Newsletter 28 – Murder in the Amazon

Rebels all over the world watch heartbroken as fires devastate the Amazon. Known to many as ‘the lungs of the Earth’, the rainforest is a vital organ of our living planet whose health hangs in the balance. The record-breaking fires are casting a shadow on over half the area of Brazil and are visible from space. On Monday, Sao Paolo was plunged into an unnatural ash-filled darkness in the middle of the day, and the ash cloud has now reached Peru. But the most traumatic effects are undoubtedly felt by those who call this forest home,…

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History Corner – Peterloo

August 16th saw the 200th anniversary of the notorious Peterloo Massacre of 1819 in which mounted cavalry charged into a peaceful crowd of 60,000-80,000 people in Manchester, killing 11-15 and wounding up to 700. They had assembled to demand parliamentary reform and to protest against the poverty and inequality afflicting the general population, especially in the north of England. The Peterloo Campaign website has a brief summary of the events of that day and a poignant eyewitness account by Samuel Bamford, the radical reformer accused of treason and later imprisoned for 1 year on incitement…

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XR Unchained

Welcome to XR Unchained! As much as we’d love to squeeze every action we hear about into the email, it simply can’t be done! XR Unchained will be a new source of rebel actions, celebrating the efforts of XR from all corners of the world. If you want to see your action here, please email your story and most exciting photo to xr-newsletter@protonmail.com with ‘Story Contribution’ in the subject line. Western Australian Rebels declare rebellion 15 AUG | Parliament House, Perth, Australia Herbert Bropho conducts a traditional smoking ceremony XR Western Australia came together for a joyful, bright…

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XR UK announcements

Heading for Extinction Talk for your MP 09 Sep | House of Commons, Westminster, UK | 16:00 or 17:00 Your MP needs to know and tell the truth about the climate and ecological crisis. They need to understand the full extent of this crisis and take urgent action. Invite your MP to join you at a Heading for Extinction talk in the House of Commons to share your concerns with them. We will also be joined by an IPCC scientist who authored the 1.5C report. Write to your MP now and invite them to come meet you in…

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The last cries of an imperilled Amazon

Text and images by Victor Chaix. Victor recently returned from Brazil, and is currently an active member of XR Paris. The largest forest on earth, home to nature’s most astonishing biodiversity and complexity, is under serious threat. To the despair of local communities and Brazilian activists, a resurgent form of colonialism and an unconstrained, globalized capitalism torment this climatic and biological heaven of planetary importance. Yet the Amazonian question is far from a national issue, as it provides ecological stability for Earth’s biosphere and it is being targeted by globalized capitalism.  The Amazonian forest is, in many ways, the ultimate…

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Newsletter 27: Crikey! Disobedience down under!

(Sign up to the newsletter here) Welcome to our 27th newsletter! Mysterious symbol crops up in UK countryside Congratulations, you made it through the hottest month ever recorded. You know there’s something wrong when it’s 35°C (95°F) in Sweden, just north of the Arctic Circle, and there are wildfires in Siberia. Glaciers are melting so fast they are being described as ‘roaring’, and there was even a plaque to commemorate the first Icelandic glacier lost to climate change. Its name was Okjökull, or ‘Ok’ for short. Suffice it to…

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Newsletter 27: Crikey! Disobedience down under!

Mysterious symbol crops up in UK countryside Congratulations, you made it through the hottest month ever recorded. You know there’s something wrong when it’s 35°C (95°F) in Sweden, just north of the Arctic Circle, and there are wildfires in Siberia. Glaciers are melting so fast they are being described as ‘roaring’, and there was even a plaque to commemorate the first Icelandic glacier lost to climate change. Its name was Okjökull, or ‘Ok’ for short. Suffice it to say, Ok is not OK! 40,000 litres of oil spilled into the sea…

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