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Title: ☠️ Extinction Rebellion: Climate protesters block roads
Post by: RE on April 15, 2019, 07:33:21 AM
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Extinction Rebellion: Climate protesters block roads

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Climate change protesters have blocked roads across central London sparking traffic disruption.

Members of campaign group Extinction Rebellion have also parked a boat at Oxford Circus, and blocked Marble Arch, as part of a global day of action.

Activists smashed the glass of the revolving doors of oil company Shell's London headquarters in Waterloo.

Police have advised people travelling into London to allow extra journey time.

Yen Chit Chong, from Extinction Rebellion in London, said: "This is our last best shot at survival."

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Image caption A truck was used to block off a road in Marble Arch, with members locking themselves under the vehicle

Organisers claim protests are being held in over 80 cities across 33 countries.
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Extinction Rebellion said protests would continue throughout the week "escalating the creative disruption across the capital day by day".

The group said it planned to "bring London to a standstill for up to two weeks", and wanted the government to take urgent action to tackle climate change.

In Parliament Square, protesters unfurled banners, held up placards and waved flags as speakers took to the stage.
Who are Extinction Rebellion?

Since its launch last year, members have shut bridges, poured buckets of fake blood outside Downing Street, blockaded the BBC and stripped semi-naked in Parliament.

It has three core demands: for the government to "tell the truth about climate change", reduce carbon emissions to zero by 2025, and create a citizens' assembly to oversee progress.

Controversially, the group is trying to get as many people arrested as possible.

One of the group's founders, Roger Hallam, believes that mass participation and civil disobedience maximise the chances of social change.

But critics say they cause unnecessary disruption and waste police time when forces are already overstretched.

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Image caption Oil company Shell had its London headquarters targeted

By intentionally causing more than £6,000 damage at the Shell headquarters activists aim to get the case into crown court to put their case to a jury, the campaign said.
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Protester Chay Harwood told the BBC: "We live in a very sick society at the moment. There's a lot of social issues and social ills that need curing.

"But at the moment the biggest threat we face is the threat of climate change."

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Image caption Demonstrators have blocked roads leading to Marble Arch

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Image caption Protesters have gathered to hear speeches in Parliament Square

The Met said it had "appropriate policing plans" in place for the demonstrations and officers from across the force would be used "to support the public order operation".

In November, activists blockaded the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy by chaining themselves together on the pavement, leading to 85 arrests.
At the scene

By Matthew Cannon, BBC News

The unusual sight of a pink yacht stands in the centre of Oxford Circus, surrounded by protesters holding aloft a sea of coloured flags.

The focus here is on the future of the planet - and there is a sense of urgency.

Some are wearing red to symbolise "the blood of dying species", one group wants to "save the bees", while a man dressed as a centaur holds a placard which says "climate change is not a myth ...unlike centaurs".

Two young women tell me they are not willing to have children due to their fears for the world they will be bringing them into.

Another man, who plans to protest through the night, says the protests will be peaceful but he is willing to be arrested.

"The more the authorities will get fed up with us the more it brings us to their attention," he said.

Organisers have encouraged people to set up camp in Hyde Park overnight into Monday - an offence under Royal Parks legislation.

A spokeswoman for The Royal Parks said Extinction Rebellion had not asked for permission to begin the protest in the park and that camping was not allowed.

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Title: ☠️ Extinction Rebellion: Climate protesters block roads
Post by: RE on April 15, 2019, 10:26:40 AM
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Extinction Rebellion: Climate protesters block roads

 
 
 
 

Extinction Rebellion want to get arrested to fight climate change

An Extinction Rebellion protester blocking Blackfriars Bridge, in London, November 2018.

London (CNN)Earlier this month a group of climate change activists stripped down to their underwear in British parliament and glued their hands to the glass of the House of Commons' public gallery.

Why? To get arrested.
Extinction Rebellion, a grassroots environmental group based in the UK, is responsible for a series of stunts that deliberately break the law to highlight the threat of climate change.
Since launching last year they have caused disruption by holding a "Funeral for our Future" outside Buckingham Palace, which led to 14 arrests, poured 200 liters of fake blood outside Downing Street, and brought London to a standstill by shutting down five bridges.
So far Extinction Rebellion has counted 222 arrests -- and thousands have declared they are willing to be arrested, or even go to prison, to demand action on climate change.

Method to the madness

Extinction Rebellion claims their actions are based on research into how to use "non-violent civil disobedience to achieve radical change."
An Extinction Rebellion protester, London, November 2018
They estimate that significant numbers of people will have to get arrested and cause disruption for the government to pay attention to their demands. These include the UK government declaring a climate change emergency, reducing greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2025 and starting a citizen's assembly.
"People making decisions have to pay attention to a mass of people that come out on to the streets to demand action in the face of this crisis we are in," said Roman Paluch-Machnik, an Extinction Rebellion activist who has been arrested more than once.
"You put the police in a dilemma," explained Nuala Gathercole Lam, another protester. "If you have got thousands of people refusing to move, they either have to let you do it, which is hugely economically disruptive, or they have to arrest you."
According to the group, research shows that non-violent uprisings involving 3.5% of the public participating in acts of civil disobedience force a political response because they cannot be ignored.
"Every non-violent uprising since 1900, if it achieves that threshold, succeeds in its aims," said Paluch-Machnik. "One of our main principles is to get this 3.5% mobilized."
That would need about 2 million people to get involved in the UK.

Willing to get arrested

Almost 10,000 people worldwide have signed up as "willing to get arrested," as of April 8, 2019, according to the group. Around 3,000 are based in the UK.
Of those people, over 80% are also "willing to go to prison." The group holds prison workshops and training sessions to prepare people for what to do if they end up at a police station.
Pictured, a protest outside Downing Street, March 2019.
"Nothing has been achieved after 30 years of regular environmental campaign," said Paluch-Machnik. "People are so motivated by what is happening right now because there is not really another option."
"I've always been very worried about continuous news about the government not addressing the situation," said Alanna Byrne, an activist for Extinction Rebellion. "I felt very isolated in the way that I felt."
Along with 25 others, Paluch-Machnik, Lam and Byrne have quit their jobs to work for Extinction Rebellion full time.

How far are you willing to go to demand action?

Since the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warned last year that the planet only has 11 years before it reaches disastrous levels of global warming, Extinction Rebellion isn't the only group to launch radical climate activism.
Extinction Rebellion activists threw 200 liters of fake blood outside Downing Street in March 2019.
School students around the world have been skipping school to demand that world leaders take action on climate change.
The movement has spanned more than 100 countries and 1,500 cities, with teenagers missing out on their education to show how worried they are about the threat to their future.
In response to critics, who say Extinction Rebellion is causing unnecessary disruption and wasting police time, the activists say the "climate and ecological emergency" demands their actions.
"I think that any suffering that is caused as a result of a few hours sitting in a traffic jam is incomparable to what is going to happen in a few years" said Paluch-Machnik.
London's Metropolitan Police Service told CNN that it is aware of a number of Extinction Rebellion demonstrations and protests planned over the coming weeks, and that "Appropriate policing plans are in place."
It added: "We will always provide a proportionate policing plan to balance the right to a peaceful protest, while ensuring that disruption to communities is kept to a minimum."
This Monday, the group plans to shut down London in their biggest action yet. They plan to meet at five London locations and block traffic by playing music, hosting discussions and refusing to move from the street.
Demonstrators blocked Waterloo Bridge by bringing trees and solar panels.
Extinction Rebellion  demonstrating on Waterloo Bridge, London, April 15, 2019.
The group says hundreds of people have taken time off work to camp for as long as it takes get their demands heard by the government. Read more coverage of the protest.
Title: ☠️ Extinction Rebellion London activists glue themselves to DLR train
Post by: RE on April 17, 2019, 07:06:08 AM
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Extinction Rebellion London activists glue themselves to DLR train


More than 300 people have been arrested this week over the protests.

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A campaigner who had glued himself to the train's window was removed about an hour after the start of the DLR protest, at about 10:50 BST.

A man and a woman who unfurled a banner and glued themselves to the top of the train's carriage were also later removed and carried off by officers.

BTP said three people had been arrested for obstructing the railway.

    Extinction Rebellion: Can the plan work?
    London climate protest arrests close to 300
    WATCH: 'Our objective is to cause disruption'

Extinction Rebellion targeted the DLR on Wednesday after protesters changed their minds about disrupting the Tube network.

Earlier, BTP ordered Transport for London (TfL) to switch off wi-fi at Tube stations in an attempt to deter protests.
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Supt Matt Allingham said extra officers would be on duty throughout the day, adding: "We will not tolerate any activity which disrupts the millions of passengers who rely on using the rail network in London."

Scotland Yard said protesters were being removed from Waterloo Bridge, adding those who did not comply would be arrested.

Most of the people arrested so far have been held in connection with public order offences.
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Image caption Police arrested more than 200 people on Waterloo Bridge on Monday and Tuesday

The Met Police said "contingency plans are in place should custody suites become full".

Extinction Rebellion earlier said "thousands" more people were willing to be arrested as part of the non-violent disruption.

It had been planning to target London Underground to "highlight the emergency of ecological collapse" and persuade ministers to meet group members.

On Wednesday morning, the campaign group said: "Today we will disrupt one overground line as part of our escalating campaign to demand the government acts now on the climate and ecological emergency."

London Mayor Sadiq Khan urged protesters to "think again", adding public transport helped tackle climate change.
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Protester and climate lawyer Farhana Yamin, who was arrested on Tuesday, earlier told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "I totally want to apologise to people using public transport.

"But at the same time we need to take actions that are disruptive so everyone understands the dangers we're facing right now. People should understand that we are at a critical moment in our humanity's history."

    Dozens of protesters arrested in Edinburgh
    What is climate change?
    The protesters who want to get arrested

Jace Tyrrell, chief executive of the New West End Company, said the first two days of protests had so far caused a loss of £12m in trade in the West End.

He told BBC Radio London: "Everyone has a right to peaceful protest. But this is really disruptive for us."

In Edinburgh, dozens of people were arrested earlier this week when hundreds of protesters blocked a main road.
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Image caption Oxford Street has been empty of traffic since activists parked a pink boat in Oxford Circus on Monday

Organisers said protests had been held in more than 80 cities across 33 countries and wanted to continue "shutting down London" until 29 April.

Campaigners at Waterloo Bridge and Oxford Circus have been ordered to restrict their protests to Marble Arch after they caused widespread disruption on Monday. That order will continue until 21:10 on Friday.

Joao Verga, who works at a printing company, says the protesters at Oxford Circus have caused him disruption.

The 58-year-old said: "We're trying to make a living and we can't. We move very quick in this country, this is only going to slow down everything."

Three men and two women, in their 40s and 50s, arrested on suspicion of criminal damage at Shell's headquarters in London on Monday, have since been released while inquiries continue.

The majority of the other protesters detained have been held on suspicion of public order offences.
What is Extinction Rebellion?
Image caption Four people glued and chained themselves to a lorry on Waterloo Bridge

Since the group was set up last year, members have shut bridges, poured buckets of fake blood outside Downing Street, blockaded the BBC and stripped semi-naked in Parliament.

It has three core demands: for the government to "tell the truth about climate change", reduce carbon emissions to zero by 2025, and create a citizens' assembly to oversee progress.

Controversially, the group is trying to get as many people arrested as possible.

But critics say they cause unnecessary disruption and waste police time when forces are already overstretched.

The government said it shared "people's passion" to combat climate change and "protect our planet for future generations".

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy said the UK had cut its emissions by 44% since 1990.

A spokesman said: "We've asked our independent climate experts for advice on a net zero emissions target and set out plans to transition to low emission vehicles and significantly reduce pollution through our Clean Air Strategy."
Title: ☠️ Police descend on Extinction Rebellion protest making hundreds of arrests
Post by: RE on April 17, 2019, 01:24:23 PM
Hey!  They wear ALL BLACK, just like me!  I would fit right in!  :icon_sunny:  I took up the all black motif though before their movement existed.

RE

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Title: ☠️ Extinction Rebellion: Climate protesters 'making a difference'
Post by: RE on April 22, 2019, 12:10:08 AM
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Extinction Rebellion: Climate protesters 'making a difference'

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Extinction Rebellion: Climate protesters 'making a difference'

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Media captionTeenage activist Greta Thunberg addresses the Extinction Rebellion rally

A teenage climate change activist has told Extinction Rebellion protesters in London they are "making a difference".

Greta Thunberg, 16, was greeted with chants of "we love you" as she took to the stage in front of thousands of people at the rally in Marble Arch.

A protest organiser said they planned "a week of activities" including a bid to prevent MPs entering Parliament.

More than 950 people have been arrested during the climate change protests and 40 people have been charged.

Ms Thunberg, a Swedish teenager who is credited with inspiring an international movement to fight climate change, told the crowd "humanity is standing at a crossroads" and that protesters "will never stop fighting for this planet".

Addressing the crowd at about 19:30 BST, she said: "For way too long the politicians and people in power have got away with not doing anything at all to fight the climate crisis and ecological crisis.

"But we will make sure they will not get away with it any longer."

Image copyright AFP Image caption The Swedish teenager was greeted with loud cheers as she took to the stage

As of 19:00 on Sunday, a total of 963 people had been arrested during the climate change protests.

The Met Police said 40 people, aged 19 to 77, have been charged for "various offences including breach of Section 14 Notice of the Public Order Act 1986, obstructing a highway and obstructing police".

Extinction Rebellion said it hoped to negotiate with the Mayor of London and the Met over continuing its demonstrations at Old Palace Yard in Westminster and leaving other sites.

Organisers said there would be a "people's assembly" at Marble Arch on Monday afternoon to decide what will happen in the coming week.

At the scene

By Dan Coles, BBC News

For much of the day there had been several hundred people at Extinction Rebellion's Marble Arch site.

But the chance to hear from Greta Thunberg - something of a celebrity in the climate protest world - saw the numbers swell into the thousands. The crowd was bolstered by an influx from the Parliament Square location and their banners filled the air.

Greta Thunberg's two-day journey to London by train was eagerly followed on social media and she got a huge cheer as she finally took to the stage.

Her speech was short and sweet, but the message was exactly what the crowd wanted to hear: "Keep going. You are making a difference."


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Earlier, Extinction Rebellion member Farhana Yamin said the group had offered to "pause" protests and begin "a new phase of rebellion" to achieve "political aims".

She said the move would show the group was an "organised and a long-term political force to be reckoned with".

However, another Extinction Rebellion organiser Larch Maxey told the BBC there "certainly won't be a pause in our activities".

He said: "On Tuesday we've got a series of strategic points around the city which we will be targeting to cause maximum economic disruption while simultaneously focusing on Parliament and inviting MPs to pause."

Asked if MPs would be able to get into Parliament, he added: "Not if we are successful, we're going to prevent them getting in so they have time to separate themselves from the politicking and concentrate on what's at stake here."

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Police have been trying to confine the protests to Marble Arch but demonstrators have ignored the threat of arrest and continued to block roads across the capital.

Areas around Oxford Circus and Parliament Square have reopened to traffic after officers cleared protesters.

On Sunday afternoon, police removed the skate ramp, cooking tents and other infrastructure from the activists' camp on Waterloo Bridge.

Some protesters began removing their collection of trees and plants, and officers removed the last activist from the bridge at about 22:00.

Image copyright AFP Image caption Officers carry away pieces of wood as they break up the protesters' camp on Waterloo Bridge

Met Commissioner Cressida Dick said that during her 36-year career she had never known a single police operation to result in so many arrests.

She said she was grateful for the help from hundreds of police officers drafted in from several forces, including the neighbouring City of London Police.

Officers from Kent, Sussex, Essex, Hampshire and Greater Manchester have also been sent.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said "more than 9,000 officers" had been responding to the demonstrations and he was "extremely concerned" about their impact on tackling issues such as violent crime.

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What is Extinction Rebellion?

 
 
Media captionThe co-founder of the protest group invites people to join

Since the group was set up last year, members have shut bridges, poured buckets of fake blood outside Downing Street, blockaded the BBC and stripped semi-naked in Parliament.

It has three core demands: for the government to "tell the truth about climate change"; to reduce carbon emissions to zero by 2025; and to create a citizens' assembly to oversee progress.

Controversially, the group is trying to get as many people arrested as possible.

But critics say they cause unnecessary disruption and waste police time when forces are already overstretched.

More on this story

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    20 April 2019
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    18 April 2019
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    16 April 2019
  • Greta Thunberg nominated for Nobel Peace Prize for climate activism
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    3 December 2018
Title: ☠️ London’s Extinction Rebellion Will Not Stop
Post by: RE on April 24, 2019, 02:11:14 AM
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London’s Extinction Rebellion Will Not Stop

The climate change activists have grabbed attention. But like AOC’s green new deal in the U.S., their demands would require a drastic reworking of the state.
By Therese Raphael
April 23, 2019, 3:35 AM AKDT

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London's climate rebels are blending the organizational ken and gravitas of the mass protest with the hip vibe of the music festival. It's a shrewd strategy. Photographer: TOLGA AKMEN/AFP

Therese Raphael writes editorials on European politics and economics for Bloomberg Opinion. She was editorial page editor of the Wall Street Journal Europe.


Measured by attention received, or noise made, London’s climate change protests have been a rousing success over the past week. As ever, there are doubts about whether the campaign of civil disobedience will make any real difference; but it does pose questions about the limits of democratic politics in the age of legislative gridlock.

With their banners, their graffiti, their drums, their street performers and their celebrity supporters, climate protesters marched, danced with police, delivered speeches and street performances, poured fake blood in front of Downing Street, got arrested, showed environmental catastrophe films, glued themselves to trains, disrupted traffic and generally made as much of a din as possible.

Extinction Rebellion, the group behind the protests, may be new but it has moved with the agility and single-mindedness of a hot tech startup. Its leaders spent years studying how to use mass movements to bring about radical change. They know their Gandhi, Martin Luther King and the Greenpeace playbook.

Their unique twist is blending the organizational ken and gravitas of the mass protest march with the hip vibe of the music festival. This is a shrewd strategy when you look at the increased politicization of Britain’s 20- and 30-somethings, evidenced by their hatred of Brexit and support for the Labour Party’s left-wing leader Jeremy Corbyn.

From their London headquarters, Extinction Rebellion volunteers are given training in what constitutes civil disobedience, as well as the legal consequences of property damage and various defenses. They learn the correct body position in which to be arrested, and practice their responses to angry and abusive onlookers (though Londoners have been pretty respectful).

Any comparison with other recent protest campaigns would show more differences than similarities. Extinction Rebellion rejects violence, unlike France’s Gilets Jaunes. Its acts are carefully planned and calibrated. The group even apologizes for damage to property and inconvenience to the public.

Unlike the Occupy Wall Street protests that followed the financial crisis, the London movement knows exactly what it wants and has effective messaging and leadership. It understands that anger gets old after a while, so the activism cleverly fuses outrage and disruption with more lighthearted stunts that grab attention, such as a giant pink boat fixed to the ground in London's busiest shopping street.

Sometimes the non-violence pledge gets a bit blurry. A group smashed revolving glass doors at Royal Dutch Shell. Extinction Rebellion justifies the occasional breakages by arguing that the Earth is like a burning house; you don't hesitate to knock down a few doors to save the inhabitants. “We do look like a bunch of trouble-makers and trouble-makers change the world,” Roger Hallam, a long-time activist and one of the group’s founders, told the BBC ahead of the protests.

The organization claims it is already winning hearts and minds; and judging from the press attention and reaction from many political quarters, they aren't wrong. A highlight came on Easter Sunday when 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, now an international superstar who had an audience with the Pope, addressed crowds, uniting the children’s protest movement of recent months with the adult one. The media loved it. Politicians clamored to acknowledge it – which is precisely the idea.

Detractors grumble that the group is merely blocking roads, impeding (low emission) public transport and hurting commerce – that this is middle class virtue signaling rather than a credible program. But perhaps it’s a sign of the growing fear of climate cataclysm that such complaints haven’t carried their usual weight.

It’s now up to Extinction Rebellion to prove it can do more than just protest. The get-to-know-us stage has been bold and attention-grabbing. What comes next is more difficult.

The ultimate aim is to get off the streets and use the political process to transform the environmental plan. The group has three broad demands: That the U.K. commit to zero carbon emissions by 2025, mandate a citizens’ assembly to advise on delivering climate targets and declare a state of climate emergency.

Britain has already promised to cut greenhouse emissions by 80 per cent from 1990 levels by 2050, one of the strongest legally mandated reductions anywhere. Emissions have been falling, down 43 percent by 2017, but overall, the U.K. has fallen behind schedule, having made the easy cuts early on.

Getting to zero emissions in double-quick time would, to have the faintest chance, require the entire country to be on a war footing and focused on little else. It would mean moving all heating and transport to clean energy and quickly phasing out reliance on fossil fuels, scrapping diesel and petrol vehicles and getting rid of gas boilers.

There would need to be a massive retrofitting of buildings all over the country to be energy efficient and a warp-speed scaling up of solar, wind and other renewable energy production. The group Zero Carbon Britain estimates it would require the building of 130,000 100-meter tall wind turbines, largely off-shore, covering an area twice the size of Wales.

All that is theoretically possible. Politically, it’s hard to see. Britain’s opposition Labour Party, which favors industrial planning, higher taxes and debt-funded spending, will be more sympathetic, but it would still have to rely on business investment and economic growth to help pay for it all. Mindful that younger voters have deserted them, many Conservatives are surprisingly positive about the protesters and their cause, but they dismiss the prescriptions as fantasy economics. They may agree to accelerate the fight on climate change, but argue that tanking the economy in the process would be counterproductive.

All of this echoes a debate in the U.S. that has centered on the rising Democrat star Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC), whose Green New Deal contains some similarly ambitious targets but has become a catchall for various traditional left-wing causes. Both Extinction Rebellion’s demands and AOC’s plan demand a scale of state industrial intervention that the Anglosphere hasn’t experienced in recent times. It would mean a dramatic redefinition of the role and purpose of government.

Frustrating as this might be to the protesters – who say politicians have failed to respond to the climate emergency – answers can only come through the nitty gritty of policy-making, the complex job of engineering tax incentives for renewables, regulatory changes, infrastructure planning and building projects. Unfortunately, this also requires a coherent government that can take decisions and pass legislation, something the Brexit-mired U.K. doesn’t have right now.

The risk with civil disobedience is, of course, that it makes protesters the arbiters of what’s just. A citizens’ assembly may indeed provide a contribution. But how would Extinction Rebellion respond if that body too failed to recommend drastic enough action?

None of this is to downplay the importance of the protest. Even if it scores only a partial success, it would suggest that civil disobedience is a more attractive (maybe even more effective) strategy in a time of political dysfunction than traditional lawmaking channels. The Yellow Vests in France have a much less coherent message, and have been overtly violent, but the country’s president Emmanuel Macron caved in to many of their demands.

This may all be a sign that democracy itself is becoming more volatile, less bound by the old rules and parties and more subject to the vagaries of mass movements. That’s a more troubling message.

It doesn’t suggest a happy ending either, given the polarization running through society in the U.S. and increasingly in the U.K. For all their fervor, the protests don't in themselves mitigate climate change. Ultimately, the hard work will still need to take place around a table.

This column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the editorial board or Bloomberg LP and its owners.
Title: ☠️ Extinction Rebellion protests win political attention in the U.K.
Post by: RE on April 26, 2019, 12:17:53 AM
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Extinction Rebellion protests win political attention in the U.K.
After 1,000 arrests and days of disruption, one group's direct action has successfully driven climate change up the political agenda in Britain.

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Police officers surround the pink boat which climate change activists used as a central point of their encampment as they occupied the road junction at Oxford Circus in central London on April 19, 2019.Tolga Akmen / AFP - Getty Images

April 25, 2019, 3:55 AM AKDT / Updated April 25, 2019, 7:28 AM AKDT
By Linda Givetash

LONDON — A string of demonstrations that blocked bridges and major streets in central London, disrupted train services and saw over a thousand people arrested are being declared a success in forcing climate change higher up the political agenda.

Extinction Rebellion, a protest movement calling for the prevention of ecological collapse that launched in the United Kingdom last year, has inspired the support of thousands across the country, raised more than £250,000 ($322,000) in just 10 days and gained the attention of politicians.
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"I think we’ve become hugely popular and politicians are aware of that," organizer Nuala Gathercole Lam told NBC News. "There has been a shift toward understanding the urgency of this."

The group is rallying behind warnings from scientists, the United Nations and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that significant reductions in carbon emissions must be achieved within the next 11 years to avoid devastating consequences for the planet, such as mass extinction, by the end of the century.
Climate change activists block stock exchange, train station as London protests end
April 25, 201901:08

Starting on April 15, demonstrators set up makeshift camps at various locations across the city including Waterloo Bridge and Marble Arch, the iconic triumphal arch near popular tourist sites including Buckingham and Kensington Palaces.

The final day of protests began Thursday with a group of seven demonstrators forming a chain outside the doors of the London Stock Exchange to highlight the negative impacts financial industries are having on the physical world, Gathercole Lam said.

Another group caused disruption by climbing on top of a train in in the city's financial center, Canary Wharf, according to the Metropolitan Police. Five people were arrested in the incident.

Protesters are demanding that the British government tell the truth about the severity of climate change, set drastic targets to reach zero carbon emissions by 2025 and establish a citizens' assembly to direct how those targets are reached.
Climate change activists disrupt London's Tube with glue
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"It seems like something that is totally unrealistic, but what is really unrealistic is that we're carrying on as business as usual," said Sarah Lummun, who works on the rebellion's political strategy.

People are sacrificing their careers and livelihoods with potential criminal records because they believe in the urgent need for action, Lummun said.

Of the over 1,000 people arrested, Met Police said as of Wednesday, 69 people were charged. A near-even split of men and women, whose ages ranged from 19 to 70, were among those arrested in that one day alone.
Image: Members of the police carry a demonstrator during the Extinction Rebellion protest at the Marble Arch in London
Members of the police carry a demonstrator during the Extinction Rebellion protest at the Marble Arch in London on April 24.Toby Melville / Reuters

Conservative-leaning commentators have called the protests inconsequential and attacked them for only being supported by young, well-off liberals. Questions have been asked over why the police didn't take stronger action to clear streets and bridges.

But the net result of 11 days of disruption is a huge amount of publicity and the ear of senior politicians. The rebellion is expecting a formal invitation to meet with Michael Gove, the environment secretary, and other politicians, Lummun said. Numerous other members of parliament, mostly from the opposition Labour and Green parties, have joined the movement and spoken to demonstrators.
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"On all levels, the Extinction Rebellion has been a fantastic success on raising the issue," said John Barry, a professor specializing in green political theory at Queen’s University Belfast.

"I think non-violent direct action is absolutely needed to push the political system, to challenge our economic system, to create a better economy and society."

Barry rejected the idea that Extinction Rebellion was "just a niche, green, guilty middle-class protest," he said.

The group has also gained traction internationally. In Los Angeles, protesters scaled the Universal Studios globe waving green flags for Earth Day last Monday. Chapters of the group have also organized in nearly 400 locations around the world.

Although the protests are set to end Thursday, Lummun said the movement will not die down any time soon.

"If we do not act, we have no future," she said. "If the government doesn't meet our demands, we will escalate."
Title: ☠️ Extinction Rebellion activists end London protests
Post by: RE on April 26, 2019, 09:12:21 AM
Lots more pics at the link.

RE

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-48058177 (https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-48058177)

Extinction Rebellion activists end London protests
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Image caption Extinction Rebellion supporters gathered at Speaker's Corner in Hyde Park for a "closing ceremony"

Ten days of protests, blockades and disruption across London has come to a conclusion as Extinction Rebellion ended its action in the capital.

Hundreds of activists met in Hyde Park earlier for a "closing ceremony".

More than 1,100 people have been arrested since campaigners first blocked traffic on 15 April.

On the final day of action, protesters blocked roads, climbed on a train and glued themselves together in London's financial district.

On Thursday evening, climate change campaigners sat on the grass next to Speaker's Corner - widely considered London's home of free speech - singing and listening to musicians.

Transport for London said all roads are open around Marble Arch.

    Extinction Rebellion: What happened?

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Image caption Ten days of protests in London ended with a gathering in Hyde Park
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Image caption Hundreds of people sat on the grass next to Speaker's Corner

Skeena Rathor, of Extinction Rebellion, welcomed the "rebels" to the ceremony and described the crowd as "beautiful beings", adding: "This is our pause ceremony.

"Welcome to the beginning of our pause."

She invited the crowd to "begin a process of reflection", adding: "Thank you for what you have done this week. It is enormous. It is beyond words."

The crowd cheered and clapped when a speaker said "the police were amazing" during the days of blockades.
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Image caption Protesters cleaned the roads of chalked messages as they packed up their camp at Marble Arch
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Image caption Musicians at Marble Arch marked the final day of action

"We will leave the physical locations but a space for truth-telling has been opened up in the world," event organisers said on their Facebook page.

"We would like to thank Londoners for opening their hearts and demonstrating their willingness to act on that truth.

"We know we have disrupted your lives. We do not do this lightly. We only do this because this is an emergency."
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Image caption Nine protesters glued themselves together in a chain to stop people entering the Treasury in Westminster

Extinction Rebellion is urging the government to "tell the truth" about the scale of the climate crisis. It wants the UK to reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2025 and a Citizens' Assembly set up to oversee the changes needed to achieve this.

    What do they want and is it realistic?
    What is climate change?

On Thursday, 26 people were arrested on suspicion of aggravated trespass outside the Stock Exchange and on Fleet Street, bringing the total number of arrests up to 1,130 since the protests began on 15 April, the Met Police said.
Media captionProtesters blocked the London Stock Exchange and climbed on top of a Docklands Light Railway train

Four people stood on top of a Docklands Light Railway (DLR) train while another glued herself to a train.

Five people were arrested on suspicion of obstructing the railway, the British Transport Police said.
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Image caption Fleet Street was blocked by activists as part of a focus on the city's financial district
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Image caption Four people climbed on an DLR train at Canary Wharf

Meanwhile, Dame Emma Thompson, who joined the activists on Saturday, has defended flying from Los Angeles to London to take part.

The actress said it was "very difficult to do my job without occasionally flying" but she was "in the very fortunate position of being able to offset my carbon footprint".

More than 10,000 police officers have been deployed during the action.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said the protests had been a "huge challenge for our over-stretched and under-resourced Metropolitan Police".
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Image caption Dame Emma Thompson joined the protests on Saturday
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Image caption Traffic was blocked during short protests opposite the Bank of England

The Met said on Wednesday it had imposed new conditions under the Public Order Act on the protest area in Marble Arch, making it a criminal offence to protest outside a designated area or incite others to protest outside of it.

The conditions will remain in force until Saturday.
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Image caption Phil Kingston, 83, was among those taken to custody over the protest at Canary Wharf
Title: Re: ☠️ Extinction Rebellion: Climate protesters block roads
Post by: BuddyJ on April 26, 2019, 08:17:26 PM
Jet setting in to protest CO2 emissions....you do have to quietly smile about that one.  Next up, another Climate Change Conference in a faraway, picturesque place to declare definitive social media action is being thought about, with a stretch goal of perhaps "carefully considered" being added to the language, in order to bring a debate about climate justice and equality for anyone who wants it, without making uncomfortable those who do not, and ending with a ringing endorsement of meeting again soon in another picturesque location, to discuss the progress of....whatever...
Title: Re: ☠️ Extinction Rebellion: Climate protesters block roads
Post by: RE on April 26, 2019, 09:41:00 PM
Jet setting in to protest CO2 emissions....you do have to quietly smile about that one.

Most of those people didn't jet set to get to London.  They're local Brits, you can tell by the accent.  Many of them probably didn't even take carz, since London is a nightmare to get around by 4 wheel transport.  They probably took the Underground.

Besides, we have been over this "hypocrisy" many times  For as long as BAU is operational and climate conferences are held all over the world, the only way to get there is by plane.  The planes will fly anyhow, so better to use them for the purpose of dissemnating the information than just vacationing in Hawaii.

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Title: Re: ☠️ Extinction Rebellion: Climate protesters block roads
Post by: AJ on April 27, 2019, 04:04:55 AM
Jet setting in to protest CO2 emissions....you do have to quietly smile about that one.

Most of those people didn't jet set to get to London.  They're local Brits, you can tell by the accent.  Many of them probably didn't even take carz, since London is a nightmare to get around by 4 wheel transport.  They probably took the Underground.

Besides, we have been over this "hypocrisy" many times  For as long as BAU is operational and climate conferences are held all over the world, the only way to get there is by plane.  The planes will fly anyhow, so better to use them for the purpose of dissemnating the information than just vacationing in Hawaii.

RE
On a related note;
I heard Paul Kalmus, a NASA climate scientist, interviewed by Alex Smith on Radio Ecoshock (https://www.ecoshock.org/2019/04/faint-hope-amid-rising-despair.html (https://www.ecoshock.org/2019/04/faint-hope-amid-rising-despair.html)) about the hypocrisy of Climate scientists flying all over the planet to go to conferences. He for one has stopped doing that AND understands that if we were to have any hope of a sustainable lifestyle flying would have to go away. Of course he doesn't make the connection that we would have to reduce the population by 90% or so, but few want to talk about that. I say more power to XR, lots of them understand that the economic system must collapse if there is to be any faint amount of hope for the future. Not that I have any.  :laugh:
AJ
Title: Re: ☠️ Extinction Rebellion: Climate protesters block roads
Post by: RE on April 27, 2019, 04:16:58 AM
Jet setting in to protest CO2 emissions....you do have to quietly smile about that one.

Most of those people didn't jet set to get to London.  They're local Brits, you can tell by the accent.  Many of them probably didn't even take carz, since London is a nightmare to get around by 4 wheel transport.  They probably took the Underground.

Besides, we have been over this "hypocrisy" many times  For as long as BAU is operational and climate conferences are held all over the world, the only way to get there is by plane.  The planes will fly anyhow, so better to use them for the purpose of dissemnating the information than just vacationing in Hawaii.

RE
On a related note;
I heard Paul Kalmus, a NASA climate scientist, interviewed by Alex Smith on Radio Ecoshock (https://www.ecoshock.org/2019/04/faint-hope-amid-rising-despair.html (https://www.ecoshock.org/2019/04/faint-hope-amid-rising-despair.html)) about the hypocrisy of Climate scientists flying all over the planet to go to conferences. He for one has stopped doing that AND understands that if we were to have any hope of a sustainable lifestyle flying would have to go away. Of course he doesn't make the connection that we would have to reduce the population by 90% or so, but few want to talk about that. I say more power to XR, lots of them understand that the economic system must collapse if there is to be any faint amount of hope for the future. Not that I have any.  :laugh:
AJ

You should enjoy tomorrow's Collapse Morning Wake-Up Call.   :icon_sunny:

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Title: Re: ☠️ Extinction Rebellion: Climate protesters block roads
Post by: BuddyJ on April 27, 2019, 04:59:25 AM
Jet setting in to protest CO2 emissions....you do have to quietly smile about that one.

Most of those people didn't jet set to get to London.  They're local Brits, you can tell by the accent.  Many of them probably didn't even take carz, since London is a nightmare to get around by 4 wheel transport.  They probably took the Underground.

Most, sure. But there was a specific person in the article apologizing and rationalizing exactly the point I mentioned. I understand that most were probably local, the one defending him/herself from jet setting there was not.

Quote from: RE
Besides, we have been over this "hypocrisy" many times

Maybe you have been involved in this "hypocrisy" discussion, if I think about it for even a little bit, I don't use quotes.

Quote from: RE
For as long as BAU is operational and climate conferences are held all over the world, the only way to get there is by plane.

At which, complaints about CO2 emissions are discussed and how to at the very least diminish them. Do you think ANYONE at those conferences suggests..you know...doing away with conferences to do their part?

Quote from: RE
  The planes will fly anyhow, so better to use them for the purpose of dissemnating the information than just vacationing in Hawaii.

RE

And the internet can't disseminate information? Publishing papers doesn't disseminate information? Are you sure that taking selfies in those picturesque locations doesn't play into this somehow? We are talking about people after all, motivated self interest is what we do.

The planes flying anyhow is just a rationalization as to the why it is okay for people talking about reducing CO2 emissions to themselves create CO2 emissions. In the interest of the greater good of course.
Title: Re: ☠️ Extinction Rebellion: Climate protesters block roads
Post by: RE on April 27, 2019, 05:07:36 AM
Jet setting in to protest CO2 emissions....you do have to quietly smile about that one.

Most of those people didn't jet set to get to London.  They're local Brits, you can tell by the accent.  Many of them probably didn't even take carz, since London is a nightmare to get around by 4 wheel transport.  They probably took the Underground.

Most, sure. But there was a specific person in the article apologizing and rationalizing exactly the point I mentioned. I understand that most were probably local, the one defending him/herself from jet setting there was not.

Quote from: RE
Besides, we have been over this "hypocrisy" many times

Maybe you have been involved in this "hypocrisy" discussion, if I think about it for even a little bit, I don't use quotes.

Quote from: RE
For as long as BAU is operational and climate conferences are held all over the world, the only way to get there is by plane.

At which, complaints about CO2 emissions are discussed and how to at the very least diminish them. Do you think ANYONE at those conferences suggests..you know...doing away with conferences to do their part?

Quote from: RE
  The planes will fly anyhow, so better to use them for the purpose of dissemnating the information than just vacationing in Hawaii.

RE

And the internet can't disseminate information? Publishing papers doesn't disseminate information? Are you sure that taking selfies in those picturesque locations doesn't play into this somehow? We are talking about people after all, motivated self interest is what we do.

The planes flying anyhow is just a rationalization as to the why it is okay for people talking about reducing CO2 emissions to themselves create CO2 emissions. In the interest of the greater good of course.

My Collapse Morning Wake-Up Call addresses these issues.  It's titled "The Extinction Conundrum".  I'll let that be my answer.  It airs in the AM on Sunday.

RE
Title: Re: ☠️ Extinction Rebellion: Update #7 – To Parliament, and Beyond
Post by: knarf on April 27, 2019, 06:23:10 AM
We’ve created wonders. We’ve made history. We’re just getting started.

The London Rebellion, after ten unbelievable days, will relinquish its final location on Thursday. We’ll be coming back to a different world.

At a monumental people’s assembly on Monday, rebels from across the UK came together to discuss how we’d move forward. Amazing ideas were shared, and were recorded to be visible here, here and here; we hope these ideas will also be seen in the shape of the plan going forwards.

An important part of this plan was when and how to leave our last location at Marble Arch. The discussion of this question began on Monday afternoon, and was made extra pertinent by a police raid later that evening, and then another the following day. During the latter – and from a police-cordoned stage – a further people’s assembly was convened to address specifically this question. A majority agreed to hold a closing ceremony at 5pm on Thursday.

We’ll be leaving on our own terms – and what terms! It’s clear that we’ve entered a new level of membership and support, both in the UK and abroad. Our social media following has more than doubled on all platforms; our Instagram reached over 8 million people in one week. With 40,000 new members since last Monday we’ve just crossed the 100,000 mark, and we’re nearing on 400 XR branches globally.

In London we pledged not to leave the streets until we saw serious engagement from government. Since MPs returning on Tuesday we’ve had so much political traction it warrants a whole section, the short version of which is that we’re doing really well. Is it enough? Of course not. The change we demand for the sake of our world is enormous; the apocalyptic interests against it are powerful.

It’s in view of this, and by demand from several peoples’ assemblies, that we came back to Parliament on Tuesday and Wednesday (see below). It’s for the same reasons that we’ll be disrupting the City on Thursday, and carrying out several more targeted actions in the coming days.

And it’s why, from the end of this week, we’ll be getting ready to spread our message wherever we go, in our local communities and across the world. But before we start this next journey, we’ll be holding a day of regeneration and reflection on Friday. It’s good timing because the long-term wellbeing team just finished a fantastic guide on post-rebellion care, which we strongly recommend that all rebels read. There are also online debriefs.

To start the reflection process early, this team would like to take a moment of humble gratitude – to our incredible members, of course (we’d especially like to welcome the recent arrival of XR Pakistan), but also to so many others who’ve made this Rebellion possible. To the many movements before and around us from the Chartists to RTS, Occupy to PNR and so many more, who fought and fight for our right to political protest. To the NGOs who’ve lent us their support, and the churches who gave us their space. We look forward to working together where we can, for the sake of the planet.

Political Traction

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MPs have been returning to Westminster since Tuesday. As they’ve come back, we’ve seen a remarkable new level of environmental engagement.

This has been at its most apparent in the Commons’ hour-and-a-half discussion of the “Extinction Rebellion Urgent Question”. Among other highlights this featured a call from Ed Miliband for a government declaration of climate emergency and the implementation of a ‘green new deal’. The government’s familiarly brazen response of celebrating ‘progress to date’ seemed to ring a little more hollow than usual, the more so with Greta Thunberg watching from the gallery.

The general picture for now is of greater support from Labour, underlined in person when Extinction Rebellion Youth presented a letter to Diane Abbott outside Parliament. However there’s hope for the Tories yet, as Environment Secretary Michael Gove has offered a meeting with Extinction Rebellion. Sceptics might note the twelve past occasions on which Gove has voted against measures to address climate change, along with his attempt as Education Secretary to remove climate change from the GCSE geography curriculum… but we’re not here to bring up the past – we’re here for the future.

Beyond these early and official exchanges, our political strategy team also reports lively engagement ‘through backchannels’ – we can only speculate what might emerge from these.

We’re just two days into this session but it’s already clear, as one paper puts it, “Extinction Rebellion protests have WORKED”.

And if you’re feeling political: now that we have such a strong case in the Commons it might not be a bad time to indulge in a bit of petition signing.

What’s next for London and the UK?

Several people’s assemblies held in the last few days, including these ones, have been the primary guidance for what happens next

Thursday:

Swarming the City

Kurdish Solidarity

Closing Ceremony

Friday:

Debrief

Family die-in for food security

Circle of Counsel (online reflections)

VERY LONG

https://rebellion.earth/2019/04/25/update-7-to-parliament-and-beyond/?link_id=0&can_id=d4e96a888a65b26abfffc48652b2e679&source=email-international-rebellion-final-issue-to-parliament-and-beyond&email_referrer=email_535624&email_subject=international-rebellion-final-issue-to-parliament-and-beyond
Title: Re: ☠️ Extinction Rebellion: Update #7 – To Parliament, and Beyond
Post by: RE on April 27, 2019, 06:43:45 AM
Don't miss tomorrow's Collapse Morning Wake-Up Call, "The Extinction Conundrum!

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Title: Re: ☠️ Extinction Rebellion: Banksy just created an ER mural
Post by: knarf on April 27, 2019, 09:31:03 AM
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Banksy, the famously anonymous street artist, appears to have lent his (or maybe her) talents to sounding the alarm about the climate crisis.

A new mural showed up in central London near Hyde Park on Thursday night, and a Banksy collector thinks it’s legit. The mural depicts a young girl with a just-planted seedling who’s holding a tiny sign bearing the symbol of Extinction Rebellion, a new group using civil disobedience to draw attention to government inaction on climate change. The words alongside it say “From this moment despair ends and tactics begin.”

The child is stenciled on a concrete block at the Marble Arch landmark, where Extinction Rebellion protestors had recently set up camp. Over the past week and a half, activists have barricaded roads and bridges across London, demanding that the British government set a target of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2025. More than a thousand of them have been arrested in the nonviolent protests.

Banksy has not yet confirmed that the mural is authentic, but the artist has created artwork about similar themes, like rising seas and sooty air, before.

Back in 2009, for instance, Banksy depicted a classic climate denial statement — “I don’t believe in global warming” — sinking into the water of a canal in north London.

(https://grist.files.wordpress.com/2019/04/gettyimages-805681170-e1556314771304.jpg)

Another Banksy artwork last December took on air pollution. Painted on the corner of a garage in Port Talbot, one of the most polluted towns in the U.K., it looked like a kid enjoying the snow. Until you see around the corner, when it becomes clear that the “snow” is actually debris from a flaming dumpster.

(https://grist.files.wordpress.com/2019/04/gettyimages-1074445754-e1556314831894.jpg)

https://grist.org/article/it-looks-like-banksy-just-created-an-extinction-rebellion-mural/
Title: The Extinction Conundrum
Post by: RE on April 28, 2019, 03:08:29 AM


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Extinction has moved from the dark corners of the Collapse Blogosphere into the consciousness of the mainstream.  Just a few short years ago the discussion of human extinction was relegated to a few fringe websites, but not so anymore.  Now it has become Topic #1 in the discussions on many websites that concern themselves with topics of collapse.  Sometimes this comes to the exclusion of many other collapse related topics in economics, geopolitics, energy and social psychology that are impacting more directly right now.



Generally my focus over the years has been on the economics and energy end of the spin down we are immersed in, and I don't dwell too much on the issues of extinction.  However, here on the Diner we have treated the subject to analysis on a few occasions, most notably the Human Extinction Survey, which we ran a couple of years ago.  It garnered the most respondents of any survey we have run at around 350 submissions until recently, when our Collapse Projections Survey brought in responses from over 600 Kollapsniks.  The extinction survey also inspired a month long email stream between various bloggers and pundits which was quite interesting.



I generally tend to avoid extinction discussions though for a few reasons.  First, I have discovered over the years that it attracts a certain type of reader/commenter who is often nihilistic, misanthropic and sometimes suicidally depressed.  The blog becomes consumed with the discussion of the topic while more proximal problems get ignored.  Who cares if the monetary system is going to crash if we're all gonna die anyhow, right?  It also sometimes inspires people toward counter-productive behaviors.  If we're all destined to inevitable death here no matter what, let's just Party like it's 1999!  It leads to inaction on problems we still can have an effect on as we move forward in collapse.



The timeline question becomes very important here, because if extinction is indeed going to happen, when will it actually occur?  If it's in the next 5 years say, that has one set of problems and responses, if it's going to happen in 50 there's another set.  Nobody can really finger this accurately, it's all speculation but some true believers hammer down on anyone who doesn't buy the whole ball of wax on Near Term Human Extinction (NTHE) is in denial and shooting up too much Hopium.  Amongst this crowd, hope is a bad thing to have.



Recent events however compelled me to discuss this subject in detail, which I do in today's Collapse Morning Wake-Up Call.  The first is the rise of the Extinction Rebellion movement, which recently held a week long series of often very theatrical demonstrations in London to raise consciousness and hopefully get some real ACTION out of governments to combat this problem, which looms larger each day as more climate related calamities strike in more places with incresing ferocity and frequency.all over the globe.  The second is a corollary issue of Population Overshoot, and the fact that many Millenials are now choosing to remain childless, for one reason or another.  What kind of difference will this make to our society as time marches on here?



All in all, Extinction is a difficult conundrum to deal with, a Wicked Problem.  Hopefully I clarify some issues with this discussion, or at least lay out my position on where I stand on these issues.



 



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Title: Re: ☠️ Extinction Rebellion: Climate protesters block roads
Post by: knarf on April 28, 2019, 09:40:05 AM
absolutely NAILED IT.! i THOUGHT YOU WERE SENSIBLE ( WHICH IS SORELY NEEDED ) OPPS CAPS OFF, and told the truth about how we don't know how fast or slow the climate will change, nor that every one and/or everything vanish. I really liked your presentation, alot!   :emthup: :emthup:
Title: Re: ☠️ Extinction Rebellion: Climate protesters block roads
Post by: RE on April 28, 2019, 09:57:47 AM
absolutely NAILED IT.! i THOUGHT YOU WERE SENSIBLE ( WHICH IS SORELY NEEDED ) OPPS CAPS OFF, and told the truth about how we don't know how fast or slow the climate will change, nor that every one and/or everything vanish. I really liked your presentation, alot!   :emthup: :emthup:

Thx Knarf.

I give a lot of credit to you for waking ME up to the Extinction Rebellion movement quite some time back.  That's why I dropped this thread on your Newz Channel.  At the time I wasn't too enthusiastic about the movement, because of the less than pleasant interactions I have with Extinction True Believers in the past.  However, the goals and the methodology these folks are pursuing is sound, and they are starting to gain traction, so it was time to address the subject.  I did that rant BTW with no script.

Besides all that, they have a GREAT logo!  I spruced it up some with symbolic colors.  :icon_sunny:

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Title: Re: ☠️ Extinction Rebellion: Climate protesters block roads
Post by: AJ on April 29, 2019, 04:30:20 AM
You did a good job on the overview of XR. My personal take is a little bit more toward NTHE than you. I think Jim Bendell and Paul Beckwith are now saying about the same thing McPherson has been saying all along. I think the science is backing them up a little more also. You've been watching this so long I'm not sure you have seen the shift in climate science to more doom?? I like the audio presentation, that way I can listen while I work on the garden.
AJ
Title: Re: ☠️ Extinction Rebellion: Climate protesters block roads
Post by: RE on April 29, 2019, 04:54:30 AM
I like the audio presentation, that way I can listen while I work on the garden.
AJ

That's why I provide the audio-only version with the downloads.  Besides, we have a separate set of followers on Diner Soundcloud, 220 over there.  They don't watch the vids either.  So far we have 25 Listens and 3 Downloads on DSC.  For the Vid, we have so far 82 views on DYT, where we have currently 362 subscribers.  This is just in ONE DAY, and with no Special Collapse-Famous Guest!  Just me doing the solo rant.  :icon_mrgreen:

I may actually start to get popular!  :o

RE Superstar of Doom
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Title: Re: ☠️ Extinction Rebellion:UK Parliament declares climate change emergency
Post by: knarf on May 01, 2019, 04:35:54 PM
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MPs have approved a motion to declare an environment and climate emergency.

This proposal, which demonstrates the will of the Commons on the issue but does not legally compel the government to act, was approved without a vote.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who tabled the motion, said it was "a huge step forward".

Environment Secretary Michael Gove acknowledged there was a climate "emergency" but did not back Labour's demands to declare one.

The declaration of an emergency was one of the key demands put to the government by environmental activist group Extinction Rebellion, in a series of protests over recent weeks.

Addressing climate protesters from the top of a fire engine in Parliament Square earlier, Mr Corbyn said: "This can set off a wave of action from parliaments and governments around the globe.

"We pledge to work as closely as possible with countries that are serious about ending the climate catastrophe and make clear to US President Donald Trump that he cannot ignore international agreements and action on the climate crisis."

Dozens of towns and cities across the UK have already declared "a climate emergency".

There is no single definition of what that means but many local areas say they want to be carbon-neutral by 2030.

Some councils have promised to introduce electric car hubs or build sustainable homes to try to achieve that goal.

It's a much more ambitious target than the UK government's, which is to reduce carbon emissions by 80% (compared to 1990 levels) by 2050.

Read more here

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/amp/uk-politics-48126677 (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/amp/uk-politics-48126677)
Title: Re: ☠️ Extinction Rebellion: Newsletter 20 – Parliament meets our First Demand!
Post by: knarf on May 03, 2019, 06:09:08 PM
Welcome back to the newsletter! It’s been an unbelievable few weeks since our last official issue. Since April 15 we’ve been doing our best to keep up with the blistering pace of events in our daily updates, but from now it’s back to regular service – we hope you like our 20th newsletter!

Before anything else, we’d like to extend a heartfelt welcome to the many ‘green’ rebels who’ve joined us recently. A feature common to the many actions below has been seasoned rebels (by now pretty tired!) receiving invaluable support – be it emotional, technical or numerical – from fresh new colleagues.

It might not make headlines, but this vibrant new energy could be among the past few weeks’ most important developments: local XR branches across the UK are reporting double or triple attendance (Bristol, for example, rocketing from 140 to 300!) London actions are implausibly well-peopled, and this newsletter is reaching twice the number of readers!

There’s plenty of more obvious good news, though – most prominently Parliament’s declaration of climate and environment emergency. The preceding debate seemed almost self-evident – of course politicians would be taking such an urgent matter seriously – but even months ago it was a very different picture. Eagle-eared rebels will also have noted an influx of XR-related themes and language, from the declaration’s ‘and environment’ to the building talk of Citizens’ Assemblies. Make no mistake – this would not have happened without us.

Before we scuttle the Pink Boat and cross Demand One off our list, a note of caution: Parliament may have followed the lead of Scotland and Wales, but the UK government at large is still a long way short of ‘telling the truth’. We’re not done yet.

All the better, then, that in the preceding week we’ve been meeting with high-level government officials (see below), which also makes now an unusually good time to pile in with petitions. At the same time we’ve been showing off our stamina and keeping up the pressure with actions all over London, from swarming in the City to supporting the amazing Colne Valley protesters (also see below).

For all the excitement, there’s now a general move towards a regenerative, resting phase: the London office is almost empty in evenings (beyond the odd newsletter-writer!), and set to remain quiet through next week. This very much applies for the Media and Messaging team, who are under strict orders to take it easy. It’s with this in mind that we’re happy to bring you another bumper crop of regen resources: for arrestees, for people who’d like to show some love to arrestees, and indeed for everyone.

Not that it’s all quiet: even as many in XR UK get ready to rest, XR at large remains seriously active. The weekend saw simultaneous mass die-ins led by XR Berlin and joined by thousands of rebels across over fifteen countries, with yet more international actions in the course of the week. Upcoming international antics include an International Mother’s Day March and a Global Strike for Future (see below).

As the dust settles and the fumes rise again, it’s clear that we’re in a new chapter of XR’s incredible journey. If you’d like to get more involved, please check out our simple guide. If you can’t spare time, but can donate money instead, please see our fundraiser page.

You can check out upcoming events on our website here. Or create your own event by filling in our talks and trainings form!
For previous newsletter issues, please see here – or for the story of the International Rebellion as told in our updates, see here.
Contents

    Political Progress
    Recent Activity
    Upcoming Activity
    Act now
    International Highlights
    Announcements
    News & Recommended Content

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https://rebellion.earth/2019/05/03/newsletter-20-parliament-meets-our-first-demand/?preview=true&link_id=1&can_id=d4e96a888a65b26abfffc48652b2e679&source=email-newsletter-20-parliament-meets-our-first-demand&email_referrer=email_540864&email_subject=newsletter-20-parliament-meets-our-first-demand
Title: Re: ☠️ Extinction Rebellion: The New Normal: Eco-action sweeps the globe
Post by: knarf on May 16, 2019, 04:55:37 PM
Newsletter 21 – The New Normal: Eco-action sweeps the globe

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Welcome to our 21st newsletter!

One month on from our wave of International Rebellion, and the ripples are still being felt.

The environmental narrative has been irrevocably changed: public concern is at an all-time high, with a clear majority of UK voters now backing (comparatively) radical action. The shift of consciousness is spreading fast across the world, with regional governments in New Zealand today joining the British Parliament in declaring a climate emergency.

Our message is also resonating in the cultural world, with the British Academy of Film and Television Arts pledging to prioritise the issue, and the UK’s new poet laureate doing likewise. Revolutions don’t get televised, but maybe rebellions do?

It’s getting increasingly difficult to cover all the amazing work that’s being done in one weekly newsletter. From our continued and staggering growth, both in terms of membership (60,000 new rebels since April 15, and ever rising!) and scope (welcome XR Hong Kong!), to our many policy impacts (‘Runway 3 or not runway 3?’), XR shows no sign of slowing down.

There’s no doubt that we’ve made incredible progress, and there’s no doubt we’ve earned a bit of a rest. But, while we hold regeneration as paramount to a sustainable movement, we’re not looking to rest on our laurels. Even less so in a world where plant-growth is under threat due to the rapid extinction of pollinators, as revealed in a recent, damning UN study. 1 million species face extinction, but some even bigger numbers expose government and corporate priorities: a recent IMF report has calculated $5.2 trillion in fossil-fuel subsidies worldwide.

We have every right to celebrate the progress achieved in the non-violent fight for ecological justice. Next week’s Global Climate Strike serves as a welcome reminder that the (de-)central cause of XR is one shared and furthered by so many others. We’d encourage rebels all over the world to join and support next week’s action. Same goes for so many brilliant initiatives like those of Ende Gelände, Reclaim the Power and Zero Hour, all happening later in the summer.

As for Extinction Rebellion: this rebellion is only beginning. Though the regeneration and debriefing process continues, there are already plans for a number of major actions over the coming months, leading up to the next major Rebellion period in early autumn. In the meantime, groups are encouraged to continue taking autonomous Extinction Rebellion actions, in accordance with our aims and values.

If you’d like to learn more about how you can help, please check out our guide.

To connect to rebels in your local area, get in touch with your nearest XR group. If there’s no active group near you, you can start your own! Stay up to date with local upcoming events here, or start your own event by filling in our talks and trainings form!

If you can’t spare time, but can donate money instead, please see our fundraiser page.

If you’d like to help us organise on a national level, we could use your skills in all sorts of areas from writing to tech to ideas to logistics. To join the effort enroll in ‘XR University’, a buddy scheme for integrating new rebels into the ranks.

If you’re new, or haven’t fully got to grips with everything XR, have a read of this to get to know our history and the principles and values that guide our work.

If you’ve been forwarded this newsletter and would like to sign up the mailing list, you can now do so here!

Contents

    Recent Activity
    Upcoming Activity
    Act now
    International Highlights
    Announcements
    News & Recommended Content

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Title: Re: ☠️ Extinction Rebellion: Newsletter 20 – Parliament meets our First Demand!
Post by: RE on May 16, 2019, 05:37:35 PM
I sent them another invitation to do a video interview.  No response to the first invitation I sent out a couple of weeks ago.

RE
Title: ☠️ Extinction Rebellion:Contact Information
Post by: RE on May 16, 2019, 05:54:30 PM
For those of you interested in contacting the Extinction Rebellion movement, contact information is:



This is the official source for news about Extinction Rebellion.
Read press releases, get updates, watch video and download images.

Email: press@risingup.org.uk

Phone:
+44(0)7986671716 | +44(0)7561098449 | +44(0)7944894190 | +44(0)7802865819

Website: www.rebellion.earth (http://www.rebellion.earth)

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ExtinctionRebellion/ (https://www.facebook.com/ExtinctionRebellion/)

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ExtinctionR (https://twitter.com/ExtinctionR)
#extinctionrebellion #rebelforlife

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/extinctionrebellion/ (https://www.instagram.com/extinctionrebellion/)

Photos/videos:
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1m1v7Cs8JFkDM1gHp45OF-NwwhLzPZJO8 (https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1m1v7Cs8JFkDM1gHp45OF-NwwhLzPZJO8)


RE
Title: Re: ☠️ Extinction Rebellion: Plans Heathrow drone protest
Post by: knarf on May 31, 2019, 05:22:55 AM
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Cilmate protesters held a demonstration outside Heathrow Airport on 19 April

Extinction Rebellion activists are threatening to shut down Heathrow Airport with drones.

The climate change protest group vowed to stage a one-day demonstration in June and then 10 further days in July - unless the government cancels plans for expanding the airport.

Ten days of protests across central London in April saw 1,130 people arrested for various offences.

Heathrow Airport said the plan was "reckless" and could "endanger lives".

Extinction Rebellion said it was in talks with its members about carrying out "nonviolent direct action to ensure Heathrow authorities close the airport" on 18 June.

It said it would "act to shut the airport down for up to 10 days from 1 July" if the government does not cancel all Heathrow expansion.

The plan to use drones was revealed in a leaked consultation document shared between group members.

A Heathrow spokesman said: "This is reckless action that if carried out could endanger the lives of the travelling public and our colleagues.

"We agree with the need to act on climate change, but that requires us to work together constructively - not commit serious criminal offences just as hard-working people prepare to spend a well-earned holiday with their family and friends."

Aviation Minister Baroness Vere warned that any illegal activity "must be met with the full force of the law".

She added: "Flying drones near an airport is a serious criminal offence and using drones to deliberately put people's safety at risk carries a maximum life sentence.

"No government has done more to reduce carbon emissions and Britain is at the forefront of global efforts to tackle climate change."
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The Met Police said the protests in April cost the force 'an extra £7.5m'

Last month in central London the group's tactics included asking volunteers to deliberately get arrested to cause maximum disruption at roadblocks on Waterloo Bridge, Oxford Circus and Marble Arch.

Demonstrators also protested at Heathrow but did not cause disruption to flights.

A small group of mostly teenage activists briefly unfurled a banner near a tunnel which leads to Terminals 2 and 3 as several police officers watched on.

It was announced in January that police would be given new powers to tackle the illegal use of drones, after hundreds of flights at Gatwick Airport were disrupted by drone sightings in December.

Last year the government made it illegal to fly a drone above 400ft (120m) or within 1km (0.62 miles) of an airport.

The exclusion zone will now be extended to the current Air Traffic Zone around airports, which is approximately a 5km (3.1 miles) radius, with additional extensions from runway ends.

Endangering the safety of an aircraft is a criminal offence which can carry a prison sentence of up to five years.

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https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-48470623 (https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-48470623)
Title: Re: ☠️ Extinction Rebellion: Plans Heathrow drone protest
Post by: RE on May 31, 2019, 06:19:24 AM
This will be a difficult action to pull off, now that it is known in advance what ER intends on doing.  These aren't ultra high tech military drones, they're likely typical consumer level drones.  Slow and basically sitting ducks in the air, you could take them out with decent rifle or shotgun like a flushed pheasant, but I doubt the "authorities" will set up that primitive.  They'll have ground level radar and probably low power lasers to use.  The on the ground controllers can't be that far away either, they are vulnerable to almost immediate arrest.

How many Extinction Rebels with enough money to at the very least sacrifice a fairly expensive drone and then also get charged with a pretty serious crime are out there?  If they put up 10 drones, they are done in a day, max.  100 drones, maybe 2 or 3 days.

Not a real good choice of theatrical protests, IMHO.

RE
Title: Re: ☠️ Extinction Rebellion: Plans Heathrow drone protest
Post by: knarf on May 31, 2019, 06:44:52 AM
This will be a difficult action to pull off, now that it is known in advance what ER intends on doing.  These aren't ultra high tech military drones, they're likely typical consumer level drones.  Slow and basically sitting ducks in the air, you could take them out with decent rifle or shotgun like a flushed pheasant, but I doubt the "authorities" will set up that primitive.  They'll have ground level radar and probably low power lasers to use.  The on the ground controllers can't be that far away either, they are vulnerable to almost immediate arrest.

How many Extinction Rebels with enough money to at the very least sacrifice a fairly expensive drone and then also get charged with a pretty serious crime are out there?  If they put up 10 drones, they are done in a day, max.  100 drones, maybe 2 or 3 days.

Not a real good choice of theatrical protests, IMHO.

RE

Yep, you have made some very good points. I agree it is kinda "dumb". Not good for their powerful influence aim.
Title: Re: ☠️ Extinction Rebellion: Plans Heathrow drone protest
Post by: RE on May 31, 2019, 06:49:57 AM
This will be a difficult action to pull off, now that it is known in advance what ER intends on doing.  These aren't ultra high tech military drones, they're likely typical consumer level drones.  Slow and basically sitting ducks in the air, you could take them out with decent rifle or shotgun like a flushed pheasant, but I doubt the "authorities" will set up that primitive.  They'll have ground level radar and probably low power lasers to use.  The on the ground controllers can't be that far away either, they are vulnerable to almost immediate arrest.

How many Extinction Rebels with enough money to at the very least sacrifice a fairly expensive drone and then also get charged with a pretty serious crime are out there?  If they put up 10 drones, they are done in a day, max.  100 drones, maybe 2 or 3 days.

Not a real good choice of theatrical protests, IMHO.

RE

Yep, you have made some very good points. I agree it is kinda "dumb". Not good for their powerful influence aim.

A better air transport protest I think would be to buy a bunch of low price tickets to get past security, and then disrupt the boarding process once inside the terminal.  That would be pretty cheap, and hard to stop.

RE
Title: Re: ☠️ Extinction Rebellion: Plans Heathrow drone protest
Post by: K-Dog on June 01, 2019, 08:25:31 AM
This will be a difficult action to pull off, now that it is known in advance what ER intends on doing.  These aren't ultra high tech military drones, they're likely typical consumer level drones.  Slow and basically sitting ducks in the air, you could take them out with decent rifle or shotgun like a flushed pheasant, but I doubt the "authorities" will set up that primitive.  They'll have ground level radar and probably low power lasers to use.  The on the ground controllers can't be that far away either, they are vulnerable to almost immediate arrest.

How many Extinction Rebels with enough money to at the very least sacrifice a fairly expensive drone and then also get charged with a pretty serious crime are out there?  If they put up 10 drones, they are done in a day, max.  100 drones, maybe 2 or 3 days.

Not a real good choice of theatrical protests, IMHO.

RE

Yep, you have made some very good points. I agree it is kinda "dumb". Not good for their powerful influence aim.

A better air transport protest I think would be to buy a bunch of low price tickets to get past security, and then disrupt the boarding process once inside the terminal.  That would be pretty cheap, and hard to stop.

RE
  If you sign up and watch the membership videos you can make you suggestion to to planning committee.
Title: Re: ☠️ Extinction Rebellion: Plans Heathrow drone protest
Post by: RE on June 01, 2019, 12:57:54 PM
This will be a difficult action to pull off, now that it is known in advance what ER intends on doing.  These aren't ultra high tech military drones, they're likely typical consumer level drones.  Slow and basically sitting ducks in the air, you could take them out with decent rifle or shotgun like a flushed pheasant, but I doubt the "authorities" will set up that primitive.  They'll have ground level radar and probably low power lasers to use.  The on the ground controllers can't be that far away either, they are vulnerable to almost immediate arrest.

How many Extinction Rebels with enough money to at the very least sacrifice a fairly expensive drone and then also get charged with a pretty serious crime are out there?  If they put up 10 drones, they are done in a day, max.  100 drones, maybe 2 or 3 days.

Not a real good choice of theatrical protests, IMHO.

RE

Yep, you have made some very good points. I agree it is kinda "dumb". Not good for their powerful influence aim.

A better air transport protest I think would be to buy a bunch of low price tickets to get past security, and then disrupt the boarding process once inside the terminal.  That would be pretty cheap, and hard to stop.

RE
  If you sign up and watch the membership videos you can make you suggestion to to planning committee.

The Planning Committee can read the Diner.

RE
Title: Re: ☠️ Extinction Rebellion: Plans Heathrow drone protest
Post by: K-Dog on June 01, 2019, 09:28:50 PM
This will be a difficult action to pull off, now that it is known in advance what ER intends on doing.  These aren't ultra high tech military drones, they're likely typical consumer level drones.  Slow and basically sitting ducks in the air, you could take them out with decent rifle or shotgun like a flushed pheasant, but I doubt the "authorities" will set up that primitive.  They'll have ground level radar and probably low power lasers to use.  The on the ground controllers can't be that far away either, they are vulnerable to almost immediate arrest.

How many Extinction Rebels with enough money to at the very least sacrifice a fairly expensive drone and then also get charged with a pretty serious crime are out there?  If they put up 10 drones, they are done in a day, max.  100 drones, maybe 2 or 3 days.

Not a real good choice of theatrical protests, IMHO.

RE

Yep, you have made some very good points. I agree it is kinda "dumb". Not good for their powerful influence aim.

A better air transport protest I think would be to buy a bunch of low price tickets to get past security, and then disrupt the boarding process once inside the terminal.  That would be pretty cheap, and hard to stop.

RE
  If you sign up and watch the membership videos you can make you suggestion to to planning committee.

The Planning Committee can read the Diner.

RE

You have to attend local meetings too.  If there is not a chapter in your area you have to start one.  Follow their CoC be lawful and jail should not be an issue until news at 11 time.  I know about all this the same way I knew about the Heathrow protest a day before it was put up here on the Diner.  Membership has its privileges.  ;D
Title: Re: ☠️ Extinction Rebellion: Climate protesters block roads
Post by: K-Dog on June 01, 2019, 09:39:14 PM
Quote
Proposal to XR UK groups from Actions Strategy - Heathrow Pause: June 18th and the first two weeks of July 1st to 13th
Heathrow Action Proposal & Feedback Request for XR Movement

Proposal:

An Extinction Rebellion team has proposed an escalation and movement building action in the context of the widespread acceptance we are now in a climate and ecological emergency. This team has representatives from working groups across the Extinction Rebellion system, including the Actions, Media & Messaging, Wellbeing and Legal national working groups.

This plan is designed to ensure that the Heathrow Authorities close their airport for the whole of the 18th June and for up to 10 days from July 1st as a “pause” in recognition of the genocidal impact of the high carbon activities, such as flying, upon the next generation and the natural world.
The proposal is for rebels to visit the Department of Transport in the weeks before the action and submit letters asking for an immediate cancellation of Government’s Third Runway plans to honour parliament’s declaration of a climate emergency. If these demands are not met we will hold a planned picnic and drone session in the fields around Heathrow on June 18th having given full notice to the Heathrow Authorities of our intention to do so. If following this action on June 18th the government has still not taken immediate action, on July 1st, and for up to 10 days, rebels will use a variety of nonviolent tactics to pause the airport again including, but not limited to, the flying of drones and blocking of public roads leading into the airport.
Purpose:

- To ensure the Government begins to act on its declaration of a Climate and Environment emergency by cancelling Heathrow expansion.

- To build energy, momentum and support for the next major phase of the Rebellion in the Autumn.

- As part of Extinction Rebellion’s strategy, learning from the successes of previous civil disobedience movements which involved jail sentences.

- To create the opportunity for those whose conscience dictates they must risk their liberty to challenge the genocidal plans of governments who refuse to drastically cut carbon emissions

 - To state in court that in this country the law gives a right of necessity to engage in disruptive activities if they prevent far greater harm from occurring - as confirmed by the recent jury trial which found two Extinction Rebellion activists not guilty of criminal damage because their actions aimed to stop investment in fossil fuel companies.

Narrative:


The Government are betraying us. They have declared a Climate and Environment Emergency, yet are actively expanding the UK’s largest single source of carbon emissions.
We demand they act now on their promise.

This is not about individuals choosing to fly. This is about the Government promoting a practice which privileges a small percentage of society, whilst destroying the lives of future generations. There is no greater crime and we have a right and duty to that nonviolent direct action to prevent this catastrophe.

Action:

18th June has been suggested, as
(a) it is when there is a high number of business flights leaving Heathrow and in order to test this approach and
(b) to learn from it in order to maximise our impact during early July action. If we successfully shut down the airport on June 18th our threat to do so on July 1st will be taken more seriously and will have a greater effect.
(c) to give substantial notice for holiday makers to make changes

June 18th can offer 4 key action roles:
non-arrestable - people come and join a picnic with no tresspassing
low likelihood of arrest - people join a picnic in the fields in and around the drone flyers
chance of arrest with release (very low likelihood of remand) - people bring their drones to the picnic for a drone session with no intention of flying - they have no batteries and drones are used for show, comparison, frozbee replacements, etc.
chance of arrest and remand/prison - people bring drones and fly them to ensure no planes land or take-off
Early July action - this will be modified in response to the learning and feedback from June 18th.
At a minimum this could be 200 people engaged in blocking roads and transport links for a few days.
It could involve a sustained blocking tactics involving 1000-2000 people on a rota basis over the two weeks.
There could also be the option of people openly and peacefully flying drones.
The combination of the different tactical approaches would increase overall effectiveness.
The action would be called off before or during the action if the Government responds positively.
The degree to which Extinction Rebellion engages in imprisonable civil disobedience would depend on the people willing to be involved.
Considerations:


This action is designed to be wholly non-violent and peaceful. There would be no chance of flying drones while aeroplanes are in the air. Drone flights would start before the start of flights early in the morning and the authorities would have full knowledge of the intentions so they will have to close the airport. The whole action would be in the public sphere with the police, authorities and media fully aware of the plans. The tone of the whole event will be respectful of all concerned and promoted as an act of conscience and justified by the right of necessity to act to prevent massive harm.

Please collate and send your feedback in the box below, for consideration by the Action Project team to feed into the action strategy.

With love and rage.
Many thanks. 

Please send any questions to AGEStrategy@protonmail.com.

Please give your feedback on this proposal from Actions Strategy group here

https://actionnetwork.org/forms/heathrow-disruption-proposal-feedback
Title: Re: ☠️ Extinction Rebellion: Plans Heathrow drone protest
Post by: RE on June 02, 2019, 12:22:08 AM
This will be a difficult action to pull off, now that it is known in advance what ER intends on doing.  These aren't ultra high tech military drones, they're likely typical consumer level drones.  Slow and basically sitting ducks in the air, you could take them out with decent rifle or shotgun like a flushed pheasant, but I doubt the "authorities" will set up that primitive.  They'll have ground level radar and probably low power lasers to use.  The on the ground controllers can't be that far away either, they are vulnerable to almost immediate arrest.

How many Extinction Rebels with enough money to at the very least sacrifice a fairly expensive drone and then also get charged with a pretty serious crime are out there?  If they put up 10 drones, they are done in a day, max.  100 drones, maybe 2 or 3 days.

Not a real good choice of theatrical protests, IMHO.

RE

Yep, you have made some very good points. I agree it is kinda "dumb". Not good for their powerful influence aim.

A better air transport protest I think would be to buy a bunch of low price tickets to get past security, and then disrupt the boarding process once inside the terminal.  That would be pretty cheap, and hard to stop.

RE
  If you sign up and watch the membership videos you can make you suggestion to to planning committee.

The Planning Committee can read the Diner.

RE

You have to attend local meetings too.  If there is not a chapter in your area you have to start one.  Follow their CoC be lawful and jail should not be an issue until news at 11 time.  I know about all this the same way I knew about the Heathrow protest a day before it was put up here on the Diner.  Membership has its privileges.  ;D

I will let you and Knarf be the Point Men and Delegates to the Extinction Rebellion Movement.  I have enough to do running the Diner.

RE
Title: ☠️ The 'Great Dying' Nearly Erased Life On Earth. Scientists See Similarities To
Post by: RE on June 05, 2019, 12:24:03 AM
It didn't even come close to erasing life on Earth.  Sulfur respirating anaerobes did just fine at the bottom of the ocean around sulfur vents and volcanoes.

RE

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The 'Great Dying' Nearly Erased Life On Earth. Scientists See Similarities To Today
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An artist's rendering of the mass extinction of life that occurred toward the end of the Permian Period, about 250 million years ago.
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There was a time when life on Earth almost blinked out. The "Great Dying," the biggest extinction the planet has ever seen, happened some 250 million years ago and was largely caused by greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Now scientists are beginning to see alarming similarities between the Great Dying and what's currently happening to our atmosphere.

Scientists are highlighting that similarity in a new exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.

The new Deep Time exhibit in the David H. Koch Hall of Fossils at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.
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The crown jewel of the Deep Time exhibit is the museum's first real Tyrannosaurus rex. Its skeleton stands over the bones of a prone triceratops, with one clawed foot holding down the hapless herbivore and jaws clamped onto its head, ready to take a bite the size of a manhole cover.

"We like to say, 'Come for the dinosaurs, stay for everything else,' " says Scott Wing, one of the curators.

The theme of the exhibit is actually the interconnectedness of life through geologic time. The exhibit shows, for example, how plants at the bottom of the food chain supported everything from insects to 20-ton apatosauruses and how insects helped shape the kind of forests that evolved and changed over millions of years.
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Wing likes that — he's a botanist. "I'm a photosynthesis chauvinist," he says. "The whole ecosystem is based on photosynthesis." And because life, from toadstools to tyrannosaurs, is connected from the bottom up, the whole fabric can disintegrate when something big happens to the Earth. And that happened due to global warming.

Scott Wing, research geologist and curator of paleobotany, in his office at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.
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It's explained in the exhibit's section on the Great Dying. About 250 million years ago or so, an enormous volcanic field erupted in what is now Siberia. It spewed lava that burned though limestone and coal beds and filled the atmosphere with carbon dioxide and pollution, possibly for millions of years. That in turn warmed the planet, made the oceans acidic and robbed them of oxygen. More than 90% of species in the oceans died out as did two-thirds of those on land.

There have been other mass extinctions, like the one that wiped out the dinosaurs about 65 million years ago, but this one, at the end of the Permian Period, was mostly caused by too much carbon dioxide rising into the atmosphere. And the Smithsonian notes often in its exhibit that the current warming of the planet is déjà vu all over again.

"We can learn from studying the past," Wing says. "They're also the processes that are being observed by Earth scientists today."

A portion of the Deep Time exhibit is dedicated to the mass extinction called the Great Dying. More than 90% of species in the oceans died out, as did two-thirds of those on land.
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One of them is Curtis Deutsch at the University of Washington, whose research helped inform the Smithsonian curators. "The very same things that caused the Great Dying are happening right now in our ocean today as a result of human activities," he says, "not to the same degree, but in the same direction."

Currently, the planet has warmed to almost 2 degrees Fahrenheit on average above what it was before the Industrial Revolution, though at the current rate it could warm several degrees more. The Great Dying saw a warming increase of four or five times that.

But it happened gradually. So Deutsch thought, Why not re-create the hothouse of the Great Dying in a computer, a model that simulates the warming, and see how present-day species in the ocean would fare? He could crank up the carbon dioxide — that would in turn raise temperatures and lower oxygen in the oceans. Then he could watch as parts of the ocean started to become deadly.

"The first thing that happens is that you start to see a local loss of species as they begin to move in response to the climate heating up," he says.

But some parts of the planet were more forgiving. "We discovered something that was kind of surprising and new, I think," Deutsch explains, "and that is that extinction was very strong everywhere, but it was even stronger near the cold parts of Earth, near the polar oceans, than it was in the warmer tropical oceans."

It makes sense, he says. Animals that live near the equator can migrate toward the poles to find cooler water, but those that already live in cold, oxygen-rich waters nearer the poles have very little room to run.

Deutsch says the experiment is a window on the future — even the present: Marine species are already migrating. And to Deutsch, that migration looks familiar. "We see responses of marine species to those changes today that look like what we think happened at the end of the Permian," he says.

The Smithsonian exhibit makes explicit references to the threat from human-caused climate change; it also received funding from industrialist David Koch, who is known for supporting groups that contest the scientific consensus on climate change.

Wing, the curator, says making the connection between the Great Dying and what's happening now is a message that needs to be heard. "We have exceeded the frame of our own history," he says of the human race. "Because we are so powerful, we are basically a geologic force now as well as a human force."

A force that's changing the conditions for life on the planet.
Title: Re: ☠️ Extinction Rebellion: Newsletter 23: Ransom-rattled Radiohead rears into righteous Rebellion
Post by: knarf on June 13, 2019, 06:05:34 AM
Welcome to our 23rd newsletter!

Yes, you read that subject right. Faced with a ransom from hackers, the legendary rock band instead opted for rebellion, releasing 18 hours of unheard material in an album online and donating the proceeds to Extinction Rebellion. (!)

Needless to say we’re very grateful. No industry, sphere or genre is exempt from the threat of extinction. With this generous gesture, Radiohead have made clear that artists have as much a role to play as anyone.

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Radiohead releases ‘MINIDISKS [HACKED]’: ‘my archived mini discs from 1995-1998(?)…if you want it, you can buy the whole lot here/18 minidisks for £18/the proceeds will go to Extinction Rebellion’

Artistic or not, it’s a good time to be joining XR: Theresa May has just committed the UK to carbon neutrality by 2050. She may as well have painted ‘Protest Works’ on the face of Big Ben, but doing so wouldn’t have made the point any better than this YouGov poll. Other indicators of a turning tide come in all shapes and sizes: from the Portugese government to Auckland to Finland; from the University of East Anglia to architects to their students and back to their politicians (see XR Politics, below). Well done to us and our allies.

It’s a doubly good time to be joining XR because, even as the news is better than ever, the news is also worse than ever. Feedback loops are running faster than feared, India faces a serious drought, and police forces are making repressive noises from England to Australia to Austria (see Latest News, below). Civilisation itself is not only at stake, but at serious, near-term risk. In a context like this, Theresa May’s target for carbon neutrality is a positive but utterly inadequate step.

Fortunately, with civil disobedience proving so clearly effective, the solution is clear: more civil disobedience. And we’ve got plenty of that in the proverbial pipeline.

Rebels from across Europe and beyond convened last week in Lollar, conferring at length to harmonise structures and plans for Autumn’s Rebellion. We don’t publish rumours here, but the rumours we have heard are exciting…

And speaking of publication, another project looking to scale the rebellion is the launch of This is Not a Drill: An Extinction Rebellion Handbook. With enough arguments and advice to turn the most obstinate optimists into hardline activists, we hope this rare exception to our rule of not selling things will be warranted by a fresh-faced, bookish tide of new rebels.

From books to books of letters. Rebels after something shorter to read will no doubt be pleased and quite possibly moved by a booklet of Love Letters for Rebels and Arrestees. And speaking of letters, many of those same arrestees have recently received communications from the police which, while not exactly ‘love letters’, are inviting the recipients to optional interviews – if that’s you, please read this message from XR Legal.

Our wonderful legal and regen teams aren’t the only ones taking care of rebels. A new initiative for Rebel Housing is hoping to provide accommodation across the UK, freeing up conscientious protectors to do more protection and less worrying about rent. In a similar vein, the newly-established and already-excelling logistics/spaces group have announced a decision for a new London space, replacing the previous office which national working groups vacated last week.

All of which builds to a picture of extensive and diligent preparation for the Autumn Rebellion. But, like the ecological emergency itself, it’s not all future tense.

In the past few days, conscientious protectors have been all over BP like a slick, oily coat. On Monday night, ‘BP or not BP’ mounted an artistic blockade at the ‘BP Portrait Award’, to greatly disruptive success. At the same time, Greenpeace, following up on a blockade of their own a few weeks before, were sending a second pair of dauntless activists to board (and thereby detain) an oilrig off the Scottish coast. The following night, XR got involved, protesting a BP-sponsored screening at the Royal Opera House, having laid down our nonviolent gauntlet in the national press. Our collective pressure has been joined by artists including the Portrait Award’s own judge (who says XR “woke me up”).

Moving to another corporation, XR’s BBC Tell The Truth Campaign can celebrate a substantial step forward, with the news that they’re due to meet senior staff for a discussion of climate and ecological coverage. Not that this team is resting on its laurels, coming from an action at The Guardian last week (see Local Contributions) and with an action planned for July calling for newspapers to tell the truth on climate, and which they hope will be taken up by XR UK’s redoubtable regional network, as was done to great effect in December.

Last but not least, XR itself has not only made the news but been the news, with speculation and debate taking off over a proposal to create a pause at Heathrow Airport using drones. Headlines have predictably exaggerated the response, but there’s no question the proposal has provoked serious debate in the XR UK community – concerning not just the proposal itself, but the process by which such ideas either are or are not taken forwards.

New and evolving as we are, it’s no surprise the XR organism is collectively contemplating questions like these. Given the scale of this structure (we’re about to reach our 100,000th UK member!), and the platforms involved, it can’t always be easy to tell – but rest assured we are listening to feedback across all of our channels. We’ll be giving an update tomorrow about the proposal – you’ll find this on our website.

Whatever the future may hold, it’s clear that we must face it together. With heartwarming actions from XR Scotland and Germany, vivacious vibes from XR Bristol, and the familiar, overwhelming litany of local and global actions this week, and more future plans than you could shake an egg-timer at, there’s surely never been a better time to be a rebel.

We hope we do Radiohead proud.

If you’d like to learn more about how you can help, please check out our guide.

To connect to rebels in your local area, get in touch with your nearest XR group. If there’s no active group near you, you can start your own! Stay up to date with local upcoming events here, or start your own event by filling in our talks and trainings form!

If you can’t spare time, but can donate money instead, please see our fundraiser page.

If you’d like to help us organise on a national level, we could use your skills in all sorts of areas from writing to tech to ideas to logistics. To join the effort enroll in ‘XR University’, a buddy scheme for integrating new rebels into the ranks (though please note this scheme for now only serves the UK).

If you’re new, or haven’t fully got to grips with everything XR, have a read of this to get to know our history and the principles and values that guide our work.

For previous newsletter issues, see here.

On with the show!
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Title: Re: ☠️ Extinction Rebellion: Tell Congress: Declare Climate Emergency
Post by: knarf on June 20, 2019, 06:11:34 PM


Hello Rebels!

We’ve got some exciting news to share with you all. This morning, Extinction Rebellion US, along with The Climate Mobilization and 9 other climate action groups, released a petition calling on Congress to declare a climate emergency.

It doesn’t take a climate expert to see the signs of climate catastrophe all around us: Flooding in the Midwest, Unprecedented Wildfires in California, Highly Destructive Hurricanes - the list goes on and on. It’s past time that our leaders take the climate crisis seriously and begin working on protecting a habitable planet for future generations.


Extinction Rebellion’s first demand is the government tell the truth about the climate crisis by declaring a climate and ecological emergency, working with other institutions to communicate the urgency of change. We believe this is a crucial first step to pave the way for policies that will actually allow us to reach a zero fossil fuel economy at emergency speed.

Please support this effort by signing the petition here, and share on social media as well:

https://climateemergency.us

Here at Extinction Rebellion, we’re well aware that although petitions can be a powerful tool to signal strong public support for something, petitions alone are usually insufficient to create real change in our broken system. Look out for local Extinction Rebellion chapters in your area taking action around this campaign over the next several weeks.

Get updates from your local chapter by signing up for a local email list here:

https://extinctionrebellion.us/signup

People power by the thousands is our only hope for preserving a habitable planet for future generations. Let’s join together and rise up in defiance of the powers whose criminal inaction is destroying us. There’s a role for everyone: Sign the petition, and then participate in or support a local direct action to make sure that we can collectively create enough leverage to force the government to take action that matches the scale of the emergency. When we are unified, we are unstoppable!

Onwards!

Sincerely,

Russell Gray

Extinction Rebellion US

PS - Our national team is still looking for qualified volunteers to help facilitate the growth of our local chapters. Head over to https://extinctionrebellion.us/get-involved to find out how you can help out.

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Title: Re: ☠️ Extinction Rebellion: ER protesters arrested outside New York Times
Post by: knarf on June 22, 2019, 04:57:13 PM
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NEW YORK (AP) — Police say 70 climate change protesters were arrested after they blocked traffic outside the New York Times building.

The protesters from the group Extinction Rebellion hung banners on the skyscraper in midtown Manhattan on Saturday and on the outside of the Port Authority Bus Terminal across the street.

The protesters were taken into police custody after they lay down on Eighth Avenue and blocked traffic. Charges are pending.

A spokeswoman for Extinction Rebellion, Eve Mosher, says the group wants the media to report on “the climate emergency” so that “people can start pushing for more radical responses.”

A Times spokeswoman says in an email that no national news organization devotes more resources to covering climate change than the Times.

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Title: Re: ☠️ Extinction Rebellion: They fought like (nonviolent) Scotsmen - Newsletter 24
Post by: knarf on June 26, 2019, 05:05:16 AM
‘I had no idea that history was being made. I was just tired of giving in.’

― Rosa Parks


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Holyrood Rebel Camp in Scotland.

This fortnight has been so jam-packed with action, we’re starting to think we need another newsletter to pick up the overflow. It’s been an emotional rollercoaster, as ever, but one we are fiercely proud to be riding.

We rejoiced with the Scottish Holyrood Rebel Camp, as they came together in their hundreds to put pressure on a new Scottish climate bill. We cheered on the European rebels at Cannes-Lions as they waded into a high-security ad industry festival.

Thank you for reading and sharing our handbook, which is now in its third print run and made it into Amazon’s top 10 list. We still encourage you to support your local bookstore, wherever humanly possible.

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The bold actions of over 6000 Ende Gelaende protestors in the Rhineland were thrilling and inspiring. The drone footage of thousands of white-suited activists storming a massive open-pit coal mine is truly epic.

Across the Atlantic, 70 New York rebels were arrested in an action that demanded the NYT go further in their reporting of the climate crisis. They scaled the NYT building and made a human extinction symbol in the road.

In UK politics, the announcement of a Citizens’ Assembly on climate change is definitely cause for celebration. The concept of a CA has made its way into the mainstream, and this is a step forward. However, our third demand has not yet been met, as there is no obligation for the government to act on the conclusions of the proposed CA, meaning there is a chance its report could be effectively relegated to the parliamentary shredder. We want to see governments bound to listen to CAs – this is real power to the people. Have a leaf through this XR Citizens’ Assemblies Guide, hot off the press.

Another welcome announcement for UK climate protectors is that Britain is likely to host the UN COP26 talks, the major international climate talks in 2020. This green spotlight on our country could force our government to admit that we need to take serious action to live up to our claim of being ‘climate leaders’.

This video of (now suspended) Tory MP Mark Field assaulting a Greenpeace protestor left us all in shock, but determined to rise up in solidarity. Though the protestor reacted with admirable grace, her experience exposed the violence that lurks just beneath the surface in our unequal system.

Internally, XR has been deep in strategy talks, restructuring and plotting for the months ahead. The Actions Circle is currently consulting with the movement on a new, reworked Heathrow action proposal and planning fresh national, coordinated actions to build momentum towards the autumn rebellion.

UK arrestees, please read this message from Arrestee Support. Help us get the word out by forwarding this onto any folks you know who were arrested in the UK.

On a lighter note, this appeal to join together and love the planet by Lil Dicky won a bronze lion at Cannes! Warning: the cartoon swears.

Oh, and we have a new podcast episode out now! Enjoy.

If you’d like to learn more about how you can help, please check out our guide.

To connect to rebels in your local area, get in touch with your nearest XR group. If there’s no active group near you, you can start your own! Stay up to date with local upcoming events here, or start your own event by filling in our talks and trainings form!

If you can’t spare time, but can donate money instead, please see our fundraiser page.

If you’d like to help us organise on a national level, we could use your skills in all sorts of areas from writing to tech to ideas to logistics. To join the effort, enroll in ‘XR University’, a buddy scheme for integrating new rebels into the ranks.

If you’re new, or haven’t fully got to grips with everything XR, have a read of this to get to know our history and the principles and values that guide our work.
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    Act Now
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Title: Re: ☠️ Extinction Rebellion: Newsletter 25: Love in the time of teargas
Post by: knarf on July 10, 2019, 01:59:39 PM
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Welcome to our 25th newsletter!

Our movement, which bravely faces up to the loss of so much, is no stranger to trauma – nor to tears.

Nonetheless, the efforts of French police to elicit both of these from rebels last Friday marks something of a new departure in our short history of grief, love and action. When the world watched riot police in Paris deploying teargas at short range on peaceful, seated protesters (footage may be upsetting), we witnessed a shocking level of repression (see below for more).

We hope the responses of love, shock and solidarity expressed both around the world and within the French government itself will prevent such callousness from becoming a commonplace reality. Whether or not the French police will change their ways, on the global scale we fear that this will not be the last time XR faces such brutality. We know all the same that such treatment will not deter us from doing what is right.

On the other side of the Channel, a new world was being envisioned of a very different sort. At Glastonbury, the world’s largest greenfield festival, 2,000 people joined a procession in support of Extinction Rebellion (in collaboration with Greenpeace and the Wisdom Keepers), to create the largest ever Extinction Symbol. Further to this, a dedicated XR tent offered a platform to spread our message of a safer, better world – and what we need to do to get there.

Essential to this vision is action from governments all over the world – so we’re heartened as ever to see another fortnight of fantastic actions in almost every corner: from Melbourne to Santiago, Portland to Finland, along with a whole host of UK-based actions.

And if you think that’s a whole summer’s worth of rebellion already, just see what we’ve got coming up! Most exciting of all is next week’s Summer Uprising in the UK, which promises to be practically April-like in scale. Five cities will simultaneously be rearing into rebellion: so if you live in Britain, no matter where you are, you won’t be too far off to help. You can see below for details – or just sign up right now!

We hope the Brits are feeling energetic, as we’ll also see uprisings this weekend in London and later this summer in Manchester, together with a wake-up call to newspapers and whatever else might be in the works… This all before they join the rest of the world in International Rebellion, which we can now announce will begin on the 7th of October.

In case this is all looking like a bit much, let’s not forget why we’re doing it. We released a stirring video this week, which sets out the simple case for action now. Keira Knightley, who voiced the video, joins a growing section of the cultural world facing up to the emergency. On Monday, 200 arts organisations declared their support of XR. (Speaking of high culture, we’d like to proudly unveil the first piece in a new series ‘Exploring XR’ – this week features XR in Northern Ireland!)

One British cultural institution that has yet to declare its opposition to annihilation is the ever-‘impartial’ BBC. Even here, though, there’s some space for hope: representatives from our Tell The Truth campaign will be meeting senior BBC figures this Friday, and on Wednesday BBC1 will air a documentary entitled ‘Extinction Rebellion: Last Chance to Save the World?’

They’re not the only ones asking this question, as Greenpeace and Amnesty International recently announced a global summit addressing nothing less than human survival, and 1,000 doctors published a letter voicing their ‘distress at the minimal response to looming environmental disaster’, explicitly supporting XR’s methods and goals.

Even the UK government’s Committee on Climate Change is running out of patience (just imagine how we’re feeling!). We can only assume, given the Summer Uprising’s goals, that the Committee will be joining us on the streets next week. If they’re wondering how effective civil disobedience really is in making change, we’d point them in parting to a curious fact: just ten days after a national outcry over the scenes on the Pont de Sully, the city of Paris has declared a climate emergency.

It’s not always easy to tell, and it’s not always easy to do – but together we are making a difference. Those writing this newsletter are incredibly grateful.

To connect to rebels in your local area, get in touch with your nearest XR group. If there’s no active group near you, you can start your own! Stay up to date with local upcoming events here, or start your own event by filling in our talks and trainings form!

If you can’t spare time, but can donate money instead, please see our fundraiser page.

If you’d like to help us organise on a national level, we could use your skills in all sorts of areas from writing to tech to ideas to logistics. To join the effort, enroll in ‘XR University’, a buddy scheme for integrating new rebels into the ranks.

If you’re new, or haven’t fully got to grips with everything XR, have a read of this to get to know our history and the principles and values that guide our work.

You can sign up to Inside XR for a weekly round-up of activity from UK working groups.

And if you’d like to see previous newsletter issues, you can find them here
Summer Uprising – UK-wide

15 Jul | Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Leeds, London

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It’s less than one week to go until XR UK’s biggest event of the season – the Summer Uprising! From Monday 15 July we will be back on the streets en masse, in a coordinated, regional rebellion across Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Leeds and London. We encourage you all to head to your nearest action and join in the rebellion!

We will demand that government ACTS NOW to halt biodiversity loss and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2025. We will be bringing attention to the rising sea levels, floods, wildfires, extreme weather and crop failures that are already taking place, as well as the thousands of climate refugees already displaced. We want our government to make ecocide law, defend nature and recognise that around the world people are already dying and being displaced by the climate crisis.

We held five sites in London during the International Rebellion. An environment emergency declaration by Parliament swiftly followed. Yet national and local governments are acting with neither the seriousness nor urgency required by the need for ecological justice. Instead, they are making weak commitments, encouraging ecologically damaging projects and taxing sustainable alternatives.

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So now we will disrupt central locations in five cities across the UK. Each site will take independent action for different lengths of time, but our demand of government and councils is the same: ACT NOW!

We invite everyone, and every part of everyone, to join us! Please check with Extinction Rebellion UK and site-specific social media for plans. However, civil disobedience, family-friendly spaces, love,and music are guaranteed at all locations.

Please sign up on Action Network as this helps us get a good idea about numbers.

Find everything you need to know on the Facebook event; then share it on your feed to spread the word, and, more importantly, tell your family, friends and colleagues.

Find even more than you need to know in our press release.

See you in the streets!
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Title: ☠️ Extinction Rebellion protesters block roads in UK cities
Post by: RE on July 15, 2019, 04:30:10 PM
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-48987193 (https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-48987193)

Extinction Rebellion protesters block roads in UK cities

    15 July 2019

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Extinction Rebellion activists unveiled a blue boat on the Strand in London

Environmental campaigners are blocking some roads across the UK in protest against "inaction" on climate change.

Extinction Rebellion are using five boats to stop traffic in Cardiff, Glasgow, Bristol, Leeds, and London.

The group, which is calling on the government to declare a climate emergency, said it was beginning a five-day "summer uprising".

Police said road closures could hamper the ability of the emergency services to respond to incidents.
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Image caption Extinction Rebellion Leeds unveiled a boat on Victoria Bridge

It comes after Extinction Rebellion staged an 11-day protest in April that brought several parts of London to a standstill.

Some of the 1,000 people arrested during that protest appeared in court this week.

The five boats unveiled on Monday were each named after an environmental activist and bore the message "act now".

A blue boat was placed in front of the Royal Courts of Justice in central London, and protesters practised yoga and meditation in the middle of the road.

Transport for London said several buses had been placed on diversion due to the protest.
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Image caption Extinction Rebellion climate activists outside the Royal Courts of Justice in London

Extinction Rebellion said the protesters were there "to demand the legal system take responsibility in this crisis, and ensure the safety of future generations by making ecocide law".

"We also stand in solidarity with climate activists around the world who are sacrificing their freedom to fight for climate justice," it added.

The group is calling on the Metropolitan Police and Crown Prosecution Service to drop cases against those arrested during the April protests.

Outside Cardiff Castle in Wales, a number of Extinction Rebellion members parked a green boat in the street, causing severe delays to bus services.
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Image caption Extinction Rebellion activists revealed a boat outside Cardiff Castle that said: 'The sixth mass extinction is here'

Demonstrators also set up tents on grass in front of Cardiff City Hall.

Stephen Lingwood, 37, from Extinction Rebellion Cardiff, said: "People are dying right now of climate chaos in places like India. It's only going to get worse.

"We're at the beginning of the sixth mass extinction and a climate genocide and the government's inaction is, in my view, criminally irresponsible."
Image caption Bristol City Council closed a bridge where activists installed a pink boat

Protesters set up camp on Bristol Bridge with a pink boat bearing the message "tell the truth", as Avon and Somerset Police and traffic management used concrete blocks to close the road to traffic.

Chief Inspector Mark Runacres, an area commander at Avon and Somerset Police, said the force had cancelled officers' rest days to make sure it had "sufficient resources" during the protest.

"Any unplanned and lengthy road closure could impact on the ability of emergency services to respond to incidents," he said.

"We... are factoring this into our plans so we can continue to keep the public safe,"

He added officers would be "robust" in dealing with any anti-social behaviour and disorder.
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Image caption Trongate in Glasgow was closed to all eastbound traffic

Campaigners in Glasgow blocked Trongate at the intersection of Gallowgate and High Street with a 25ft purple boat.

One message on the vessel said: "The future you fear is already here".

Glasgow City Council said Trongate was closed to all eastbound traffic between Albion Street and High Street.

The local authority urged road users to consider taking other routes and said there could be congestion on surrounding streets.

    Climate protester arrested for cycling on runway
    What is a climate emergency?
    UK Parliament declares climate emergency

Meanwhile, on Victoria Bridge in the centre of Leeds, activists unveiled a yellow boat.

One demonstrator, Alex Evans, 43, said: "My eldest child is nine years old and for each of those nine years I've watched her future get steadily worse while everyone waits for everyone else to do something on climate change.

"Now we're out of time and we can see climate breakdown all around us. Enough's enough: it's time to act now."

Extinction Rebellion says the UK must act immediately to halt biodiversity loss and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2025.

The government announced in June it would commit to reaching net zero emissions by 2050.
Title: Re: ☠️ Extinction Rebellion:Newsletter 26:Take an ice-cold sip of Rebellion
Post by: knarf on July 26, 2019, 06:58:18 AM
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Welcome to our 26th newsletter!

The heat just keeps on rising. This week has seen record-breaking temperatures in the UK , across mainland Europe and North America, and “unprecedented” wildfires around the Arctic circle.

A recent study found that Europe’s five hottest summers since 1500 have all been in the 21st century. The severe consequences of this increasingly obvious change in the climate have been further illustrated by a study suggesting a ‘substantial extinction risk’ for deer, sparrows and magpies.

Meanwhile, the establishment resists protective measures by whatever means it can: in the UK with dubious, dodgily-funded words; and in Colombia, with murder.

As XR France demonstrated one month ago, we who stand for civilisation are prepared to face barbarism (upsetting footage), and to do so in peace.

Yamile Guerra is not the first courageous human being to stand up for the environment in the face of a potentially murderous response, and she won’t be the last.

It was with deep respect and gratitude for such bravery that XR UK launched its ‘Summer Uprising’, causing major disruption in five cities with the help of five brightly-painted boats. Each vessel was named after a conscientious protector who faced death or violence in the course of their struggle. You can read more about the Uprising’s colourful, heartwarming successes here.

Across the Atlantic, 100 rebels from XR Quebec shut down the road outside the prime minister’s office, of which 26 were peacefully arrested. Yesterday, XR Canada’s colleagues across the border went one step further, with 17 members of XR Washington making it inside a government building to block members of Congress attending a vote, seeking to direct their representatives’ attention towards a motion of climate emergency.

We’ve also seen a magnificent art-action in XR India, some delicious disruption from XR Belgium, a funeral march in Chile, riveting scenes in Munich, and a whole lot more which you can read about here.

Last but not least: two major developments in UK politics. The first is the (beautifully impeded) rise of Boris Johnson to the role of Prime Minister. The second is a decision from XR UK’s strategy process to conclusively call off a drone-based shutdown of Heathrow, and acknowledging a consultation process that had ‘left many feeling unheard’.

Wherever you are in the world, we hope that the words below will help you to feel heard: as part of a local group, a national branch, and as part of a movement which has already done so much to communicate its dire, urgent message to the rest of society.

And speaking of hearing, we’d like to extend our warm thanks to Greta Thunberg and The 1975 for the joint release of a track whose proceeds have been pledged to Extinction Rebellion. As we build towards a multi-movement, international wave of rebellion this Autumn, we hope we’ll be able to reciprocate and replicate such deep generosity, and such truthful words.

To learn more about how you can help, and about XR’s history and values, please check out our guide.

To connect to rebels in your local area, find your nearest XR group on this map. If there’s no active group near you, you can start your own! Stay up to date with local upcoming events here, or start your own event by filling in our talks and trainings form!

If you can support us financially, see here to donate now.

UK rebels, sign up to Inside XR for a weekly round-up of activity from national working groups. If you fancy joining the national team, check out the Rebel University buddy scheme.

Previous newsletter issues can be found here.
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Title: Re: ☠️ Extinction Rebellion: March through Manchester city centre and 'die-ins'
Post by: knarf on September 02, 2019, 05:39:54 PM
36 pictures

https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/gallery/pictures-extinction-rebellion-march-through-16852410 (https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/gallery/pictures-extinction-rebellion-march-through-16852410)
Title: Re: ☠️ Extinction Rebellion: March through Manchester city centre and 'die-ins'
Post by: RE on September 03, 2019, 02:35:10 PM
36 pictures

https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/gallery/pictures-extinction-rebellion-march-through-16852410 (https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/gallery/pictures-extinction-rebellion-march-through-16852410)

Looks like a pretty small turnout.

RE
Title: ☠️ Extinction Rebellion: What is it?
Post by: RE on September 07, 2019, 05:10:08 AM
https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/09/06/extinction-rebellion-what-is-it/ (https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/09/06/extinction-rebellion-what-is-it/)

September 6, 2019
Extinction Rebellion: What is it?
by Robert Hunziker

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The climate crisis is turning average law-abiding people into raging law-breaking eco rebels, by boatloads. Extinction Rebellion (ER) is at the forefront, demanding that governments declare climate emergencies and take urgent action.

In that regard, ER, which started in the UK, says government must reduce carbon emissions to Net Zero by 2025, or else! Social chaos will spring loose from within the darkened shadows of a raging climate, bringing civilized society to its knees and within current lifetimes. For proof, read the science, which says it all. We’re doomed without taking action to cut greenhouse emissions to Net Zero.

In that regard, in November 2018 ER activist extraordinaire Jenny Shearer super glued herself to a railing outside the glorious golden-trimmed gates of Buckingham Palace in expectation that: “This will get the Royal family to come and join us.” Meanwhile, another 2,000 ER activists brought a coffin, which symbolized a “sure-fire death sentence” facing the “next generation” vestiges of the present-day crisis.

For ER warriors, the climate crisis is like a freight train with failing breaks barreling down a mountainside headed for a massive wipeout of society. Regrettably, it’ll happen way too soon to take comfort today.

This coming October 31st marks the one-year anniversary of ER from beginnings on Parliament Square on October 31st 2018 when the ER leaders announced a Declaration of Rebellion against the UK government, expecting a couple hundred people to attend. Surprisingly, 1,500 showed up to exercise their right to peaceful civil disobedience whilst breaking the law and getting arrested.

Shortly thereafter, 6,000 ER activists peacefully blocked five major bridges across the River Thames. They planted trees in the middle of Parliament Square, and dug a hole for a coffin. Additionally, they lie down in streets or at entryways to public buildings, bringing parts of London and other UK cities to a standstill.

Roger Hallam, an organic farmer and Ph.D. candidate at Oxford University and Co-Founder of Extinction Rebellion, was recently interview on BBC’s Hard Talk hosted by Stephen Sackur d/d August 2019.

When asked why ER?

Hallam responded: “Millions of people around the world have realized, or have come to the point where something drastic has to happen… And, um… nothing is happening, and that means you have to start breaking the law in order to make change happen.”

According to Hallam, people are waking up to the fact that governments have been lying about the issue of global warming for the past 30 years and experts have been lying about the consequences, fudging the data or low-balling. Over the years, elites and governments have said carbon emissions would go down, but they haven’t; they’ve gone up 60% since 1990, and they’re still going up. This was supposed to be the decade when all sorts of positive stuff would happen, but it’s not happening.

“As a result, people are very angry. People are in a rage. People don’t want their kids to die. There are no words to describe how serious it is.”

According to Hallam, other organized groups, like Greenpeace, have “fundamentally failed” to alter the climate crisis. Across the board, everybody has failed.

“The fact of the matter is we are facing mass starvation within the next 10 years, social collapse, and the possible extinction of humans. It couldn’t be worse. This situation has come about after 30 years of failure, failure by the elites, failure by the governments, and failure by campaigners.” (Hallam)

As a result, the table has been set for a powerful aggressive hands-on approach to resolving the crisis, and ER is the most successful climate change movement in the UK. In the first year, 100,000 people signed up. As such, ER has changed the conversation in the UK because it is “dedicated to telling the truth,” and the truth is governments and elites have been lying to people for 30 years.

The truth is all about hard physics… the science is real, meaning: “We face social collapse as and when weather systems around the world collapse because of rampant climate change.”

As Hallam describes it, if there is no fundamental change in the structure of the global economy in the next ten years, then we’re headed for global catastrophe, and for certain mass social collapse with concomitant mass starvation.

BBC’s Sackur challenged ER’s ability to gain public support for its radicalized programs by utilizing a negative approach. In response, Hallam explained how before 1,200 arrests of ER eco radicals in the streets of London in April of this year in the biggest civil disobedience demonstration in British history, the British public didn’t have any opinion on climate emergency. Afterwards, 67% of the British public agreed there is an emergency. That is a remarkable achievement and enormously telling of hidden awareness by the general public.

Not only, but according to Hallam, the capitalistic system is in the process of destroying itself because it is destroying the climate. Increasingly, people in the streets are aware of this. Thus, socialism is no longer irreverent, as it gains credibility because the capitalist state of affairs ignores the crisis, and in fact feeds into it, which the general public understands much better than realized.

In celebration of a year’s resounding success, this coming October 2019 there will be thousands of people in massive civil disturbances in the streets of London, nonviolent, respectful, but disruptive. That’s ER’s methodology, and it works, as it additionally spreads to America and the world.

According to Hallam, unless governments and elites undertake immediate action, the trajectory for the planet is the death of six billion people this century.

Still, ER has experienced defections. Simon McKibbin, a lecturer at Cambridge University, left ER because of Hallam’s plan to shut down Heathrow Airport with drones. McKibben said: Flying drones into busy airspace is a departure from nonviolence. It threatens people and creates the potential of losing the good will of the public.

However, Hallam, who said he is not yet committed to using drones at Heathrow, is resolute, stating that if nonviolence does not work, then the next hurdle for society is bound to be the desperation of violence, which ER avoids. He says it is inevitable that ER will win the hearts and minds of the public as they awaken to the fact that their governments have failed them in this crucial life and death struggle.

After all, climate change/global warming is one of the most recognizable things in human history, but maybe that’s part of the problem, as familiarity nurtures solace. Which is one more reason why Extinction Rebellion is so important in rescuing civilization from falling into the surrealism pit of a very strange rabbit hole.
Title: Re: ☠️ Extinction Rebellion: First Big Act of Civil Disobedience in US Shuts Down Rush Hour Traffic
Post by: knarf on September 24, 2019, 06:19:30 PM
More shut downs planned for October 7 in LA, Chicago, NY, and major cities across the world.

A coalition of 17 climate and social justice groups shut down entry points to downtown Washington, DC yesterday, blockading key thoroughfares and intersections at a dozen points around the city for several hours during the morning rush hour. The event, Shut Down DC, followed Friday’s global Youth Climate Strike in a week dedicated to climate action across the world.

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The long-term aim of the protest was to keep public attention focused on the ongoing climate emergency, and keep up the pressure for urgent political action to address it.

The immediate aim of the DC mobilization was to bring the nation’s capital  to a standstill while Greta Thunberg and other youth climate leaders spoke at the UN Climate Action Summit in New York City. (Thunberg’s emotionally charged speech at the summit — “You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words” — has since gone viral.) The longer-term aim was to keep public attention focused on the ongoing climate emergency, and keep up the pressure for urgent political action to address it.

“We’re going to increase the profile of the climate issue by catapulting our way into the consciousness of people who otherwise would just be going about their daily lives as if the planet wasn’t on fire,” Russell Gray, co-founder of the DC chapter of the international climate action group Extinction Rebellion or XR DC, told Earth Island Journal prior to Monday’s action.

XR DC’s main contribution to the shut down was a pink and yellow sailboat, which was towed in on a trailer and unhitched at the intersection of 16th and K streets at about 7:30 a.m. On each side of the trailer, protesters attached themselves, either with chains and cables or with metal tubes welded to the trailer. The tubes allowed them to lock their arms inside, hindering removal efforts, though a team of police technicians arrived quickly with a portable generator and angle grinders to cut through the tubes.

Aware of the planned disruption, police were present in the area before the blockade was put in place. They cordoned off the blocked intersection and rerouted vehicular traffic away from the area, though pedestrian traffic was unaffected.

A handful of protesters came in costume, which lent an air of pageantry, and the general mood of the morning was energetic but not angry, as many chanted climate action slogans. Some police officers joked with protesters and seemed relaxed in dealing with the blockade, even while working to detach protesters from the boat.

Onlookers’ reactions ranged from open support to mild bemusement, but few seemed openly hostile to those protesting.

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XR DC’s main contribution to the shut down was a pink and yellow sailboat, which was towed in on a trailer and unhitched at the intersection of 16th and K streets.

Dan, a father and data analyst at a local media company, who didn’t give his last name, was impressed. “I think it’s great, I support it,” he said of XR’s efforts. “I question whether it will have much impact, but I’m happy to see it happen.” Matt DiLoretto, another commuter on his way to work, was less impressed. “I don’t think it’ll change much. I don’t know how effective this is,” he said. But DiLoretto admitted that he believed climate change was real and thought the environment should be a top priority.

A common theme among protesters, who included activists from diverse groups like Black Lives Matter, Code Pink, Rising Tide North America, and Friends of the Earth Action, and onlookers alike, perhaps brought to the fore by the youth climate strikes, was a deep concern for the prospects of today’s children and future generations.

Sarah, a 22-year-old XR activist who was one of the first to be dislodged by police from the boat, mentioned her motivation to protest. “I’m terrified of the world we’ve created for my niece and nephew.” She was one of 17 XR protesters to be arrested for gluing themselves to a tunnel in the Capitol building in July, though yesterday she was not arrested.

Many protesters had planned for the possibility of arrest. Some wore bracelets or wrote numbers in permanent marker on their arms to expedite their processing through the legal system. Bob Gardener, of Sterling, Virginia, planned for a potential trip to jail, which wouldn’t have been his first. “In 2011, I was arrested at 350.org sit-ins several times,” he remarked.

By 10 a.m. cops had removed the last of the protesters from the boat and towed it away, choosing to make no arrests. At least 26 arrests were made at other locations during the shut down, though all protesters were released by early afternoon.

While the shut down involved a range of local groups, the tactics of blockading and disrupting were clearly influenced by Extinction Rebellion UK (XR UK), as was the use of the whimsically painted boat to block traffic. XR UK rose to international prominence in April 2019, when protesters caused major disruptions around London for nearly a week. Over 1,000 people involved with XR UK were arrested at the time but the series of actions and protests ultimately led the British government to formally declare a climate emergency, which was one of the group’s key demands.

“A key part of our messaging is that if you’re angry that your commute is being disrupted, don’t be angry at us. We didn’t just choose to come out here to mess with your commute — we’re here because there’s oil companies that are destroying the planet and we don’t have a choice. So direct your anger towards them instead of us,” Gray said. “Even though disrupting people’s lives for one day is not ideal, the disruption we’re going to cause is peanuts compared to the disruption of extreme weather, sea level rise, food system failure — all this scary stuff,” he added.

Like the youth climate strikes, XR is an international movement representing a wide array of people who, in the face of political and social apathy surrounding climate change, have felt morally compelled to act.

“I think there’s something about the way that Extinction Rebellion talks about the climate crisis that...it feels like one of the only groups out there that reflects the scale of the problem,” said Ellen McSweeney, a social worker and core organizer with XR DC, prior to the day’s event. “At a certain point when things are this bad, it’s not about who you vote for, it’s not about petitions — I’m not saying that none of that matters, but it just feels like there has to be a response that reflects how serious the situation is.”

While some involved with XR do have a history of climate activism and have joined forces with or been absorbed by the group, many like McSweeney have only recently dedicated themselves to direct action on the climate emergency. “Because we are in this insane situation, we feel that we don’t have a whole lot of other choices besides starting to put ourselves on the line and put ourselves into the gears of this machine to try to slow it down. Business as usual will send us straight over a cliff. It’s hard to know what a reasonable response would look like to what is a totally insane and very frightening situation, frankly,” she said.

Much of the energy that has catalyzed the growth of groups like Extinction Rebellion and the youth climate movements originated with the string of dire scientific reports and assessments released last year regarding global heating and massive losses of biodiversity.

The report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in particular, released last October, emphasizes the urgency of global and far-reaching measures to curb greenhouse gases, which are pushing temperatures toward a critical threshold of 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.  And the IPCC report stressed that emissions cuts must be achieved within the next 12 (now almost 11) years.

Farhana Yamin, a British lawyer and past author of several IPCC reports, last week penned an article in the journal Nature detailing her motivations for joining XR UK and gluing herself to the pavement outside Shell oil’s London office last April, leading to her arrest. Like many others involved with XR, Yamin is an otherwise law-abiding citizen who has realized the necessity of nonviolent acts of civil disobedience to force government and civic engagement with the climate emergency, even if it means breaking the law.

“Having spent three decades failing to get governments to pay attention to the climate crisis through advocacy at the highest levels, I felt that activism was now crucial. I wanted to show how ridiculous it is that a law-abiding (indeed, law-making) mother of four should be handcuffed while the world’s major polluters remain unaccountable for ecocide,” Yamin writes.

Ultimately, XR’s success depends on its members' willingness to put their freedom on the line. And many will if it means their message will be heard, and most importantly, if it will inspire others to act.

“If Washington, DC — the center, the dark heart of the US — gets shut down, then it’s going to send a signal to the globe that people are finally making progress in the one place that people were least expecting it… that we can win if we all get in the streets,” said Gray.

The DC Shut Down was XR’s first major act of mass civil disobedience in the US, but more shut downs have been planned for October 7 in Los Angeles, Chicago and New York, and in major cities throughout the world.

“I think these actions are going to make a really big splash publicly, and I think we’re probably going to have a big influx of people interested in what we’re doing. And that’s kind of the point of doing things like this, it’s kind of to show yourself to the public as a group that’s ready to act,” McSweeney said.

http://www.earthisland.org/journal/index.php/articles/entry/extinction-rebellions-first-big-act-of-civil-disobedience-in-us-shuts-down-rush-hour-traffic-in-dc (http://www.earthisland.org/journal/index.php/articles/entry/extinction-rebellions-first-big-act-of-civil-disobedience-in-us-shuts-down-rush-hour-traffic-in-dc)
Title: ☠️ Fake blood sprayed on Treasury in Extinction Rebellion protest
Post by: RE on October 03, 2019, 10:26:54 AM
Next time they should practice with the fire hose first.  lol.

RE

http://www.youtube.com/v/ofzS8gtNCQ0
Title: Re: ☠️ Extinction Rebellion: London police arrest Extinction Rebellion activists before protest
Post by: knarf on October 05, 2019, 06:04:07 PM
Officers raid building used by climate activists to store items for Westminster rally

Police have taken pre-emptive action against environmental protesters who are planning to cause disruption in Westminster.

Dozens of officers from the Metropolitan police’s territorial support group raided a building in Kennington, south London, where Extinction Rebellion activists were storing equipment to use in a demonstration next week.

Protesters had said they planned to block 12 sites in Westminster from Monday morning until their political demands were met.

Earlier this week, police had promised to be more agile and assertive in dealing with the group after their demonstrations in April shut down parts of London for more than a week.

Activists who had begun to try moving equipment from the Kennington site in vans on Saturday were arrested and their vehicles and any equipment inside were impounded.

The Metropolitan police said 10 people – seven women and three men – had been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to cause public nuisance.

A spokesman said: “They have been taken to a south London police station. Officers remain at the scene. Inquiries continue.”

Police used a battering ram to break into the building, the former Lambeth county court, after activists locked themselves inside.

Caroline Vincent, who works in police liaison for Extinction Rebellion, said: “Police don’t want us to move equipment out which is considered infrastructure because they think it’s going to be used to commit a crime, and the crime is blocking the highway.

“So pita and pans are considered to be equipment that will be used to commit a crime; cushions too, apparently. The only things we are allowed to move away are first aid kits, milk and fliers.”

Activists said they were concerned at the police decision to act pre-emptively against them.

Richard Ecclestone, a former police officer who has joined the group, said: “These tactics are very questionable and are arguably infringing on our rights to peaceful protest, and indeed our efforts to preserve people’s right to life that is currently being jeopardised by the government failing to act on the climate and ecological emergency that they know exists.”

XR said confiscated equipment included portable toilets, kitchen equipment, gazebos and big tents, cooking urns and big thermos flasks, 250-watt solar panels and 12v car batteries, food, waterproofs, umbrellas and hot water bottles.

The group said in a statement: “This escalation of pre-emptive tactics by the government and police is a sign that we are being heard and acknowledged as a significant movement. We ask that the government focus their attention and resources on responding to the climate and ecological emergency which threatens us all.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/oct/05/london-police-arrest-extinction-rebellion-activists-in-advance-of-environment-protest (https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/oct/05/london-police-arrest-extinction-rebellion-activists-in-advance-of-environment-protest)
Title: Re: ☠️ Extinction Rebellion: London police arrest Extinction Rebellion activists before protest
Post by: RE on October 05, 2019, 06:54:01 PM
Officers raid building used by climate activists to store items for Westminster rally

Police have taken pre-emptive action against environmental protesters who are planning to cause disruption in Westminster.

This is an interesting development.  I wonder if the ER folks will bring suit against Da Goobermint? ???  :icon_scratch:  None of the confiscated items are illegal to possess, far as I know.

ER will need to do more distributed storage of preps and not keep a lot of stuff in a single location.  They also need to encrypt their communications and not use straight Facepalm or Email for organization and planning.  They also need to use Walkie-Talkies with encryption instead of cell phones during actions.

The battle has been ENGAGED!

http://www.youtube.com/v/3jd1Ih8EUmw

RE
Title: ☠️ Extinction Rebellion protesters disrupt cities in New Zealand and Australia
Post by: RE on October 07, 2019, 04:14:23 AM
ER is gaining some traction in the other Brit colonies.

RE

http://www.youtube.com/v/eaUr4t3BmV0
Title: ☠️ Extinction Rebellion Targets London
Post by: RE on October 07, 2019, 10:48:44 AM
https://www.nationalreview.com/corner/extinction-rebellion-targets-london/ (https://www.nationalreview.com/corner/extinction-rebellion-targets-london/)

 World   
Extinction Rebellion Targets London
By Douglas Murray

October 7, 2019 9:35 AM

In recent days London has been targeted by the group Extinction Rebellion (XR). They are a group who believe that all life on earth is likely to be wiped out soon thanks to mankind’s pollution of the planet. As a result last week they attempted to hose Her Majesty’s Treasury in gallons of fake blood (a plan only wrecked by the group’s inability to operate a firehose). This week they are planning to shut down the capital, restricting the movements of Londoners and hoping to paralyze the city. Similar protests are planned in Australia.

There is much to say about this. But one of the most remarkable aspects of their actions is that they are perhaps inadvertently demonstrating one of the truisms of our time. G. K. Chesterton’s famous quote about people who stop believing in God believing in anything is very well known. But perhaps more apposite on this occasion is a point Deepak Lal once made to me: which is that, after the age of monotheism, we appear in the West at least to be entering an age of polytheism.

One of those polytheisms is of course the worship of Gaia. But these new polytheistic religions can be remarkably adaptive and absorbent. Consider the following footage from XR’s “opening ceremony” in London last night. At around the half hour mark one of the lead-loons calls for “eleven men and eleven women to step forward.” Pseudo-ancient though this demand might be, there must also be acts of propitiation to the new gods. And so a call goes out also for some “non-binary” people as well. Clearly there are some volunteers from this crowd, because after some interminable guff about “spiraling” and the closing of the gap between the masculine and the feminine, our eco-chieftain invites the “beautiful men and women and our non-gender specific beautiful human and non-binary human” to light thirteen “beacons of truth.” The aim being to “bring us into our wholeness, into our togetherness, into our one-ness.” There is then a pagan procession.

Whether or not XR succeed in shutting down London or any other Western cities this week, I would advocate watching this footage from around 30 mins to 34 minutes. Although it is baffling for most of us to make much sense of today, future historians will find such footage enormously helpful.

http://www.youtube.com/v/uMU3N6VFS-A
Title: ☠️ 'We have the right to rebel': Extinction Rebellion begin Westminster shutdown
Post by: RE on October 07, 2019, 04:29:54 PM
http://www.youtube.com/v/sOW9gLHLyKI
Title: ☠️ Extinction Rebellion protesters disrupt cities in New Zealand and Australia
Post by: RE on October 08, 2019, 02:53:46 AM
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Title: Re: ☠️ Extinction Rebellion: Rebel Daily 1: The Sun Rises on a New Wave of Rebellion
Post by: knarf on October 08, 2019, 06:43:04 AM
International Rebellion is here. And it’s bigger and more beautiful than we dared to imagine. This is what mass civil disobedience looks like.

It’s happening. It can’t be ignored. It’s only growing stronger.

It’s a rebellion.

We’re back on the roads – with as much joy, fear, love and courage as ever. We’re shutting down cities – not because it’s fun (though it can be), but because it’s our last option for stopping this toxic system in its tracks. Our world is dying; to save it, we’ll need everyone – wherever and whoever you are – to do your bit.

And though we’re still somewhat short of the shared, global consciousness we need, we’re getting ever closer.

This International Rebellion which began on Monday is so vast it’s almost impossible to take it all in. Thousands of people flood 60 cities across the globe, with over 700 brave rebels arrested as they stand up for their right to life, and that’s just the start.

It’s not just a question of quantity. With every season that passes, we grow more organised, more unified, more creative, more courageous.

Just look at the 11 vibrant sites held around the centre of London, the choir of Amsterdam rebels, the blood poured on the bull statue in Wall Street in New York, the ambition of our banner-hangers, the Red Brigade arriving in Tel Aviv and Istanbul, underwater protest art in Mexico, the boats of every shape and size that we are so desperately trying to keep afloat.

We’re a movement unlike any other.

This newsletter team will do everything we can to keep up and to showcase the unreal brilliance of our young movement. We can only apologise in advance for not capturing every aspect of this glorious, unfathomably complex process that is our rebellion.

We hope that wherever this reaches you – whether you’re superglued to a road, camping out in the rain, deep in spreadsheets and planning, or at home drinking your coffee – you will be touched by what is going on right now all over the world. We hope you understand that it’s for you, and for every human being alive and not yet alive.

You are not alone in this beautiful mess. And it’s not too late to join in.

f you’d like to help, please check out our guide and learn more about XR.

To connect to rebels in your local area, get in touch with your nearest XR group. If there’s no active group near you, you can start your own!

If you’d like to see previous newsletter issues, you can find them here.

As we enter this crucial phase in human history, our Rebellion will need money to make sure our message is heard. Anything you can give is appreciated.

Support the Rebellion

Global Highlights
London Blockades Westminster

“How we have grown” — The Red Rebel Brigade, London

Over 275 rebels have been arrested on a momentous day which marks the beginning of XR’s October Rebellion in London. Early on Monday morning, rebels from all over the country mobilised and successfully took 11 main sites around Westminster in central London, including two key bridges.

Rebels drove a hearse into the ‘Burning Earth’ site in Trafalgar Square, parked it, and locked and glued themselves to the vehicle. The ‘undertaker’ in the drivers’ seat D-locked his own neck to the steering wheel.

Footage broadcast on ITV News shows police officers desperately trying to prevent more rebels gluing themselves underneath the vehicle, as well as a deeply moving moment where a father locked onto the underside of the hearse reveals why he is taking this drastic measure. In the back of the hearse, rebels had mounted a coffin painted with the words ‘OUR FUTURE’.

Meanwhile, a tower of scaffolding was positioned in the road, which rebels climbed and glued onto. They held this for most of the day, before being lifted off in orange sacks by police officers kitted out in climbing gear. Latest videos show rebels still going strong, including those attached to and inside the hearse.

In an exciting turn of events, a rebel wedding was held in the middle of the blocked Westminster Bridge (a first for the bridge, as far as we know!) to the sound of XR cheers and a feisty brass band. Love was truly in the air.

Also seen on the bridge were yoga enthusiasts, a ceilidh with bagpipes, and, floating beneath the bridge, an XR boat headed for the Houses of Parliament. XR filled the road outside Downing Street, blockaded Westminster Bridge nearby, and a stream of tents and campers continued from there all the way to Lambeth Bridge.

Despite the efforts of peacefully protesting rebels in London today, pre-planned and persistent police confiscations have left blockades lacking infrastructure and amenities. However, officers failed to confiscate the rebel spirit, which lives on in furious love and determination.

The Rebellion is alive and well. Join us in London!

Paris – “Occupation pour la suite du monde” – April’s boat crosses the channel

XR France managed to block and occupy Paris’ most central and busiest intersection, near the Nôtre-Dame cathedral. Rebels, aware of the sensitivity of the site, kept the location secret until the last minute and attached themselves to flower planters to complicate police efforts to remove them.

Rebels reminiscent of the now symbolic pink boat Berta Cáceres that reigned over London’s Oxford Circus during the last international rebellion can be reassured – its blue brother has crossed the channel for this October and cast its anchor in Parisian waters.

As we are “all in the same boat”, its DJs and dancers are inviting passers-by to join this festive occupation in all of its creativity, and keep the troops energized and regenerated for a lasting rebellion.

Climate Camp Berlin

Our uprising begins. From early morning, 1000 rebels blocked the “Big Star” roundabout surrounding Berlin’s Siegessäule as well as a key junction at Potsdamer Platz. As the sun rose, peaceful rebels danced and sang.

Our ship, the Arche Rebella, has been put together once again in a new location. “Captain” Carola Rackete stated the simple truth: “The situation is more than severe: ecosystems and species are threatened by the climate catastrophe and the actions of mankind. The planet and its natural resources are our basis of life – if it is not in balance, the consequences will be catastrophic for the planet and for all of humanity.” 

Berlin rebellion takes to the air!

3000 rebels held Potsdamer Platz – with the help of lots of potted plants and a Red Rebel Brigade –  and the site was buzzing. Rebels continued to hold the Platz for longer than expected, with some chaining themselves together. 

Even as police threatened rebels with physical violence if they failed to clear the blockade, our mood could not be beaten!  We were dancing, singing and sending out a strong signal about the climate crisis.

It was early evening before police were able to begin slowly clearing rebels. Two thousand rebels remained and the good mood continued as food was shared, even as police began confiscating our equipment.

Madrid – Dia Uno

Madrid rebels had a dramatic first day of Rebellion! 300 rebels surrounded a pink boat to block a bridge and were greeted by an alarming police response that included twisting arms, pressing thumbs into rebels’ eyes and putting pressure under their jaws. 10 rebels were hospitalised and many others suffered minor injuries. There were 43 arrests that day in Madrid. 

But their spirits were not broken. The rebels went onto cause further disruption and set up camp in front of Spain’s Ministry of Ecological Transition. Rebels dressed in red, blue and brown – representing forest fires, rising sea levels and desertification – stalked others dressed in animal costumes in a striking performance about mass extinction.

Amsterdam

Amsterdam rebelled against a ban imposed by the mayor and police and brought non-violent direct action to the heart of the city. In the early hours, eager rebels gathered to block off roads in front of the city’s famous museums.

In addition to beautiful paintings by Vermeer and Van Gogh, tourists viewed a modern day decor of brave earth-protectors fighting for their democracy and freedom of speech. The site then toured around the Heineken Experience to make sure any tourists there didn’t miss out.

In a miscalculated response, the police blocked off the first protest site, playing into our rebels’ hands, who staged an impromptu die-in on the Dam square instead.

The protests ended in over 100 arrests with rebels responding to police aggression by collectively chanting ‘We are peaceful, what are you?’

Four large city buses transported the arrestees away. Cries of peaceful resistance and tunes from the busses echoed far and wide through the capital’s narrow streets and over the canals.

The first reports of smiley rebels released from custody are already in! After a good night’s sleep in the newly established rebel town in front of the Rijksmusuem, Dutch rebels will bring back the action tomorrow with a gathering at the Vondelpark.

The Bull of Wall Street

Around 90 New Yorker rebels were arrested yesterday after they launched a wave of actions in the city’s famous financial district. Protesters poured fake blood over Wall Street’s iconic Bull statue, held a very bloody die-in outside the New York stock exchange, and then blocked a nearby road.


The die-in was attended by the stunning Red Brigade, and featured a New Orleans funeral band that got the hundreds of rebellious mourners dancing in the streets. Tombstones mentioning hurricanes and fires made worse by the climate crisis were held aloft, along with a coffin with the words “Our future” written on the side. Once the fun was over, rebels clean-up crews stepped in to mop the fake blood away.

Police set up a perimeter and arrested rebels in waves. Despite the high arrest count, the sunkissed rebellion base in nearby Washington Square park was buzzing. Actions will be continuing here over the coming days, and are expected to spread to Chicago and Washington DC later in the week.

A new chapter for XR Canada

XR Toronto gathered at Playter Gardens in the city’s east end for a day of October Rebellion. After an early morning debriefing, protesters took to the Bloor Viaduct with banners, signs, and megaphones, numbers bolstered by other groups and allies.

There, they cordoned off the bridge and nearby Danforth Avenue from rush hour traffic, allowing the space to play host to a multitude of activities. In addition to activist speeches and performances, the group participated in singing, meditation and yoga sessions while other protestors chalked key messages along the concrete.

Looming over the action were Extinction Rebellion banners and messages, draped across the Viaduct walls, and the organization’s iconic hourglass logo set at an impressive height.

As the morning wore on, police announced a request for dispersal, yet several rebels  remained. This group sat or stood in front of large, red and yellow “Act Now” block letters while the rest of the protesters swelled to either side of Danforth Avenue with songs of peace and hope. Arrestees – all nonviolent – were eventually taken into police cars and driven off; the remaining group returned to Playter Gardens for camaraderie and regeneration.

Toronto’s action upon the Viaduct reached a wide audience of receptive hearts. Hard work is ahead but another river has undoubtedly been crossed. With actions from Halifax to Victoria, today marked a new chapter of XR’s fight for climate justice in Canada.

Aussie rebels bring the heat

The day began with a sacred ceremony on the steps of Parliament House, when rebels, still waking up, took gum leaves and received the welcome via smoke cleansing before moving back to the central campsite of Carlton Gardens.

Inside the gardens there were family events, talks, training sessions and a choir. A massive Declaration of Rebellion was made against the criminal inaction of the world’s governments on the climate and ecological emergency.

Upwards of a thousand people came together at 16:00 for a march through the CBD (Central Business District), which was successfully disrupted from 16:00 – 19:00, in a colourful, energetic, peaceful, respectful action. Some carried a glass coffin, like a fish tank, filled with aquatic plants and rocks to illustrate concern for about the impact of climate change on oceans.

Lots more with pictures from around the world

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Title: ☠️ Extinction Rebellion take over London as climate change protests escalate
Post by: RE on October 08, 2019, 11:14:55 AM
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Title: ☠️ Time to Rebel
Post by: RE on October 08, 2019, 04:00:35 PM
https://www.truthdig.com/articles/time-to-rebel/ (https://www.truthdig.com/articles/time-to-rebel/)

Oct 07, 2019
Opinion
Time to Rebel

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Mr. Fish

Monday, Oct. 7. marks the start of what the British-based group Extinction Rebellion is calling the International Rebellion. Thousands of people will occupy the centers of some 60 cities around the globe, including Madrid, Amsterdam, Paris and New York, to stage nonviolent occupations of bridges and roads for at least a week. The goal is to paralyze commerce to force the ruling elites to respond to the climate emergency. I will be at Battery Park in New York to join them Monday morning.

The protests, which organizers say will likely lead to hundreds of arrests, will employ a variety of tactics, including activists who will superglue themselves to trains, subways and buildings as well as build temporary encampments to disrupt traffic. The New York event will open at 9:30 a.m. Monday with a “funeral march” from Battery Park. At 2 p.m. Monday, organizers will set up base in Washington Square Park and use it as a staging area. Activists will congregate at the park and fan out in groups across the city to carry out protests. The disruptions during the week in New York will occur in a variety of locations, including in the Financial District and at the New York Stock Exchange, Columbia University and major cultural institutions. In Chicago, there will be an attempt to occupy City Hall and Daley Plaza. London activists, who shut much of the city down in April for 10 days and saw 1,000 arrests, are planning to hold out for three weeks.

“It is our sacred duty to rebel in order to protect our homes, our future, and the future of all life on Earth,” Extinction Rebellion writes. This is not hyperbolic. We have, as every major climate report states, very little time left. Indeed, it may already be too late.

“People have to go to the capital city,” said Roger Hallam, the co-founder of Extinction Rebellion and a researcher at King’s College London, when we spoke earlier this year. “That’s where the elite is, the business class. That’s where the pillars of the state exist. That’s the first element. Then you have to have a lot of people involved. They have to break the law. There’s no point in just doing a march. They have to literally close down the streets. They have to remain nonviolent. That’s absolutely crucial. Once you get violent, police and the state have an excuse to remove you. It’s got to be cultural. You make it into a sort of Woodstock affair. Then thousands more people come onto the streets.

“There’s a fundamental difference between breaking the law and not breaking the law. It’s a binary difference. When you break the law, then you’re massively more effective in terms of material and psychological influence as well as media interest. The more dramatic the civil disobedience, the better. It’s a numbers game. You want people blocking the streets, but you need 10, 20, 30 thousand. You don’t need 3 million. You need enough for the state to have to decide whether to use repression on a mass scale or invite you into the room. The gambit, of course, particularly in the U.K., is that the state is weak. It’s been hollowed out by neoliberalism. They’re going to find themselves overwhelmed. We will get in the room.”

The group stresses what it calls a “pre-social-media age” strategy for organizing. It has created decentralized structures to make decisions and issue demands. It sends out teams to give talks in communities. It insists that people who participate in the actions of Rebellion Extinction undergo “nonviolent direct-action” training so they will not be provoked by the police or opposition groups.

“Most of the recent mass mobilizations have been social-media-fueled,” Hallam said. “Consequently, they have been chaotic. They are extremely fast mobilizations. Social media’s a bit like heroin. It’s a high, but then it collapses, like we’ve seen. It becomes chaotic or violent. A lot of modern social movements put stuff on social media. It gets clogged up with trolls. There are lots of radical-left organizations arguing about different privileges. We’ve circumvented that and gone straight to the ‘common people,’ as you might say. We’ve held meetings in village town halls and city halls. We go around the country in a 19th-century sort of way, saying, ‘Hey guys. We’re all fucked. People are going to die if this isn’t sorted out.’ The second half of the talk is: There’s a way of dealing with this called mass civil disobedience.

“Nonviolent discipline, as the research shows, is the No. 1 criterion for maximizing the potential for success. This is not a moral observation. Violence destroys movements. The Global South has been at it for a few decades. Violence just ends up with people getting shot. It doesn’t lead anywhere. You might as well take your chances and maintain nonviolent discipline. There’s a big debate within the radical left over the attitude toward the police. This debate is a proxy for the justification of violence. As soon as you don’t talk to police, you’re more likely to provoke police violence. We try to charm the police so they’ll arrest people in a civilized way. The metropolitan police [in London] are probably one of the most civilized police forces in the world. They have a professional team of guys who go to social protests. We’ve been in regular communication with them. We say to the police, ‘Look, we’re going to be blocking the streets. We’re not going to not do that because you ask us not to.’ That’s the first thing to make clear. This is not an item for discussion. They know it’s serious. They don’t try to dissuade us. That would be silly. What they are concerned about is violence and public disorder. It’s in our interest as civil disobedience designers not to have public disorder, because it becomes chaotic.”

“You’re basically holding the economy of a city to ransom,” he said of the shutdowns. “It’s the same dynamic as a labor strike. You want to get into the room and have a negotiation. Extinction Rebellion hasn’t quite decided what that negotiation is going to be. We’ve got three demands—the government tells the truth, the carbon emissions go to zero by 2025, which is a proxy for transformation of the economy and the society, and we have a national assembly which will sort out what the British people want to do about it. The third demand [calling for a national assembly] is a proxy for transforming the political structure of the economy. It proposes a different, concrete form of democratic governance, based around sortition rather than representation. This has had a big influence in Ireland and Iceland. The optimal transition is going to be from the corrupted ‘representational’ model to a sortition model in the same way aristocratic law shifted to representational law at the end of the 17th and beginning of the 19th century.

“The intelligent people on the political left have woken up to the fact that we’ve got an existential emergency that could destroy human society in the next 10 years. It’s in the cards. A lot of us have already gone through the grief process. But these [newly awakened] people just had that enlightenment. They’re in shock. They’re maintaining a veneer of ‘It’s sort of OK.’ This is what the Green Deal [a United Kingdom government policy initiative] is about. It is an attempt to pretend that industrialization can stay the same. We can all still be wealthy. We can all still have great jobs. It is like Roosevelt’s New Deal. But the New Deal was based on the idea that we can carry on plundering nature and nothing’s going to happen. Maybe that was right in the 1930s, but it’s not right anymore. It’s a matter of physics and biology. We simply cannot maintain these levels of consumption. They haven’t reckoned with that. One of the main reasons the climate debate has not gotten into a serious mode over the last 30 years is because people who are in charge of informing the public are terrified of telling the public that they can’t have the high consumer lifestyle anymore. It’s a taboo. But like any addiction, there comes a moment of truth. We’re there now.”

“For 30 years we’ve had one political metaphysic, reform,” he said. “You either reform or you are irrelevant. But now, we have two massive, exponentially increasing structural faults—the inequality problem and the climate problem. A lot of people—because of path dependency dynamics—have worked for 30 years in this lost-cause sort of space. They’re desperate for change. For 30 years, they’ve been putting their money on reform. The tragedy—and you can see this in the history of political struggle going back hundreds of years—is there’s a flip where the reformists lose control. They’re still living in the past world. The revolutionaries, who everyone thinks are ridiculously naive, suddenly come to the fore. It’s usually a quake. It’s not a gradualist thing. It’s a double tragedy because it’s a quake and the revolutionaries usually aren’t organized. I think that’s what’s happening now. It has very big implications for [resistance against] fascism. Unless you have a clearheaded mass mobilization on the left, which is connected with the working class, you’re not going to be able to stop the fascism.”

These protests are a welcome antidote to the choreographed and ineffectual climate marches of the past in which protesters dutifully stayed in police-designated areas and dispersed after a few hours. The goal is not simply to protest but to throw a wrench into the machine. The group has 10 working principles that center on nonviolent resistance. These principles are:

We have a shared vision of change: to create a world that is fit for generations to come.

We set our mission on what is necessary, mobilizing 3.5% of the population to achieve system change – using ideas such as “momentum-driven organizing” to achieve this.

We need a regenerative culture, creating one that is healthy, resilient and adaptable.

We openly challenge ourselves and this toxic system, leaving our comfort zones to take action for change.

We value reflecting and learning; as we follow a cycle of action, reflection, learning and planning for more action, we learn from other movements and contexts as well as our own experiences.

We welcome everyone and every part of everyone, and work actively to create safer and more accessible spaces.

We actively mitigate for power, breaking down hierarchies of power for more equitable participation.

We avoid blaming and shaming; we live in a toxic system, but no one individual is to blame.

We are a nonviolent network; using nonviolent strategies and tactics is the most effective way to bring about change.

We are based on autonomy and decentralization, collectively creating the structures we need to challenge power.

Anyone who follows these core principles and values can take action in the name of Extinction Rebellion.

You can see interviews I did with Hallam, who was jailed two weeks ago by British police in preemptive effort to curtail the rebellion here, here and here.

The longer we live in denial, the worse it will get. There is no way out. Floods, droughts, monster hurricanes, cyclones, extreme heatwaves, crop failure, mass displacement and the breakdown of society are now inevitable. This is our future. The democratic methods for change—voting, lobbying, petitions, education and protests—have proved to be spectacular failures. The corporate forces that have seized control of our political and economic systems will, unchecked, drive us into extinction for profit. All we have left is nonviolent, disruptive civil disobedience. A rebellion. And if we fail, we will at least obliterate our despair, find solace in a community of resisters and restore our emotional health and our dignity by fighting back against those who are engineering the ecocide.
Chris Hedges
Columnist
Title: Re: ☠️ Extinction Rebellion:The British State’s Clampdown on Peaceful Protest
Post by: knarf on October 10, 2019, 07:06:50 PM
As has been widely reported, Extinction Rebellion (ER) began their “International Rebellion” this week. This has seen activists concerned about the threat of climate change, engage in civil disobedience. In the United Kingdom where the movement was born, London has been hit by waves of protests that, at times, has brought the capital to a standstill. However, since the the environmental group’s last set of protests in the Summer, the Metropolitan Police has changed their tactics significantly. They have taken a far more aggressive approach towards those protesting, and the media covering them.

Extinction Rebellion describes itself as;

    “an international movement that uses non-violent civil disobedience in an attempt to halt mass extinction and minimise the risk of social collapse.”

In other words, they will carry out acts in public that will bring disruption to others, but at no time will engage in violence.

Civil Disobedience has a long history of being used to protest against some of the greatest injustices we have faced.

Gandhi called it satyagraha, when he fought against British Colonial Rule in India. The US Civil Rights Movement used it in the 1950s and 60s when they fought for equal rights black people. More recently, it has been used in Georgia to end Soviet era government and it is a commonly used by those protesting against Nuclear Weapons.

New Police Tactics

Throughout the summer action continued to take place across the UK in cities like Glasgow, Birmingham and Belfast. Following the April “uprising”, the Metropolitan Police had begun to call for new powers to tackle people engaging in civil disobedience. Most of the protesters arrested had been done so under Public Order offences, which the Met did not see as a deterrant.

When it was announced that the group was to fly drones inside the Heathrow exclusion zone, the police began to take a more preventative approach. This saw them swoop on five members of the group in September in an attempt to stop the plan from going ahead.

The group clearly stated that all drones would be at head height and not actually near any aircraft. However, the Police were taking no chances, which is understandable given the risks involved.

Laurence Taylor, deputy assistant commissioner, said:

    “We believe these arrests to be a proportionate response to preventing criminal activity that could significantly impact on a major piece of national infrastructure.

    “We remain fully prepared for the planned protest tomorrow, and will work quickly to identify criminal activity and arrest anyone committing offences.”

This was one of the first time Police in the UK had used preemptive arrests against Extinction Rebellion, but not the last.

However, Dr Gail Bradbrook, a co-founder or Extinction Rebellion, said:

    “As we continue to breech ecological tipping points I believe we will look back on these times and wonder why more people weren’t willing to take actions to peacefully close down climate wrecking infrastructure. “

Preemptive Action

That takes us to the present day. The International Rebellion has started, and it has seen mass action across the globe. Protesters have been arrested in Sydney, Australia for blocking roads, New York has seen transport infrastructure shut down, and in London, bridges, government buildings and an airport have all been targeted.

Before the “rebellion had even got started the Metropolitan Police carried out a raid on a site used by ER to store equipment for the upcoming action.

Seven activists were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to cause a public nuisance and an eighth on suspicion of obstructing police, all of whom have now been released under investigation. Police reportedly also confiscated a wide range of camping-related equipment, food and small solar panels.

Two more activists, a man and woman, were also arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to cause a public nuisance the following day.

What shocked some people was the way in which the raid was carried out. The group state that they liaise with the Police and senior Met officers have stated that the group are non-violent. Some commentators questioned whether the use of a battering ram to gain entry was really necessary. Many thought that it was a PR move to give the impression they’re getting tough.

Either way, it raised questions about the right to protest if preemptive action was being taken to remove items like wheelchairs, lamps and food.

A Human Rights charity went further. Barrister, Jack Beadsworth of Human Rights News, Views and Info stated that the Met Police’s action “set a dangerous precedent.

Beadsworth went onto say;

    “The pre-emptive arrests in this case go beyond what is strictly necessary to prevent disorder, and fail to balance the individual’s vital democratic right to protest through free association and free expression. This is due to the use of a conspiracy based offence being highly problematic, as is the use of public nuisance.”

He further argued that these arrests breached the right to protest as protected by the Convention of Human Rights within Article 10 (freedom of expression) and Article 11 (freedom of association).

A Worrying Trend

These protests have brought up several issues of concern. Firstly, the Police’s ability to make preemptive arrests before peaceful protests and secondly, the press’ freedom to report on events the government find embarrassing or annoying.

The right to Peaceful protest is something liberal societies are founded on. Now we have the state wanting to tighten the rules on protests, only go where they say and arrest you for having some camping gear.

On the other side. journalists are being threatened with arrest for covering important protests, or in some cases, denied access to the protests at all. This mirrors the Police denying some accredited journalists entry to Party Conferences because they attended such protests.

It is a worrying state want to tighten control of peaceful protests about legitimate concerns such as climate change.

https://medium.com/black-isle-journalism/the-british-states-clampdown-on-peaceful-protest-640bc6d045fc
Title: ☠️ Extinction Rebellion protester, 83, arrested at London City airport
Post by: RE on October 11, 2019, 01:12:12 AM
http://www.youtube.com/v/jPFNZOXX-RA
Title: ☠️ George Monbiot arrested for defying Extinction Rebellion protest ban
Post by: RE on October 17, 2019, 12:23:48 AM
Moonbeam should have had a better camera than a fucking smartphone recording this.  ::)

RE

http://www.youtube.com/v/GtNMth7uNPk
Title: Re: ☠️ Extinction Rebellion: Rebellions don’t end – they regenerate
Post by: knarf on October 19, 2019, 12:26:36 PM
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It’s difficult to imagine the number of rebels currently feeling exhausted, disorientated, and proud.

Though we know it’s not over for everyone, this week saw the conclusion of high-intensity rebellion phases in Paris, Berlin, New York, London, and countless other cities and nations. A truly inspiring number of those involved are new to the experience of Rebellion – small surprise, since there’s very little like it.

The most obvious exertions are physical: long days spent roaming streets or (every bit as vital!) glued to screens, sometimes eating and sleeping irregularly. But no less taxing is the emotional journey: through euphoric highs and difficult lows, made both easier and more complicated for being shared by a whole community of other people who feel it all together, and process this journey in different ways.

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And when all of this comes to a close, it can be a challenge to adjust: to return to work, family, a slower pace of life. All the more so given the nature of our cause: some might be troubled by the thought that our emergency is only speeding up as we slow down.

This makes it all the more essential that we do slow down: that we take the time to regenerate.

‘Burn-out’ is a major risk in movements such as ours, where our hearts can demand more selfless action at the cost of our own individual well-being. It’s for this reason that regeneration is our third core value; and it’s for similar reasons that our fifth value is to follow cycles of action with reflection and learning.

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We’ve achieved an incredible amount in the past two weeks: political changes, deeper cultural shifts, and proving to ourselves that this movement is well-organised, global, and unified by the same compassionate values.

Given how much we’ve achieved, it’s small wonder if we don’t yet have the energy to fathom it.

For now, all we need to know is that it’s the time for some well-deserved rest.

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Newsletter : Rebel Day 9

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Title: Re: ☠️ Extinction Rebellion: Extinction Rebellion art seized by police includes Ron Mueck skull
Post by: knarf on November 05, 2019, 07:06:36 AM
Australian artist’s works have sold for up to $1.3m. Police could not say whether they still have the skull, seized among hundreds of artworks during October protests


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A skull made by Australian sculptor Ron Mueck

Sinks, toilets, scaffolding, tents and even cars – are all among the items confiscated by London’s Metropolitan police in an attempt to quell the Extinction Rebellion protests in October.

The capital’s police also took into custody hundreds of art works. Among them is a giant skull by renowned contemporary artist Ron Mueck.

The Australian, whose hyperrealistic sculptures have been exhibited at the Saatchi Gallery and the Tate, gifted a test casting to an Extinction Rebellion funeral procession designed to mourn the lives lost to climate change. The prototype served to model one hundred skulls that filled a room in the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne in 2017.

“Having heard that there was an XR skeleton procession planned it seemed an obvious way to make use of it and lend support to a cause I believe in,” Mueck wrote to CHN in an e-mail.

“It was lent to XR to use as visual accompaniment to their peaceful nonviolent protests in whatever way they saw fit. I wasn’t directly involved in its deployment.”

In auctions, Mueck’s artworks have been sold for as much as $1.3 million, the price varying depending on the size and medium of the artwork, according to auction database MutualArt. It is likely that the prototype would be worth significantly less than its final version, though the work could accrue value in time through its association with Extinction Rebellion.

Mueck said he has “no idea where it is now and no idea on what basis it was confiscated”. Extinction Rebellion’s said it was seized along with other skeleton sculptures. Contacted by CHN, the Metropolitan Police did not appear aware of the value of the object and said it was “unlikely we are going to be able to confirm the seizure of individual items at this stage – there are just too many”.

Other less high-profile protest art works, many of which took weeks to craft, were also taken.

Along with 40 people, Bristol artist Simon Tozer crowdfunded, built, mounted and ultimately glued himself to a cubic tower draped with Extinction Rebellion banners. Following the imposition of a city-wide protest ban on London, which is currently being challenged by the movement, the group decided to deploy the structure on the grounds of the Tate Modern.

Discovering the structure, Tate Modern’s director, Frances Morris, rapidly gave the greenlight to the action, Tozer said, granting permission to the protesters to occupy their grounds the full day.

The police however told the Tate that the ban prevailed over its right to hold the protest on its grounds, prompting the arrest of ten activists.

“Once it was up, we did get permission from the Tate for it to be on their land, so it was quite a surprise to us that it was taken down,” Tozer said. In a statement, Tate told CHN it had declared a “climate emergency” but “as a public body, we are bound not to endorse or actively support protest of this nature. However, as is always the case in relation to peaceful protests, we wouldn’t stand in the way of organisations demonstrating in our public space”.

Tozer described the seizure of the artwork as “very unreasonable”. “It wasn’t being used to block a road or disrupting anybody,” he added.

It is currently being held by the police as evidence, he said.

Kat Brendell, a full-time arts campaigner within the group, recently recovered her car from police, but has yet to see a jacket made by one of the movement’s chief designers, Miles Glyn, with the word “Empathy” embroidered onto it.

“I love the fact that something that says ‘empathy’ and is covered in hearts is deemed a threat to the state,” Glyn told CHN.

“The police tactic has been to portray to protests as a bunch of people, bodies on a road,” Brendell said. “But actually there’s a huge range of creative talents and skills: from cooks and carpenters to sculptors and artists. Humanitarian, creative, community-oriented people.”

“The work that everyone’s put in, they’ve purposefully tried to eliminate that, because it makes us more human, and not the extremists that they like to present,” she added.

The police also confiscated a Noah’s ark made by the Christian Action Group in Bristol, West of England. 15 people crafted the object from wooden pallets over three weeks, including six teenagers from a school in East Sussex.

The Metropolitan police told CHN that protesters could claim back their items. But protesters say they are worried.

“One of the problems is that claiming your property could lead to the police bringing further charges against you,” Tobias Garnett, a member of Extinction Rebellion’s legal team, said.

“Another problem is that the police have been routinely destroying stuff from the camps as they cleared them, which they’re not supposed to do.”

“We would like to claim it back but as yet have not been able to locate it,” Barbara Keal, one of the artists who made the ark, said. “There has been some ambivalence in case doing so could be incriminating.”

“The police’s confiscation of a good deal of artwork and similarly of facilities for disabled rebels – including their toilets and even a wheelchair – seemed particularly heartless aspects of the policing of October’s Rebellion,” Rupert Read, a philosopher and spokesperson for the movement, told CHN.

Although he admitted the confiscation was “a bit heartbreaking”, Glyn remained defiant.

“The more certain actions become illegal, the more space that leaves us to be creative and to create new stories in slightly different ways.”

“I’m going to make more banners saying ‘Love’ and ‘Care’ and watch them get dragged away,” he said.

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