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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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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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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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Newsletter 22 – Get ready for a Civil Summer!

A human artwork from XR France Welcome to our 22nd newsletter! This week saw some inspiring non-XR actions from the Youth Climate Strike and Greenpeace, and there are more to come, with exciting plans shaping up from Ende G and the Vienna climate camp. These actions are met by XR with support and solidarity. The change we want to see requires a whole movement of movements, and we are continually grateful to the many non-XR activists out there in the global north and global south, who are organising tirelessly and demanding urgent action from…

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Newsletter 21 – The New Normal: Eco-action sweeps the globe

Welcome to our 21st newsletter! One month on from our wave of International Rebellion, and the ripples are still being felt. The environmental narrative has been irrevocably changed: public concern is at an all-time high, with a clear majority of UK voters now backing (comparatively) radical action. The shift of consciousness is spreading fast across the world, with regional governments in New Zealand today joining the British Parliament in declaring a climate emergency. Our message is also resonating in the cultural world, with the British Academy of Film and Television Arts pledging to prioritise the…

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Newsletter 20 – Parliament meets our First Demand…well almost.

Welcome back to the newsletter! It’s been an unbelievable few weeks since our last official issue. Since April 15 we’ve been doing our best to keep up with the blistering pace of events in our daily updates, but from now it’s back to regular service – we hope you like our 20th newsletter! Before anything else, we’d like to extend a heartfelt welcome to the many ‘green’ rebels who’ve joined us recently. A feature common to the many actions below has been seasoned rebels (by now pretty tired!) receiving invaluable support – be it emotional, technical or numerical…

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Extinction Rebellion to meet UK political leaders – Sadiq Khan (today), Michael Gove and John McDonnell (tomorrow)

EXTINCTION REBELLION: THE REBELLION CONTINUES This is going to be an important week for the ongoing International Rebellion, as Extinction Rebellion UK engage in political conversation on the ecological and climate emergency: Representatives of Extinction Rebellion UK will meet with Michael Gove at 11.30am Tuesday 30 April at DEFRA. This meeting will be filmed and released to the public. We will meet Sadiq Khan today at 3.30pm at City Hall and John McDonnell (time TBA)Extinction Rebellion is calling on politicians to:Tell the truth by declaring a climate and ecological emergency, working with other institutions to communicate the urgency for…

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Update #7 – To Parliament, and Beyond

We’ve created wonders. We’ve made history. We’re just getting started. The London Rebellion, after ten unbelievable days, will relinquish its final location on Thursday. We’ll be coming back to a different world. At a monumental people’s assembly on Monday, rebels from across the UK came together to discuss how we’d move forward. Amazing ideas were shared, and were recorded to be visible here, here and here; we hope these ideas will also be seen in the shape of the plan going forwards. An important part of this plan was when and how to leave our last location…

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Update #6 – A New Phase Begins

Days 6 and 7 of International Rebellion (Sat 20 – Sun 21 Apr) As spring now spreads its (record-breaking) warmth across the global north, London’s International Rebellion is entering a new phase of its own. After leaving four of five locations in good order, rebels will meet at Marble Arch on Monday to decide where they go next. Being Easter, it’s a time for renewal and rebirth. The past few days have brought their share of sadness, as we’ve left behind spaces so lovingly cultivated and so bravely defended, each with its own story and style: the serene Parliament…

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