XR Newsletter #5 – Climate Chaos: REBEL to Stop This Madness!

Hold tight!

It’s the 5th Extinction Rebellion Newsletter.

If you’ve just joined us you can catch up on what we’ve been up to by visiting the archive, here.

We’ve been busy this last week preparing for rebellion in November. Three rebels were arrested for a non-violent direct action in Bristol and we’ve been networking non stop, hosting talks, workshops and trainings in sixteen more cities around the UK.

Check out what’s on near you with our full list of upcoming events available to view on our website, http://rebellion.earth (or Facebook here).

If you’re new or haven’t already check out our Campaign Overview Document.

Contents:

  • Activity Since Last Newsletter

  • Declaration of Rebellion

  • Key Demands of the Rebellion – Zero CO2

  • Volunteer Call out

  • Latest News and Data

  • Extreme Weather

  • Suggested Reading/Viewing

Activity Since Last Newsletter

Affinity Groups Take Action

One of the key principles of the Extinction Rebellion is Holocracy, empowering affinity groups to take the lead on Non-Violent Direct Action themselves. The aim of this movement is NOT to have a central group of figures dictating the terms of the rebellion. We want to see all rebels implement their own ideas of how best to raise awareness of the environmental crises through organised and creative disruption. We must all step forward and take the lead!

Bristol

Monday 8th October saw non-violent direct action from XR Bristol halt traffic around the Bearpit roundabout in the city centre. Extinction Rebels drew attention to the need for legislation against the environmental crime of Ecocide. Two rebels sprayed the words “Make Ecocide Law” across the windows of the Magistrates Court, while others held flares staging a roadblock with banners which read, “Climate Emergency!”. Extinction Symbol decorated cupcakes were handed out to drivers and onlookers.

Police arrested three rebels (video report here): One of the roadblockers and the two spray chalkers.

The action made the front page of the Bristol Post on Tuesday morning. Robin Boardman, one of those arrested, has written an open letter in the Post about the action.

London

Tuesday 9th September Extinction Rebels joined Divest London to say NO to climate criminals outside The Dorchester Hotel. “Oil and Money 2018” was an evening organised by the fossil fuel industry that saw Bob Dudley, Group Chief Executive of BP, earn an award for his services to an industry that has precipitated the 6th mass extinction. Environmental campaigners marched to the entrance of the hotel to disrupt the shameless display of pomp and ceremony. Private security was used to forcibly move protestors from the entrance.

London Rebels attended the First Pedal on Parliament and Mass Die-in; The National Funeral for The Unknown Cyclist. This demo was organised by Stop Killing Cyclists and called on the government to invest #3Billion4Cycling infrastructure and to reverse tax cuts on toxic diesel and petrol. A symbolic horse drawn hearse led the cyclists from Lincoln’s Inn Field’s to parliament, where a 10 minute die-in was held.

The same day, other Extinction Rebels also joined the thousands who turned out for the London Antifascist Unity Demo

The Extinction Rebellion is an Anti-fascist Rebellion

Sheffield

Rebels from the Manchester affinity group attended the Global Frackdown Carnival in Sheffield, where Extinction Rebellion held a public talk followed by Non-Violent Direct Action training. Welcome XR Sheffield!

To find out about affinity groups in your local area, or to inquire about setting one up, email extinctionrebellion@risingup.org.uk with the title ‘AFFINITY GROUPS’

Declaration of Rebellion

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

We will rally at Parliament Square to make clear our defiance in the face of extinction and our determination to rebel. Speakers will discuss the dire situation we face. We will hold a short extinction ceremony, honouring those who have died and those who will. We will hold a peaceful sit-in and a banner drop at a nearby location. Some will take a non-violent action which may lead to arrest. If the government does not respond meaningfully to the Extinction Rebellion’s demands, decentralised mass civil disobedience action will commence from the 12th of November.

Now is the time because we are out of time.

There is nothing left to lose.

For a full list of the 19 events coming in the next week from Plymouth to Manchester check out our website- https://risingup.org.uk/XR/rebel.php

Key Demands of The Rebellion: Zero CO2

In last week’s newsletter, we covered our demand for 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 week, we look at our demand that the UK Government enact legally-binding policy measures to reduce carbon emissions in the UK to zero by 2025.

In 1988, NASA scientist Dr. James Hansen testified before a Congressional committee that significant global warming was happening due to increasing levels of man made Carbon Dioxide (CO2) in the earth’s atmosphere[1]. The New York Times’ front page discussed this revealing testimony in no uncertain terms, “If Dr. Hansen and other scientists are correct, then humans, by burning of fossil fuels and other activities, have altered the global climate in a manner that will affect life on earth for centuries to come.”[2] – This is now unequivocal[3].

Since then, we have continued emitting CO2 at an exponential rate, with emissions increasing 62.1% since 1992[4]. As the recent IPCC report has made categorically clear, global warming beyond the threshold of 1.5C above pre-industrial levels, will have catastrophic effects on the world. It also lists “rising atmospheric CO2 levels”, first in its “Drivers of Impacts” on global warming[5].

At their going rate, the levels of CO2 in the earth’s atmosphere are projected to match that of the last mass extinction on earth within one hundred years, “It took roughly a million years for CO2 to change by one hundred parts per million. It is now changing about 25,000 times faster than in known geologic history.”[6]

Ongoing trends in global CO2 emissions are the biggest impediment to ensuring the safety of the natural world [8]. The science is clear. If we want to leave a habitable world for future generations, limiting emissions will not suffice. We must act now, and we must act decisively.

Our demand for zero carbon is technologically and economically possibly, we just need to create the political will!

Latest News and Data

UN’s IPCC Report Rounds Doomsday Clock Down to 12 Years

The most damning indictment of climate change by the IPCC to date, while still conservative in it’s estimates, has already proven to be a provocative, newsworthy story.

High Court Rejects Injunction Against Fracking at Preston New Road

Expressions of grief and rage from water protectors worldwide on Friday, as the High Court rejected an emergency injunction to stop Cuadrilla fracking at Preston New Rd. Mr Justice Supperstone also refused permission for a judicial review of Lancashire County Council’s emergency planning procedures. The only positive news to come out of the case is the revelation that each day’s work stoppage has cost Cuadrilla a reported £94k. Fracking was expected to begin on Saturday but was ironically prevented by the extreme weather conditions of storm Callum. Cuadrilla claim fracking began on Monday, despite an epic 12 hour lock on at the gates

It has been discovered that Judge Altham who sentenced the #frackfreethree to jail time, has family interests in the fracking industry. Blackpool South MP, Gordon Marsden, has tabled Parliamentary Questions about this apparent breach of the judicial code and the Justice Secretary has been urged to open an investigation. The #frackfreethree’s appeal will be heard this Wednesday, 17th. The community is rallying for a mass demo on Saturday 20th October.

Frack-Off London Install Fracking Rig Outside BEIS Offices

The stunt on Monday was in opposition to the ‘permitted development’ consultation, which would allow exploratory drilling to take place anywhere in the country, without planning permission.

Judge Acquits Climate Activists Who Shut Down Tar Sands Pipelines

Just before the 2016 US election, on October 11, 2016, activists in North Dakota, Washington, Montana and Minnesota turned the valves on four pipelines, temporarily halting the flow of oil from Canada to the US by nearly 70%. Their acquittal this week stands in stark contrast with the recent sentencing of the #frackfreethree who received lengthy jail sentences for the much lesser crime of lorrysurfing on this side of the pond.

Hambach: Greenpeace Activists Scale German Embassyfor Banner Drop

The banner, which was dropped from the embassy on Monday read: “Exit Coal – Protect Hambach Forest”, following a court order which suspended the clearance of the forest, pending the verdict on a lawsuit brought by environmental group, BUND. The German courts also overruled a police ban on anti-coal protest near the site.

Ecosia Offers to Buy Hambach Forest for €1 million!

Ecosia chief executive Christian Kroll has written to RWE chief Martin Schmitz, saying: “We think that such a fair balance of interests between RWE and the population can be found, and are committed to the purchase of the land”. RWE declined to comment.

Dutch Appeals Court Upholds Emissions Ruling

The original ruling came in June 2015 following a case brought by environmental group, Urgenda who were representing 900 Dutch citizens. The Dutch Government appealed but the court’s landmark ruling on Tuesday says that they are under a legal obligation to protect citizens from climate change and must reduce CO2 emissions 25% by 2020. Similar cases are underway in countries around the world.

Politicians Still Ignoring IPCC for Short Term Profits

Brazil
Jair Bolsonaro, the right wing candidate in the Brazilian Presidential election this week won the first round of the race. His commitments include pulling Brazil out of the Paris Climate accords, closing Brazil’s environment agency (IBAMA), and supporting Agribusinesses that cleared 545km² of the Brazilian Amazon in August 2018 – a tripling of the figures for August 2017

Australia
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has rejected IPCC recommendations to phase out coal power by 2050, stating that Australia can meet targets of cutting CO2 emissions by 26-28% by 2030 “at a canter”. This lack of political will is particularly shortsighted in the case of Australia where any survival of the Great Barrier Reef is dependant on holding global warming to 1.5C rather than 2C.

To see Scott Morrison’s belligerent stance in support of coal, click here

Germany
Germany is continuing to drag its heels regarding a date for ending coal-fired power generation. Police removal of those occupying Hambach forest is representative of a global pattern that sees a huge divergence in rhetoric and practice on Environmental policy.

How Times Change…Irony Award

Shell boss wins this week’s irony award for announcing that mass reforestation is needed to limit temperature rises to 1.5C. This follows revelations that Shell and Exxon privately predicted the global damage that would be caused by their industry.

Extreme Weather

Storm Callum Has Killed at Least 2 People, Amidst Landslides, Floods, Power Cuts and Evacuations.

Landslides, Flooding in Scotland closed the A83 both ways on Tuesday. Vehicles were submerged by low level flooding of car parks and roads, with Oban the worst affected town. In Wales, Aberdulais was evacuated on Friday, as the worst flooding for 30 years submerged parts of the village. Passengers had to be evacuated from a train which become stuck in floodwater at Penrhiwceiber. The flood barriers at Carmarthen have been breached for the first time since they were built, 30 years ago. The extreme weather has left thousands without power and disrupted roads, trains, ferries and flights. Flood warnings remained in place through the weekend as heavy rain and 70mph winds continued battering the country.

In the US, Hurricane Michael Has Killed at Least 17 People

The Florida coastline suffered storm surges of 12-14ft (3.7 to 4.3m) and 155mph winds. Mexico Beach has not yet been searched. Residents there had been under a mandatory evacuation order, but it is believed at least 285 people among a population of 1,000 had stayed behind to ride out the storm. Hundreds of thousands of people are without power in Florida, Georgia and Virginia and could be for weeks to come.

Fatal Flash Floods in Majorca Have Killed at Least 10 People

Fatal Flash Floods in France Have Killed at Least 13 People

Our thoughts are with all those who lost their lives in these tragic events.

Suggested Reading:

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Thanks for reading this 5th Edition of the Extinction Rebellion Newsletter.

As long as people work to profit from causing damage to our natural environment, we will work to stop them. As the compassionate, concerned people of this world join together in common cause, our chances of averting the worst improve.

I receive and I give – such is human life. Each directs and is directed in his turn. Therefore there is no fixed and constant authority, but a continual exchange of mutual, temporary, and, above all, voluntary authority and subordination.
– Bakunin

 

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.

We’re developing the format of the newsletter 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.

This newsletter was put together by Extinction Rebels; Roman, Ann and Robin

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
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.

XR newsletter #3 – Buildup to the rebellion

Welcome to the 3rd Extinction Rebellion Newsletter! If you’ve just joined the rebellion, welcome!

Contents:
Round Up
Walk for wildlife debrief
Next XR action: Declaration of Rebellion
Volunteer Callout
Suggested Reading/Viewing
The Rebellion is coming – how to get involved
Extinction Symbol and Sign out

The Countdown Continues
The 6th Mass Extinction is a time of monumental grief which we are determined to help each other channel into non-violent direct action.

We are going to force the government to accept the reality of the situation, to reverse it’s destructive policies and to take meaningful action on the climate catastrophe.

The sixth extinction must be resisted.

“The revolution was effected before the war commenced. The revolution was in the hearts and minds of the people…This radical change in the principles, opinions, sentiments and affections of the people was the real American Revolution”

– John Adams (Letters)

Round Up

Urgent action in the face of climate change is growing with each passing day. The storm is upon us, and people are responding accordingly.

#FrackFree4 Sentenced
The frack free 4, who acted to defend nature and community, have been sentenced. Three are going to prison, with another on suspended sentence. This is saddening, shocking but not surprising. We cannot express enough gratitude for these 4 men who did what was right and necessary in the face of a political climate that leaves nature open to certain destruction. This does not end here!
Please send messages of support via: http://frackfreefoursupporters.org/contact/
There’s a 38 degrees petition to free them, here: https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/free-the-anti-frackers

Polluted Carolina Rivers Spilling into the Ocean Visible From Space
Nearly 8 trillion gallons of rain fell across North Carolina during Hurricane Florence. That rain led to catastrophic flooding across the state, and has polluted rivers, streams, creeks and their outflows along the coast, NASA’s satellite images show.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/article218934685.html

March Against Extinction, 6th October
Awareness of the 6th Mass Extinction event is spreading. Over 130 cities worldwide will join the annual World March Against Extinction this 6th October, 2018. #MarchingAgainstExtinction is focused on drawing our attention to the plight of elephants and rhinos, who are on the verge of joining all the other species we have lost in recent years.

http://march4elephantsandrhinos.org

BBC Announces they’re finally starting to get real on Climate Change(?)
Jo floto, editor of the World Tonight and Newshour announced “If Europe’s ports are underwater, Brexit may seem less important’: we’re expanding climate change coverage”. From 3 October, The World Tonight on BBC Radio 4 and Newshour on BBC World Service will be covering climate change every week.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/aboutthebbc/entries/653495fc-7cbb-474c-b51f-bb0ba19b3905

Hambacher Forest
On Wednesday 19th September, Steffen Horst Meynin, journalist, blogger and activist died. Attempting to document evictions by the Special Task Force of Police, he fell 20 metres from a bridge in the tree house village in Hambach Forest. Protectors have been occupying the Hambacher Forest since 2012, to stop RWE energy from expanding their huge brown coal mine into the area. In recent weeks the joint forces of the police and RWE’s security escalated the fight and began systematically destroying areas of ancient woodland.

A vigil was held in London and other cities across the UK on Wednesday. Stefan was the 67th this year on a list of people around the world who have lost their lives fighting against environmental injustice, the vast majority of them from the global South. Rest in Power.
https://tinyurl.com/ybg72qpk
https://www.unicornriot.ninja/2018/journalist-dies-during-german-police-sweep-of-hambach-forest/

There are many obstacles to overcoming conventional wisdom. We are stronger together, and must continue to strive for what we know is right.

Walk for Wildlife Debrief
Saturday, 22nd September saw the Extinction Rebellion join Chris Packham’s Walk for Wildlife, rubbing shoulders with the RSPB, Friends of the Earth, the Nature Friendly Farming Network and many more. The event began at Hyde Park with a number of high profile speakers including author, Robert Macfarlane and journalist, George Monbiot discussing the severity of environmental challenges we are facing here in the UK.

Numerous topics were discussed that point directly to ongoing ecological collapse. Successive UK Governments have presided over; a 56% decline of farmland birds since 1970 [1], a 68% decline in the population of “priority species” since 1970 [2], with more than one in ten of the UK’s wildlife species now threatened with extinction [3]. The last State of Nature report in 2016 described the UK as, “among the most nature-depleted countries in the world”[4], with biodiversity potentially having fallen so low that, “ecosystems may no longer reliably meet society’s needs.”[5]

In the face of this growing and undeniable evidence, thousands of concerned citizens marched on Downing Street – unified by a demand for serious action to overturn years of negligent government policy on the environment. As conservationists, animal rights groups and sustainable farming advocates gathered to hear more speakers at Downing Street, the Extinction Rebellion bloc stood outside the gates of number 10 until moved along by police.

It is time for the people to rise up in the face of government inaction! We call on those thousands marching on Saturday, and any who were not, to join us this Autumn to launch the Extinction Rebellion and firmly place the issue of climate change at the centre of national discussion.

[1] https://www.rspb.org.uk/about-the-rspb/about-us/media-centre/press-releases/hope-for-farmland-birds/
[2]https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/669769/England_Natural_Environment_Indicators_2017_Revised.pdf. (Page 13. Report commissioned by the Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs.)
[3] https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/sep/14/one-in-10-uk-wildlife-species-faces-extinction-major-report-shows
[4]http://ww2.rspb.org.uk/Images/State%20of%20Nature%20UK%20report_%2020%20Sept_tcm9-424984.pdf (Page, 6).
[5]http://ww2.rspb.org.uk/Images/State%20of%20Nature%20UK%20report_%2020%20Sept_tcm9-424984.pdf (Page, 70).
NEXT XR ACTION: 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.

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. We have two regular conference calls for new volunteers on Mondays at 7.00pm and on Tuesdays at 1pm to explain about the different working groups, how you can help out and answer any questions about the process.

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?
Suggested Reading:
New Climate Debate: How to Adapt to the End of the World
I’ve Been Jailed For Protesting Fracking – Here’s Why I Won’t Give Up The Fight
Orca ‘apocalypse’: half of killer whales doomed to die from pollution
Business lobby plans to oppose raising EU climate ambition
Extinction Rebellion Diary #1: So it has come to this?
Suggested Viewing:
Heading for extinction and what to do about it (MUST SEE)
What if we replaced politicians with randomly selected people? -Ted Talk
Greta’s strong speech last day of the school strike. – “I will continue and urge you to do the same!”
Sign up to the rebellion!
The Rebellion is coming – How to get involved

Autumn Gathering
Join us to come together for a weekend gathering – just one month before the Extinction Rebellion kicks off!
We invite you to join us for a weekend gathering in London. A space to welcome and connect with each other within the RisingUp culture of positive and powerful resistance. We’ll be sharing ideas and building momentum as we prepare for action!

PLEASE REGISTER HERE IF YOU ARE ATTENDING: https://risingupuk.eventbrite.com

Socials

BRISTOL – Weekly social and meetup
On 31st Oct 2018 we’ll be declaring a rebellion. In the months leading up to it, we’ll be preparing for it, training and practicing/modelling civil disobedience. It’s fun and meaningful, and we get to hang out with lovely and exciting people.
What more could you want? Vegan dinner 6-7pm, meeting afterwards, finishing at 9pm.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018. 6 PM – 9 PM
BASE, 14 Robertson Rd, Easton, Bristol. BS5 6JY

BRIGHTON – XR First Brighton Meeting
COME ALONG AND MAKE THE REBELLION HAPPEN IN BRIGHTON! This will be a relaxed and productive evening where we will get to know each other and have a think about how Brighton could best contribute to the Rebellion. Bring some (preferably vegan) food if you can. See you on Thursday!

Thursday, October 4, 2018. 7 PM – 8:30 PM
Brighthelm Centre
North Road, Brighton. BN1 1YD

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.

YORK
Monday, October 1, 2018. 7 PM – 9 PM
The Crescent Community Venue
8 The Crescent, York. YO24 1AW

TOTNES
Thursday, October 4, 2018. 6:30 PM – 9 PM
Royal Seven Stars Hotel
The Plains,Totnes. TQ9 5DD

BRIGHTON
Tuesday, October 9, 2018. 6 PM – 8 PM
Sussex University, Room 202, Fulton Building,
66 Hollingdean Terrace, Brighton. BN1 7HA

NOTTINGHAM
Wednesday, October 10, 2018. 7 PM – 9 PM
61b Mansfield Road, Nottingham. NG1 3FN

CAMBRIDGE
Thursday, October 11, 2018. 7 PM – 9 PM
David Attenborough Building Cambridge
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

LIVERPOOL
Friday, October 12, 2018 at 7 PM – 9 PM
Gilmour Room, Liverpool Guild of Students

BATH
Sunday, October 14, 2018 at 7 PM – 9 PM
103 Walcot Street, BA1 5BW Bath, Somerset

LONDON
Tuesday, October 16, 2018. 7 PM – 9:30PM
King’s College, London – room to be confirmed

LEEDS
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at 7 PM – 9 PM
Wharf Chambers
Ground Floor, 23 – 25 Wharf Street, LS2 7EQ Leeds

BRADFORD
Wednesday, October 17 2018 7-8:30PM
Delius Arts & Cultural Centre, 29 Great Horton Road, BD7 1AA
CORNWALL
Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at 7 PM – 8:30 PM
The Fish Factory
Fish Factory Art Space, Commercial Road, TR10 8AG

LONDON
Tuesday, October 23, 2018. 7 PM – 9 PM
Big Green Bookshop
Unit 1, Brampton Park Road, Wood Green, London N22 6BG

Non-Violent Direct Action (NVDA) Trainings
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.

YORK
Monday, October 8, 2018. 6 PM – 9 PM
The Crescent Community Venue.
8 The Crescent, York. YO24 1AW

LONDON
Monday, October 8, 2018. 7 PM – 9:30 PM
UNITARIAN CHAPEL
Newington Green, London. N16 9PR

LANCASTER
Thursday, October 11, 2018. 6:30 PM
Friends Meeting House
Lancaster, Lancashire. LA1 1TX

OXFORD
Tuesday, October 16, 2018. 7 PM – 9 PM
John Wesley Room, Wesley Memorial Church,
New Inn Hall Street Oxford. OX1 2DH

Workshops:

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

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

BRISTOL
Wednesday, October 10, 2018. 7 PM – 9 PM
Venue TBC

MANCHESTER
Thursday, October 18, 2018. 7 PM – 9 PM
Venue TBC

LONDON
Tuesday, October 23, 2018. 7 PM – 9 PM
Venue TBC

BRISTOL
Wednesday, October 24, 2018. 7 PM – 9 PM
Venue TBC

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.

The rebellion will be volunteer led!

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)

Extinction Symbol and Sign Out

The Extinction Symbol represents extinction. The circle signifies the planet, while the hourglass inside serving as a warning that time is rapidly running out for many species. The world is currently undergoing a mass extinction event, and this symbol is intended to help raise awareness of the urgent need for change in order to address this crisis. In order to spread the message as widely as possible, please create this symbol in any location you feel able to.
Thank you.
extinctionsymbol.info and @extinctsymbol on twitter.

XR newsletter #2 – Rebellion day

Rebellion Day
November 17th
In accordance with our conscience and as a clear duty to our children; our communities; this nation; and the planet; we are going to rebel against this criminally negligent government.

Our government’s abject failure to protect citizens and the next generations from the prospect of unimaginable suffering brought about by climate breakdown and social collapse is no longer acceptable.

We will no longer stand idly by and allow the destruction of all we love.

We are raging against this madness and our hearts are breaking.
We have a right and duty to rebel in the face of this tyranny of idiocy – in the face of this planned collective suicide.

We are going to act and in acting together we will overcome.

Assemble around Parliament for an act of mass civil disobedience. The day is part of a series of escalating non-violent direct actions which will be taking part in London from the 12th November.

Don’t forget to also promote the Declaration of Rebellion on Oct 31st

Rising Up Autumn Gathering- Extinction Rebellion Formation 29/30th Sept

The gathering will plan the Extinction Rebellion. What we will do, where we do it, what we need to do it.

Please register and find out more information at risingup.org.uk/autumn
Register to the Autumn Gathering
Suggested Reading:
Why Growth Can’t Be Green- ForeignPolicy
Suggested Viewing:
David Spratt- What lies beneath (Bias in Scientific Community)
10C increase within a human lifetime- Dr. James White

Upcoming events:

Sep 22: The Peoples Walk for Wildlife Extinction Rebellion Bloc
Sep 19: Machynlleth Talk
Sep 24: Birmingham Talk
Sep 24: Dorking Talk
Sep 26: Exeter Talk
Sep 27: Lancaster Talk
Sep 27: Frome Talk
Oct 1: York Talk
Oct 10: Nottingham Talk
Oct 16: London Talk
Oct 31: Declaration of Rebellion
Nov 17: Rebellion Day
Non-Violent Direct Action Events

Sep 21: Brighton NVDA Training- 6pm
Oct 8: NVDA Training London
Oct 8: York NVDA Training
Oct 11: Lancaster NVDA
Oct 16: Oxford NVDA Training
Oct 31st: Declaration Of Rebellion

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 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)
“To love truth for truth’s sake is the principal part of human perfection in this world, and the seed-plot of all other virtues”
John Locke
Please contact us at extinctionrebellion@risingup.org.uk if you have any questions or want to be added/removed from the mailing list

XR newsletter #1 – 5/9 2018

COUNTDOWN TO THE REBELLION

Time is a luxury we no longer have, we are heading for the cliff edge
and we aren’t putting the brakes on.

Our political leadership has failed us and our rights to life and common
interests are ignored and endangered.

WE BELIEVE THIS TYRANNY OF IGNORANCE MUST BE CHALLENGED.

As citizens of a democratic state and in accordance with our moral and
spiritual beliefs and our obligations to our families we believe the
only course of action is to call for a rebellion on behalf of life
itself.

THE SIXTH EXTINCTION MUST BE RESISTED.

ROUND UP

Across the world, the need for grassroots climate action is becoming
more and more obvious, from the resignation of France’s environmental
minister [1] to recent studies showing the devastating effects of a 2C
warming on global crops [2].

This week in XR we have travelled to the far corners of the South West
to deliver talks and practiced our first bit of civil disobedience in
London’s Trafalgar Square.

RUN-UP ACTION DEBRIEF

Walking out at the zebra crossing, the road was
taken in a calm and controlled manner. The road was occupied with
protestors
sitting in the street, with a banner held in front to block any through
passage,
whilst flyers were handed out to the surrounding public.

Those involved with the Extinction Rebellion are no longer prepared to
sit idly by and watch elected representatives ignore the problem of our
times – the mass extinction of species precipitated by man made impacts
on climate change.

The aim of this small yet coherent action was also to demonstrate for
new members the kind of actions that will be taking place on a larger
scale in November.

The action was followed by a picnic at St. James’s Park. This
provided both old and new faces the opportunity to get to know each
other and share some well deserved food!

–Roman, new affinity group member

Watch Video Here [3]

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 [4]. We
have two regular conference calls for new volunteers on Mondays at
7.00pm [5] and on Tuesdays at 1pm [6] to explain about the different
working groups, how you can help out and answer any questions about the
process.

For more information on the working groups and generally what is
involved with the rebellion please check out the ‘How to get involved’
[7] and ‘Briefing’ [8] 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? [9]

Suggested Reading:

* Greta Thunberg, 15 year on school strike: “Sweden is not a Role
Model” [10]
* UN Scientific Paper Suggests ‘Capitalism Has to Die in Order for the
Planet to Be Saved [11]’
* “What If It’s Already Too Late?” [12]: Being an Activist in the
Anthropocene

Suggested Viewing:

* Noam Chomsky- Racing to the precipice of human extinction [12]
* The Children’s March [13]- An insight into the arrests of thousands
of children in Birmingham, Alabama that led to the 1964 Civil Rights Act
* Extinction Rebellion Run Up Action- Road Block [3]

Sign up to the rebellion! [9]

Upcoming events:

Sep 6: Shrewsbury Talk [14]- 7pm
Sep 10: Stroud Talk [15] – 7pm
Sep 10: Manchester Talk [16]- Partisan Collective 7pm
Sep 10: Volunteer Welcome Conference Call [17]- 7pm
Sep 11: Nottingham Talk [18]- International Community Centre
Sep 11: London Talk [19]- Newspeak House 7pm
Sep 12: Oxford Talk [20]- 7pm-John Wesley Room
Sep 13: 12 Characters in Search of An Apocalypse [21]- Stroud
Sep 14: Brighton Talk [22]- Brighthelm Centre 7pm

Sep 18: Preparing for Rebellion- Stroud [21]
Sep 18: King’s College Climate Emergency: Defend Prosecuted Students
[23]
Sep 19: Machynlleth Talk [24]
Sep 24: Birmingham Talk [25]
Sep 26: Exeter Talk [26]
Sep 27: Lancaster Talk [27]
Sep 27: Frome Talk [28]

NON-VIOLENT DIRECT ACTION EVENTS

Sep 8: NVDA Training and Talk- Pont Valley- Coal Nee More [29]
Sep 10: NVDA Training London [30]- New Unity 7pm
Sep 17: Manchester NVDA Training [31]- Partisan Collective
Sep 19: Bristol NVDA Training [32]- Hamilton House 6pm
Sep 18: Oxford NVDA Training- [33]7pm
Sep 20: Affinity Group Training- Stroud [34]
Sep 21: Brighton NVDA Training [35]- 6pm
Oct 8: NVDA Training London [36]
Oct 11: NVDA Lancaster [37]
Oct 16: Oxford NVDA Training [38]- 7pm

Inspiring Story of the Week
Following Sweden’s hottest summer ever, Greta Thunberg, 15, decided to
go on school strike at the parliament [10]to get politicians to act.
This is the kind of bravery we need in the face of the climate crisis.
The younger generation are waking up to the chaotic world that has been
left to them. Their actions will guide our future, much as the
Children’s March [13] did in Birmingham.

‘ADULTS ARE SHITTING ON MY FUTURE’

The rebellion will be volunteer led! [9]

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)

“_Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent
revolution inevitable_”
John F Kennedy

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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XR newsletter #0 – 5/8 2018

First Extinction Rebellion newsletter is out! 🔥

WELCOME TO THE EXTINCTION REBELLION NEWSLETTER!

As we fall further and further into the climate crisis, the time for
dramatic action to try and change our course is now. Thank you to
everyone that recognises this and has come to one of our 18 talks and
workshops over the last few months. We are now scaling up the campaign
and introducing this regular newsletter to keep you all up to date on
what is going on.

UPDATES FROM THE REBELLION

The current heatwave is just the latest example of the effects of
runaway climate change. Record breaking temperatures across the global
[1], hundreds missing after a dam burst in Laos and expected
temperatures of almost 50C in Spain and Portugal this weekend. We
can’t let the conversation end here. The government must declare a
climate emergency and bring about immediate measures to end the use of
fossil fuels and drawdown the carbon in our atmosphere.

Read More [2]

This is going to be the new normal, and even the new ‘cool’, unless
we do something about it. And we are!

Below are a series of talks and workshops that are planned in for around
the UK over the next few months- save the dates!

For those that want to start organizing with the rebellion we have set
up two conference calls, one on Monday at 7.30pm [3] and one on Tuesday
at 3pm [4] to explain about the different working groups, how you can
help out and answer any questions about the process.

(Links to join the conference calls are on the FB event pages)

For more information on the working groups and generally what is
involved with the rebellion please check out the ‘How to get involved’
[5] and ‘Briefing’ [6] documents.

Suggested Reading:

Wake up, Britain. We’ve been betrayed over Heathrow [7]- Roger Hallam-
The Guardian
The Uninhabitable Earth [8]- New York Journal
Leading the Public into Emergency Mode: A New Strategy for the Climate
Movement [9]- Climate Mobilisation
Raising My Child in a Doomed World [10]- NY Times

Suggested Viewing:

What is takes to be a rebel [11]- Chris Hedges

Upcoming events:

Aug 6: Volunteer Welcome Conference Call [12]- 7:30pm (All welcome!)
Aug 7:  Volunteer Welcome Conference Call [13]- 3:00pm (All welcome!)
Aug 7: Bristol Rising Up Weekly Meeting- 6pm- BASE, Robertson Road
(Every Tuesday)
Aug 8: King’s College Climate Emergency:  [14]Defend Prosecuted
Students [15]
Aug 9: Newcastle Talk- Star and Shadow Cinema 6:30pm [16]
Aug 15: London General Meeting  [17]- 7pm
Aug 18: Bristol Talk- 7pm Arts House Cafe (TBC)
Aug 29: London General Meeting [18]- 7pm
Sep 10: Stroud Talk [19]
Sep 11: Nottingham Talk [20]- International Community Centre
Sep 12: Oxford Talk- 7pm-John Wesley Room, Wesley Memorial Church OX1
2DH

Sep 18: Preparing for Rebellion- Stroud [21]
Sep 24: Birmingham Talk [22]

Non-Violent Direct Action Events

Aug 22: Affinity Group Meeting- Bristol
Sep 8: NVDA Training and Talk- Pont Valley- Coal Nee More [23]
Sep 11: NVDA Training London [24]- Limehouse Town Hall
Sep 17: Bristol NVDA Training
Sep 19: Oxford NVDA Training-7pm-John Wesley Room, Wesley Memorial
Church OX1 2DH
Sep 20: Affinity Group Training- Stroud [25]
Oct 9: NVDA Training London [26]
Oct 17: Oxford NVDA Training- 7pm-John Wesley Room, Wesley Memorial
Church OX1 2DH

‘In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the
silence of our friends’

Martin Luther King, Jr

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

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