With the Federal Election over, it is clear that our demands need to be heard and acted upon. A big thank you to everyone who was out there supporting a vote for climate! The time for petitions and gentle persuasion has passed, and for Extinction Rebellion the election result is evidence that we need ongoing, peaceful civil disobedience to create lasting social and political change.
We’ve had another busy few weeks with the ‘Heading for Extinction’ presentations, training events for Conscientious Protector Training and Marshalls and local actions. As we scale up we want everyone to be trained and supported to be involved in a range of actions. We also need people who prefer to take support roles for the actions – so whatever your skills or capacity, it will be great to have you on board.
Over the last month we had a snap action at the Santos Annual General Meeting where several courageous rebels braved the cold, the wind and the rain to push Santos to taking climate breakdown seriously.
Our fundraising efforts have been boosted through a Live Music fundraiser, an Art Exhibition and multiple screenings of Tomorrow Ever After. A big thanks to the organisers, musicians, artists, speakers and everyone who came along to support these events.
A new XR regional branch called XR Up North has been formed. They will be running an information session on June 2nd.
We’d also like to highlight two upcoming actions. This Friday there will be a protest for Climate Action at the King William St end of Rundle Mall and on Saturday June 8th there will be a singing flash mob action.
Join the Rebellion
We have a lot coming up in the next few weeks, and we’d love you to get involved. If you haven’t already, then you can Join up – and persuade friends to do the same. If you haven’t signed up on xrsa.com.au, then you may miss events and actions. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. We’re also regularly updating our blog with posts and important information.
Spread the XR message by getting a group you’re involved with to host a talk by Extinction Rebellion speakers. Contact XRSAoutreach@gmail.com, with your suggestions. If you can’t spare the time to commit to XRSA but would like to help financially, head over to our donate page. Every little bit helps.
All Working Groups meeting
Saturday June 22nd, 10am-12.30pm
Venue is currently not confirmed. Please check our website and social media pages closer to the date.
If you want to take your climate action to the next level, come along to this meeting and plan our next actions within a one of our key working groups:
- Actions and Arts
- Community and Outreach
- Media and Messaging
- Regenerative Culture.
If behind the scenes is more your style, then join the Finance, Funding & Frugality or Systems and Tech teams.
Support our events
Adelaide: Climate Action Now! Protest
Friday 24th May 5-6pm at Rundle Mall, King William St end
With the re-election of the coal loving Scott Morrison, we need a fight back. The climate is in crisis, and students in Adelaide are declaring a climate emergency, and demanding urgent action on climate change.
This action is in solidarity with National Union of Students SA and Uni Students for Climate Justice.
Every Thursday, 8-9pm
Want to chat to someone about being an activist or would like to learn more about Extinction Rebellion? Our virtual café can be accessed through Jitsi at https://meet.organise.earth/VirtualCafe.
Extinction Rebellion SA Crafternoon
Saturday 2 June 1:30-4:30pm at The Box Factory, 59 Regent Street South, Adelaide
An afternoon of for all of us to get together, and for crafting and hanging out to decorate the rebellion! No crafting skills or experience required, just enthusiasm! Bring a craft activity if you have one but there will be plenty of others to jump on board with if you don’t have one.
Tuesday June 4, 5-7pm at Mylk Bar, 57 Flinders St, Adelaide
Each month we read a book or article that helps our activism and strategy. This month we are reading Mike Berners-Lee ‘How Bad are Bananas? the carbon footprint of everything’. Everyone is welcome to join us to discuss the ideas from the book which is available as an e-book (around $10) or paperback. If you can’t access a copy then let us know as we sometimes have readings to share.
Flash Mob Action
Saturday June 8, from 9am at Adelaide Railway Station, 138 North Tce, Adelaide
This action is about urging politicians to take more ambitious climate measures now. It’s a fun, non-arrestable action that will involve singing.
Extinction Cafe – Community and Outreach
Saturday June 8, 11am-1pm at Café Outside the Square, 34 Whitmore Sq, Adelaide
This is open to new members, or those in the community and outreach working group. It’s a chance to get to know other rebels, and for the working group to do some organising and calling – our key role. Come and have a coffee, some lunch, and share the XR love.
Saturday 15 June, 11-1pm at Café Outside the Square, 34 Whitmore Sq, Adelaide
Want to know what Extinction Rebellion South Australia is about? Come along to find out and get to know some other rebels. This event is the perfect opportunity for new members.
Up North Events
Extinction Rebellion Information Session
Sunday June 2, 12.00 – 3.00 pm at Arthur & Gladys Reusch Community Centre, 24A Murray St, Nuriootpa SA 5355, Australia
This is the first information session event from our newly formed XR Up North regional group. Come along and meet others that share your concerns, frustrations and hopes for our planet.
Down South Events (FB: XRSADownSouth)
Every Monday (not public holidays), 1-3pm at The Green Room, 2 High Street, Willunga
In the news
By Matt McDonald, Opinion, ABC News – Election 2019: What happened to the climate change vote we heard about? – Read more
By Seth Jacobson, The Guardian – Extinction Rebellion urges ad industry to use its power for good – Hear, hear!
By Dominic Harris, Stuff.co.nz – Climate emergency on cards in Christchurch as city council promises to fulfill ‘duty of care’ to planet – three cheers!
By Stephen Dziedzic, ABC News – UN secretary-general meets Pacific leaders to discuss ‘global catastrophe’ of climate change … but Australia didn’t sign the final agreement – Here’s why
By SBS – ACT parliament declares climate emergency – We need the SA parliament to do the same – Read more