As XR actions take place all over the world, XR UK reveals its strategic overview for April’s International Rebellion
Welcome to the *14th Extinction Rebellion Newsletter!*
In the global north, spring is almost here – but Extinction Rebellion is blooming in both hemispheres, bringing our ideas and energy to minds and streets around the world.
In time for the new season, we’ve publicly released our strategy for the coming months – you can read it here.
Speaking of guidance, the snowballing Earth March
And in case that isn’t enough preparation, the Spring Uprising festival
But it’s not all preparation – in fact there’s been so much going on over the past few weeks that it’s been hard to keep up. Actions include XR launching in many new countries and cities, rebel teachers marching
More and more citizens across the globe are joining our movement and standing up to rebel for life; in celebration of this global solidarity, this week we’re giving special prominence to the actions of our fellow rebels all over the world.
We’re entering a pivotal moment in history – if you’d like to get involved, our volunteers page
Check out what’s on near you with our full list of upcoming events, available to view on our website rebellion.earth/events
If you’d like to look back through the newsletter archive, you can find it here.
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– International Highlights – Recent UK Activity – Upcoming Activity – Announcements – Extreme Weather – Latest News and Data – Recommended Content – Regenerative Culture / Good News Stories
South Africa – February 7, March 15 and 23
Rebels used South Africa’s recent state-of-the-nation address to raise awareness of Extinction Rebellion’s demands, by holding a mock parliament and making their own address to the nation. There’s an ongoing, dynamic discussion about how XR can best tackle South Africa’s unique challenges, and help people affected by climate breakdown.
As well as participating in the upcoming international actions, Extinction Rebellion South Africa has two upcoming events:
March 15 Co-hosting the Cape Town Climate Strike
March 23 Funeral for the earth
Rebels performed a die-in at a Mall in Milan. It was a rainy Sunday afternoon so the mall was busy, and the protest garnered a lot of attention. You can watch Extinction Rebellion Italy’s beautifully produced video here
An Extinction Rebellion week in Canada
Switzerland – February 12 and 23
Meanwhile, in Zurich
Belgium – February 19
In a spectacular first action for their country, Rebels protested outside a high-level international climate conference
Teachers in Stockholm demonstrated in front of their Department of Education in solidarity with protesting UK teachers and pupils, demanding the declaration of a state of emergency and the prioritization of the climate crisis in education. Students must be taught the truth about the ongoing catastrophe, they insisted, and all student climate strikes must be permitted.
Ireland – February 10
Extinction Rebellion Ireland, in coalition with other groups, held a die-in
The Irish Rebels have also been busy holding various meetings and community talks. Germany – February 23
In Hamburg, Rebels held a ‘funeral’ march in memory of all of the species that have gone extinct due to human activity. It was the first action in Hamburg; Rebels found it to be a good chance to meet each other and plan for the future. This video
Extinction Rebellion CZ had a high visibility action when they dropped a banner
Recently, having blocked a coal terminal in Australia for several days, protesters were greeted by a row of police at the gates to Abbot point, Adani. One protester had suspended himself on a giant tripod above the railway line that feeds key Adani infrastructures.
Spain – March 1 and 5
Extinction Rebellion Spain University group, along with FridaysForFuture and Youth4Climate, held a sit-in at the Congress of Deputies in Madrid.
Now, Rebels are inviting climate and ecocide protesters to join them on the March 5th at 7.30pm in Madrid. They plan to hold a ‘jam’ in the city centre and are inviting everyone to share their creative skills. This could involve music, dance, circus skills and art on the streets. For more information click here.
French working groups are busy preparing for the “Jour de Declaration de Rebellion” (JDR) on 24 March, which will mark the start of Extinction Rebellion action there. It will take place at 2pm at the Place de la Bourse, in Paris, and will urge the government to meet Extinction Rebellion’s demands. A declaration statement will go out as a press release on March 20. The event page is here
Planning is already underway for follow-up civil disobedience locally and nationally, and Rebels are conducting training in non-violent direct action and discussing how best to respond to the questions of the media and individuals.
*Recent UK Activity*
London Rebels Disrupt International Petroleum Week
On Wednesday 27th February, Extinction Rebels disrupted International Petroleum Week by blocking access to the hotel hosting an international gathering of fossil fuel companies, meeting to network and form new partnerships. Global finance’s cynical continuation of the status quo at the cost of life on this planet cannot continue unchecked, and we are supremely grateful to the brave Rebels who took action to disrupt the event and draw attention to the crimes of Big Oil. And despite the ideological clash, some delegates expressed support for Extinction Rebellion and took up the chanting inside.
Filmmaker Jack Harries
The Blue Wave, Glasgow
On March 2nd people flooded into Glasgow dressed in blue and green to draw attention to the rising sea-levels and flooding caused by the changing climate.
XR Media Briefing
On 25th February, Extinction Rebellion held its first mass press briefing at its new London offices. Attended by media from across the world, the briefing shared Extinction Rebellion’s plans for the months ahead in order to ensure maximum coverage of our upcoming actions. Please keep an eye on our Upcoming Activity section and the press section
Teachers March on Department of Education
Friday 22nd of February teachers and students of all ages, supported by Extinction Rebellion, marched on the Department of Education in London to demand that climate and ecological emergency is made an educational priority. The protest came in the wake of a letter
After some inspiring speeches from activists of all ages, teacher and Extinction Rebellion member Tim Jones spray-painted “Tell the Truth”
Speakers at the event included Professor David Humphreys (Open University), Dr Anne Andrews (Cambridge University) and Dr Alison Green, who recently stepped down from her Pro Vice-Chancellor role to focus on full-time climate activism and who authored the academic letter published last week.
Fashion Designer Clare Farrell Banned from London Fashion Week
During the opening of London Fashion Week on Sunday 17th February, Extinction Rebellion began a day of disruption by swarming outside Victoria Beckham’s show at the Tate Britain.
Following the protest, Extinction Rebellion member, organiser and fashion designer, Clare Farrell was barred from entering London Fashion Week, even though she was a Product Developer for the event. A police officer approached Farrell in the queue for the show, addressing her by name and informing her that she would not be allowed to enter as they did not want anyone from Extinction Rebellion to attend.
Decentralisation is a key element of XR’s ethos. So while high-profile actions will often take place in the big cities, we’re eager to celebrate all the amazing actions across the country and the world every week. If you’re involved in your local XR scene, in whatever part of the world, and if you’ve got a story to share, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘Story Contribution’ in the subject line. For major bonus points, it’d also be really helpful if you could write the story as you’d like it to appear in the newsletter!
Extinction Rebellion campaigners held a mock funeral parade through Canterbury
XR Shrewsbury organised a climate march through the town centre
Rebels in Marlborough have been spreading the message of emergency with leaflets, letters in bottles, and a banner right outside the town hall
On the 17th of February 150 rebels in Halifax, Canada, shut down multiple intersections
The Blood of our Children:
Join our bloody but non-violent civil disobedience at a central London government location. The science is done. We are in a climate and ecological emergency. We’re sending our children into a future likely to involve mental breakdown, starvation, war and early death. There are no words to describe the horrors we risk if we do not make governments act immediately. So we all have a responsibility and duty to take action. Even if that means breaking the law.
So whatever your age, beliefs, or background, Extinction Rebellion is calling for you to come and pour (artificial) blood on the ground outside a key government location. We’ll make the gravity of the crisis viscerally clear and show that we’re prepared to make the sacrifice of our own freedom by being arrested. This is now what’s required. We also wish to apologise to the next generation for our complicity in bequeathing them the toxic legacy of climate and ecological breakdown.
The event page is here
Wales Rising Up: Carnival of Animals, March 9th
Extinction Rebellion Wales will be taking over some central streets in Cardiff with a colourful eclectic carnival of insects, animals, and plant life. People across Wales will come together to openly declare rebellion and to call on the Welsh Government to declare a Climate Emergency. There will be music, costumes, performance and more. Check out their Facebook page
XR Rig Rebellion – Edinburgh, March 8th
On Friday 8th of March, the Scottish Oil Club, an exclusive body representing the international oil and gas industry, will hold their annual celebratory dinner at the National Museum of Scotland.
A major driver of the climate emergency, the fossil fuel industry should not be celebrated, and definitely not on International Women’s Day! Women across the globe are on the front line of facing climate chaos, while rarely being the drivers of it.
Extinction Rebellion Scotland will protest this event through a dance-demonstration, driven by love, music and compassion. We’ll be dancing, singing, speaking and sharing – bring music, instruments, and your dancing feet!
Facebook event here
Second UK-Wide Youth Strike – March 15th
Last month saw 10,000 young people across the UK rising up and demanding change, as part of the Global Youth Strike
Spring Uprising – Festival – March 16th
WINTER IS OVER, WAKE UP – THERE’S A REBELLION ON
LET’S GET TOGETHER, CELEBRATE XR, GET TRAINED, GET ORGANISED
AND HAVE A DAMN GOOD TIME DOING IT
The weekend of 16/17 March in Bristol, Extinction Rebellion will put on its first ever festival of rebellion, activism and music – dubbed ‘Spring Uprising’ – at which up to 1,000 people at a time will be trained in peaceful non-violent civil disobedience.
Bringing together an unprecedented gathering of people from different backgrounds for nonviolent direct action workshops, music and art, the festival to be held in Bristol’s Motion venue (74-78 Avon Street, Bristol, BS2 0PX
The event is supported by music industry and festival organisers such as Boomtown Festival, Buddhafield, Ninja Tune Records, Alfresco Disco, The Green Gathering, Woman Fest and Burn Punk, and over a dozen musical acts have so far been confirmed.
Don’t miss it!
See the website
Facebook event-page here
Legal – Arrest Watch
Extinction Rebels are getting arrested all over the country at a speed that makes it impossible to train up new legal observers fast enough. So what to do?
The XR Legal working group has designed a training to skill up a new team for your local group: The Arrest Watch! Those who do an arrest watch training are not fully trained legal observers. Instead, they know of the whole arrestee support system, from pre-action day preparation to solidarity at the court, and make sure that no arrest goes unwatched.
The Arrest Watch training is intended to prepare you to support fellow rebels by:
– watching and reporting arrests at the time of the action
– answering the arrest phone in a back office
– making sure that no rebel has to go to court on their own
– setting up a legal team in your local XR group
We want to enable every local XR group to set up their own Arrest Watch Team for their actions. So even if you can’t get hold of a legal observer, you still have a system in place to support your arrestees as best as you can.
Please send 1-2 representative(s) from your local XR group down to the arrest watch training
NVDA trainings are steaming ahead and Affinity Groups are popping up all over. Our network is growing so fast! If there are any Affinity Groups out there, who haven’t had a call from a member of the Affinity Group Support Team, please do get in touch with us at email@example.com <firstname.lastname@example.org>
*‘Bringing Extinction Rebellion to Arts and Culture’ is a group that will mobilise the power of art and artists for International Rebellion*
This group is calling together artists – music, theatre, dance, circus and every other imaginable art – to raise the Rebellion and engage people in a way that protest and actions alone cannot. Ideas are snowballing. Guerrilla arts events to generate a buzz in the weeks up to 15th April – musical flashmobs, poetry slams, and more. Here’s just some of the projects bursting into life…. if you are an artist/arts worker and would like to join this group, get in touch via email to email@example.com We meet on Thursday evenings in the XR London office.
*The Silence Ends*
*Street Explosion* – an explosion of pop-up and street theatre across London featuring new works by famous writers.
*Play Piano for International Rebellion*
*Sound the rebellion!!!*
*Sounding Twelve Years*
*Moments of power and beauty*. Poets and musicians drift into numerous place and engage people with their own personal brief moments of power and beauty to remind people what a precious world we may lose.
And there’s plenty more… Come and join us and help us make the Rebellion a creative force! Earth March
The idea of the Earth March
If you’d like to get involved in Earth March but don’t know if it’s feasible, don’t worry! For those already in living in London, and for those a long way a way, we’ll be encouraging all XR UK members to join the last leg of the March as Earth Marchers enter London in time for the International Rebellion. Stay tuned for details on when and where as we get closer to April and London.
If you’re outside the UK and are interested in setting up an Earth March in your own country, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for support.
Flyposting in London
See what fly-posting and leafleting is on in London over the coming days here
If you’re not in London but would like advice on starting up your own fly-posting scene, please contact the same address.
Zero Hour – Young People’s Brief
Zero Hour is a US-based movement aiming to give greater prominence to young voices in the conversation on climate change; we’re filing an Amicus Brief for the Juliana v. United States Lawsuit and we are hoping to get 100,000 young people to sign their names onto it showing their support.
In 2015, 21 young people became plaintiffs in a case against the U.S. government. They filed the Constitutional climate lawsuit called Juliana v. United States
The Juliana Plaintiffs want to hold the US government accountable. The young people believe that the government’s affirmative action has violated the youngest generation’s constitutional rights to life, liberty, and property, while also failing to protect essential public trust resources.
We are launching a planetwide drive to get thousands of young people to add their names to a Young People’s Brief
Add your name to the brief here
A new group has been launched for XR seniors – for more information, please contact email@example.com.
XR Blog seeks submissions on an ongoing basis, from rebels from all walks of life. Minimal writing experience is required. If you’re stuck for content we can provide a variety of writing briefs. Please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org
According to a new report
Areas of the UK experienced the hottest February day
Australia’s summer smashes seasonal heat records
Apocalyptic scenes as Saddleworth Moor burns
*Latest News and Data*
Cuadrilla loses planning appeal for second UK site
The Government has recently refused Cuadrilla’s application
Shocking losses to wildlife and livestock in Queensland, Australia after seven years of drought are interrupted by freezing winds and ‘three years worth of rain in 10 days’. News.com report with upsetting images and no mention of climate change here
Survival International Director Stephen Corry: ‘This judgement is a death sentence for millions of tribal people in India, land theft on an epic scale, and a monumental injustice […] it will do nothing to save the forests which these tribespeople have protected for generations.’ Drax Can’t Grow Trees Fast Enough — Biomass is Not a Climate Solution
‘Drax often makes the misleading claim that they save over 80 percent of carbon emissions compared to coal. This is far from the truth, because it is not counting the emissions from combustion, which are 3 percent higher than burning coal’ New evidence linking mass strandings of beaked whales to military sonar
‘Scientists have long known that some beaked whales beach themselves and die in agony after exposure to naval sonar, and now they know why: the giant sea mammals suffer decompression sickness, just like scuba divers.’
One of the wildest parts of Britain is under threat
Coul Links dunes, heath and wetlands on the Sutherland coast at risk from ‘high impact’ golf course development, compromising its ecological integrity. Record-level earthquake in Newdigate, Surrey – calls for reopening of inquiry into links to oil industry
First debate about global warming in the houses of parliament for two years. Heartwarming to see how much our elected representatives care about our future and that of the living world! h/t Andrew Harmer
This is a really interesting graphic from the New York Times
Victory For The Chagos Islanders
*Regenerative Culture / Good News Stories*
Following a speech by Greta Thunberg
Clothing firm Patagonia