Extinction Rebellion South Australia https://xrsa.com.au Rebel for life - Climate action now Tue, 23 Feb 2021 11:09:08 +0000 en-AU hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.6.2 https://xrsa.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/cropped-xr-icon-1-150x150.png Extinction Rebellion South Australia https://xrsa.com.au 32 32 February Newsletter https://xrsa.com.au/blog/2021/02/15/february-newsletter/ https://xrsa.com.au/blog/2021/02/15/february-newsletter/#respond Mon, 15 Feb 2021 00:00:41 +0000 https://xrsa.com.au/?p=4728

Greetings,

Welcome to the XRSA February Newsletter. We hope this email finds you safe and well.

Looking abroad, especially at the US, it feels as though the tide is turning. The Australian government, captured by the fossil fuel industry, is looking increasingly isolated on the climate emergency.

Now is a time ripe for change. History shows us that mass participation in civil disobedience is the most effective way of achieving that change. Later this month we’re holding the Festival of Civil Disobedience. A celebration that we hope inspires you as together we prepare for mass disruptive actions during the Autumn Rebellion in March.

Now is the time to step into courage. Doing nothing risks everything.

Next Steps for New Rebels

Festival of Civil Disobedience

The Festival of Civil Disobedience is a celebration of our long history of rebellion in Australia reminding us all that standing together can (and has) made a difference. If you are working for change, come along to this event to find out how civil disobedience can help you and your movement create the system shift you value.

Online Festival Program

Ashes on the Lawn – Civil Disobedience in a time of Pandemic
Saturday, February 20th at 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM

Lessons from the Occupy Movement
Sunday, February 21st at 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM

To Affinity and Beyond online workshop
Monday, February 22nd at 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Facing Fear and Choosing Courage
Wednesday, February 24th at 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

Nonviolence Training for Civil Disobedience
Thursday, February 25th at 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Rise Up Singing – Celebrating the music of resistance
Friday, February 26th at 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

All about arrest from people who know
Saturday, February 27th at 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Heading for Extinction (and what to do about it)
Sunday, February 28th at 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

In Person Events

Wild Things Documentary Screen
Tuesday, February 23rd at 6:45 PM – 9:00 PM
Wallis Cinema – Mitcham

Non-Violent Direct Action Training
Sunday, February 28 at 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Recent Actions

Santos Festival of Cycling

In January we partnered with Fossil Free SA (350.org Australia) to hold a series of actions throughout the Festival of Cycling/Tour Down Under. Our demand was for Events SA to drop Santos sponsorship of the event when it’s set to renew in 2023.

Our first action was a bicycle die in Rundle Mall. We know from a recent report by the ACF that under the current emissions scenario Adelaide will see more days of extreme heat. Making the Tour Down Under unfeasible.

Photograph by George Manos
View Photos | Watch Action Video | Watch Livestream

On the Saturday and Sunday of the festival we held banner drops at key parts of the men’s and women’s race. On Saturday we spray chalked messages onto the road (which someone attempted to paint over) that were broadcast onto Channel 7. On Sunday we worked with Fossil Free SA on some outreach with the community.

Photograph by Gemma Weedall
View Photos | Watch Action Video | Watch Livestream

For Santos, sports sponsorship is an investment in greenwashing that’s leveraged to extend their social license to extract fossil fuels. They know that Australians love their sport. That’s why they’ve branched out to sponsor not just the Tour Down Under but a Festival of Rugby in Narrabri (follow protest from Gamilaraay Next Generation) and the Australian Open.

Voices from the sports industry are pushing back. We have a responsibility to do the same.

Stop Climate Holiday

As politicians return to parliament we returned to their offices demanding that they end the climate holiday. We started with a beach party in front of Senator Simon Birmingham’s office. We were joined by Scott Morrison who, a year ago, was was rightly lambasted for going on holiday while the country was on fire.

View Photos | Watch Livestream

A few days later rebels visited the office of Nicolle Flint with chants and spray chalk. Extinction Rebellion demands net-zero emissions by 2025. The 2050 target the government is considering is simply too late. We are already on borrowed time.

The following day the Murdoch paper ran a piece stating that Flint feeling intimidated and harassed by our protest. Our protest was peaceful. Our message was left with spray chalk that can be easily washed off. This is not personal. This is about an unfolding emergency for which the government has no plan. Those that are apart of the government are complicit in ecocide.

View Photos

Banner Drops

Rebels from the South Coast have been continuing their monthly actions with banner actions by both the Victor Harbor Farmers Market and on the Bluff

Closer to the city rebels dropped banners along Port Road during peak hour traffic. They also squeezed in some practice for our mass civil disco-bedience action (see below).

Photo by Jordan Ellis
View Photos | Watch Livestream

Roles to Fill

Equipment Tracker

Are you happy working with spreadsheets? We maintain a spreadsheet of all XRSA equipment that is our locker and also stored in other locations. This is basically desk-based work and so could be anyone that is able to/enjoys working with spreadsheets. There is no need to leave your home to do this – unless you want to! The position can be modified if you wish.
If interested then contact Trish.

Mother Earth: Condition Critical!

Sunday, February 28th at 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Pioneer Memorial Gardens, 4 Balhannah Rd, Hahndorf
Register on Action Network | View on Facebook

Blackwood Banner Drop

Thursday, March 4th at 4:15 PM – 6:00 PM
Waite Reserve, Blackwood
Register on Action Network | View on Facebook

Stayin’ Alive Disco-bedience

Wednesday, March 24th at 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Adelaide Botanic Garden
Register on Action Network | View on Facebook

Welcome to Extinction Rebellion – Our DNA

Tuesday, February 16rd at 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Online
Register on Action Network | View on Facebook

Wild Things – Documentary Screening

Tuesday, February 23rd at 6:45 PM – 9:00 PM
Wallis Cinema Mitcham – 119 Belair Road, Torrens Park
Register on Action Network | View on Facebook

Non-Violent Direct Action Training

Sunday, February 28th at 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Thebarton Community Centre, Ashwin Parade, Torrensville
Register on Action Network | View on Facebook

Marshal Training

Wednesday, March 3rd at 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
379 Halifax Street, Adelaide
Register on Action Network | View on Facebook

Heading for Extinction Talk

Sunday, February 28th at 10:00 – 11:30 AM
Online
Register on Action Network

Saturday, March 6th at 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Cafe Outside the Square, 34 Whitmore Square, Adelaide
Register on Action Network | View on Facebook

Extinction Cafe / XR In the Pub

Wednesday, February 17th at 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
The Unley Hotel, 27 Unley Road, Parkside
Register on Action Network | View on Facebook

Saturday, March 6th at 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Cafe Outside the Square, 34 Whitmore Square, Adelaide
Register on Action Network | View on Facebook

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January Newsletter https://xrsa.com.au/blog/2021/01/16/january-newsletter/ https://xrsa.com.au/blog/2021/01/16/january-newsletter/#respond Sat, 16 Jan 2021 07:29:00 +0000 https://xrsa.com.au/?p=4431

Greetings Rebels,

Welcome to the XRSA January Newsletter. We hope this email finds you safe and well. We’re looking forward to re-connecting with you and hope that you had a regenerative break period.

Next Steps for New Rebels

XRSA 2020 Review Video

In 2020 XRSA held 26 actions (despite the pandemic disruption!). We connected to past civil disobedience movements through our in person and online Festival of Civil Disobedience. We skilled up. We stepped into courage. We rested. We loved, laughed and continued to rebel.

Kyle from our capture team has put together this video to cover the years events.

Small Acts of Rebellion

Our preparations for large public actions was disrupted by the short lived COVID-19 lockdown in November. In response affinity groups ran a series of small actions throughout December.

Sounding the Alarm

Photograph by Jordan Ellis

View Photos | Watch Action Video | Watch Live Stream (Part 1 & Part 2)

With megaphone, instruments and spray chalk in hand rebels sounded the alarm on six climate wrecking companies. We visited the Adelaide offices of Allianz, Origin Energy, News Corp, Commonwealth Bank, Beach Energy and Santos. Made some noise and spray chalked messages in front of their public facing buildings.

No to a gas-led recovery

Photograph by Jordan Ellis

View Photos | Watch Action Video | Watch Live Stream

On the 1st of December, Santos announced that they would reach net-zero emissions by 2040. A fossil fuel company with net zero emissions? You don’t need to be a climate scientist to understand that a zero emissions future is one without fossil fuels. To highlight this hypocrisy rebels spray chalked barricades that had been installed around their building during foyer upgrades.

Crisis Carols

Photograph by George Manos

View Photos | Watch Action Video | Watch Live Stream

During peak Christmas shopping rebels sang Christmas Carols with a Climate Emergency twist in Rundle Mall. They were joined by four ‘nude’ rebels. Highlighting the vulnerability we all face with the climate emergency.

Santa’s Home is Melting


Watch Action Video | Watch Live Stream (Part 1 & Part 2)

To finish off 2020 rebels dressed as Santa and their elves and dropped banners from the giant Christmas tree in Tarntanyangga (Victoria Square). The banners read ‘Goodwill to Earth’ and ‘Climate Peace’. Rebels, Mai and Keith were arrested and charged with trespass and property damage.

Victor Harbor Banner Drop

Photograph by Marc Wilson

View Photographs

The South Coast affinity group returned to Ring Road in Victor Harbor to drop banners and do some chalking. Affinity groups contain about 10-15 activists who step into courage and take action together. They’re known for promoting activist safety and well being.

Reverse Graffiti


Reverse graffiti is the process of cleaning a surface to reveal your message. If you’ve ever scribbled ‘Clean Me’ on a dirty vehicle then you know what we mean. Rebels recently upgrade their tools from tooth brushes to high pressure water cleaner.

March Mass Disruption

On March 22 around the country rebels will converge on major economic hubs and disrupt business as usual – day after day in mass actions of civil disobedience.

We will be as COVID safe and responsible as we can, while we deal with the converging crisis of COVID and climate collapse. Now is the time to connect with like-minded people, step into courage and prepare yourself now for March.

Register here for updates.

Crowdfunding Campaign

To cover fines incurred towards the end of 2020 rebels started their own crowdfunding campaign. They recently hit their target to cover $1955 worth of fines. However the campaign is still running with additional donates covering upcoming fines and legal fees for actions already in the works. You can chip in here.

Submission into Media Diversity Inquiry

The XRSA Political Strategy Circle has made a submission to the Senate Inquiry into media diversity in Australia. You can read the submission here.

Bicycle Die In – #BreakAwayFromGas

Monday, January 18th at 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Gawler Place Rundle Mall
View on Website | View on Facebook

Bring your bicycle or bike helmet to create a symbolic image highlighting the impact of the climate crisis and extreme heat on cycling and cyclist health. Call on the Tour Down Under to #BreakAwayFromGas, and replace fossil fuel company Santos with a new, green sponsor by 2023.

This action is a Fossil Free SA, 350 Australia and XR SA collaboration.

Heading for Extinction Talk

Saturday, February 6th at 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Cafe Outside the Square, 34 Whitmore Square, Adelaide
RSVP on Action Network

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.

Welcome to Extinction Rebellion – Our DNA

Tuesday, February 2nd at 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Online

RSVP on Action Network

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

Online Nonviolence Training for Civil Disobedience

Saturday, January 30st at 2:00 PM – 3:45 PM
Online
RSVP on Action Network

This training will prepare you for non-violent participation in civil disobedience. You will leave with an understanding of why non-violence is vital to our civil disobedience actions, how it is achieved and what further steps you need to take to be ready to act.

Extinction Cafe

Croydon, Queen Street Cafe
Marion, Marion Hotel
Adelaide, Cafe Outside the Square
Blackwood, Montagna Cafe

Come and join us for a chat about Extinction Rebellion and the climate and ecological crisis we are facing.This is an opportunity to share your thoughts and feelings with other local people about what it’s like to be living through the 6th mass extinction and to discover how Extinction Rebellion is responding to the crisis. Next steps to becoming involved will be discussed and all your questions answered.

Red Rebel Information Afternoon

Sunday, February 7th at 1 PM – 5 PM
The Joinery, 111 Franklin Street, Adelaide
RSVP on Action Network

Have you seen Extinction Rebellion’s Red Rebel Brigade? We’re the ghostly-white figures cloaked in scarlet-red, drifting gracefully throughout some of XR’s actions.

We come to support the arrestable rebels, to de-escalate confrontational situations, we block roads by crossing slowly or flocking in junctions, but only long enough to provoke emotive responses. We make appearances in both nature and urban settings, creating a contrast with the surrounding environment.

At this information afternoon learn:

  • what is involved and if being a Red Rebel would suit you?
  • what we represent and our impact on society

Come along and meet us and learn more about this silent street theatre activists group.

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XRSA Submission for Senate Inquiry into Media Diversity in Australia https://xrsa.com.au/blog/2020/12/20/xrsa-submission-for-senate-inquiry-into-media-diversity-in-australia/ https://xrsa.com.au/blog/2020/12/20/xrsa-submission-for-senate-inquiry-into-media-diversity-in-australia/#respond Sat, 19 Dec 2020 23:22:49 +0000 https://xrsa.com.au/?p=4350 The XRSA Political Strategy Circle has made a submission to the Senate Inquiry into media diversity in Australia.

Extinction Rebellion is a non-partisan international movement that uses non-violent direct action to demand that governments act on the Climate and Ecological Emergency.

Extinction Rebellion makes three key demands:

  1. The Government must tell the truth about the climate and ecological emergency and work with other institutions to communicate the urgency for change.
  2. The Government must mobilise for the scale of this catastrophe, reduce consumption levels and achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2025.
  3. We need a citizen’s assembly to over see this process and ensure that it is not undermined by vested interests. All parts of society – rich and poor, young and old – must be represented in the assembly to ensure a fair societal transition.

As our planet heats above pre-industrial levels, mass extinctions of flora and fauna and fresh water loss accelerate at a rate unprecedented in human history. The frequency and intensity of extreme weather events increases. Our opportunity to mitigate the worst effects of the climate catastrophe and biodiversity crisis erodes daily. Meanwhile, vested interests run the largest disinformation campaign in media history.

The severity, impact, and causes of these crises – as well as potential solutions or means of mitigation – is withheld from the Australian people who rely on the mainstream media to communicate critical matters of public interest. Instead, News Corp fans the flames of denialism, despite scientific consensus that the climate crisis poses an existential threat to humanity. The equally catastrophic biodiversity crisis is ignored entirely. Sky News in particular is brazen in its attack on the legitimacy of the climate crisis, which it referred to as “global warming hysteria”. Such denialism has a corrosive effect on public discourse, and it encourages polarisation on matters of physics already decided by science.

A free and open media is fundamental to democracy. The purpose of the media is to provide accurate, reliable information to the public. The public relies on the media to hold those with power to account by shining a light on what they do in the dark. The advent and explosion of internet news media, the concentration of power in the hands of a few media owners and the collusion of the media with other big business and with Government has fundamentally undermined and subverted democracy in this country. Rather than educate and inform, the media is being used by oligarchs to divert, distract and entertain the public. These oligarchs enjoy unmitigated power and exert control for the purpose of serving their own economic wealth and power. As a consequence of this situation both here and abroad, global democracy is in its 14th consecutive year of decline (Freedom House). Meanwhile, the existential threat of the climate crisis worsens while the media continues to downplay its significance.

In 2019, the CIVICUS Monitor downgraded Australia’s democratic status from “open” to “narrowed”. This was due to the police raids on media outlets, increasing crackdown on peaceful protest, plans to expand state surveillance, and the growing trend of prosecuting whistleblowers for exposing government wrongdoing. The media’s failure to adequately focus on these matters and its failure to communicate the seriousness of the state of democracy and the planet is critical. As oligarchs continue to subvert the media, the decline of democracy only steepens.

Economic incentives underpin News Corp’s position of climate denialism. It is well established that News Corp owner Rupert Murdoch allied himself with fossil fuel interests globally via the American Australian Association, and Genie Oil and Gas. Murdoch serves these entities and himself; not the Australian people. The economic will of the billionaire class cannot be reconciled with the interests of the Australian people. As long as billionaires dictate what is fed to the public, we cannot confront the climate catastrophe and its root causes. Effective action is rendered only more difficult as time passes and inequality swells.

Additionally, the Murdoch media accepts advertising money from giant corporations such as Harvey Norman, Bunnings, Amazon, Woodside, Origin, Telstra, Commbank, Westpac, KFC, Coles, and Woolworths. The damage perpetuated by hyperconsumption and reliance on fossil fuels kills us and poisons the earth. All advertising from these companies and the fossil fuel industry must cease. It serves only to line the pockets of billionaires while the interests of the population as a whole are not being represented and our planet is dying.

By allowing the Murdoch media to exert power unchecked, the Government is complicit in denying the public accurate and reliable information. The Australian Government must not allow Australia to succumb to external interests. The Government must defend Australia from gross interference with its democratic processes.

We call upon the Senate to protect the interests of the Australian people and observe its obligations by establishing an independent Royal Commission to fully investigate abuses of media power.

We call upon the Australian people and the Government to confront the climate and ecological crisis and take immediate action to limit its accelerating and devastating effects.

We call upon the Government to Free the Truth.

Extinction Rebellion South Australia

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December 2020 Newsletter https://xrsa.com.au/blog/2020/12/02/december-2020-newsletter/ https://xrsa.com.au/blog/2020/12/02/december-2020-newsletter/#respond Wed, 02 Dec 2020 00:30:54 +0000 https://xrsa.com.au/?p=4300

Greetings Rebels,

Welcome to the XRSA December Newsletter. We hope that this email finds you safe and well during what has been a bumpy period.

In response to the recent Covid-19 outbreak we’ve reassessed our plans for a mass action in December. The climate and ecological crisis is still here and we’re continuing with smaller actions. Scroll down to find details for our Climate Crisis December action and our end of year picnic.

Next Steps for New Rebels

No to Drivers Month Bicycle Swarm

On a beautiful day in mid-November we held a slow paced bicycle swarm in Adelaide to symbolise how the Adelaide City Council are moving to the back of the pack on climate action.

In what is a throwback to the 1950’s the council held an initiative called “Drivers’ Month” in November. Encouraging motorists into the city through reduced parking and daily $100 gift vouchers to those who park with their mobile app.

With over 60 riders, the swarm occupied a lane of traffic as it weaved its way through the Adelaide CBD stopping at two UPark Car Parks and Town Hall to paint the streets in protest. Two councillors dropped in to show their support for the protest.

Photograph by Peter Barnes

Watch Summary Video | View Photos | Watch Livestream

Extinction is Forever Action

Dressed as koalas, rebels Dave and Keith chained themselves to poles in the middle of the South Eastern Freeway disrupting morning peak hour traffic last month.

They did this because the Australian government, knowing that countless species are facing extinction have failed to take action. Australia’s iconic Koalas are now listed as vulnerable, and are being considered for official listing as endangered. They’re among a rapidly growing number of species worldwide that face extinction due to the effects of the climate crisis.

Traffic on the freeway was slowed for several hours with police stopping traffic as they removed the chained rebels. Disruptive actions like this are polarising but push people who were previously sitting on the fence to take a stand on the issue. It get attentions and forces a discussion on the issue.

Photograph by Kyle Opie

Watch Summary Video | View Photos | Watch Livestream

End Black Friday Action

Last Friday rebels danced in a conga line throughout Westfield Marion shopping centre during the hyper consumerist sales event, Black Friday. Protesting against the system that encourages mass consumerism at the expense of all else.

They were followed by the band “Deadly Dave and the Friday Freaks” who provided the music rebels danced to. After being escorted out by disgruntled mall security rebels spray chalked messages along the footpaths around the shopping centre.

Photograph by Kyle Opie

Watch Summary Video | View Photos | Watch Livestream

Rebel Ringers

Powerful, decisive action requires a web of interconnected people. To this end the Outreach and Integration Working Group have set the goal of onboarding 50 rebels ringers to our new phone calling system before the end of 2020. We will then be well positioned to share the important work of igniting our rebel base into mass action through connected conversation in early 2021.

Interested in becoming a rebel ringer? Sign up here. Training will be provided.

Regenerative Break

One of Extinction Rebellion’s principles is to have a regenerative culture. That is a culture which is healthy, resilient and adaptable. To support this we have planned breaks in our work so that central teams can rest and affinity groups and action organisers can know when central teams will be available to support actions.

We will to taking a break over the summer holidays from December 23rd to January 6th. The weeks either side of this period (December 16th to 22nd and January 7th to 13th) will be a no-actions break during which there will only be outreach and regenerative culture events.

Crisis Carols

Saturday, December 12th at 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Pioneer Women’s Memorial Garden, Adelaide
RSVP on Action Network

This Christmas season we are returning to the consumption heart of Adelaide – Rundle Mall singing Christmas Carols with a climate twist. Our song list includes several of our old favourites along with:

  • Cool Down the World (to tune of Joy to the World)
  • 12 Days of Climate Crisis
  • We Wish you a Safer Climate (to We Wish you a Merry Xmas)

Responding to the climate and ecological crisis requires truth telling in every part of our lives, including Christmas. We cannot continue with the business as usual approach that ignores this ongoing crisis.

2020 End of Year Picnic

Saturday, December 12th at 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Pioneer Women’s Memorial Garden, Adelaide
Register on Action Network

As we head into our regen break over the holiday period, join us for a low-key, BYO everything picnic. This will be a time to catch up with rebel friends and share the highs, lows and learnings of 2020.

We may even play some fun games and participate in craft activities. This picnic follows on from our Crisis Carols action (seperate RSVP to help with Covid planning). Do join the action too!

We have achieved a lot this year in very trying circumstances and have a lot to celebrate! Join us in celebration.

Heading for Extinction Talk

Sunday, December 6th at 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Online
RSVP on Action Network

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.

Welcome to Extinction Rebellion – Our DNA

Tuesday, December 8th at 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Online

RSVP on Action Network

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
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November Newsletter https://xrsa.com.au/blog/2020/11/06/november-newsletter/ https://xrsa.com.au/blog/2020/11/06/november-newsletter/#respond Fri, 06 Nov 2020 01:29:30 +0000 https://xrsa.com.au/?p=4175

Greetings Rebels,

Welcome to the XRSA November Newsletter. We hope that this email finds you safe and well in these uncertain times.

Next Steps for New Rebels

BUSINESS AS USUAL = DEATH Action

Photograph by George Manos

View Live Stream (Part 1/Part 2/Part 3) | View Photos

On Monday morning rebels blocked four lanes of traffic on the intersection of Grote Street and King William St during morning rush hour. Dressed in business attire and chained together they held the space until removed by police with bolt cutters.

They were joined by rebels dressed as health care workers who spray chalked body outlines and messages of ‘Climate Death’. Themed music was performed by The Dead Remedies who also dropped some truths on the mic.

Five rebels were removed from the road by police and fined. After their removal rebels performed traffic swarms in Tarntanyangga (Victoria Square).

Our shared future is chained to business as usual. We must unshackle ourselves from this broken system and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2025.

Victor Harbor Banner Drop

Photograph by Peter Barnes

View Photos | Read coverage in The Times

Last weekend rebels from the South Coast affinity group held a banner drop on Ring Road in Victor Harbor. XRSA spokesperson Fran Wanders told the local newspaper:

“We are parents, grandparents, siblings and friends, and we are deeply concerned about the condition of the planet that our future generations will inherit,” Ms Wanders said.

“We see the declining ecological state of the planet and the overwhelming scientific consensus on this, and we intend to fight to ensure that a healthy, liveable planet exists for future generations.”

No to Driver’s Month – Bicycle Swarm

Saturday, November 14th at 10:15 AM – 12 PM
Adelaide Central Bus Station, 85 Franklin Street, Adelaide
Register on Action Network

When it comes to climate action Adelaide City Council has chucked a uey.

In what “might be the most stupid decision in the city council’s history” they’re holding “Driver’s Month” this November. Encouraging motorists into the city through reduced parking and daily $100 gift vouchers to those who park with their (1.4 stars) mobile app.

In response we’re holding a slow paced bicycle swarm to symbolise how ACC are moving to the back of the pack on climate action. The swarm will tour the sites of “Driver’s Month” with visits to Town Hall and several UPark Car Parks ending with a picnic by the Adelaide Himeji Japanese Garden on South Terrace.

Meet by the Tesla Supercharger next to the Adelaide Central Bus Station at 85 Franklin St.

Invite your cycling friends for what will be some fun, low risk civil disobedience. You’re welcome to bring some lunch and join us for a picnic afterwards at Wita Wirra/Peppermint Park (Park 18).

We ask that you please bring helmets, sun protection, water, your own hand sanitiser and a face mask (if you wish to wear one).

Extinction Cafe – Meet and Greet

Saturday, November 7th at 2:45 PM – 4 PM
Queen Street Cafe, 12 Elizabeth Street, Croydon
Register on Action Network

Saturday, November 21st at 11 AM – 1 PM
Cafe Outside the Square, 34 Whitmore Square, Adelaide
View on XRSA Website

Come and join us for a chat about Extinction Rebellion and the climate and ecological crisis we are facing. This is an opportunity to share your thoughts and feelings with other local people about what it’s like to be living through the 6th mass extinction and to discover how Extinction Rebellion is responding to the crisis. Next steps to becoming involved will be discussed and all your questions answered.

Heading for Extinction Talk

Sunday, November 8th at 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Online
RSVP on Action Network

Saturday, November 21st at 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Cafe Outside the Square, 34 Whitmore Square, Adelaide
RSVP on Action Network

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.

Welcome to Extinction Rebellion – Our DNA

Monday, November 9th at 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Online
RSVP on Action Network

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

Online Nonviolence Training for Civil Disobedience

Saturday, November 21st at 1:30 PM – 3:15 PM
Online
RSVP on Action Network

This training will prepare you for non-violent participation in civil disobedience. You will leave with an understanding of why non-violence is vital to our civil disobedience actions, how it is achieved and what further steps you need to take to be ready to act.

Science tells us we need immediate, unprecedented action to respond to climate change. Australian government policies are literally adding fuel to the fires the climate crisis is driving in this country and across the world. It is up to Extinction Rebellion to take peaceful, direct action to get them to act now.

Non-violent civil disobedience has a long history of success in achieving large scale change, from Jabiluka to the Indian Independence Movement and the Civil Rights Movement.

  • Understand how non-violent civil disobedience fits into XR’s strategic vision
  • Learn the skills needed to practise and promote nonviolence during actions
  • Address your fears or concerns about participating in actions
  • Explore what kind of arrestable and non- arrestable action roles best suit you
  • Identify your next step towards taking action.
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Being Red https://xrsa.com.au/blog/2020/10/25/being-red/ https://xrsa.com.au/blog/2020/10/25/being-red/#respond Sun, 25 Oct 2020 09:07:44 +0000 https://xrsa.com.au/?p=4108 Guest post by Anne T from XRSA’s Red Rebel Brigade

In the melting pot of creative ideas and daring that is Extinction Rebellion it was inevitable that someone would hit on the right thing to focus attention on the hot and cold emotions we all feel when we contemplate the threat of extinction.

Red Rebel Brigade was devised by Doug Francisco and Justine Squires from Bristol’s Invisible Circus for the Extinction Rebellion Spring Uprising in London in April 2019. A year later, images of  silent protesters clad only in red, faces white and mask-like, have been seen all over the world, including here in Adelaide.  But what is it like to be a Red Rebel?

Red Rebel Brigade is a mystery, even to those who perform it. Many have tried to put the mystery into words, and perhaps a few have come close:

They are our consciences. It takes a while to recognise it but that just goes to show how dissociated society has become. The Red Rebel Brigade theatricalises a step-change on our journey. They make it look nice and easy, but we know it isn’t.

Mike Scialom Red Rebels’ Silent Sunday Sermon through Cambridge 23rd Feb 2020 in cambridgeindependent.co.uk

A mournful and engaging spectacle that resonated with the moment in such a way as to become symbolic of the rebellion itself…

RedRebelBrigade.com

Red Rebels make audiences choke up. Even pragmatic British Bobbies have been moved to tears. People recognise the visceral feelings expressed in the Red Rebels’ silent performance.  Hope. Fear. Fierce love. Grief.

To be a Red Rebel, you have to believe in the power of the performance, even though you can’t describe exactly what it is. You know it has the same effect everywhere the red headress is worn and you have faith that you can make it work right here and now.

In 2020 the world is overflowing with words, but actions speak louder, so Red Rebels perform silently, enacting with their bodies the deep and painful things we feel now that we are faced with extinction. We remind ourselves and our audience of the realities of  climate catastrophe, the suffering of all creatures including humans, our grief for what we may lose, our trembling hope, our love for each other and our world.

If you are a Red Rebel, you face those feelings courageously. Fierce love for all things under threat drives you to do the wildly improbable. You change into your costume in a random bathroom in some city building, you paint your face ghostly white, you wrap yourself completely in red crushed velvet and bedeck your head with ribbons like a terrifying medusa. You parade slowly, slowly, unannounced through the centre of your town. You are unafraid.

You are no longer you. You are an other-worldly being come with a vital message. “Look. This is what’s deep inside us. This is what’s real”.

Adelaide Red Rebel Brigade was formed in September 2019 and welcomes anyone who has signed up to S.A Extinction Rebellion. We help you get costumed and learn the moves. Contact us via the MatterMost  channel “Ask Red Rebel Brigade” or email sa@ausrebellion.earth if you’d like to be involved.

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September Newsletter https://xrsa.com.au/blog/2020/09/10/september-newsletter/ https://xrsa.com.au/blog/2020/09/10/september-newsletter/#respond Wed, 09 Sep 2020 23:03:31 +0000 https://xrsa.com.au/?p=3910
Greetings Rebels,

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

Next Steps for New Rebels

Free the Press

Last Friday rebels staged a dramatic theatrical action outside the Adelaide headquarters of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation drawing attention to the strong ties between Murdoch and the fossil fuel industry.

News Corp papers repeatedly downplay or dismisses climate breakdown and Sky News runs a stable of climate change-denier commentators. They gain extensive advertising revenue from fossil fuel companies and Rupert Murdoch is personally on the board of oil and gas explorer, Genie Energy.

Actions were held across the country with rebels in Brisbane blocking the printing press, those in Sydney dumping shit in front of News Corp offices and our friends in Tasmania disrupting the Mercury with deliberately bad live music. In Adelaide rebels chained themselves together and had oil poured over them by big fossil fuel executives who chummed up to Murdoch. The building was spray chalked with ‘Free the Truth’. See videos from all of these actions here.


Photograph by Jordan Ellis

Watch Summary Video | View Photos | Watch Livestream

Weather Series: Part 3

On the Saturday before last rebels returned to Rundle Mall for the third and final instalment of our Weather Series actions. Holding placards depicting climate driven weather catastrophes rebels made their way through Rundle Mall to Adelaide’s iconic Malls Balls. There a group of koala-dressed rebels covered the bottom half of the balls with a sheet depicting the world on fire. Capturing the public’s attention, the Red Rebel Brigade returned bringing an emotional resonance to the action.


Photograph by Peter Barnes

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

Mobilising the Limestone Coast

Extinction Rebellion is mobilising the Limestone Coast with a weekend full of talks and trainings. Know a friend in the area? Forward this email to them or share this Facebook post with them.

Saturday 12th September

Sunday 13th September

Adelaide says Fund Our Future Not Gas

Friday, September 25th at 11:30 AM – 1 PM
Hindmarsh Square, Adelaide
View Event on Facebook

This action is organised by School Strike 4 Climate. XRSA is providing assistance.
The action is centered on students and First Nations communities, so we ask that you leave XR branded placards, flags, shirts, etc. at home.

Right now, the government is deciding how to spend billions in public money to help with the Covid-19 crisis. It’s a critical opportunity for them to fund our future, by creating jobs that will Care for Country, fast-track solutions to climate change, and transition Australia to renewable energy.

Instead, secret plans have revealed that the Federal Government is planning to give billions to their mates in the dirty gas industry. Gas is a dangerous fossil fuel that will turbocharge the climate crisis. Even worse, many destructive gas projects threaten First Nations lands.

There’s still time to stop the government’s dirty gas plans. But we need to show them that Australians everywhere want them to #FundOurFutureNotGas!

That’s why on Friday September 25th, First Nations communities, school students, unions, and many more will host actions in towns, suburbs, schools, and workplaces across Australia!

Welcome to Extinction Rebellion – Our DNA

Saturday, September 12th at 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
RSVP on Action Network

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
RSVP on Action Network

Saturday, October 3rd at 1 PM – 2:30 PM
Mount Barker Community Centre, 3 Dumas Street, Mount Barker
RSVP on Action Network

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
View Event on Facebook

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.

Crafternoon

Sunday, September 27th at 12 PM – 4 PM
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Crafternoons are back! However there are limited spots due to social distancing so please RSVP.

Come join us for an afternoon of crafting fun. We will be sewing flags and making badges plus any other wild, creative ideas we might hatch for the coming Rebellion. We have screen prints so bring a T-shirt (or a few).

No crafting skills or experience required, just enthusiasm!

Decolonising XRSA Media Club – Children’s Literature Edition

Sunday, September 27th at 7 PM – 8:30 PM
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The XRSA Decolonising Circle invites you to their next Media Club. Come together to connect, discuss, unlearn, and stretch our understandings. This session is a chance to share some children’s literature and challenge our own thinking about race, and how we talk about it with children.

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Late August Newsletter https://xrsa.com.au/blog/2020/08/27/late-august-newsletter-2/ https://xrsa.com.au/blog/2020/08/27/late-august-newsletter-2/#respond Thu, 27 Aug 2020 01:06:38 +0000 https://xrsa.com.au/?p=3847

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
RSVP on Action Network

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
RSVP on Action Network

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
View Event on Facebook

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.

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August Newsletter https://xrsa.com.au/blog/2020/08/04/august-newsletter-2020/ https://xrsa.com.au/blog/2020/08/04/august-newsletter-2020/#respond Mon, 03 Aug 2020 22:15:35 +0000 https://xrsa.com.au/?p=3765 Welcome to the XRSA August Newsletter. We hope that this email finds you safe and well.

 

Next Steps for New Rebels

Santos Actions

Recently we’ve held several actions in opposition to Santos’s Narrabri Gas Project in NSW. Santos is intending on building 850+ gas wells on Gomeroi country against the wishes of traditional owners, farmers and the wider community. For more background on this project we’d recommend listening to this fantastic podcast by North West Protection Advocacy.

Our first action was in front of Santos headquarters in Adelaide where rebels sang in solidarity with those opposing the project. You can listen to us singing Leave It In The Ground by The Bushwackers here.


Photograph by George Manos

A week later rebels returned this time dressed in hazmat suits wheeling out barrels of gas. From those barrels non-toxic smoke was released representing the dangerous methane emissions from the proposed project. Our message to Santos is simple, frack off!

Watch Livestream | Watch Action Summary Video
Photograph by Jordan Ellis

Mobilisers for Australian Mass Mobilisation

2020 started with unprecedented fires, public grief, rage, and despair. Then came COVID-19, a crisis in a crisis. Climate breakdown is still here: we are being driven to extinction by a system built on injustice, the destruction of nature, exploitation and inequality. There is no future with this system. The earth is getting hotter, and time to act is running out.

But we have a plan: to get tens of thousands of rebels and thousands of ‘arrestables’ on the streets in all states, at the same time – til we get our Three Demands met. Mass mobilisation means escalating waves of courage and disruption from the local, to state, to federal level over the next year. The Australian Mass Mobilisation project is looking to recruit mobilisers to effectively build XR across the continent.

The next phase is to meet and train around 20 full-time Mass Mobilisers across Australia (1-4 in each state), through a transparent application, shortlist and interview process.

The role involves organising, training, outreach, setting up new groups, follow-up support, and sharing learnings with other regional teams and states.

Apply here by the 6th August and if you don’t want to be a mobiliser but want to get involved in other ways then let us know your skills and the ways in which you can help.

Discussions on the Climate Emergency

Jane Morton from XR Australia was recently involved in two online discussions about the climate emergency.

The first was between Jane, Extinction Rebellion UK co-founder Roger Hallam and former executive director of Greenpeace Interactional, Paul Gilding. They discuss the importance of telling the truth about the climate and ecological emergency and how talking about existential threat has helped build an international rebellion.

Watch Sounding the Alarm with Jane Morton, Roger Hallam and Paul Gilding

The second was between Jane and founder of The Climate Mobilization in the US, Margaret Klein Salamon. They discuss the importance of telling the truth about the climate emergency.

Watch Living in Climate Truth with Jane Morton and Margaret Klein Salamon

 

Upcoming Events

Connect with XRSA – Action Visioning

Thursday, August 6th at 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
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Our next Rebellion’s coming. Join our brainstorm to make it unforgettable.

We want an inspiring Rebellion that says THERE IS NO GOING BACK. Let’s make it a celebration of who we are – regenerative, protective and superbly disruptive. But what actions will our rebellion involve? What ideas do you have bubbling away?

Welcome to Extinction Rebellion – Our DNA

Wednesday, August 12th at 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
RSVP on Action Network

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

Decolonising XRSA Media Club

Tuesday, August 18th at 6 PM – 7:30 PM
RSVP on Action Network

The XRSA Decolonising Circle invites you to their next Media Club. Come together to connect, discuss, unlearn, and stretch our understandings. This session we’ll be discussing the debate about the wording on a monument to acknowledge a massacre at Elliston on Eyre Peninsula.

Heading for Extinction Talk

Saturday, August 15th at 10 AM – 11 AM
Cafe Outside the Square, 34 Whitmore Square, Adelaide
RSVP on Action Network

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, August 15th at 11 AM – 1 PM
Cafe Outside the Square, 34 Whitmore Square, Adelaide
View Event on Facebook

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.

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The link between the Extinction Crisis and Covid19 https://xrsa.com.au/blog/2020/03/22/the-link-between-the-extinction-crisis-and-covid19/ https://xrsa.com.au/blog/2020/03/22/the-link-between-the-extinction-crisis-and-covid19/#respond Sun, 22 Mar 2020 05:45:07 +0000 https://xrsa.com.au/?p=3134 By Harald

To find reference information on terms, ideas and statements please do a web
search using the underlined words in this written piece, and also use the links.

The setting

The mega fires in Australia of the recent summer were a blunt and catastrophic
expression of more extreme weather conditions (heat, wind, and drought) that
are part of the Climate Crisis. How copious was the doubt and denial of the
years of the sound and even understated science. How different are the
responses to the Covid19 pandemic which are rapidly aligning with the same
and now hard-pressed science! The irony seems lost in the now compounding
terrors of those fires and the looming horrors of the Covid19 pandemic!
The microscopic virulent Coronavirus we are now facing is without doubt a
super-sharp and even more horrifying catastrophic aspect and consequence of
the Extinction Crisis. How can this be?

Virus essentials

Viruses are microscopic and mostly smaller than bacteria, and all of them live
within and around the cells of other larger organisms. There are many different
species of coronaviruses in nature where they inhabit their chosen mammal or a
bird host species. In their preferred host each one rarely causes a significant
problem. The bats that roost in large groups host coronaviruses that are well
adapted to spreading widely within the crowded colonies. The same applies to
social rodents like rats. Bats, rats and humans share a common vulnerability to
coronaviruses: each are highly social with frequent contact between individuals
on a daily basis. Just the right conditions for spreading viruses fast and wide.
In many regions of southeast Asia and China the larger bats (and rodents) are
traded live in so called “wet markets” along with many species of other animals,
mostly mammals. Other species include pangolins, civet cats, and several
different rodents, with mixtures of species that provide meats to both the poor
(as cheap affordable meat) and the rich (for unproven desirable properties). For
the latter some of the species are sometimes sourced from other continents
including Africa. In equatorial West Africa there are many “bush meat” markets in
remoter areas that trade mostly killed wild animals as food for poor subsistence
dwellers. In southeast Asia and China these wild-caught animals are held in
cages that are stressful and often contaminated with co-mingled faeces, urine
and mucous until they are slaughtered on site for the buyer.

In such unnatural, concentrated and stressful crowding the animals can easily
become unwell. Their normally in-check hosted coronaviruses can then flourish
and be shed in large numbers. The viruses can pass from one species to
another, including to humans, via co-mingled faeces, urine, body fluids and
mucous. Such a jump by a coronavirus from it’s usual host species to a new
species can provide conditions for it to develop infective virulence in the new
host, with potential to become a pandemic. If the new host has its own species
of coronavirus and the two viruses share their genetic material the hybrid can be
more virulent. And if this new strain then jumps to a third species and thrives in it
with contagious and lethal effect, a pandemic can start. These hybrid
recombinations are like new species.

Several different viruses have made such recombinations and species jumps in
the recent past. Swine flu and bird flu originated in pigs and chickens, but both
did transmit to humans. Fortunately for humans control measures are effective.
The deadly and highly contagious Ebola virus has erupted several times in Africa
from bat reservoirs via primates, with successful suppressions in humans each
time. Large bats and primates are frequently sold in some equatorial West
African bush meat markets. Australian bat lyssavirus is deadly, can have very
long incubation times, but fortunately is primarily transmitted by very rare and
unlikely bites or scratches from bats.

Covid19 is the name of the disease caused by the new coronavirus that is very
similar to another that causes the disease SARS. Both initially came from bats
and the passage to humans may have been via an intermediate host. There are
also other coronaviruses that affect humans with varying lethality that are
presently under control. The infective numbers and virulence of the coronavirus
that causes Covid19 was most likely amplified by the contact and hygiene
conditions for animals and workers in the wet market.

The relationship between Covid19 and the Extinction Crisis

Those large bats and other live animals in the Asian “wet markets” were taken
from the wild where they are part of that very dwindled remnant of wild mammals
that now make up only 4% of the weight of all land mammals. Our livestock and
pets make up 60% and humans a staggering 36%. This situation rings loud
warning bells of a massively unbalanced world ecosystem.

These traded wild mammals include species that are going extinct at a rapid
rate. That is, they are a prominent tip of the iceberg that is the Extinction Crisis.
The live “wet market” trade is based on the remaining wild mammal biomass for
both subsistence and for profit. The profiteering is often done illegally (including
by criminal gangs) and at the expense of biodiversity and the integrity of remote
communities. In this trade the capture, transport and marketing practices are
unleashing novel viruses and dangerous viral recombinations.

Of course “wet markets” are only one of the many contributors to the Extinction
Crisis: hunting, habitat changes and losses, land clearing, and introduced
competitors and predators are some other more important overall ecological
causes. Each of these can be traced back to relatively benign and well-meaning
low key origins, but all have grown to out-of-balance levels with significant
unsustainable, unethical, exploitative, and profiteering components.
Unfortunately the African bush meat markets for poor people also contribute to
the Extinction Crisis.

So where to now with the Covid19 pandemic in our midst?

For humanity our first priority will be developing and using protective measures
to halt infection. Immediate social distancing, contact hygiene, infection control,
and travel and contact restrictions mean big and FAST life changes. The best fit
of the evidence and the application of the Precautionary Principle is that we
must take the strongest measures immediately. We might regret an over-
reaction in the future, but we surely will regret an under-reaction. Waiting even a
day or two invites being overwhelmed by a virus that has a proven track record
of undetectable covert invasions soon followed by virulent mass eruptions and
follow-up cluster eruptions.

For detailed and accurate information

Act Now or People Will Die

ABC daily updates

Another source of daily updated information is the ABC podcast
called CoronaCast which is available with the ABC Listen App.

The personal and community protective measures we must apply will
significantly slow the pace of business as usual, and the slowdown will likely last
for an extended time. Current modelling and estimates are for at least a six
month slow-down to shut-down, and possibly for as long as 18 months as it
takes that long to develop safe vaccines. The worldwide and Australia-wide
slowdowns, social distancing and isolations will provide us all with space for
reflections and re-evaluations of our lives individually, socially and as a species.
It will provide us with the space needed to discern those matters and issues that
are important to us, our values, and the responses that work for our individual
and collective futures.

In our re-evaluations and discernments it will help to have the insight that the
Covid19 pandemic is one overwhelming, catastrophic and focusing
consequence of humanity’s blind greed-driven rush into the Extinction Crisis.
What we each discern on a daily to longer term basis will collectively determine
the outcome for us as a species. May it be for fully aware and responsive
respect, care and awe to this fragile Earth and all Life.

Helpful resources from within XR that are worth checking:

Autumn rebellion postponement advice for XRSA

Three guiding mantras for now, changes and more are certain

Act and behave as much as I can as if I am infected. It is right to protect others,
and I will probably be protecting myself too.

The new imperatives: stay safe, well, alive and virtually connected. Viruses can’t
transfer through virtual contact.

Be and stay safely distanced
Be and stay virtually well connected
Be and stay well
Be and stay alive.
We have a Rebellion for Life to finish.

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