Newsletter 25: Love in the time of teargas

(Sign up for this newsletter here) Welcome to our 25th newsletter! Our movement, which bravely faces up to the loss of so much, is no stranger to trauma – nor to tears. Nonetheless, the efforts of French police to elicit both of these from rebels last Friday marks something of a new departure in our short history of grief, love and action. When the world watched riot police in Paris deploying teargas at short range on peaceful, seated protesters (footage may be upsetting), we witnessed a shocking level of repression (see below for more).

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Exploring XR: Northern Ireland

This week, we caught up with XR Northern Ireland, a relatively new group set up during the International Rebellion of April 2019. Here is a snapshot of XRNI’s experiences so far: their enthusiasm, creativity, deep concern for the environment and love for fellow human beings, all coloured by the intensity of NI politics and the realities of corporate assault on one of the least protected environments in the UK and Ireland. Promising beginnings “Our first day of action was during the International Rebellion. At the time, we just wanted to contribute to what was going on in…

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Response to the report of the Committee on Climate Change

Email: press@risingup.org.uk, Phone: +44(0)7549766448 Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Media Assets | Crowd Funder What emergency? | Extinction Rebellion in Numbers Extinction Rebellion welcomes the Committee on Climate Change’s report today, and its call upon the Government to prove it is serious about meeting its 2050 target, as another important – albeit small – step in the right direction.  However, we are enormously concerned that the report’s criticisms of the Government are woefully understated and that the very premise upon which the report is written – that achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 is a sufficient target…

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Newsletter 25: UK local actions

Carmen’s Carbon Procession + Royal Opera House die-in 2 JUL | London Photo by Anthony Jarman: Carmen Declares a Crime scene at Italian fossil fuel giant Eni Rebels from across London converged for a day of coordinated ‘Carmen’ inspired actions — the latest Royal Opera House production to be sponsored by BP. The day started with a sombre, flag-filled procession through central London, led by an imperious Carmen. She was outfitted in a dress best described as trash plastic couture, and a train that demanded five rebels-in-waiting shadowing her every move. The procession stopped at the London HQs of…

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Newsletter 25: Around the World

XR Ghana 30 JUN – 2 JUL | Accra XR and other groups gathered to celebrate the 59th anniversary of Ghana’s independence. XR banners flew for three days, together with the Black Star Pan-Afrikan Resistance flag of Ghana. The gathering took place at the Fire Grounds in Accra, hosted by the Ghana Union Movement (GUM) and the Osagyefo Youth Movement (OYM). XR rebels linked up with freedom fighting elders from communities of resistance, pan-Afrikan internationalist eco-justice experts and scholars. XR France 2 JUL | Clichy, Paris Rebels held their ground for 11 hours in a protest at Amazon HQ in…

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Newsletter 25: History Corner

It is all too easy for we who call ourselves Environmentalists to get caught up in decidedly urban, human-centric, even virtual, disembodied ways of being on a day-to-day basis, just like everybody else in the dominant culture. To fight against this alienating tendency, it’s important to get ‘out there’ and develop a real, intimate connection with the places and wildlife which are under threat. This helps avoid the condescension of saving what we think needs to be saved and, instead, builds a genuine inter-species solidarity. We must think more in terms of defending and protecting those we love, in…

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An XR France account of Pont de Sully

English (translation) I want to tell you what was forged in me that day. (I realise that it will look grandiloquent and over the top, ten times too long to read, but it’s quite grandiose, I have no other way to say it!) Since I joined XR I have awaited, without really believing it that would come, that courageous moment when citizens would inform the police that they were about to undertake an act of civil disobedience and occupy a public place;  to show that no longer would we let things go on, that we were ready to face…

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