non-violent civil disobedience. This massive display of people power has only been possible because of rebels like you, taking action together to do what must be done to avert the worst of the unfolding catastrophe. It has been heartwarming to see so many people rising up peacefully together, thank you all from the bottom of our hearts.

On Saturday 17th November, 6,000 rebels occupied London’s five most central bridges to draw immediate attention to the dire climate crisis. Rebellion Day was the culmination of a week in which Extinction Rebels blocked the entrances to BEIS, unveiled a climate change banner over Westminster Bridgeand redecorated Downing Street and DEFRA.

Rebellion Day received international media coverage. There were 85 arrests, the majority on Southwark and Lambeth bridges. Despite what was at times an assertive police presence, the people were not deterred. Thanks to the rebellion’s courage all five bridges were taken and held as planned, remaining in place for over five hours.
Rebels on Westminster Bridge

On Blackfriars Bridge, there was an array of speakers and performances from Pete the Temp to George Monbiot, as well as global witnesses coming from as far as Papua New Guinea, Ghana and Mongolia to testify to the impacts of environmental collapse on their nations. On Westminster bridge, demonstrators listened to Rupert Read, Jenny Jones, and the representative for Island States in the UN, Farhana Yamin, among many others.

As the day progressed, the bridges joined together to slow march along the river to Westminster; banners flying, chanting and singing, incorporating pedestrian passersby on the way. The day culminated with one of the central organisers, Dr. Gail Bradbrook speaking about the movement’s future plans, before a final multi-faith ceremony at Parliament Square and the planting of trees on the green.

It was an empowering moment for the rebellion, which had been gathering pace for weeks by this point. Here at last it was manifest and could not be ignored. 85 people had been willingly arrested in one day; as the sun set, a call went out across Parliament Square for volunteers to offer arrestee support. A small but improbably energetic crowd set off with a sound system to wait and dance inside and outside Charing Cross police station, greeting those eventually released with joy and solidarity. (XR filled 11 police stations across London that night) More volunteers helped clean up the equipment in Parliament Square, leaving nothing behind except three new trees and an international-scale frenzy of online attention.


From Wednesday 21st to Thursday 23rd November, for three continuous days leading up to Rebellion Day 2, teams of rebels swarmed all over London. Converging on five locations at 6:30am to move onto roads by 7:00, the tactic was to block roads for seven minutes at a time, allow the first few ranks of traffic to move past, and then spread the banners anew. This alternation – combined with successful negotiation and de-escalation with police and drivers – allowed our swarmers to sustain their presence for hours on end, leading to maps like this, a lot of press coverage, and a warning from the Met to motorists “not to travel by car or motorbike”.

On the Thursday, one of the swarms relocated to the London Assembly to join a public meeting on disaster preparation; most were denied entry, but we got in anyway to offer some constructive criticism.

And for the finale on Black Friday (AKA Buy Nothing Day), rebel swarms came together for a big finish to shut down Oxford Circus. Press release + maps here. Video report here. Live streams here.

Saturday 24th November – Following a frantic fortnight, Rebellion Day 2 began as a much more sombre affair: grieving for the life we are losing and for that which is already lost. All four corners of Parliament Square were shut down by teams of rebels to allow the funeral for our future to take place in peace, without the noise of traffic intruding on proceedings. Despite the mourning, there was much singing, joy and merriment as rebel tricksters worked their magic, attempting to dig not one but two graves in the earth. In response to this, the police turned earth protectors, kettling both graves!
A 9-piece New Orleans style funeral band then led a funeral march to Downing street, where the procession stopped for a sit-in and some further civil disobedience. More rebels were arrested as the march continued on to Buckingham Palace, where a letter from the rebellion was read out to the Queen. Amidst the singing, chanting and dancing, one rebel super-glued herself to the palace gates.
Speeches were given outside Buckingham Palace
As the sun set, the rebellion marched back to Parliament Square for a final open mic session. 15 people had been arrested, along with another 8 at a simultaneous event in Manchester. You can watch live streams of all the action from Rebellion Day 2 in London, herehere and in Manchester, here.


COP 24

Saturday December 1st – As the UN prepared for their COP24 climate talks in Katowice, Poland, an XR Bloc joined the “Together For Climate Justice” march in London to show solidarity with environmental activists mobilising around the world. Speeches were given at the Polish Embassy, including some Polish chants.The march then proceeded to Downing Street, where more speeches were given and the Frack Free United Declaration against fracking was delivered. 65, 000 people joined the “Claim the Climate” march in Brussels the next day, Sunday.

Sir David Attenborough represented the ‘People’s Seat’ at the COP24 climate summit. His full address can be found here (30 mins in). He spoke about extinction and the collapse of our civilization with a true sense of urgency. “Time is running out”, he said, and implored the decision-makers and leaders of the world to “please lead”.

XR National Actions:

XR International Actions

  • Extinction Rebellion US organised a march and people’s congress in Washington DC
  • As rebels began swarming in London on Wednesday, geography teacher, Greg climbed a tripod to stop trains to @AdaniAustralia‘s Abbot Point coal port in Australia

  • Extinction Rebellion launched in Seattle

  • First public gathering of Extinction Rebels in the Netherlands

Upcoming Activity


Friday, December 21st – Reclaim the BBC

More to follow!


We strongly encourage new rebels to study and practice HolacracyHolarchy and Leaderless Leaderfullness as we network, organise and prepare for…

April 15th, 2019 –  International Week of Rebellion!

Latest News and Data

  • Statement from Extinction Rebellion on the latest UK climate projections (UKCPC18)

  • Greta Thunberg has delivered a stern rebuke and warning to the COP24

  • SOLIDARITY WITH TINKER LANE fracking site in Nottinghamshire blockaded for 80 hours, with 2 arrests

  • Extinction Rebels reinforced a 4 person lock-on at Colne Valley HS2 site on Thursday. Live streams here and here.

  • SOLIDARITY WITH THE STANSTEAD 15 who are facing life imprisonment for grounding a deportation flight last year. The verdict is expected imminently.

  • Ireland’s Fossil Fuel Divestment Bill passed the Seanad on Thursday

  • 41 tons of methane a day are being released from Iceland’s Sólheimajökull Glacier

  • Protest Banned at COP24 in Katowice (again)

  • 2018 Was the Hottest Year on Record (again)

  • Trafford council have voted to declare a climate emergency and to ban fracking. source.)

  • SOLIDARITY WITH THE No to Tommy Robinson, No to Fortress Britaindemo, Saturday 9th Dec, London

  • Over 65,000 protesters in Brussels came out to demand climate action ahead of the COP24 climate summit.

  • ENvironnement JEUnesse are bringing a class action against the Canadian government before the Superior Court of Québec. The organization of under 5-year-olds allege that the Canadian government is infringing on a generation’s fundamental rights because its greenhouse gas reduction target is not ambitious enough to avoid dangerous climate change and it does not even have a plan that would allow it to reach this already inadequate target.

  • Simultaneously, the School Strike for Climate has continued to spread around the world. Thousands of students in Australia defied their PM, Scott Morrison who said that “We don’t support the idea of kids not going to school, to participate in things that can be dealt with outside of school”.

Yellow Vest movement:

People around the world are rising up: from the courageous school strikers to the ‘yellow vest’ protesters in France, where their police force, the gendarmerie are reportedly now standing down in the face of a surge of protests against rising taxes, poverty and low incomes. There comes a time when people say “ENOUGH!” This was one of the things that finally ended WW1, when those in authority began to suffer and disobeyed orders, broke ranks and took matters into their own hands.

The “yellow vest” movement shows the strange fractures that can open up under the contradictions of modern centrism: above all, the false dichotomy between addressing global warming and addressing the ravages of capitalism. This dichotomy is especially dangerous in that it gives nationalists a narrative with which to capitalize on economic crisis while discrediting environmentalism by associating it with state oppression.


The fuel tax rise was the straw which broke the camel’s back, not the underlying cause of the demonstrations which have tragically seen at least one protester killed and hundreds injured.

Extreme Weather

Our thoughts are with those grieving loved ones and those displaced by these disasters. It is time to take responsibility for what life there is left. To grieve and to understand that all these climate catastrophes erupting, flooding and burning their way across our fragile planet are happening because of our disconnection with nature. We will continue to raise our hearts and minds to a global scale, for only by doing so can we confront the reality of human extinction.




Reading, Viewing and Listening

Thanks for reading this 9th newsletter and for supporting the rebellion. Whatever you’re doing, keep it up! There isn’t room here to document everything that’s been happening but we’ve done our best. If you’d like to get involved in helping put together future editions with useful information, ideas, articles – join the newsletter hivemind by emailing douglasrogers95@gmail.comwith ‘newsletter’ in the header.

This newsletter was written collaboratively by a rebel hivemind of 5.

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

RisingUp! and the Extinction Rebellion will have many costs over the coming months including arrestee support, transport and accommodation for protests, art materials, banners, fliers, personal expenses etc. The Rebellion needs a lot of funding to start in several places 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)

“The biggest challenge we face is changing human consciousness, not saving the planet. The planet doesn’t need saving.

We do.”

– Xiuhtezcatl Martinez

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Welcome to the 8th Extinction Rebellion newsletter!

Thanks so much to all the new rebels getting involved and taking action up and down the UK, and now in countries around the world from the USA to Ghana and right across Europe. Much more has been happening than can be included here but we’re going to do our best to bring you up to speed with some of the important stuff and give you a picture of what’s to come.

There’s been a slight change of plans for tomorrow. We’re NOT meeting in Parliament Square anymore. Instead, choose one of London’s 5 major bridges to shut down:




Check out what’s on near you with our full list of upcoming events available to view on our website, rebellion.earth/events (or on facebook here). If you’re new or haven’t already, remember to check out our Campaign Overview Document

You cannot buy the revolution. You cannot make the revolution. You can only be the revolution. It is in your spirit, or it is nowhere.” 
                                                                                   ― Ursula K. Le Guin

The Extinction Rebellion has spread to Ghana


  • Rebellion Swarming
  • Recent Activity
  • Latest News and Data
  • Extreme Weather
  • Recommended: Reading, Viewing and Listening

Rebellion Swarming


Extinction Rebellion will only achieve its demands if we cause economic disruption sufficient to bring the authorities to the negotiating table.

Protest marches and rallies will not create the rapid political change now needed to deal with the ecological emergency, so we have developed another tactic that will be much harder to ignore.


7am, 21-23 NOVEMBER

Sign up to Swarm
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Recent Activity

NVDA Training Days in London – Preparing for the Rebellion
Over the weekend, XR hosted two interactive training days which brought together people from all over the world, wanting to get involved in NVDA action. A representative from Green & Black Cross informed us about our legal rights and what happens during an arrest. (More information here).Emphasis was put on interpersonal care and the presence of the wellbeing crew at Rebellion Day on the 17th, who operate from the London Action Resource Centre hub (White Chapel or Aldgate East stops on District/Hammersmith & City lines). If you need help or support during the action, there will be wellbeing coordinators around. It’s important to listen to yourself and if you become uncomfortable, to take personal responsibility for removing yourself from the situation.By rising up with Extinction Rebellion, we are supporting each other’s efforts through understanding, shared mutual goals, respect for one another and the world around us.MORE NVDA TRAININGS AND LUNCHTIME SWARMING BRIEFINGS WILL BE HAPPENING EVERY DAY IN LONDON FROM SUNDAY TO WEDNESDAY- MORE DETAILS AT REBELLION.EARTH/EVENTS


22 More Rebel Arrests as Extinction Rebellion Occupies BEIS Offices

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Photo via: Christian Climate Action.
On Monday, (12/11/18), rebel activists super-glued themselves to the doors, blocked the road and the extinction symbol was emblazoned inside and outside a government department that refuses to be transparent and which continues to blatantly lie about out proximity to catastrophe. You can watch live-streamed videos of the action, herehere and here. The press release is here.

As planned, there were a number of arrests with 22 people taken into custody.

Simon Bramwell was one of those arrested and his words were clear:

We are in the 6th mass extinction. Our wildlife is dying, our children are under threat. We must act now. Governments around the world must tell the truth and start preparing. We can act. We can change the course of destruction that we are on but it will take everyone to rebel and rise up.” 

Since then we’ve had a further 33 arrests. Those who are bravely risking their liberty deserve all the support, love and solidarity that we can muster. Thank you all for your selfless actions; they will not be in vain.

Other noteworthy recent actions around the country included more roadblocks in BristolManchester and Leeds.

Bristol Rebels In Court
On Tuesday, 13/11/18, three rebel defendants pleaded ‘Not Guilty’ to charges of criminal damage at Bristol Magistrates Court, based on the lawful excuse of protecting greater property damage across the world. Their hearing will be at 10am on January 21st, at Bath Magistrates Court.

Protests and Arrests at Westminster Bridge, Downing Street and DEFRA

CLIMATE CHANGE – WE’RE F***ED – 100ft Bannerdrop
On Wednesday morning, rebels gathered on Westminster bridge to drop a colourfully worded 100+ foot banner before reconverging on Downing Street: some glued themselves to railings, some sprayed chalk-paint, and a crowd blocked off the entrance, holding up a line of empty boxes which spelled ‘food shortages are coming’. After three arrests and a stern police intervention, the protesters apparently dispersed – only to reappear outside the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). There were more chalk-sprayers and more arrests, all of which was cheered on by a peaceful, singing, leaflet-bearing crowd. You can watch livestreams of the action here and here.
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DEFRA’s offices, redecorated

Two More Rebels Arrested Outside Brazilian Embassy at Queer Street Party Last Night

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Queer Party and Roadblock to Save the Amazon, outside the Brazilian Embassy last night.
Thursday night (15/11/18) saw Extinction Rebellion and friends shut down the road outside the Brazilian embassy for a Big Queer Party to Save the Amazon, protesting the election of the ecocidal Bolsonaro. Paint bombs were hurled at the embassy and 2 more rebels were arrested amidst a lively samba band. You can watch livestreams of the action here and here.

Roger Hallam’s Trial Postponed

At 10:00 this morning (Friday) at Southwark Crown Court, Roger Hallam faced a possible prison sentence for spray-chalking the central hall of King’s College London last year. Roger was charged with ‘criminal damage without lawful excuse’, and since then has been arrested 10 times for civil disobedience actions – however today his trial was postponed until March, on the grounds that the Prosecution was unable to provide enough witnesses.

The full press release is here.


Saturday 17th November, Rebellion Day will be the climax of six consecutive days of disruptive, non-violent civil disobedience, which began on Monday with our action at the Government’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. We will assemble in cities across the UK including in the belly of the beast, London where we will occupy the city’s five major bridges, creating economic pressure where it will be felt the most. This corporate-sponsored government, whose pandering to fossil fuel billionaires and whose negligence in refusing to honestly acknowledge the ecological crisis has given us no other choice than to conscientiously rebel.
Simultaneously,  the national Unity Demo Against Fascism and Racism will be rallying in the capital, outside the BBC. We have been coordinating to make the day as impactful as possible. Our struggles are interconnected. We must work together against fascism and racism, for climate justice and our continued existence as a species.

Latest News and Data

Fracking in the UK: 35 earthquakes so far at Preston New Road since fracking began there less than a month ago, Cuadrilla bosses have halted work at the site and conceded they ‘did not expect’ the quakes. Claire Perry, the UK energy minister has suggested that the government should relax standards on categorising seismic activity, so that fracking can resume. Meanwhile, disproportionate, unnecessarily forceful arrests and harassment of fracktivist protectors has continued, at Preston New Rd and Tinker Lane, where Notts Police have now imposed limits on protest.
Ecocide in Brazil: “Where there is indigenous land, there is wealth beneath it” . The environmentally disastrous election of Bolsonaro faces resistance. Brazil is the world’s most dangerous country to be an environmental defender, with 57 murdered last year alone. We in the privileged global North must take action to end the injustice of CO2lonialism.

210 million people have been displaced by climate related catastrophes since 2008 – UNHCR

Iceland and Greenpeace’s Christmas Advert has been Banned for Being ‘Too Political’. The advert drew attention to the plight of orangutans in the context of rainforest deforestation for palm oil. Iceland’s own-brand products went palm-oil free earlier this year.

Male insect fertility halved by heatwaves.

And lastly, some positive news, the Keystone XL pipeline has been halted by a federal judge. Holland has stopped fracking and the EU has approved a ban on single-use plastics.

50,000 people have marched in Montreal to demand climate action. Planet Goes to Parliament have recently organised 5 mass demos with numbers increasing each time. 2 more are scheduled to coincide with the upcoming COP24 next month.

Alexandria Ocasio Cortez joined hundreds of young people for a sit-in at Nancy Pelosi’s office on the first day of the new Congress, demanding she back a #GreenNewDeal to transform the US economy in the next 12 years to stop climate change.

Extreme Weather

UK: Storm Deirdre ‘Chaos’ – 70mph winds, some parts of West Wales flooded. 2500 homes without power. A38 blocked by floodwater. Homes submerged under 10 feet of water. Cornwall ‘cut off’.

The deathtoll after the flooding and landslides in Italy has risen to 29 people. 14 million trees over thousands of hectares have been razed to the ground.

At least 59 confirmed dead, over 300 still missing and more than 250,000 evacuated amidst the deadliest wildfires in California’s history. 150ft flames, ‘firenados’ and smoke plumes visible from space. Trump has shamefully responded by attacking the state’s forest management and threatening to cut their federal funding. At time of writing, the fires are still only 35% contained.

In the US, there has also been ‘localised’ flooding in North Georgia and across Atlanta.

Flash flooding has struck the Persian Gulf, with heavy rain which burst through the roof of the King Khalid International Airport airport near Ryadh. Flash Flooding has killed at least another 12 people in Petra, Jordan, just 2 weeks after flooding which killed 21 people, mostly children. 4000 people have been evacuated. At least one person was killed in Kuwait on Saturday amidst floods which damaged roads, bridges and homes. Kuwaiti oil firms and ministries have announced a state of emergency.

Flash flooding has struck parts of Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.

At least two people have been killed by flash flooding in Thailand.

We mourn all the dead and our thoughts are with their friends and loved ones and all the climate refugees who have lost their homes. Climate breakdown and extreme weather disasters are real, happening right now and getting worse. An economic system that ignores this truth and treats our finite, living planet as having infinite resources to be exploited for unlimited profits is one based on a catastrophically dangerous lie.

We must change this. We can change this. We will change this.

The most radical thing any of us can do at this time is to be fully present to what is happening in the world
                                                                                            – Joanna Macy


Reading, Viewing and Listening


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Thank you for reading this newsletter and for supporting the rebellion.

Special thanks to all the; roadblockers, legal observers, organisers, speakers, writers, bloggers, journalists, academics, politicians, networkers, keyboard warriors, artists, musicians, chalk brandals, biodegradable sticker bombers and of course to everybody we didn’t have the room to big up here.

WE are the leaders we’ve all been waiting for!

This document was written collaboratively by 8 rebels. If you’d like to get involved in writing future editions, contact rpaluchm@gmail.com

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The Declaration has been made – countdown to action begins


Welcome to the 7th Edition of the Extinction Rebellion Newsletter. If you’ve just found us, take a look at what we’ve been up to so far by visiting the Newsletter archive here.
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  • Declaration of Rebellion

  • Rebellion Day

  • Prepare for the Rebellion

  • Whitelist our emails

  • Appreciation piece – Ende Gelande

  • Latest News and Data

  • Extreme Weather

  • Suggested Reading and Viewing


The Extinction Rebellion has officially begun

Wednesday 31st October saw over one thousand people come together for the Declaration of Rebellion. We stood in the face of all that we see wrong with our current system. The day was an uplifting gathering of hearts, minds and faiths. We amassed in Parliament Square beneath the statues of great practitioners of civil disobedience, Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela and Millicent Faucett. Powerful speeches that addressed our collective dismay at the state of environmental destruction, and willingness to rebel in these conditions, were heard from an array of speakers.

Mainstream political support was seen with MP and former Green Party leader Caroline Lucas, Green MEP Molly Scott Cato, and prominent Labour MP Clive Lewis speaking up for the Rebellion’s demands and against the continuing institutional failures to tackle climate breakdown. Campaigner Donnachadh McCarthy and journalist George Monbiot raised their voices in anger and grief at the devastation of the natural world within their lifetimes – Humanity having recently been shown to have wiped out 60% of animal populations since 1970. The response to these appalling consequences was made clear by the words of 15-year-old environmentalist Greta Thunberg,

To me almost everything is black and white.
There are no grey areas when it comes to survival

While tears were shed, with Extinction Rebellion wreaths laid on the ground to commemorate those who have already died because of environmental destruction, the overwhelming sense of the day was one of solidarity and purpose.

With everyone engaged in the need for civil disobedience, Dr Gail Bradbrook, a co-founder of Extinction Rebellion, then invited those in attendance to join her on the road outside Parliament. With a consensus among all those at the rally, the peaceful Declaration continued in the form of an occupation of the road for over two hours; made up of speeches, songs, and chants shaming the UK government’s inertia in the face of the climate emergency. Fifteen arrests took place in the process, including ex-serviceman Steve Masters and speaker Donnachadh McCarthy when they refused to break their peaceful protest outside Parliament.

The message was clear: WE’VE HAD ENOUGH. The resolve among the crowd was determined, and the events of a day for which no permission was sought, demonstrated the power we have in numbers. This was a strong marker from which we will continue to build. Another 15 Affinity Groups have been formed since Declaration Day, with talks and workshops continuing around the country. The numbers attending the upcoming actions are growing with each passing day, and we hope you join us between the 12th and 25th November for the Rebellion. The time is here. If not us, WHO? If not now, WHEN?

People from all backgrounds and walks of life standing side by side and declaring rebellion in unison was a powerful and inspiring thing to behold. This rebellion will be fuelled by respect and love and the fear that our civilisation is teetering on the edge of an abyss – Narj, Conscientious Protector

Watch George Monbiot’s Speech in the middle of the road
Join our London Office team!
Rebellion Day 17th November 2018

This is going to be big.We are organising a day of mass public civil disobedience in London. We will have briefing stations where first time attendee rebels will be given necessary information for the day and some information on nonviolent discipline. These groups of attendees will then be taken to an affinity group who will have an assigned spot in London to block.

This means that we can rapidly integrate new people into the disruption and that we can spread all across town in a tactic known as swarming. The benefit of this is that the police cannot kettle (encircle and arrest) people that are dispersed and moving. We will maximise the levels of disruption.

Affinity group co-ordinators will be contacted with more information soon.

Organise travel from your area to be in London the night before and ready to be at Parliament square early on Saturday 17th November so that others in your area can get involved even if they haven’t had the Non Violent Direct Action training.

If you need accomodation please fill out this form.

Groups are encouraged to do actions in their own towns and cities if they cannot attend.

Time to shutdown London and focus on the issue of our time.

Please contact us via any one of our online outlets to join us on this journey

Join our social media amplification on Whatsapp to help get the word out!

Prepare for the Rebellion

With only a week to go until actions kick off in London, we have some key new information to share with affinity groups.

We have a new document containing the information you need to ‘Prepare for the Rebellion‘ – PLEASE SHARE THIS INFORMATION WITH YOUR AFFINITY GROUP MEMBERS

The key points are

1) To sign up for accommodation
2) To contact xr-nvda@protonmail.com if your affinity group coordinator has not received the action templates (or with any queries you have)
3) To let us know when you are coming for the actions
4) Contact your local media
5) Sign up for art materials

Key Docs Reminder

More info available at: https://www.risingup.org.uk/nvda-handouts

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Appreciation piece

The growth of the Extinction Rebellion has only been possible because of the multifaceted years of work that have been done in the name of protecting the earth.

We are appreciative of every person who has made this rallying cry, and each week we will show our appreciation for campaigns and actions in the history of environmentalism that we are building on. Without these moments before us, it would not have been possible to have grown at the rate we have.

This week, we begin our narrative with this year’s Ende Gelände action from the 25th – 29th October 2018. A movement that in a matter of years has grown from 12 to 6,500 people. The level of organisation that categorised the action was a marker that we are now all working to achieve and surpass. With over 2,500 people successfully blocking the tracks that supply RWE’s power plant with lignite or brown coal, the action was an overwhelming success.

This was in spite of concerted efforts by the Polizei to sabotage the action by closing down the initial sight of the Ende Gelände camp and churning up the soil on Tuesday night to make any return impossible. Within two days, a back-up site was found, and the camp rapidly prepared for the thousands who were coming to attend training on Thursday and Friday before the action on Saturday. People from all over Europe eager to engage in non-violent direct action came to the camp. A train was organised from Prague, coaches came from Copenhagen, with others making their own way from France, Spain, the UK, Poland and many more.

The comprehensive training that prepared everyone to overcome the police presence and occupy the train tracks for over 24hrs was awe inspiring. Despite the Polizei diverting the legally approved route of the Ende Gelände march, the action was a storming success.

RWE is Germany’s second largest energy provider, owning Germany’s largest opencast coal mine, that has destroyed 90% of the historical Hambacher forest in the last 40 years. Shutting down the operation of such a powerful company, that was supported by a well prepared Polizei presence, spoke unequivocally of the power that we have when coming together, knowing what we want, and preparing to achieve it. We can achieve remarkable things together, click hereto see how it’s done.

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Latest News and Data:

15 Extinction Rebels arrested at civil disobedience campaign in London

Five countries hold 70% of world’s last wildernesses, map reveals

1.2 million UK homes at risk of flooding as sea levels rise

Extreme Weather:

Death toll rises to eleven in Italy as storms hammer the coast

In the last couple of weeks in South west France- floods kill 13 people,

Myanmar’s climate dispossessed

Suggested Reading:

Venice is sinking and the elite does nothing – is civil disobedience the only way to make governments listen on climate change?

Climate change: Oceans ‘soaking up more heat than estimated’

Solidarity with environmental and indigenous activists in Brazil – ‘The Bolsanaro effect’- 36% increase in Amazon deforestation during election

Free Range Network: ‘Protestagram’ Toolkit – Extremely Useful Document for those attending actions

Suggested Viewing/Listening:

Climate Change Workshop Podcast – Civil Disobedience

Disobedience; pressure the powerful, empower others and highlight the structural violence of the status quo. “I’ve got the entire world’s empathy with me”

Tales of Resistance – The Battle of the Newbury Bypass  

NOV 8 Social Media Training for actions and promotion  | Printworks London
NOV 8 Climate Change: Heading for extinction and what to do about it | Quaker Meeting House, Shaftesbury
NOV 8 Legal Observer Training  | Bristol Central Speakers
NOV 9 Climate Change: Heading for extinction and what to do about it | Isabel Blackman Centre – Hastings
NOV 10 XR Full Day Training | London
NOV 11 XR Full Day Training | London
NOV 12 Support Extinction Rebellion | Online
NOV 17 Rebellion Day | Parliament Square
DEC 15 XR Debrief & Celebration | London
MAR 8 RisingUp Spring Gathering | TBC
There’s no use in longing for the past; today’s struggle is to find ways to progress meaningfully through our present, to use the time we have to act for the future. We need to gather the indifferent, call up the lost, lure in the apathetic whatever the cost. The time for complacency is over. The time to act is now.

Please contact us at extinctionrebellion@risingup.org.uk if you have any questions or want to be added/removed from the mailing list.

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This newsletter was put together by volunteers of the Extinction Rebellion
Roman and Robin


XR Newsletter Archive #6: Declaration of Rebellion this week – over 300 up for arrest in November

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Declaration of Rebellion this week – over 300 up for arrest in November
Welcome to the 6th Extinction Rebellion (XR) newsletter. If you’ve just joined, you can catch up on what we’ve been up to so far by visiting the newsletter archive, here.

We strongly recommend taking the time to familiarise yourself with our Basic BriefingHow to Get Involved and Campaign Overview documents.

With only a few days to go until the Declaration of Rebellion at Parliament Square on the 31st October, XR has been busy preparing. Rebels have been occupying Greenpeace UK’s HQ, blocking the road in Stroud and Bristol, developing the movement’s regenerative culture, supercharging the rebellion’s social media presence and much more.

Almost a hundred prominent academics, politicians and other influential individuals signed a letter in support of Extinction Rebellion. ‘Humans cannot continue to violate the fundamental laws of nature or science with impunity‘, say the signatories, a list of experts and influencers including former archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, Professor Molly Scott Cato MEP from the Green Party and Dr Alison Green from Scientists Warning, as well as dozens of scientists. Another piece in the Guardian describes how Hundreds of us are ready to go to jail.

George Monbiot has endorsed XR and will be joining us to speak at Parliament Square for the Declaration of Rebellion. His article in the Guardian about the need for a people’s rebellion has been shared by U.S Senator, Bernie Sanders which has sent the rebellion international with groups starting in Los Angeles, Vancouver, D.C and Melbourne.

We have launched our declaration and demands.  Here are some of our gorgeous people speaking from the heart about this.

The video of the talk has had 7.5k hits and we have given over 65 talks across the UK, the rooms are packing out.
Our big ask is to get people to join us for Rebellion Day on Nov 17th.
Those that want to do more can get training on Nov 11th or on the Nov 12th and join an affinity group for the rebellion period.

There are groups for connection and support for Extinction Rebellion:
Young People,
Families with Young Children
and groups springing up across the UK.

Can you help with financial support?
How to put on an XR talk


  • Declaration of Rebellion
  • Work with XR
  • Activity Since Last Newsletter
  • Developing Regenerative Culture
  • Social Media Amplification
  • Mission Lifeforce
  • Declaration of Rebellion and Demands
  • Inspiring Story of the Week- Follow up
  • Latest News and Data
  • Upcoming Events
  • Extreme Weather
  • Suggested Reading and Viewing

Declaration of Rebellion

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

We are now only a few days away from officially commencing a rebellion to call attention to the oncoming climate catastrophe. We are demanding action be taken to stop what is being knowingly done to our world. We must take drastic action NOW.

So far, we’ve had over sixty talks in almost twenty cities across the UK. Over a dozen affinity groups have formed in this time, with actions taking place in multiple cities in preparation for the rebellion.

Three hundred people are interested in getting arrested, over two hundred of whom have said they are willing to risk going to prison.

On Declaration Day we will have a rally at Parliament Square. A number of high profile speakers have now confirmed they will attend and address those of us determined to rebel in the face of extinction. Speakers include; Green MEP, Molly Scott Cato and former Green Party co-leader, Caroline Lucas MP, Guardian journalist, George Monbiot and the inspiring and eloquent Greta Thunberg, who at the age of 15 was on school strike for weeks before, and every Friday since, the Swedish election to draw attention to climate change.

These speakers will be followed by a ceremony to signify the start of the Extinction Rebellion.
Extinction rebels are mobilising internationally. If you are interested in setting up an international group please get in contact with XR-International@protonmail.com.

We are concerned about the future, we are organising for it, and we will be heard.

Declaration day is just the start.

Introducing the Rebellion

Work with XR

We have a big ask. As many of you will have seen the rebellion has had a snowball effect over the last week through a George Monbiot article that wasshared by U.S Senator, Bernie Sanders.
Since then we’ve had 1,400 likes on our Facebook page and over 30,000 engagements (likes, shares etc) on our posts. This is 90% higher than last week. We’ve hit the snowballing moment!

We need folks who are willing to dedicate themselves to work on the rebellion and those who can give their time when possible to help with key jobs. A full description is in the application below.

We need help to make the rebellion a reality. A chance to play your role in a system change that is unprecedented for hundreds of years. A chance to help make history.

Apply Here

Activity since last newsletter


Greenpeace HQ Occupation

On Wednesday, 17th October the Extinction Rebellion occupied the UK headquarters of Greenpeace. It was undertaken to draw attention to the climate emergency, the severity of the problem, and the need for all concerned parties to drastically increase their efforts to tackle the crisis. The aim of the action was to persuade Greenpeace to inform their membership of the Extinction Rebellion movement, by notifying their mailing lists of the initial days of non-violent direct action on the 31st October and 17th November.


After entering the building, Extinction Rebels quickly set about distributing an open letter to all the staff, along with flowers and cakes. The rebels were conciliatory and not confrontational. Re-grouping in the entrance lobby, a pre-prepared talk was read out as senior Greenpeace representatives quickly agreed to hold a meeting with four Extinction Rebels.


While the meeting took place, rebels in the lobby finished the talk, sang, and held their own open meeting. After an hour and a half, the impromptu meeting was over. In the last few days we received a considerate response from Greenpeace of which we we will provide an official write up soon.


Our message was clear. Extinction Rebellion is looking to all of society, interested and unconcerned groups alike, to join us in addressing the climate emergency in comprehensive and honest terms. Action is urgently necessary to halt the terrible trend of apathy towards climate change.

Watch Video Coverage here
Check out the full livestream
Stroud and Bristol Roadblock
On 20th October, Extinction Rebels in Stroud carried out a Road Block and painted Extinction logos on the road in another run up action before the Declaration of Rebellion on the 31st October. With almost forty Rebels stopping the flow of traffic in the middle of Merrywalks in the centre of town, the action spoke for the ever growing Extinction Rebellion. People from all over the country are beginning to challenge political inertia in the face of ecological collapse.

While there was some frustration from drivers when confronted with the roadblock, Rebels held their position to keep focus on the pressing topic of climate change. The action was not designed to frustrate locals, it was directly addressing the most prescient issue of our times. The roadblock lasted 20 minutes, with Rebels engaging with drivers to explain the climate crisis and the need for such action to take place.

Police soon turned up to clear the Roadblock, with Rebels calmly leaving the road after making clear the aims of the Extinction Rebellion to onlookers and bystanding traffic. We can no longer continue to ignore what is happening to our climate in all good conscience. Now is the time stand up and take action. (Livestream)

Also check out the Bristol Disco Road Block!

Pledge to Rebel

Developing Regenerative Culture 


We understand that what we are asking of you is not easy. The focus of this movement is the climate crises we are facing, and the lack of action by those in power to face up to these realities and address them properly. These ideas will crystallise around the non-violent direct action (NVDA) that is going to happen on October 31st and for two weeks between 12th and 25th November. We now have hundreds of supporters preparing to be arrested. These concepts concerning the climate crises and the ways we wish to tackle the issue can be difficult to take on board and act on. We fully appreciate this, and have a Regenerative Culture Working Group focusing specifically on how to support people in the lead up to, and through the NVDA in November.


We are asking all members of affinity groups to fill in this form and give it to their wellbeing coordinator BEFORE taking any action. Even if they are not expecting arrest, this will help wellbeing track anyone who is arrested and meet their needs:

Affinity Group Information form

Support & Resources for Taking Non Violent Direct Action & the Consequences
(Drop us some recommendations!)


In line with developing Regenerative Culture, we want to see each Affinity Group have an assigned Legal Observer. They play a vital role in any movement or campaign and it’s important we build our capacity right across our movement and networks. We have two training sessions coming up with Green and Black cross and these will provide invaluable information of how to behave at an action and deal with the police, for Legal Observers and anyone else attending actions.

Legal observer training- London (Nov 4th)

Legal observer training- Bristol (Nov 8th)
Leeds (Info coming soon)


Check out our website‘s events list to see over a dozen other events we have on offer in the week leading up to the Rebellion


Social Media Amplification

Want to support Extinction Rebellion on social media? Great! We need people to help amplify our posts: commenting, liking and sharing will help us reach more people. If you want to be part of the XR Social Media Amplification & Super-charging team, join this broadcast-only WhatsApp group.We won’t spam. We’ll use this sparingly. In order to climb the social media algorithms we need to get as many people as possible to interact with our posts as soon as they’re posted. This is how to expand the XR reach beyond our networks and make XR viral!  We may also use it to blast out news about any important actions, happenings or emergencies.


Ahead of 31st October we’re working hard to grow our social media channels organically. If you have Instagram and want to support digitally please follow @extinctionrebellion. We’re also looking to ramp up twitter and instagramfollowers and facebook likes too. Even if you no longer use these platforms and have otherwise abandoned your accounts, it will still help XR’s spread if you like+follow.


We are in the process of organising some technical social media training. If you’re interested, join the WhatsApp group and PM one of the admins.

Social Media Training
We are running a technical social media training on Nov 8th. Come along to learn how to make the most of your social channels during actions and campaigns.


The rebellion will be led by you!

Mission Lifeforce

Mission LifeForce is a growing international movement of legal Earth Protectors – people who care about protecting the Earth – who are signatories to a legal document, the Earth Protectors Trust Fund Document.Their mission is to protect the Earth by establishing ECOCIDE (ecosystem destruction) as a crime at the International Criminal Court in the Hague.

Their mission statement – To align the force of law with the force of life – is fully supported by the Extinction Rebellion. Like them, we too wish to see international law align with a universally recognised moral code of respect, peace and a duty of care for all life.

Identifying ecocide as a crime is not new – Sweden’s Prime Minister, Olaf Palme highlighted it at the time of the Stockholm Declaration in 1972 and it was further discussed in the decades preceding the drafting of the Rome Statute in the 1990s, though it did not make the final draft. Mission Lifeforce are working hard to see Ecocide become the fifth law in the Rome Statutes’ existing four Crimes Against Peace.

This work is of particular relevance to anyone involved in the Extinction Rebellion because signing up as a Conscientious Protector through Mission Lifeforce provides a straightforward way to present this case in court. For all those Rebels facing or planning on facing legal action as a result of acting from your conscience to prevent ecocide, signing up as a legal Earth Protector is highly recommended.


Please see the Mission Lifeforce website for more information

Our Declaration of Rebellion and the Demands

We have now launched our Declaration of the Extinction Rebellion and have published our Position and Demands:

  1. That the Government must tell the truth about how deadly our situation is, it must reverse all policies not in alignment with that position and must work alongside the media to communicate the urgency for change including what individuals, communities and businesses need to do.
  2. Good intentions and guidelines won’t save the ice caps. The Government must enact legally-binding policies to reduce carbon emissions in the UK to net zero by 2025 and take further action to remove the excess of atmospheric greenhouse gases. It must cooperate internationally so that the global economy runs on no more than half a planet’s worth of resources per year.
  3. By necessity these demands require initiatives and mobilisation of similar size and scope to those enacted in times of war. We do not however, trust our Government to make the bold, swift and long-term changes necessary to achieve this and we do not intend to hand further power to our politicians. Instead we demand a Citizens’ Assembly to oversee the changes, as we rise from the wreckage, creating a democracy fit for purpose.
Last time we told you about Greta Thunberg, who decided to go on school strike at the Swedish parliament to get politicians to act on the climate crisis. Now she is on her way in an electrical car to join us for the Declaration of the Extinction Rebellion in London on 31 October 2018!

Latest News and Data

SIX Earthquakes Recorded in Cuadrilla’s First Week Fracking at Preston New RdGlobal CO2 Emissions Set to Hit Another Record High for 2018Environment Agency Investigating UK Plastics Recycling Industry for Fraud and Corruption

Swindon Borough Council Wants to Burn Plastics

Plastics Found in Faeces of Every Person Who Took Part in EU Wide Study

UN says UK is Responsible for Denying People’s Right to Clean Air

Earth’s Largest Living Organism, the Pando Tree Colony in Utah is Dying

Climate Change is Exacerbating World Conflicts, Says Red Cross President

Thousand Gather In Helsinki To Demand Swift Action on Climate Change

Extreme Weather


Flooding Kills Firefighter, Hundreds Evacuated in Malaga

Tunisia Flooding Kills at Least Two

Flooding Kills at Least Two in Texas

Qatar Flooded by a Year’s Rainfall in One Day

Over 1000 People Still Missing After Storm Michael

Rome Struck by Freak Hailstorm and Flooding

Flooding, Landslides in Trinidad Affect 120,000 People

Hurricane Willa makes landfall in Mexico with 120mph winds

Suggested Reading:


Suggested Viewing:



What do we need money for?

Art materials | Banners | Flyers | Travel | Personal expenses | Printing costs | And much more!

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.

To give financial support to Extinction Rebellion you can…

Set up a regular standing order or give a one-off donation by bank transfer:
Triodos Bank
Sort code: 16-58-10
Account No: 20737912
In the name of Compassionate Revolution Ltd (the holding company for Rising Up!).

Donate using PayPal: 
PayPal payments can be made to info@risingup.org.uk

Donate on our crowdfunding page via Fundrazr:
We have set up a crowdfunding page to help us raise money for the Rebellion.

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



OCT 29 XR: Non-Violent Direct Action (NVDA) training  | Manchester
OCT 31 KSAF Attends: Extinction Rebellion – Declaration of Rebellion  | Parliament Square, London
OCT 31 Declaration of Rebellion  | Parliament Square London
NOV 1 Climate Change: Heading for extinction and what to do about it | Loughborough Students’ Union
NOV 3 Know Your Rights workshop | Community Base Brighton, 113 Queens Road BN1 3XG
NOV 3 Climate Change – Heading for extinction and what to do about it  | Nurture Centre Carmarthen, Wales
NOV 3 XR Scotland inaugural meeting
NOV 4 Climate Change: Non-violent Direct Action Training by Rising Up!  | Trumpington Village Hall
NOV 5 XR: Non-Violent Direct Action Training (NVDA) – Glastonbury  | Glastonbury Goddess Hall
NOV 6 Climate Change: Heading for extinction and what to do about it  | Darkroom Espresso Swindon
NOV 8 Social Media Training for actions and promotion  | Printworks London
NOV 8 Climate Change: Heading for extinction and what to do about it | Quaker Meeting House, Shaftesbury
NOV 8 Legal Observer Training  | Bristol Central Speakers
NOV 9 Climate Change: Heading for extinction and what to do about it | Isabel Blackman Centre – Hastings
NOV 10 XR Full Day Training | London
NOV 11 XR Full Day Training | London
NOV 12 Support Extinction Rebellion | Online
NOV 17 Rebellion Day | Parliament Square
DEC 15 XR Debrief & Celebration | London
MAR 8 RisingUp Spring Gathering | TBC
End of Newsletter #6
If you can help out with the next edition please let us know!That’s it until we come back to you after the Declaration of Rebellion.All the hard work will not be for nothing, and we hope to see you on Wednesday 31st October in Parliament Square to officially begin the Rebellion!

Being a misfit is our biggest virtue. Don’t Comply. Be impatient. Stubborn, Rebellious, Confident. Chase the Impossible. Like Lovers.” – Nikos Kazantzakis

Please contact us at extinctionrebellion@risingup.org.uk if you have any questions or want to be added/removed from the mailing list.

If you have news or information which you think should be in the next newsletter, email: extinctionrebellion@risingup, with ‘XR NEWSLETTER’ as the title.

This newsletter was put together by volunteers of the Extinction Rebellion
Roman, Ann, Robin and Marjin.

Extinction Rebellion WorldWide Map

Find an Extinction Rebellion group near you.

Don’t use f***book? Tweet @ExtinctionR and use #XRlinkup to be put in touch via email, or contact: extinctionrebellion@risingup.org.uk

White XR symbols indicate regional pages, which you can contact for more details of local groups.

If this embed isn’t working on your browser, you can also view the map by clicking here.

Thanks to the rebels who created and are maintaining this map, and of course to everybody mobilising for the international rebellion.



Arts Outreach

[reposted from the arts group 27/10/2018]

Dear artists,

We are planning a rebellion against the government this autumn.
We are looking for support.

We are in an Ecological crisis, which includes mass species extinction.
Our course is set to societal collapse, the killing of millions and possibly billions of people, human extinction is possible, the future is bleak and our children are not safe.

Change to avert the worst of the disaster is still technically and economically possible. It involves creating a world, which is less frenetic and more beautiful; making the necessary changes will also create jobs. This is an emergency situation – action is urgent.

Our Government isn’t acting in accordance with what science and history tells us (e.g. the rise of fascism). Therefore our Government is criminally negligent. We have a moral duty to rebel, whatever our politics. Social science shows us that peaceful civil disobedience is an effective way to bring about change. Our lives have meaning when we follow our conscience and are willing to make sacrifices to protect what we love. We ask others who feel the same way to join our peaceful Rebellion.

We have three demands:

  • That the Government must tell the truth about how deadly our situation is, it must reverse all policies not in alignment with that position and must work alongside the media to communicate the urgency for change including what individuals and communities need to do.
  • The Government must enact legally-binding policy measures to reduce carbon emissions in the UK to zero by 2025 and take further action to remove the excess of atmosphere. It must cooperate internationally so that the global economy runs on no more than half a planets worth of resources.
  • By necessity these demands mean an initiative similar to those enacted at times of war. We do not however, hand further power to our Government, we demand a Citizens Assembly to oversee the changes, as we rise from the wreckage, creating a democracy fit for purpose

Please do watch this video if you have time, one of our members explains more;

There have been talks like this happening up and down the country all summer and people are preparing to repeatedly break the law, with many citizens willing to serve prison sentences.

Obviously we run on passion and our hearts drive what we do but there is always a need for money so if you have lots of it please give us some! Other ways to support us could include making work in response or solidarity, some post-prison fundraising or supporting statements, or even to get involved in creative actions? I’ll leave that with you but please think how you might be able to help us out as we sacrifice ourselves in service to future generations.

There will be a declaration of rebellion on the 31st October at Parliament square at 10am. Then a range of nonviolent direct actions through to the 17th November, when we will meet at Parliament square again. This is a first iteration and further disobedience with international solidarity is planned for spring 2019.

Please get in touch if you would like to know more or if you can help.

We are moving through grief to action,

The Extinction Rebels