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Post-Rebellion Blues: a practical guide to coming down to earth

Getting ‘back to normal’ isn’t always easy. We’ve got you covered – read on for our best advice on looking after yourself and others as we come back down to earth; complete with bundles of free resources from the Regen Culture UK team! This period of rebellion has been both a growthful and challenging time for Extinction Rebellion. The movement has had to learn on its feet and adapt to a continuously changing landscape whilst experiencing new tactics from the police. Many conversations have been brought to light in the critiques of XR and we have seen some of the…

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Rebel Daily 9: Rebellions don’t end – they regenerate

(Sign up to the International Newsletter here) Photo by Arkadiusz Kasperczyk It’s difficult to imagine the number of rebels currently feeling exhausted, disorientated, and proud. Though we know it’s not over for everyone, this week saw the conclusion of high-intensity rebellion phases in Paris, Berlin, New York, London, and countless other cities and nations. A truly inspiring number of those involved are new to the experience of Rebellion – small surprise, since there’s very little like it. The most obvious exertions are physical: long days spent roaming streets or (every bit as vital!) glued to screens,…

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XR Ireland Junior rebels march Italy Italian Rebel on day 6 of his hunger strike Rome Extinction Rebellion Hellas is feeling excited. Brussels. XR speaking on a panel at the European Parliament on the climate and ecological breakdown. Credit: The Brussels TimesBrussels. Youth For Climate started a sit-in in the European Parliament on Wednesday, and held out for two days until they received assurance of a pro-climate vote by MEPs Youth for Climate Belgium did a sit-in in the Europea Parliament “No new commission until it’s a socially justified, climate commission!” Greta in America.  “Again…

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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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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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Germany Climate Camp, Berlin Day and night blockade of Stresemannstrasse, Berlin. 48 hours car free! Sweden XR Sweden: “Most of us are now heading home to Sweden from #BerlinBlockieren. Thanks to @XRBerlin @ExtinctionR_DE @XR_Aufstand and everyone else for an inspirational and well-organised week of actions! We are unstoppable — another world is possible.” Netherlands Rebel at Blauwbrug blockade, Amsterdam Italy Final steps for the #RebellionWeek in Rome but #InternationalRebellion won’t stop  until @ExtinctionR demands are met everywhere Eastern Europe Poland Red Rebelsl in Poznan, Sunday. Photo: Łukasz Gdak/Poprzednie Następne  Czech Republic…

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London Newsletter: Day 8

London rebels sat on a monument outside the Bank of England this morning, satirical broadsheets in hand. “Don’t panic, we’ve still got 23 trees left,” read one “don’t worry, it’s all good” read another. Yes, they were funny. But they bore grim resemblance to the message we are getting from this country’s political elite. The Queens’ speech, delivered today, which outlines the government’s priorities for the coming year, mentioned the environment only briefly, and said nothing of an emergency. So we must continue to rebel, with our tremendous XR energy! And today we did! Rebels flooded the financial district,…

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Rebel Daily 6: Brutality in Belgium

(Sign up to the International Newsletter here) It’s been quite a weekend. We’ve seen no slowing down of global actions: Berlin, London, Australia, Turkey – as ever, more than we can name. But today’s showstoppers are undoubtedly the rebels in the Netherlands, Czech Republic, and most of all in Belgium. Well over 700 arrests took place in these three countries, 435 in Brussels alone, but these numbers on their own say nothing of the extraordinary courage shown by rebels in the face of some of the most appalling treatment our movement has yet faced. Rebels form Extinction…

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Rebel Daily 5: Non-violently hitting our stride

(Sign up to the International Newsletter here) As we approached the first weekend of the October Rebellion, it was humbling and inspiring to see that rebels showed no sign of slowing down. In fact, day 5 was marked by a series of exciting milestones: XR Dublin had their first arrests; XR Israel reached a new level of direct action, as rebels glued themselves to the National Stock Exchange in Tel Aviv; and Aussie rebels pioneered the delightful new concept of ‘Civil Disco-bedience’. Hunger strikers in Rome met the Environment Minister yesterday.

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