The recent Adani approvals have been heartbreaking for many, yet it is only one in a series of many decisions that threaten our existence. Our governments continue to ignore climate scientists, traditional owners and public sentiment on climate and ecological action.
Recent actions by XR overseas, such as the 14 day rebellion in London, have forced international governments to face up to the truth and take action. Many institutions, such as British, UK and New Zealand Parliaments have now declared climate emergencies.
It’s now time for Australians to take action that can’t be ignored, mass non-violent civil disobedience and direct action (NVDA).
Actions in Last Month
Climate Action Now! Protest
Rebels participated in the Climate Action Now! Protest which we co-hosted with National Union of Students SA and Uni Students for Climate Justice. You can watch a recording of the speech made at the protest by Tiahni Jade Adamson on our Facebook page.
We ran our first singing flashmob action in both the Adelaide Railway Station and in the Myer Centre food court, surprising the public with the fantastic ‘Do it Now’ song. Some even joined in!
We ran our first Crafternoon event where rebels crafted up signs for our upcoming actions. Based on the success of this event, we’re running a second Crafternoon event on 7th July – details below.
Our reading group met to discuss How Bad are Bananas? by Mike Berners-Lee.
XR Up North Information Session
XR Up North ran their first event an information session for new rebels. They’ll be running regular meetings on the first Saturday of each month.
Join the Rebellion
We have a lot coming up in the next few weeks, and we’d love you to get involved.
For new members we recommend you:
- Join up – and persuade friends to do the same
- Come to our ‘Heading for Extinction Talk’ (See events below)
- Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
- Check the XRSA blog for posts and important information
- Spread the XR message by getting a group you’re involved with to host a talk by Extinction Rebellion speakers. If interested contact XRSAoutreach@gmail.com
- 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.
Participate in Actions
We encourage you to come out and get involved in our actions. Many actions run by Extinction Rebellion will involve nonviolent direct action (NVDA). To be prepare for them, we need activists to complete Conscientious Protector training. After completing this training you can join or form an affinity group.
Affinity Groups are small groups who organise and take direct action together. As we are grow, they will be the most effective way for us to disrupt and draw attention to our demands.
Affinity groups have a long history. They’ve proven to be effective at enhancing activist support, sustainability and safety. At their core, they’re small groups of people who trust each other. and have similar views on their preferred types and levels of actions.
In XRSA, the Actions and Arts Working group are working out an overarching strategy. Each Affinity group has relative autonomy to work on their actions in support of the strategy while maintaining the values of XR.
Help with Organising
All Working Groups Meeting
Saturday June 22nd, 10:30am-1pm at The Box Factory, 59 Regent Street South, Adelaide
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 you some more specific technical skills then maybe Finance, Funding & Frugality or Systems and Tech teams might be more your thing.
XR Up North Monthly Meeting
1st Saturday of each month, 12-2pm at Natural Resource Centre, 132 Melrose St, Mount Pleasant
Monthly meeting for organising with XR Up North branch. Come along to help organise upcoming actions, events and more.
Support our events
Come and hear about the situation facing us and about the potential for using nonviolent civil disobedience to move our governments to action. Meet local people who share your concerns for the future of life on earth and discuss what we can do together.
Extinction Rebellion conducts training for new and aspiring activists concerned about the lack of action on the ecological emergency, widespread extinctions, and rising global temperatures. Based on the principles of nonviolent direct action (NVDA), this training will give you the skills to engage in civil resistance, a peaceful and disruptive form of direct action.
Extinction Rebellion SA Crafternoon
July 7th 1:30-4:30pm at The Box Factory, 59 Regent Street South, Adelaide
Come join the Extinction Rebellion Actions, Arts and Logistics team for an afternoon of crafting fun. No crafting skills or experience required, just enthusiasm!
July 22nd 12-6pm
Heat waves. Fire. Flood. Disease. Disruption. War.
The climate crisis extends beyond hot summers in South Australia.
Lives are already at risk.
The government holds our lives at ransom by not telling the truth about the climate crisis. It is up to citizens to call attention to the crisis that threatens all of us. Come take action with us in your funeral finery.
You’ll need to have completed the Conscientious Protector training and be in an affinity group to participate in this action. Please get in contact with your affinity group convenor who will brief you on participation. If you are not already in an affinity group, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or message @yrrw on the Mattermost platform.
This action will be held on Kaurna land. Extinction Rebellion South Australia pays respect to the Traditional Owners and Custodians who looked after this land tens of thousands. We acknowledge that this land was stolen from them and that sovereignty has never been ceded.
Adelaide – 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month 11-1pm at Café Outside the Square, 34 Whitmore Square, Adelaide
Wilunga – Every Monday (not public holidays) 1-3pm at The Green Room, 2 High Street, Willunga
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.
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 .
In the news
Mass food shortages could spark fascism and riots across UK ‘in a few years’, warns Extinction Rebellion founder
The Independent, 19 June 2019
- ‘Let the British people know they are going to walk into their supermarkets possibly in just a few years time and not have food on their shelves,’ says Gail Bradbrook.
- Dr Bradbook made the comments while being questioned by the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee on whether the UK should aim to reach net zero emissions before 2050.
Traditional Owners continue their fight against Adani Carmichael coal mine
NITV, 14 June 2019
- Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners continue to pursue Native Title rights of Gaililee Basin in Federal Court amidst the Queensland State government announcing its approval for construction to begin on the Adani Carmichael coal mine.
Glastonbury 2019: Extinction Rebellion to stage climate change protest at festival
The Independent, 17 June 2019
- Campaigners will make the world’s biggest human hourglass
- The event will begin at the Park Stage at 4pm on Thursday 27 June with a series of talks from esteemed guest speakers, before the headlining performances begin on the Friday night.