Extinction Rebellion Follow-up Meeting with Michael Gove and Nadhim Zahawi

Three members of Extinction Rebellion today met Michael Gove, UK Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for a follow-up meeting. They were joined by Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families, Nadhim Zahawi. The group discussed the government’s 2050 target for net zero greenhouse gas emissions and the proposed Citizens’ Assemblies set to be held in the Autumn.  The Extinction Rebellion representatives made clear that the 2050 target is wholly inadequate and fails to avert the risk of environmental destruction and social collapse.  The issue of excluding embodied emissions from calculations of net UK…

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Newsletter 24 Plus

This post serves as an overflow for some of the slightly longer contributions to XR’s fortnightly newsletter. Enjoy these further explorations of some thought-provoking actions and events. This time, it’s the Cannes Lions festival disruption, the Petroleo and Fueliet’ BP Screening action, RCA Fashion action, and the Natural History Museum alternative banquet. Yes we Cannes! XR France and UK rebels joined forces to disrupt the advertising industry festival, Cannes Lions. The group of 25-30 French, one German, and 7 UK rebels were elated at the actions they managed to pull off and the attention they…

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Newsletter 24: They fought like (nonviolent) Scotsmen

(You can sign up for this newsletter here) ‘I had no idea that history was being made. I was just tired of giving in.’ ― Rosa Parks Holyrood Rebel Camp in Scotland. Photo by Leda Bartolucci. Welcome to our 24th newsletter! This fortnight has been so jam-packed with action, we’re starting to think we need another newsletter to pick up the overflow. It’s been an emotional rollercoaster, as ever, but one we are fiercely proud to be riding. We rejoiced with the Scottish Holyrood Rebel Camp, as they came together in their…

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WITNESS BOX STATEMENT – Angie Zelter, Hendon Magistrates Court 25th June 2019

Words – 4,451 words. Time to read out – 30 minutes max Personal Background I am now 68 years of age but when I was 21, in my final year at university, I read the January edition of ‘The Ecologist’ magazine, called ‘Blueprint for Survival’. This had an enormous impact on me as it introduced the major problems then facing the world – war, poverty, acid rain, ozone depletion, desertification, deforestation, species loss, civil and military uses and abuses of nuclear power, pollution, population growth, consumerism and climate change.  I had been through a university education and been unaware…

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Extinction Rebellion Podcast Episode 4 – Looking Forwards

Listen on Apple Podcasts Listen on Spotify Listen on Podomatic Live on all platforms NOW In our first episode since April’s International Rebellion, the Extinction Rebellion podcast discusses the future. Christiana Figueres was Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) from 2010 to 2016. The 2015 Paris Agreement was her most notable achievement. You can read more about the agreement and the 1997 Kyoto Protocol here. George Monbiot is a British writer and a columnist at The Guardian. You can read his latest columns here. Jem Bendell is a Professor of Sustainability Leadership at the…

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Newsletter 23: Radiohead joins the Rebellion

(Sign up for this newsletter here) Welcome to our 23rd newsletter! Yes, you read that subject right. Faced with a ransom from hackers, the legendary rock band instead opted for rebellion, releasing 18 hours of unheard material in an album online and donating the proceeds to Extinction Rebellion. (!) Needless to say we’re very grateful. No industry, sphere or genre is exempt from the threat of extinction. With this generous gesture, Radiohead have made clear that artists have as much a role to play as anyone. Radiohead releases ‘MINIDISKS [HACKED]’: ‘my…

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Trees of the Rebellion: Garden Bridge

Back in April, trees and plants of all shapes and sizes were transported to The Garden Bridge (Waterloo) for the week of International Rebellion. Their presence helped transform the bridge into the “friendly, vibrant and verdant” oasis it became for the thousands of rebels and visitors to the bridge. The original trees were added to by numerous plants brought by people as they joined in the rebellion. By ‘deleting the cars’ and inviting people to ‘come and play’, XR made ‘the best Garden Bridge’. Hoopla Pocket Park, Lambeth. Photo by Mak Gilchrist The original 47 trees, many…

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