Totnes and Area
CEE Bill for COP 26

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CEE Bill for COP26
Next Big Meet up
Help to setup new Devon XR groups
Communication News

- info for you 

If you are new to Extinction Rebellion or joining XR Totnes and area from another local XR group - you are very welcome and here are a few links to get you started

If you need more information or just want to contact the Totnes and area local group - please use our main email 

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XR membership is huge and growing and it can be a bit daunting, so the Rebellion Academy is a series of short on-line tutorials covering everything from "The 10 Principles" to how to write press releases and loads more! .
It's a good place to start, with some basic orientation, and it can help you decide what sort of rebel you are and what sort of role would suit you.

Thank you for taking action to fight climate and ecological breakdown - we are all crew and feedback is always welcome - hope to see you on the streets soon

Sylvia - newsletter editor



Event: The CEE Bill in a Year until COP26

With just a year until COP26, the 26th UN Climate Change Conference, join the Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill Alliance and special guests for a 90 minute virtual event about how the CEE Bill is the emergency strategy needed to avert climate and ecological catastrophe.

Date:   Monday 9 November 2020
Time:  18:00 – 19:30 GMT

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NO NEED TO REGISTER just follow this link to watch the live stream & ask any questions to our panel: 

Join livestream on Facebook 

Or watch live via our Youtube channel or twitter account

The event will be chaired by Baroness Boycott (Crossbench Peer, House of Lords) with:

  • Caroline Lucas MP, the Green Party’s first MP, chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Climate Change, member of Parliament's Environmental Audit Committee
  • Prof. Tim Jackson, ecological economist, director of Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity; author of Prosperity without Growth and Zero Carbon Sooner
  • Kate Raworth, an economist, co-founder of the Economics Action Lab   whose Doughnut Economics focuses on making economics fit for the 21st century
  • Kumi Naidoo, life-long social justice campaigner, co-founder and interim chair of the pan-African organization, Africans Rising, former Secretary General of Amnesty International, former Executive Director of Greenpeace International

The panel will address crucial ethical and moral questions: How can we act in a globally fair way? How must we address multiple crises together to be able to thrive in a just society? How can we persuade the Government to adopt the policies in the Bill? What do we need to do to influence the UK Government and other governments ahead of COP26? What role can citizens play in these processes? Join the livestream on Monday 9 November! 

Good to share: A Get Together for Campaigners

Campaigning during a pandemic can be a lonely business. But it doesn’t have to be that way! The CEE Bill Grassroots Team is launching regular online sessions for campaigners across the UK to share ideas and ask questions. The groups last 1.5 hours and are limited to 15 people – we use break-out discussions to make sure everyone has plenty of opportunity to speak. The next three sessions will take place on Sunday 8 November at 7pm, Monday 9 November at 10am and Tuesday 10 November at 2pm. 

To sign up, write to stating your first and second choice of session. Be sure to include a question and/or a campaign idea, so that we can prepare these in advance. Once you’re registered, we’ll send a link. We very much look forward to meeting you!

Putting Pressure on your MP

Exciting news is that the Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill (formally known as the Climate and Ecology Bill) has now been officially printed and published on the Parliament website. Some MPs have been waiting until this version is available to make up their minds—an excellent excuse to contact them again and let them know that the CEE Bill is on the site, buffed up and ready! So far, 76 MPs have signed up to back the bill. Find out if yours is among them here. If you receive a response and are unsure what to do check here to see if you have received a set response or get in touch with Alex at

Find Out More

The CEE BIll: Scientifically robust yet politically radical? To find out more about the science and policy background to the Bill, take a look at this Q&A hosted by members of our alliance —Scientists for XR. Questions were answered by Bill legal expert Caroline Egan, conservationist Dr Charlie Gardner, climate scientist Dr Joeri Rogelj and campaigner Charles Secrett.

Thanks all and more soon!

Amy and Alex

P.S. As ever, any help to ensure our campaign can keep growing is massively appreciated and would allow us to maintain the pace leading up to COP26 in November 2021.

Donate now


Twitter: @CEEbill_NOW

Facebook: CEEbillNOW


Big Meetup 

Zoom link & agenda

You're warmly invited to the next Big Meetup, which will again be via zoom due to the current COVID restrictions. The Hosting Circle is working to have in person meetups when safety constraints permit it. 

Tues 10th Nov 2020 6:30 - 8:30pm

  • we have a different link for every meet up to increase security
  • We're always keen to include your ideas in big meet ups so please do email if there's something you'd like to see happening or included in a big meet up.  We're all crew
  • Next 2 dates for the diary
  • Monday 23rd November at 6.30pm
  • Tuesday 8th December at 6.30pm

Agenda for meetup

The next 2 meetups have a related agenda - we want to hear your views on priority areas for our local group and to discuss how to take those priorities forward.
  • In the meet up on  Tuesday 10 November, we'll look back at the 3 priorities which our local group decided on pre-Covid (divestment, transport and rewilding) and ask you where you think we are with them and what might have changed or be new as we look ahead. 
  • In the next meet up on Monday 23 November, we'll be asking you how you think we can best take our renewed priority areas forward, including a discussion about how we organise for actions.  We may also know by then the national and regional priorities based on the individual feed back which we were invited to give recently where the options were:  Finance, Democracy; Media; HS2; Air quality and "other" (we don't know what people might have suggested here).

At the meet up on 10 November, we'll also share news about how the latest Covid Regs might impact actions as well as information about actions in the pipeline. 
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Torquay Insect Action

Congratulations to the new Torquay XR group for their first action. It was a windy but bright day on the promenade - we had 3 socially distanced tables with seeds, masks, bee hotels and lots of colour. Although Torquay is a tough area to engage with, we had some great conversations. Many thanks to all the helpers from Torquay, Newton Abbot, Ashburton and Totnes.


Credit Marcea

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Upcoming local events, actions & training

Water, Water, Water.    Stay alert !

Now that many of us have or have been offered South West Water shares we may have a little power to effect the management strategy.  Perhaps. Does anyone out there know how to research the facts and coordinate a pressure group ?

 In the meantime, inform yourself a little more by checking out this Guardian article

Don’t Bury Dartington Under Concrete.

There is a new campaign.  

 We’re aiming to raise £1000 in the next 8 weeks to plant 1000 trees on land all over the parish- and thanks to the lovely Moor Trees nursery, we’re able to purchase a tree and tree guard for just £1. The trees are all grown from locally collected tree seed too.

 We’re looking for landowners in our parish who can offer space for trees- be that a field corner, woodland edge or beside a footpath and we’ll need volunteers to help plant them.

 All donations, however modest will help, but we need people to lend a hand help with planting at our specially organised tree planting events later this winter. No expertise required- just wear wellies and bring a garden spade! Children are most welcome.
 What nicer, more practical way to plant some of the millions of young trees that are needed in response to the Climate and Ecological Emergency?

Helpers needed to protect Badgers in the South Hams

In early September the badger cull re-started, having been extended to 11 new areas of the country, opposite to prior announcements this year that it would be phased out. There is much information available from the Badger Trust, Brian May's charity 'Save Me Trust' and the Wildlife Trusts. But essentially there is no evidence that culling badgers reduces TB in cattle.
The government is aiming to kill 64,000 badgers nationally. 
It has now stopped for the moment, but volunteers will continue to monitor setts for any other types of abuse and collate information on setts and badger activity so we can increase our effectiveness next time. I
t's therefore a very good time to get familiar with signs of badgers, active setts and perhaps even 'adopt a sett' to keep an eye on. The badger cull seems to go largely unnoticed and very few activists get involved, so if you love wildlife and want to help protect local ecology in this way, contact with any information/offers of help.

Heading for Extinction and What To Do About It. 

The seminal XR Talk 
This will be Zoomed by Totnes and area XR 7 PM – 8 PM on Wed 25th Nov, and Wed 9th Dec.

There will be time to ask questions and discuss afterwards.  Please share!

You need to register by clicking this link and entering your email address so we can send you a link to the Zoom meeting:

PLEASE SHARE! here is how:

Any questions contact


Must-have training on XR Hub and Mattermost chat

Amazing how much is happening

See full list of all the actions that our Totnes and area group is currently involved with

The editing team want to keep the list of upcoming events short and local to Totnes and area. Please look at our neighbouring XR groups and the SW newsletter for the wider picture. 

To add an event here, email details to
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Please help us grow XR in Devon

Because Totnes & Area XR is a well established local group, we are sometimes approached by potential new local groups for support to get going, including some seed corn funding. So we are setting up a Development Fund to make small grants (up to £100) to new groups.
We would like to raise at least £300 for this. Every little helps so please donate what you can (marked DevFund) to our Triodos account:
Account name - Totnes and Area Extinction Rebellion
Number 21119023
Sort Code 16 58 10
If you have donated before and are happy for your funds to be used in this way, drop me an email to say so - with a reminder of how much.

Many thanks. Erica Lewis, Finance

Communications news

We'll be using the Mattermost Big Blue button instead of zoom soon!

To join the XR UK Comms Hub email Barry (

For help and 1:1 tutorials contact Sylvia on
Contact Jonathan ( for more techie issues

Telegram Broadcast Channel
We've decided to continue to use this useful tool for rebellion and big meet up broadcasts, amongst other thing. Totnes & Area Telegram Broadcast channel use the link here.

If you're not planning to be on the new platforms but you want to receive information, please contact your AG or WG coordinator so they can make sure you're in the communication loop.  If you're not in a WG or AG, you can contact Helen ( to arrange a chat about how to make sure you get the information you want.

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Regenerative culture

Check out the new website for info on Regenerative culture!
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Post Action Arrest Support

ONGOING POST ACTION ARRESTEE  and are keen to help all arrestees and if any arrestees haven’t already done so you should log all your personal and arrest details with them.
Anyone seeking regen support locally can email in confidence to
It helps if you include a little about your needs or if you prefer to speak over the telephone you can email with your number and someone will be in touch.
Post action well-being resources can be found at this link
In addition Post Arrest Liaisons (PALs) can provide signposting to the Arrestee Support resources and also offers a sympathetic ear through telephone contact. Any rebels can request a PAL by writing to     with ‘PAL Request’ in the subject heading.
A quick note from John V of XR Legal for any rebels who were de-arrested. Arrests are held on the Police National Computer indefinitely and may appear on enhanced DBS. However if you are de-arrested (as opposed to released with no further action) the PNC entry should be deleted so the arrest not show on DBS.
We all have a collective and personal responsibility to support our arrestees. In doing so, we are both extending care and compassion to each other, and sustaining our movement. Our Totnes & Area team of four (POST ACTION ARRESTEE SUPPORT) are very keen to support you!  Contact Tim - 


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 Rebels Wanted 

Please note all roles advertised here are voluntary. 

We still need a media link lead, fundraiser and help in sharing the Heading for Extinction talks - reply to this newsletter
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Sylvia, Angela and the Totnes XR Media Team 

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