Poem: The Tactics of Our Antics

By Liz Darcy Jones

Let us be Up Rising!

Create a mighty swell:

Our words are magnetising

they say ‘Wake up! Rebel!

We’ll get up and we’ll stand up

for those who don’t or can’t

and if you’re not for marching

then find some trees and plant!

Let us be Up Rising!

Create a mighty swell:

Our words are magnetising

they say ‘Wake up! Rebel!

we will not stoop to fight or harm

but mischief-make with glee

‘til songs and chants and mass arrests

and our solidarity

wake up those in denial

and rouse the ones who sleep

‘til all can see we’ve got to change

adapt and make it deep!

Let us be Up Rising!

Create a mighty swell:

Our words are magnetising

they say ‘Wake up! Rebel!

If we can challenge and rise up

and rock the status quo

whilst keeping our hearts open
there’s just a chance we’ll show

revolting rigid concepts

(born of power or greed)

hold far more threat than you or I:

let fierce love be our creed

Let us be Up Rising!

Create a mighty swell:

Our words are magnetising

they say ‘Wake up! Rebel!

Poem: Blameless and shameless life

By Liz Darcy Jones

This is the crux of love

crux of the symbol

heart of nature whether we like it or not

our system’s toxic but when we attribute

blame or shame to each other we contribute

to the rot

Nature’s web gives us our lead

irreverent and shameless

it holds every one blameless!

Still we do not learn and douse ourselves

and shame and blame’s dirty oil

incendiaries which then inflame

our hearts’ already desert soil

Can we appreciate our system’s toxic

and accept each one of us forgets

the one to which we’re born –

begging us to honour all its non-judgemental wild?

will I harden arteries with blame and shame

or be the bloody love which pumps

the heart of every creature, man and child?

This is the type of blood to keep the world alive

this is the blood without which we will not survive.

P.S. Some say we need shame to bring us to our knees in grief…

No. Accept its presence [beat] but make your meeting personal and brief.

Shame is unattended guilt, and guilt – painful prompt to acts of restitution –

guilt calls for gentle understanding, shifts the silt

of pain, regret, self-harm

it asks me (me, alone since others’ lives I do not own)

am I toxifying our system further with my shame and blame

or learning to play clean in nature’s game?
for nature’s game insists not one of us is left out –

and often gives the tiniest player greatest clout!

The Captain-less Raft: a poem

By Liz Darcy Jones

‘Who are your leaders?’ curious shouts
‘We don’t have leaders, so every one counts’
‘But when you cock up, who is to blame?’

‘We are all human, we don’t play the game
of naming, wronging or indulging in shame –

nor do we promise position or fame.

This means we build a raft which is flat

we dismantle hierarchy, slim the fat cat

(that 1% creaming the best out of greed):

we’re creating a platform to meet our earth’s need

Our power is love which honours the world –
so whether you’re blond, or have hair tightly curled

or feathers, or fur, or are frail and bald –
come and join in, whatever you’re called!
this is fierce love and this our power

an unstoppable force at hand ever hour…

but creating it can’t just rely on a few

because at its heart it IS me and you.’

A Poem for the Bellingham Climate Strikers

By Rob Lewis

Bellngham City Hall, 3/15/19

Where the sun meets the earth

your education begins.

Where the gold light meets the green striving

the lesson plan is all laid out.

Your teachers sing from the branches.

Stored knowledge shines in the leaves.

Study closely this living encyclopedia.

Become friends with things

and they will reward you with their meanings.

Though the adult world seems to have abandoned you

The earth is behind you every step of the way.

You have on your side all flowers and all rivers,

mountains and sand grains and the universes

inside those sand grains.

You have the oceans around you and the one inside you,

which occasionally appears on the lip of your eyelid

in the brief relief of a tear.

You didn’t come across waves of time

to fulfill the educational metrics of the state.

You are not given sight, and hearing and imagination

just to elbow past the others

in an economy that’s liquidating the world.

Out of the earth you came.

You hold in your eyes

the sun’s own candles

Don’t be afraid to burn

a few bad ideas down.

Don’t be afraid to dazzle us

with your fire.

“Who is Extinction Rebellion for” Ditty

By Liz Darcy Jones

I was challenged this week by an acquaintance as to who the leaders of XR are and who it’s for… Very serendipitous timing as I’d reached Principle and Value No 6 ‘We welcome everyone and every part of everyone’!

And after joining members of the Green Party, other environmental groups and fellow XR rebels in Newbury in pouring rain to remind the Council that the climate emergency will have an impact on their spending (it was their annual Budgetary meeting) the ditty below emerged. We were a diverse group and my imagination lit up…

Who is XR for?’

‘Everyone.’
‘Too general, it can’t be done! Nah!’
It’s something I muse upon. And now I’ll hazard a try
to tell you why…’

Because XR is you

the passionate, secret tree-hugger

daring to start a chant (she’s eighty-two)

Because XR is me

the child of three

who doesn’t understand but likes to bang

his tambourine and make a noise indefinitely!

Because XR is her

retired and studious academic

now prepared to make a stir

Because XR is him

who doesn’t agree entirely with the strategy

and whose sight is getting dim

but feels valued (and the endless marching

keeps him trim)

Because XR is he/she/neither and LGBT

removes all labels and yet recognises

each for who they are – safe and heard in a holacracy*

Because XR is multi-sized

embracing every part of you –

yes, the bits you conveniently forget

and the lovely parts you’ve not yet met

Because XR is me

lover of solitude, pacing my supplies of energy

XR could be each and every one of us

the passengers and driver of the bus

XR could be mankind – man kind – transformed into one ginormous ‘we’
will you join up and help that come to be?!

*A holacracy is a decentralised nimble form of organisation, flat in structure leveraging autonomy, see www.holacracy.org

Youth of XR #1

This speech was planned to be read during the Youth Strike 4 Climate, in Exeter on February 15th. Youth Strike for Climate is an international movement that is gaining traction and support all the time. February 15th was the first mass countrywide UK action. Exeter was one of the biggest events. XR unequivocally supports Youth Strikes. Some Youth Strike members are also XR Youth members, including in Exeter. Thanks to ‘Jack’ for the YouTube video above. Jack, please get in touch -one of our editors would like to create some content with you!

Greatest Power

by Molly Bovet, 17 years old

To those with the greatest power, from those who must break the system to claim it:

There never should have been a ‘time for waiting’, and now even those stolen years have run out.

Your generation has failed to keep us safe in this time, and now we, your children, are left to pick up the pieces and provoke you into action. The promises that have been made and the plans that have been discussed so far are too vague and too idle.

We have, at best, twelve years left before the state of our planet becomes catastrophic and we run out of time for action; that is not time that can be wasted like the politicians and major companies of the world have wasted the years leading up to this.

You are the ones who have created this mess and now we are here to force you into action. You are the ones with the power to help us.

Children are raised to be quiet when they’re angry and to do as they’re told, but this is one issue that we cannot be silenced on.

In just the past twenty five years, you have emitted more CO2 than the entirety of the human race before you. The climate we have been born and raised in, the climate that you have created, is born of obliteration.

We may even see climate collapse as soon as within the next five years, and if we don’t amend that, cultural collapse will inevitably follow within our lifetimes.

Even these horrific facts are things that we have had to seek out ourselves; our schools do not equip us with the knowledge and ability to mitigate the worst-case scenarios. Nor do they teach us about the direness of our climate situation or how we can live low carbon lifestyles.

We do not want to live in fear but you give us no choice. We trusted you, the adults, to keep us safe but you have failed to secure our future.

You want to raise good kids, people who will be kind to one another and the world around them, work passionately and take their educations seriously. These kids are here, begging at your feet to spare us a future in flames. We will care for this earth and its creatures. We will love every precious second that we are here; just as long as you do the same.

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La tierra transformada, Joaquín Clausell (1910)




This is my only planet 

by Holly Errington

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This is my only planet

I must defend it

This is your beautiful planet

You must help us

*

Tired of endless excuses

Governments saying “We’ll fix it later”

And walking away with a smirk

*

Their pockets full and our planet empty

No,

We will not settle for later

Yes,

We don’t care if you think we’re crazy

*

We can band together

Rise up

Join forces

Stop this

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Climate change

Habitat loss

Ocean acidification

are happening now

*

Do not let others pollute your vision

Be a protector of precious life  

Let us hold hope by the hand

Pray that we will be sitting amongst wildlife

In years to come

Talking about our defiance

And victory

Against this ecological destruction


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We Have the Facts, We Will Have Climate Justice

by Lauren Fenton, 18 years old

In a world where governments care more about money than the environment, it has been left to the people to decide which shade of green we want for our planet.

With an estimated 18 billion pounds of plastic waste entering the world oceans from coastal regions annually and Donald Trump looking to re-open coal mines in the USA, it is now down to the people to make the change.

But we need the support of the government, we need them to wake up and take responsibility and write legally binding agreements to cap the global temperature rise by less than the tipping point.

Limiting global warming to 2 degrees Celsius is not good enough. A two-degree increase in the average global temperature means that mountain glaciers and rivers will start to disappear, 10% of the world’s population will be displaced due to sea level rise and A THIRD OF ALL LIFE ON EARTH WILL FACE EXTINCTION!

As a population we need to band together to pressure the officials to enforce a mandatory cap in temperature rise at 1.5 degrees C above pre-industrial levels and become carbon neutral by 2030. By the time we reach 2050 It will be too late.

In 2014, only 5 countries accounted for 70% of global CO2 emissions: China, the United States, the European Union, the Russian Federation and Japan. This sparked the launch of the “land mark agreement” to combat climate change in 2015 – COP 21, The Paris agreement, Which THE USA HAS NOW PULLED OUT OF.

China is so far the only country to make a major difference, announcing plans to invest over $USD 3 Billion in renewable energy. Whist the EU’s aim is become carbon neutral by 2050 and cut energy use by 20% below business-as-usual projections by 2020. This is NOT good enough! We are the 3rd largest contributor to CO2 emissions globally and our member states are among the wealthiest countries in the world. With these stats there is NO EXCUSE for not making more of an effort to become carbon neutral! Because of our governments idleness we are now on track for a global temperature rise of 2.7 degrees C, 0.7 above the tipping point.

Despite all these statistics, there has still been no legally binding agreement to combat climate change since 2009. And there are still countries refusing the latest agreement (Katowice 2018), including the USA, Russia and Saudi Arabia. Knowing this, how can we rely on governments who are not willing to make a sacrifice to save the planet? If the temperature continues to rise there will be no trade, there will be displacement of people and there will be extinction!

We have the facts. We have the power. We will have Climate Justice.

  • By Lauren Fenton

Stop the clocks, planetary version

Stop all the clocks, put away your mobile phone

Take a good look at your loved ones

Silence the noise and think for a moment

Take heed of the fact, this world is done.

 

Note the aeroplanes with jetplumes,

Tracing white lines in a bright sky

The stars and the planets whose beauty belies

The fact our home will soon be gone.

 

It is our north, south, our east and west,

Our place of birth, our place of rest,

Your source of all eternity, and so much beauty

We thought the world would last forever: we were wrong.

 

The planet will not last long now, with what we’ve done

Behold the sun, the moon the stars,

We’ve poisoned the ocean and burned up the woods

And seize what chance to try to save what’s good.