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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Newsletter 27: History Corner

(image source) With a right-wing think tank now beginning to use the ‘t’ word to describe XR, now might be a good time to look at a period in the early 00s known as the ‘Green Scare’, when environmental activists in the US were routinely referred to as ‘domestic extremists’ and ‘terrorists’ and treated as such by the police, intelligence agencies and the legal system. This 2008 Crimethinc article goes into detail on the activist background of the Earth Liberation Front and Animal Liberation Front, the decade-long FBI investigation known as ‘Operation Backfire,’ and describes the…

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Newsletter 27: Global XR Actions

Hell hath no fury like a bank swarmed 25 JUL | Lausanne, Switzerland XR Switzerland saw its first arrests after a hefty police response to an action outside a bank in the city of Lausanne. Around fifty rebels swarmed the road outside the Crédit Suisse HQ, whose heavy fossil fuel investments make it the country’s most polluting bank. Roughly the same number of police appeared within minutes, splitting the protestors into two groups, containing them for three hours, and subjecting them to ID checks and a patronising ‘Don’t do this again’ speech. Eight rebels were then arrested and taken to…

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