XR Critical Swarm

when

27 April 2019
13:00 - 15:00 (UTC +01:00)

where

Waterloo Bridge, underneath on the south bank

hosted by

Extinction Rebellion London

Join us for XR Critical Swarm – a cycle ride with riders flying golden bee flags from their back-packs.

This action links with International Mass Die-In and Celebration.

With thunderous sounds of swarming bees filling the air from cargo bike sound systems, we will swarm past some key locations (like Parliament Square and Defra) then head towards the Tate Modern. When we arrive at the entrance, we’ll perform a “sudden colony collapse” die-in with all of us lying down just the flags standing upright.
Stewards will be on hand to hand out flyers and spread the word about XR, bees and why our presence is so needed.

Where and when?
1pm, Saturday 27th April, Waterloo Bridge, London

Dress code?
Rucksack/backpack for the flags. Black clothes. Everyone will be given a double flag to fly like wings form their backpacks.

Why the Tate?
The Tate is the most popular and influential public, cultural institution in the UK. Tate Modern is in a building that was previously a power station. As we seek new and creative ways to shift from a carbon-intensive economy, our arrival serves as a reminder of the urgency for the subject of climate change and ecological destruction to be addressed within culture both in London and across the country. The swarm will also ride past significant locations including DeFra HQ in Smith Square.

Why bees and a sudden collapse?
Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD): not entirely understood, the sudden death of entire bee colonies is linked to climate change through the increased spread of pests and diseases that weaken colonies. Loss of habitat diversity and the widespread use of pesticides in our agricultural system are contributing factors.

Global declines in honey bees and wild bees have been linked to pathogens, climate change, habitat fragmentation, and pesticide use. (ref. A. J. Vanbergen, Insect Pollinators Initiative, Threats to an ecosystem service: Pressures on pollinators. Front. Ecol. Environ 11, 251–259 (2013).

Why we need bees: DefRA: Research estimates the value of the UK’s 1,500 species of pollinators to crops at £400-680 million per year due to improved productivity. Every third mouthful of food is provided by bee pollination.

Bee good. Bee Kind. Bee there…

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