Grandparents unite to protect the planet

Facebook | xrgrandparents@gmail.com On Tuesday 15 October, over a hundred grandparents came together under the name of Extinction Rebellion Grandparents to protect the futures of their grandchildren and of children around the world. The group gathered on the steps of the Queen Victoria Memorial Statue outside Buckingham Palace, many of them holding photographs and placards dedicated to the children for whom they are taking action. Together with some of their grandchildren, they stood and sang songs calling for climate justice. Sam Lee, of the Nest Collective, lead the group in singing a his reworked version of…

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Rebel Daily 8: The rules must be broken

(Sign up to the International Newsletter here) Day 9 in Extinction Rebellion across the world was a day of contrasts. In London, we witnessed a disturbing attack on civil rights – rightly condemned by Amnesty International, lawyers and politicians – and on the same day, our society’s elders came out to protest (UK, Australia) with humour and bravery. Wisdom meeting repression. We saw rebels come together in joyful celebration to mark the ending of their respective phases of rebellion but, like New Year festivities, heralding new beginnings too; such as…

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XR Unchained 8

Police kettle XR art outside the Tate Modern in London. German protestors ‘return’ the climate package to the SPD party on the basis that it is inadequate to prevent mass extinction and climate crisis. Amsterdam. Rebels on Blauwbrug bridge  On Indigenous Peoples’ Day XR NYC focused attention on their 4th demand – a just transition that prioritizes the most vulnerable people and establishes indigenous sovereignty. Rahajeng Nurrahmani in Jakarta – ‘The government has failed me and everyone. So that’s why I’m rebelling.’  In the window of Archie Brown’s Health Food Shop & Cafe, Truro, Cornwall. Belgian rebels piled reclaimed…

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London Newsletter: Day 9

Tuesday saw a flurry of activity from rebels in London, who responded with renewed vigour and momentum following the divisive blanket protest ban by police.   As many prominent lawyers, politicians, human rights charities, and others publicly criticised this attempt to undermine the right to peaceful protest, media across the globe put Extinction Rebellion firmly back on the front pages – The Guardian, Daily Mail, CNN, Bloomberg, BBC, The Telegraph, The Week, Sky News, Huff Post, Yahoo, Vice, France 24, Deutsche Welle, Evening Standard … the list…

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Changing the curriculum – Extinction Rebellion Podcast Special 2.5

Listen on Apple Podcasts Listen on Spotify Listen on Podomatic Live on all platforms NOW At the heart of October 2019’s International Rebellion in London, as with any other rebellion, are Extinction Rebellion’s (XR) Youth. Listen to the day they marched to the Department of Education and demanded a curriculum that meets the unique challenges of this Planetary Emergency. We then speak to Ruth Shallcross, from XR educators, about why she thinks the curriculum needs changing and what those changes might look like. There is strong language in this episode. You can read more about the Learning Rebellion…

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Ursula Pethick, 83: I hope those lives lost in WWII were not in vain

Ursula Pethick, an 83-year old grandmother of five from Sussex, was arrested for the second time last week after gluing herself to the road on Whitehall. Until her first arrest in September she’d never been involved in a protest. Cell shocked… …Only it was not as bad as I had thought. I am an 83 year old grandmother who is profoundly concerned about Climate Change and the loss of eco-diversity. So on Sept 21st I went to Dover to be part of an Extinction Rebellion protest. I have never seen such a police presence and the press had turned out in…

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Rebel Daily 7: A fire they can’t put out

(Sign up for the International Newsletter here) Change takes time: even at the rate we’re going – and need to be going – it’s never going to happen all at once. But things are changing. The past week has been a moment in history: to simply list the thousands of arrests, the many tens of thousands undertaking civil disobedience, would not do it justice. We have proven to the world that this rebellion is a truly global movement, growing rapidly within and between nations, and comprised of people with the selflessness, the creativity and the courage to…

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