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Extinction Rebellion - update 30. September 2019
Extinction Rebellion trials and hearings this week (30 September to 4 October) - see updat below.
George Monbiot 'We need to create the biggest movement that has ever been...'
If you believe we need to do something about the climate crisis join us in October for the international Rebellion. In October 2018, we declared The Rebellion. In April 2019, we declared The Emergency.
In October 2019, we will declare The Truth.
Starting on Monday 7 October, we are joining together as global family in an International Rebellion as we grieve the suffering and destruction of our beautiful homeworld.
We will gather with our communities across cities, countries, and continents, to rise up and rebel for our deep love of life and the need to protect it.
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"Business as usual, politics as usual is not going to get us out of this horrendous mess. We need system change.", George Monbiot.
The tragedy of our times is that the gathering collapse of our life support systems has coincided with the age of public disservice. Just as we need to rise above self-interest and short-termism, governments around the world now represent the meanest and dirtiest of special interests. In the United Kingdom, the US, Brazil, Australia and many other nations, pollutocrats rule.
George Monbiot 'We need to create the biggest movement that has ever been...' | Extinction Rebellion
Roger Hallam giving a talk in Penzance, Cornwall, speaking about Extinction Rebellion, the climate emergency and the ecological crisis all around the world on 13. August 2019
"Time to Act Now" Roger Hallam | Extinction Rebellion
"Something Drastic Has To Happen"
Roger Hallam | BBC HardTalk | Extinction Rebellion
Roger Hallam talks with Stephen Sackur from BBC HardTalk about the need to ACT NOW. 17. August 2019
Dr. Gail Bradbrook - CogX London [14. June 2019] | Extinction Rebellion
Join the rebellion: https://Rebellion.Earth/
World Map of Extinction Rebellion Groups: https://bit.ly/2wri78B
Dr Anne Kemp - Digital Disruption
A Sustainable Earth Institute public talk from Dr Anne Kemp, Director at Atkins for BIM Strategy and Development. This talk was held as part of the University of Plymouth's GeoCareers Fair 2019, and supported by the ERDF funded project, The Environmental Futures and Big Data Impact Lab.
About Extinction Rebellion
Extinction Rebellion is a global movement that uses non-violent civil disobedience in an attempt to halt mass extinction and minimise the risk of societal collapse – both of which are seen as inevitable if rapid action is not taken to rein in human-induced climate change and biodiversity loss.
Extinction Rebellion believes it is a citizen’s duty to rebel, using peaceful civil disobedience, when faced with criminal inaction by their Government.
Starting on October 7th, Extinction Rebellion is calling an International Rebellion: https://www.facebook.com/events/2428146964128308/
Together, we will peacefully occupy the centres of power and shut them down until Governments act on the Climate and Ecological Emergency.
Extinction Rebellion’s Demands are: (UK)
- Government must tell the truth by declaring a climate and ecological emergency, working with other institutions to communicate the urgency for change.
- Government must act now to halt biodiversity loss and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2025.
- Government must create and be led by the decisions of a Citizens’ Assembly on climate and ecological justice.
- Attend Extinction Rebellion Events
- Join the Rebellion
- Find a Local Group or
- Start a Local Group
- Provide Financial Support
These demands only represent XR US. They are still in the process of development. https://extinctionrebellion.us/
That the Government must tell the truth about the climate and wider ecological emergency, it must reverse all policies not in alignment with that position and must work alongside the media to communicate the urgency for change including what individuals, communities and businesses need to do.
The Government must enact legally-binding policies to reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2025 and take further action to remove the excess of atmospheric greenhouse gases. It must cooperate internationally so that the global economy runs on no more than half a planet’s worth of resources per year.
We do not trust our Government to make the bold, swift and long-term changes necessary to achieve these changes and we do not intend to hand further power to our politicians. Instead we demand a Citizens’ Assembly to oversee the changes, as we rise from the wreckage, creating a democracy fit for purpose.
We demand a just transition that prioritizes the most vulnerable people and indigenous sovereignty; establishes reparations and remediation led by and for Black people, Indigenous people, people of color and poor communities for years of environmental injustice, establishes legal rights for ecosystems to thrive and regenerate in perpetuity, and repairs the effects of ongoing ecocide to prevent extinction of human and all species, in order to maintain a livable, just planet for all.
Extinction Rebellion trials and hearings this week (30 September to 4 October)
September 30, 2019 by Extinction Rebellion
- 30 Extinction Rebellion defendants are on trial this week across London
- Six trials are for public order offences during the April Rebellion; one trial is for offences under the Police Act
- The Shell 7 will attend a preliminary hearing at Southwark Crown Court charged with criminal damage to the oil major’s HQ
- A further 50 people are expected to attend plea hearings on Friday at City of London Magistrates Court
- Extinction Rebellion continues to raise money for defendants legal costs with its Crowdjustice campaign
- Trials are set to continue into January and beyond
Trials and hearings coming up this week:
Monday (Sep 30th), Hendon Magistrates Court: One on trial for a public order offence during the April Rebellion, Zoë Lafferty, 33, a theatre director from London.
Monday (Sep 30th), City of London Magistrates Court: Three on trial for public order offences during the April Rebellion, including Saul Kenrick, 22, a student at Edinburgh University (his father Justin Kenrick is currently awaiting trial).
Tuesday (Oct 1st), Hendon Magistrates Court: Six on trial for public order offences during the April Rebellion, including Rowan Tilly, 61 from Oxford. A further seven on trial for obstructing a policeman in his duty.
Tuesday (Oct 1st), City of London Magistrates Court: Two on trial for public order offences during the April Rebellion, including Alima Adams, 48, software engineer from Cambridge, whose lawyers Kellys hope to submit a witness statement from a prominent Member of Parliament.
Wednesday (Oct 2nd) City of London Magistrates Court: Nine on trial for for public order offenses during the April Rebellion, including Tom Franklin, 60 a retired education technologist from York.
Thursday (Oct 3rd) City of London Magistrates Court: Two on trial for for public order offences during the April Rebellion.
Friday (Oct 4th), Southwark Crown Court: The Shell 7 to attend a preliminary Crown Court hearing charged with causing criminal damage to Shell’s London headquarters during the April Rebellion. The Shell 7 are: Ian Bray, David Lambert, Katerina Hasapopoulous, James Saunders, Senan Clifford, Jane Augsburger and Simon Bramwell.
Friday (Oct 4th) City of London Magistrates Court: Approximately 50 charged defendants expected to attend plea hearings for public order offences during the April Rebellion.
More more information, images and interviews with defendants or lawyers, contact Zoë Blackler on 07918 165 046.
Extinction Rebellion’s Crowdjustice campaign to help defendants with their legal fees can be found here: https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/extinction-rebellion-central
Phone: +44(0)7918165046, +44(0)7969083371
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Climate Change Art Helps People Connect With A Challenging Topic
By Eva Amsen Contributor
Writing about the overlap of science and art
During the recent global climate change marches and strikes, many people have been carrying creative signs and placards to get their message across. Some even dressed up in costumes, danced, sang or played instruments.
Beyond the mass protests, climate change has inspired artists to create works that express anything from people’s fears to the scientific consensus around the issue. But are these artworks effective in getting a message across? What is the role of art in communicating climate change?
Several researchers have looked into the role of art in climate change communication. Earlier this year, Laura Kim Sommer and Christian Andreas Klöckner published a paper suggesting that climate change art is capable of changing people’s opinions, as long as the message is hopeful, and gives people ideas for change. They based this on an analysis of artworks that were on display during the 2015 United Nations climate change negotiations (COP21) in Paris..
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After analysing questionnaires that people had answered about the artworks that were on display at the meeting, they categorized the pieces into different groups. One group, the “awesome solution”, included works that conveyed a hopeful message, showing solutions to environmental problems. These were the pieces that were most effective in changing visitors’ viewpoints.
This was a relatively small study, only taking into account the works that were on display at COP21. But last year, another group of researchers did a more detailed analysis of climate change art. Diego Galafassi from Stockholm University and his colleagues from different international institutes looked at works created over the period between 2000 and 2016 and found an increase in the number of climate change art projects in that period.
They also identified several different roles and purposes of climate change art. One of these roles is science communication, where art can be used to make scientific data more accessible.
An example of art being used to convey scientific data is the interactive use of warming stripes. The stripes themselves are a very simple and colorful data visualisation pattern, developed by Ed Hawkins. The #ShowYourStripes websites allows people to easily download a set of stripes personal to their location, and set them as background on their online profiles, for example. It’s a conversation starter, and people are actively engaged by searching for the stripes for their own location.
In the study of art at COP21, Sommer and Klöckner did not find interactive art to be particularly effective in changing people’s views, but they did note that these pieces made people feel like they belonged. That can be very helpful in getting people to connect with a cause, even if the art itself doesn’t necessarily change minds.
Another very simple piece of climate change art that has popped up at some of the many climate marches and protests in the past year is the hourglass symbol of Extinction Rebellion. The logo is easy to reproduce, and freely available to use for non-commercial purposes, so anyone can display it on their own banners, bags and shirts. It also adds an element of engagement to the art by allowing people to participate in printing or painting their own materials.
Unlike the “awesome solution” art, the stripes and hourglass may not be hopeful or positive symbols, but their interactive element gets people involved.
Galafassi and colleagues also noted that there is an increasing trend for scientists and artists to co-create work to help communicate climate change research, such as the Sustainability In An Imaginary World project.
They also emphasized that art has a different, but complementary, role to play in climate communication than science. Climate can be a personal and emotional topic to talk about, and the straightforward facts of science aren’t always enough to convince people. (Just think about the gut reactions of people who reject that climate change could even be a major issue. It’s often emotional, rather than rational.)
Art allows for a way for people to connect more directly with these emotional and personal aspects of climate change, but can also connect to the scientific facts. It can bridge that communication barrier.
And as Sommer’s and Klöckner’s work showed, at least some types of art have the potential to make people feel more empowered about finding possible climate change solutions.
I’m a freelance science writer, focused on stories behind the research. My writing about the intersection of science, art and culture has appeared in Nautilus, The Scientist, Hakai Magazine and other places. I’ve also spent a decade working in science outreach and community engagement for academic groups and publishers. I have a MSc in Chemistry from VU University Amsterdam, a PhD in biochemistry from the University of Toronto, and a seat in the violin section of an amateur orchestra in London.