Greetings rebels,

Welcome to the XRSA Late August Newsletter. We hope that this email finds you safe and well.

Next Steps for New Rebels

Santos Lock-In Action

Earlier this month rebels occupied the foyer of Santos in protest against their plans to open 850+ gas wells as part of the Narrabri Gas Project. Chained together rebels occupied the foyer for over four hours, drawing coverage from multiple nightly news broadcasts who reported live from the sit-in.

Exacerbating climate breakdown, the Narrabri gas project would be one of Australia’s top greenhouse gas emitters. Santos claims that gas is a transition fuel but “natural gas” is primarily made up of methane which is at least 25 times more potent a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide.

Gamilaroi Traditional Owners and farmers from the Narrabri area have been firmly against SANTOS for a decade. It’s now up to the NSW Independent Planning Commission to turn down this disastrous project.

Photograph by Peter Barnes

Watch Summary Video | View Photos | Watch Livestream

Weather Series Action

Fires, floods, droughts and storms – all evidence that climate breakdown is already upon us. We cannot turn away and neither can the public. Over the last two Saturday’s rebels have held actions in Rundle Mall highlighting the link between climate breakdown and natural disasters.

Rebels carried placards containing imagery from these disasters. They were joined by the Red Rebel Brigade who captured the emotional response to these disasters that is carried within all of us.

Join us this Saturday for the last and most theatrical part of these Weather Series actions.

Photograph by Keith Cooke

View Photos (Part 1, Part 2) | Watch Livestream (Part 1, Part 2)

Adelaide City Council Motion

Recently Adelaide City Council passed a motion raised by the Deputy Lord Mayor which noted that “Extinction Rebellion have been very active in Adelaide and South Australia” and that the council “engage with SA Police and other emergency services to devise an action plan”. This is despite law enforcement response being beyond the power of local government.

During discussion on the motion councillors Anne Moran and Phillip Martin stormed out of the nearly seven hour long council meeting. Councillor Moran stated that “We are the state of dissent. We should be proud of that.”

You can read more about the council meeting including our response to the motion and Adelaide City Council’s plan for ‘Happy Drivers Month’ in this article by CityMag.

The Troublemaker

The Troublemaker is a new documentary that delves deep into the ideas and emotions behind the international wave of civil-protest, born in the face of the unfolding climate crisis. It follows the personal awakenings of Extinction Rebellion co-founder, Roger Hallam and retired mother of 4, Sylvia Dell.

The director has made the documentary available online for free until 6:30pm this coming Friday.

Mobiliser Training

The Australian Mass Mobilisation project invites all rebels actively engaged in building the movement to join the first iteration of our mobiliser training. We have decided to offer the training in modules for flexibility, accessibility and to share the learning with anyone doing the work of XR, not just those who have applied as mobilisers. If you are part of a working group or local/affinity group and keen to mobilise people in whatever capacity, you are welcome to attend as many of the modules on offer as you feel may be helpful.

Register for upcoming trainings here.

The Weather Series Part 3

Saturday, August 29th at 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
State Library, North Terrace and Kintore Ave, Adelaide
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It’s not just weather – this is a climate emergency!

For three Saturdays in August we will be reminding the public about the weather catastrophes already experienced in Australia – the fires, the floods, drought and storms – evidence that climate breakdown is already upon us.

This action will be a theatrical procession from North Terrace to Rundle Mall. The procession will have Red Rebels; banners and large posters/photos depicting catastrophes; followed by regenerative messages. We are looking to make the whole atmosphere around this colourful event electric! For that we need people to hold banners and placards. All banners and placards will be provided.

If you are free, we would love you to participate. Join us for a briefing in front of the State Library at 12pm.

This action will adhere to social distancing. Please bring a face mask with you if possible.

Welcome to Extinction Rebellion – Our DNA

Saturday, September 12th at 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
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Are you new to Extinction Rebellion or an old hand keen to refresh or re-ground your understanding of Extinction Rebellion DNA?

In this key 2-hour workshop we’ll take a deep dive into XR culture exploring:

  • Our Three key Demands
  • Our Principles & Values – the basis of the Rebel Code under which we operate
  • Our story, strategy and theory of change

Heading for Extinction Talk

Saturday, September 19th at 10 AM – 11 AM
Cafe Outside the Square, 34 Whitmore Square, Adelaide
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We are facing a climate and ecological emergency. We must act.

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 Cafe – Meet and Greet

Saturday, September 19th at 11 AM – 1 PM
Cafe Outside the Square, 34 Whitmore Square, Adelaide
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Come and join us for a chat about Extinction Rebellion and the climate crisis. This is an informal get together to share our ideas, thoughts and feelings about climate issues and what it’s like to be living through the 6th mass extinction.