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XR Unchained: Aaaand we’re off! International

Kiwi Kick-Off 7 OCT | Wellington, New Zealand  Aotearoa rebels kicked off the International Rebellion by shutting down their capital, Wellington. Rising early, they seized and held the Ministry of Business, Innovation  & Employment (AKA Ministry for Oil, Gas and Minerals) all day, blocking all entrances with glued hands and “climate crime scene” tape.  The street was blocked off on either end with a pink wheel-less car and the now iconic pink boat, each vehicle encircled by undetachable activists. Meanwhile, growing numbers of rebels started a blockade to keep the authorities on their toes and block one of the main…

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Rebellion Needs (UK)

This Rebellion needs all hands on deck. ACTION SCHEDULE – Thursday and Friday XR Professionals THURSDAY: 5.30pm @ Trafalgar Sq Please come and join protesting professionals in your work attire / with a white sash / a placard stating your profession / job/ vocation / caregiving role. 🥜🥗🌯🌮🥙🥜🥗🌯🌮🥙 Also in Trafalgar Square… Performance Art: Human Connection🕰 5.30pm🏛 Trafalgar Square A mass human performance art to demonstrate the power of human connection through Reconciliation* In this moment of intensity, may we come together to remember our humanity and unite in togetherness. This is not a…

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You can’t confiscate an idea

Earlier today, London police appeared at a warehouse in Lambeth, arrested ten people, and confiscated XR equipment. It’s not the plan, but this is not a surprise – following our brilliance in April, the police (or at least those haven’t joined us!) have been using stern language. Pre-emptive action was very much expected. What’s more surprising, though, is that police would use such irregular procedures for such little gain. In the words of Richard Ecclestone, a former police officer now a member of XR: “These tactics are very questionable and are arguably infringing on our rights to peaceful protest”. The Shadow Policing…

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Essential Rebellion Info – Ready or Not, here we come!

(Sign up here!) Illustration by Janice Chang The UK’s rebellion in April launched Extinction Rebellion onto the world stage. We brought London to a halt, captured imaginations, and put humanity’s survival on the national agenda. Now we’re back – with more experience, more resources, and five times the numbers. If we’re to save this planet, we’ll need every person – and we’ll need you to be prepared. So please take the time to read through this last round of essential information. Whether it’s knowing our action plan, understanding your rights, or bringing the right…

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Newsletter 29 – Get Ready to Change the World

Pack your bags, secure your phone – it’s just days until our International Rebellion! We’ve got a big act to follow: last week saw the biggest climate mobilisation in history, with 7.6 million people in 185 countries marching and striking to call for a liveable climate. The Global Climate Strike began three days before the UN Climate Action Summit in New York. For all the talk of “increased ambition” and a “surge of engagement”, the UN Secretary General was still frank that “we have a long way to go”.  The summit saw 77 countries…

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XR Unchained 3: The World Warms up for Rebellion

Boston Green Docks 27 SEP | Boston, USA Washington DC wasn’t the only American city where rebels were making their demands known last Friday. Hundreds of protesters blocked a bridge in Boston’s seaport section during the afternoon rush hour and held it for over three hours, demanding urgent action from a local and federal government still in denial about the growing climate crisis. The action, named ‘Flood the Seaport’ and organised by XR Massachusetts, referenced Boston’s extreme vulnerability to rising sea-levels. The coastal city is already plagued by regular nuisance flooding, with sea water spilling onto roads…

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Announcements #2 The season of change begins!

Sign up to receive the newsletter here. This week, we reflect on the legacy we are leaving behind. ‘You have stolen my dreams and my childhood’ Greta declares at the UN climate summit in New York, ‘and yet I am one of the lucky ones.’ The audience cheer, but her face stays stony, bottom lip trembling – ‘how dare you!’ she cries.  Her words were echoed by the voices of millions of children who swarmed the world’s public spaces on Friday in the International Climate Strike. They received massive front page coverage and the support of UK…

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Announcements #1: “What’s the point?”

Dear rebels, “What’s the point of me studying science, when all you do is ignore it?” “What’s the point of training to be an athlete, when I won’t have clean air to breathe?” “What’s the point of studying history, when all of humanity is heading towards becoming history?” See what school strikers in India have to say. Young people across the world are voicing the questions and rage we all sit with every day. Because, unless we act now there is no point. And we all know there is no time to dwell in…

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October 7th is coming: Get Ready for Rebellion

A Rebel in NYC climbed the 12+ storey Unisphere to hang a banner over Brazil on the map, highlighting the crisis in the Amazon. Dear rebels, As you may know, the international newsletter team is taking a break for a couple of issues to make sure we’re in top shape for the October Rebellion. However, the news never sleeps. In light of this, here’s a round-up of some important announcements for XR UK as we go into the final month before the 7th of October. We’ve got some key events this month for any rebels itching for some action, as…

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Northern Rebellion: a rebel write-up

We’ve come to the end of our four-day Northern Rebellion. What an extraordinary experience. My first time at anything like this. These are  some of my personal recollections from those four days. Now, almost immediately we are into the preparation for International Rebellion London.  We occupied one of Manchester’s most polluted roads and shopping streets – Deansgate – for 4 days. We were there to stand up and be counted. We were there to highlight the need to address Manchester’s failure to meet legal air quality standards. And, we were there to prepare for London.  The Northern Rebellion  started in…

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