UK REBELLION 2020
The Rebellion is less than two weeks away!!
(Almost) Everything you need to know about the Rebellion is in this neat pack, which will be updated as new info comes in.
This includes an actions calendar, the plans for each city, what to bring, how we’ll communicate with each other, how to join in from home, and loads more. Get stuck in.
August local action
CALLING ALL AFFINITY GROUP MEMBERS!
Affinity Groups are central to the way we in XR organise ourselves. Our August actions in Totnes and nearby* don't need rebels organised into AGs. It’s best if you let the coordinators know you’re planning to come, though. But AGs are absolutely crucial for sharing vital information about actions, mobilising rebels who'll take part, and identifying people with the skills needed in action-support roles.
Many rebels have already said they'll take part in one or more of the actions, others are helping organise and are taking up action-design and action-support roles. IF YOUR AG LACKS A COORDINATOR OR HASN'T BEEN ACTIVE FOR A WHILE, PLEASE HELP BY GETTING IN TOUCH WITH YOUR LOVELY CO-REBELS AND COME FORWARD FOR THE REBELLION!
See the information in this newsletter and in our other communications channels. Come to the Big Meet-up on Monday24th August if you can (zoom link in this newsletter). If you definitely want to take part but haven't come forward yet, let us know. If you're not sure yet, but would like to learn more, let us know. Use this email address -- email@example.com -- or post in our local Facebook, Mattermost or Telegram channels.
*AGs may be useful as teams for Bristol and Exeter on 29th and 31st August, where we’re joining with the local groups, though individuals going with friends under their own steam will also be at the heart of it. Ditto for the Cardiff and London rebellions. Watch this space for more information!
Totnes Insect Festival - Saturday 22nd August
10:00 - 12:30 on The Plains and
13:00 - 15:00 Outside St Mary's church
Totnes and Area Extinction Rebellion are organising an Insect Festival to draw attention to the importance of insects in the ecosystem upon which we depend for our survival. There is growing evidence that there is a dangerous decline of insect numbers, which threatens our very existence.
Come and discover what you can do to help improve local insect habitats and join Extinction Rebellion's campaign in support of the Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill that would make the government act with the urgency that we need.
It’s fun too! You can follow an informative trail of beautifully painted pebbles and pick up hand-made freebies to improve the lives of your insect friends !
A CALL TO ACTIONS – ONE WEEK TO GO!
Here’s a list of the actions taking place locally, regionally and in Cardiff and London between 22 August and 5 September. More are likely to be added! For more information, contact the Action Circle email address below. If you haven’t already done so, please let us know if you plan to go to one or more of them. If you’re not certain but are considering it, please let us know that too.
Friday 28 August: Actions in Totnes – Noisy and colourful procession across the two road bridges and around the town. With the samba band, Red Rebels, pink gilets with messages, banners, placards and an opportunity for outreach. Meeting: 10am Vire island to collect banners placards, do also bring your own to go with Samba band. Also 11am behind coop to support Red Rebels.
Banner drops from seven bridges on the A38 12.00 to 4.00pm and also on the KEVICC bridge in Totnes 10.00 to 2.00pm!! More information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday 29 August: Bristol airport action – socially-distanced single-file procession along the main road to Bristol airport, led by the highly theatrical mime group, the “landing crew”. Samba band, funeral march, Red Rebels. Theme: death of democracy (airport not abiding by Local Authority planning decision blocking airport expansion, government failing to meet its legally-binding commitments on climate change). There will be no disruption for passengers. Meeting: Felton Common near St Katherine’s Church, Felton BS40 9UR. For more info: email@example.com or Facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/1038400426581092/?active_tab=about
Sunday 30 August: Green Spirits procession at Teignmouth beach in the morning, Paignton beach in the afternoon, with an 8-foot banner depicting the crises that face us all, with biodiversity collapse the greatest. Silent, theatrical, green-robed procession, plus banners, placards, samba band and more. 1.5 to 2 hours. Meeting: Teignmouth Lower Point car park 10:30am; Paignton Victoria car park 2.00pm. More info: firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday 31 August- “Clean up Your Act” action outside city-centre banks in Exeter, pressuring them to divest from fossil-fuel industries. Noisy, theatrical action similar to those carried out around the country last November. Posters, flags, banners, placards, samba band. Led by XR Exeter with Totnes and Area support Meeting 10.45 Southernhay Gardens, finish by 1.00pm latest. More info: email@example.com
Cardiff from Tuesday 1st to Saturday 5th September: A huge range of actions over six days in and around the city, some “spicy” (with arrestable aspects), some not spicy, non-arrestable. Lots of theatrical, eye-catching, media-friendly elements. For more details go to https://docs.google.com/document/d/12d-d96jFEUZWxQMQ_Ud-rpMbwLWBTRxkFByyzTHJFJE/edit#heading=h.b4734wnlp80x Enquiries:
London from Tuesday 1 September: up to two weeks: SW rebels meet at Tate Britain at 11.00 and march to Parliament Square at 1.30 to join marchers from other regions who will converge there at the same time and remain there until someone comes out to talk with them about the Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill (to be tabled that day). There will be a tightly-packed calendar of actions for the remaining days. XR South West, Bristol and Wales will be the architects of actions for the second Thursday (10 September). For info: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday 3 September: Met Office action, Exeter – TELL THE TRUTH theme. An XR Press team (smartly dressed like 1950s reporters) will greet Met office staff as they arrive for work in the morning. Respectful of the staff and their hard work on research into climate science we will be asking the question ' Why aren't the Government listening' ‘Are the Government doing enough' etc. All welcome. For info: email@example.com
Wednesday 9th September: Insect Action in Newton Abbot. This will be a colourful and beautiful outreach action, highlighting the vital role insect’s play in the ecological system, including our food, and how we might protect their diminishing numbers. Including supporting the Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill, we will also have giveaway insect hotels, pollinator seeds, and more.
More info: firstname.lastname@example.org
Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill. This is at the centre of the first 2-3 days of the London Rebellion. More details below.
Digital Rebellion. Ongoing programme of disruptive emailing and phone swamping of Whitehall. Much success already! More details later.
We also need these support roles for our local actions. If you are experienced in the roles listed below, please contact us at email@example.com to let us know which ones you can offer. Don’t hold back – we need you! While there is an extremely low risk of police intervention or arrest, we need to be ready. Skills and roles include Witnessing Arrest, Witnessing Police Behaviour, and Arrest Support (which includes Police Station Support). As we’ll be in some busy public spaces, rebels skilled in de-escalation, and in talking the public, will be essential too.
All rebels at an action should have done the Witnessing Arrest training. Other essential training for all rebels going to actions include Non-Violent Direct Action (NVDA) and Know Your Rights. Online training is available in all those areas.
For more information, go the the Cloud section of our Communications Hub, find the Totnes and Area folder – within that you’ll find a growing array of background documents about the actions. (If you need help with getting yourself on the Hub, see the links elsewhere in the newsletter).
WE WANT TO LIVE - South West social media guide for rebels!
Your essential guide to using social media to boost our message during the rebellion and ensuring that your wonderful content gets seen and shared on SW, Cardiff and UK social media platforms.
REBELLION UPDATE -- ALL THERE IS TO KNOW ABOUT CARDIFF, MANCHESTER AND LONDON IS HERE!
Please familiarise yourself with the Rebellion 3 (Cardiff Phase): THE PLAN
Full document here
TACTICS / ACTIONS
WHAT CAN I DO NOW?
The XR Politics Circle invites rebels to write to firstname.lastname@example.org re the Government’s recent White paper, Planning for the Future, making use of the following points as you wish!
1 The target in the White paper of 2025 for new homes to produce 75-80% lower CO2 emissions compared to current levels is too little too late. The previous target of 2016 for new houses to be zero carbon was removed by a previous Conservative government. Will Mr Mangnall use his influence to ensure that at a local level we will still have the freedom under the new Planning strategy to require new builds to be carbon neutral immediately.
2. The Government's Committee on Climate Change in its July report states that the rapid decarbonisation of housing is a priority, as it accounts for 18% of total UK emissions, and that since the zero carbon date of 2016 was delayed, 1.8 million houses have been built which will need retrofitting. If the requirement is delayed for another 5 years, there will be another 1.5 million houses that will need retrofitting in addition to all the existing homes that need retrofitting!
3 In the South Hams, the situation is even more critical. Buildings in the South Hams account for 33% of all carbon emissions. To achieve the Government target of global warming remaining below 2% and to meet our commitment under the Paris Agreement, the South Hams will need to reduce its carbon emissions by 13.7% per year. Under the 2025 target, the South Hams will already have used almost our entire carbon budget available for housing by 2025. https://carbonbudget.manchester.ac.uk/reports/E07000044/
4. We are looking at a scenario of a 3-4% rise in global temperature in our lifetime or that of our children with the catastrophic outcomes that will bring on human society and nature. Local communities in the South Hams and South Hams District Council are keen to avoid this. However in the White paper, local people's ability to insist on zero carbon new builds through the planning process is taken away from them.
5. Mr Mangnall, MP, has expressed his personal commitment to supporting local communities in the South Hams to reduce their carbon emissions, will he use his influence to ensure that at a local level we will still have the freedom under the new Planning strategy to require new builds to be carbon neutral immediately.
THE CLIMATE & ECOLOGICAL EMERGENCY BILL
The CEE Bill is launched! Watch & share this video: https://youtu.be/LPhAwYV0vM4
Find out more here: www.ceebill.uk
This is what we will be demanding of the UK Government on September 1st.
💻Write to your MP's, ask them to support it! You can find your MP's email here: https://members.parliament.uk/FindYourMP
"This Bill outlines the path needed to avoid the catastrophe outlined by the United Nations...it is farsighted aiming to protect those at risk now and in the future." - Kumi Naidoo, Ex-Director of Greenpeace & Secretary Amnesty International
If you want to find out what's happening locally, contact taaCEEbill@protonmail.com and also see the posts above about the insect day on August 22nd and Totnes action on August 28th where the Bill will be promoted.
"Why the Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill could lead to a revolution of the imagination" by Rob Hopkins
Info and preparation for the Rebellion
Please join the XR SW Telegram broadcast channel using this link (https://t.me/joinchat/AAAAAEJjk_dCpN9zm3Jbtw) as this is an essential communication tool for the region.
If you aren’t sure already, telegram is an encrypted messaging app with a bunch of handy features, and is also XR UK’s primary method of communication across the country, within regions, and within local groups too. The link above, provided the app is installed, will automatically take you to the broadcast channel and ask you to join.
For those that don’t have telegram, don’t worry it’s free, and you can get it on your phone and desktop too
Apple store: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/telegram-messenger/id686449807
Google play store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.telegram.messenger&hl=en
Desktop download: https://desktop.telegram.org/
Thanks for your help in advance :)
Love and Rage,
Extinction Rebellion Winchester Youth
Get involved - there's something for everyone before, during and after the rebellion, both at home and on the streets. Everyone and every part of everyone is welcome.
To link up with Totnes and Area working groups, contact email@example.com
The "we want to live" handbook, primarily for organisers
Hot off the Press: "handbook for life" for all rebels
live update document for Rebellion
Some useful links...
Facebook event: click 'going' and invite friends:
Crowdfunder: Donate and share:
Sign up to help out during rebellion:
Invite people to this UK-wide broadcast:
Wales&South West Rebels: Join the Cardiff broadcast:
Northern Rebels: Join the Northern broadcast:
Share the webpage and promo video:
sign up here for the XR SW newsletter for more information about regional actions, including actions in Cardiff and a SW mega group (SW, Bristol and Wales) action in London on Thursday 10th August. There's also a sign up form for the rebellion.
See link here for XRUK NEWSLETTER for full details of everything YOU NEED TO KNOW about joining the REBELLION
Please check out trainings getting ready for September Rebellion below!
Love & Courage to all rebels as we prepare for our biggest action of 2020!