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Action Strategy Update for 2020

“We are at a unique stage in our history. Never before have we had such an awareness of what we are doing to the planet, and never before have we had the power to do something about that. Surely we all have a responsibility to care for our blue planet. The future of humanity and indeed, all life on earth, now depends on us.”  – David Attenborough Action Strategy Update for 2020 This is the year. The decisions made over the next 12 months will define the future of our world. The stakes have never been higher as…

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Who We Are | Why XR? | How You Can Help

What people are saying, “We don’t have any time to waste, the science is absolutely clear, we have to listen to the science.” | “It wasn’t until I got involved in XR that I realized we can actually make a difference.” | “The hope is that we can just have a better society.”…

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3rd Progress Update: Restorative Process Regarding Roger Hallam’s Comments on The Holocaust

The restorative process for bringing accountability to Roger Hallam’s comments in Die Zeit and Der Spiegel concerning the Holocaust is progressing. This is an update in the spirit of transparency. There were serious and far reaching impacts of Roger Hallam’s comments and the restorative process aims to address these impacts in a way which lives the Principles and Values of Extinction Rebellion UK. As part of the process, 11 people, representing groups affected by the comments, came together in Bristol on Sunday 15th December for a session run by an independent facilitator (list of these groups are at…

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XR’s Wintry Pause to Welcome 2020

You’ve probably heard this is the time of year to pause. If you’re anything like me you might find this difficult. You might even not be pausing, just swapping one kind of busy-ness and pressure for another. This year has been hard. Next year will be hard. This is an opportunity for two weeks of soft. Where our society rewards productivity, this time of the season rewards being and slowing. This slow-down is hard when we identify so strongly with our purpose, our work, our doing, our output, our productivity – when we are driven to offer so much in…

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Newsletter 33: Good COP Bad COP

Dearest rebels, welcome to the last XR Newsletter of the year – and indeed, the decade. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for everything you do. Whether you are a donor, volunteer, brave arrestable or quiet supporter, rest assured you are vital to the movement and XR would not exist without you. Thank you. Today we bring you another mega-issue, bursting with stories from all around the world. Firstly, the results (or lack of them) during the COP in Madrid are proof enough that our leaders have abandoned their people. As you can read below, the…

COP25 dicobedience Global Hunger Strike History Corner Madrid
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XR Unchained 11

Austria 5 DEC | Vienna. “Keep it in the ground” action outside the headquarters of the OPEC oil cartel. Australia 14 DEC | Glenelg beach, Adelaide. Watch the video: “Dressed in suits and carrying briefcases we buried our heads in the sand at Glenelg to symbolise the Government’s refusal to confront the climate and ecological crisis. As bushfires burn and smoke chokes our cities it’s imperative that the government follow through on Extinction Rebellion’s first demand by telling the truth through declaring a climate and ecological emergency. They must work with other institutions to communicate the urgency for change.”…

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History Corner – How An Environmental Newsletter Toppled a Dictatorship & Unified Europe

The Peaceful Revolution of 1989 | East Germany This year saw the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. This iconic event is often seen as part of a broader world history – the dissolution of the USSR, the opening up of Eastern Europe, the end of the Cold War. But the fall of the Wall was also the culmination of a vast people-led protest movement in East Germany, a ‘Peaceful Revolution’ that had been growing throughout the 1980’s. The Socialist Unity Party of Germany (SED) was one of the most repressive and intrusive regimes to ever grace…

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