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Greetings Rebels,

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

We’ve seen an explosion of civil disobedience following COP26.

In Newcastle, Blockade Australia have held over 20 actions over 11 consecutive days as they blockade the biggest coal port in the world. Threats by police of 25 years in jail didn’t deter rebels who continued taking staunch action. As these actions draw to a close one of the rebels, Sergio, has been sentenced to 12 months in prison.

This morning three activists shutdown Scarborough Gas in Western Australia following the final project sign off on Monday. It’s set to be dirtiest fossil fuel project in a decade, and will pump 1.7 billion tonnes of toxic carbon into the air.

As listed below we’ve been rolling on with actions as we begin to close to out the year. In early December there will be events for both reflection and celebration. We will also be supporting thirteen rebels who will be facing court next month.

Next Steps for New Rebels

COP this shit

On the final day of COP26 rebels dumped an enormous pile of shit at the office of Federal Finance Minister Simon Birmingham. Our message: COP26 climate summit was bullshit and Australia’s contribution stunk most of all.

Birmingham assures us that Australia is “over achieving” on climate. That’s what Morrison was going to tell the world at COP26. There’s spin and then there’s BS. Clearly Birmingham is full of it.

We listed the horse manure for public collection on both GumTree and Facebook marketplace and also notified local gardeners. Unfortunately Birmingham, despite claiming that gardeners were welcome to pickup the manure, had it removed within several hours.

This action received widespread media attention both locally and internationally.

Watch Livestream | Watch Action Video | Watch Reel | Watch Jordan’s Tik Tok

Babes on Bicycles

Earlier this month rebels supported a family friendly, bicycle protest parade down King William Street. The event was for both local action, with improved bicycle infrastructure for safer riding and national climate action at COP26.

This action was run by Middle Ground Motherhood, Bike Adelaide and Australian Parents for Climate Action.

View Photos

COP Global Day of Action

Following the bicycle parade was the COP26 Global Day of Action by Uni Students for Climate Justice. Rebels were present at the rally on the steps of Parliament with conscientious protector Ronny giving a speech.

View Photos | Watch Ronny’s Speech

Don’t NAB Our Future

NAB recently announced their new oil and gas policy. They will continue investing in fossil fuels, including funding major projects such as the Scarborough Gasfield off Western Australia – the biggest fossil fuel project ever attempted in Australia’s history. Despite claims of aligning with the International Energy Agency’s call for an immediate end to new fossil fuels. This policy will only do so in 2026.

So after a brief break rebels are back at NAB branches. Building the pressure in the lead up to NAB’s AGM on December 17th.

View Photos

Reverse Graffiti

Spotted in Goodwood were these reverse graffiti messages that were cleaned off a dirty wall.

View Photos

In December thirteen rebels will face court. Please come and support our brave rebels. We will be having a presence out the front of the courts. If you can please donate to their fundraiser.

Support Mai, Ronny and Jenny at Court

Thursday, December 9th – Time TBC
Adelaide Magistrates Court, 260 Victoria Square, Adelaide

Register on Action Network

Support Duty of Care Rebels at Court

Friday, December 17th – Time TBC
Adelaide Magistrates Court, 260 Victoria Square, Adelaide

Register on Action Network

Support Mary and Ian at Court

Monday, December 20th – Time TBC
Adelaide Magistrates Court, 260 Victoria Square, Adelaide

Register on Action Network

Security Workshop

Sunday, November 28th at 6:30 PM – 8:45 PM
Register on Action Network

Where to from here?

Sunday, December 4th at 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Register on Action Network

End of Year Celebration

Sunday, December 5th at 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM
The Box Factory, 59 Regent Street South, Adelaide
Register on Action Network

Rebel Tech Cafe

Sunday, December 5th at 2:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Register on Action Network

Heading for Extinction (and what to do about it)

Sunday, November 28th at 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Register on Action Network

Wednesday, December 1st at 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Register on Action Network

Welcome and Orientation

Sunday, November 28th at 6:30 PM – 7:45 PM
Register on Action Network

Sunday, December 5th at 6:30 PM – 7:45 PM
Register on Action Network

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XRSA November Newsletter https://xrsa.com.au/blog/2021/11/02/xrsa-november-newsletter/ https://xrsa.com.au/blog/2021/11/02/xrsa-november-newsletter/#respond Tue, 02 Nov 2021 10:22:02 +0000 https://xrsa.com.au/?p=5858

Greetings Rebels,

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

As COP26 kicked off yesterday we saw acts of rebellion staged across the country.

In Melbourne rebels dressed as politicians, emblazoned with the logos of their fossil fuels sponsors, torched the Australia flag in a symbolic action capturing how the political class are burning the nation. In Brisbane rebels locked onto a kayak and splashed bright blue paint as they blocked a major intersection causing peak hour traffic disruption. Meanwhile lone rebels simultaneously disrupted iconic and strategic locations across NSW, WA and VIC as part of a global Rebellion of One action.

Locally we have been holding a series of escalating actions (see below) resulting in a flurry of media attention and disruption. We do this while building solidarity amongst local climate and climate adjacent groups through such acts as the Festival of Climate Action.

There is a mounting sense of anger and sheer disbelief as the government, captured by fossil fuel interests, continues to drive us off a cliff. In such times the choice becomes simple: Extinction or Rebellion?

Next Steps for New Rebels

Recent Actions

100 Pairs of Children’s Shoes

Rebels have been collecting pairs of children’s shoes as part of a poignant art installation. 100 pairs have been laid in various locations. Each pair represents the journey of children towards the future and begs the question: what will the future hold for our children?

Watch Reel | Watch Action Video | View Photos

For the first installation a line of shoes led into Simon Birmingham’s office. Alongside them rebels spray chalked tiny foot prints. They also chalked the message: “Simon you have a Duty of Care” on the office windows.

The second installation occurred on the lawns of Tarntanyangga (Victoria Square) during the Festival of Climate Action. The shoes were accompanied by children’s drawings and witnessed by the Red Rebel Brigade.

Watch Action Video | View Photos

The third installation was on the steps of Parliament House on October 27th. It was expected that the Climate Emergency Motion brought forth by Susan Close MP was to be debated in the House of Assembly. Unfortunately this has been delayed to a later date (there’s still time to contact your local MP).

Watch Reel | View Photos

Future for our Kids

On the final day of Environment Minister Sussan Ley’s appeal of the Federal Court ruling that she has a Duty of Care to protect Australian children and youth from climate harm rebels staged a road block in Tarntanyangga (Victoria Square).

In view of SA’s District, Supreme and Magistrates courts, eight rebels locked and glued themselves to a line of prams, blocking peak hour traffic. Annie, Cate, Margaret, Paul, Cathy, Dharma, Sarah and Trish were arrested and have been released with simple bail conditions and charges for obstructing the path of traffic.

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

Life in the Balance

The Monday before last rebels erected, scaled, and locked onto a bamboo tripod blocking traffic by Tarntanyangga (Victoria Square).

Ronny and Mai declared that “life is in the balance” as they hung from the tripod while rebels Anna, Eugene and Jenny locked themselves onto the bamboo poles. A banner sitting across the tripod read: “Climate Code Red. 2050 is too late”.

After several hours police removed Ronny and Mai from the tripod. They were both arrested and charged with hindering police and remaining on a road longer than required.

Jenny was also arrested and is facing charges of obstruction after refusing to unlock herself while Anna and Eugene have received expiation notices.

Watch Livestream: Tripod / Ground (Part 1, Part 2)
View Action Video | View Photos

Don’t NAB Our Future

Rebels continue to keep the pressure on NAB with their new funding policy expected to be announced within weeks. NAB was recently found to be a top 10 global fossil fuel lender.

Regular actions continue at branches as rebels sing, chalk, sticker and engage with the public, customers and staff. The Up North ZigZag affinity group recently adopted the Nuriootpa branch.

Meanwhile Mary and Ian faced court on October 8th for their occupation of the NAB Gouger Street branch. Their case has been adjourned until December 20th.

Rebels have begun to sticker ATM’s with web links to the hilarious new NOB videos created by The Chaser and Market Forces. Check them out. They’re a treat!

Fundraiser and Court Dates

As rebels prepare to face court in December they have prepared their own fundraiser to assist in covering legal fees. Please donate generously.

Rebels will be appearing in court on the dates below. They’ll be joined by supporters who will have a strong presence in front of the courts. Stay tuned to our social media pages and emails for updates regarding how you can join supporters.

  • December 9th – Jenny, Ronny and Mai (Life in the balance)
  • December 17th – Annie, Cate, Margaret, Paul, Cathy, Dharma, Sarah and Trish (Future for our Kids)
  • December 20th – Mary and Ian (NAB Occupation)

#IStandWithPeri Social Media Action

In a recent ABC Radio interview the state Environment and Water Minister, David Speirs, launched an outrageously shocking attack on South Australia’s leading salt marsh ecologist, Peri Coleman.

Stand with Peri. Demand that David Speirs apologise.

Personal attacks on our scientists at this crucial time need to stop!

Babes on Bikes – A Protest Parade

Saturday, November 6th from 10am
Tarntanyangga (Victoria Square)
View on Facebook

This action is run by Middle Ground Motherhood, Bike Adelaide and Australian Parents for Climate Action. It’s not an XRSA action but we will be providing some support.

COP26 – Global Day of Action

Saturday, November 6th from 1pm
Parliament House Steps, North Terrace
View on Facebook

This action is run by Uni Students for Climate Justice. It’s not an XRSA action but we endorse the action and will have a speaker present.

Heading for Extinction (and what to do about it)

Sunday, November 14th at 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Register on Action Network

Wednesday, November 17th at 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Register on Action Network

Welcome and Orientation

Sunday, November 14th at 6:30 PM – 7:45 PM
Register on Action Network

Sunday, November 21st at 6:30 PM – 7:45 PM
Register on Action Network

End of Year Celebration

Sunday, December 5th at 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM
The Box Factory, 59 Regent Street South, Adelaide
Register on Action Network

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XRSA September Newsletter https://xrsa.com.au/blog/2021/09/23/xrsa-september-newsletter/ https://xrsa.com.au/blog/2021/09/23/xrsa-september-newsletter/#respond Thu, 23 Sep 2021 01:00:57 +0000 https://xrsa.com.au/?p=5665

Greetings Rebels,

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

Today marks the Spring equinox, a time where our days begin to fill with more daylight and warmth. As the darkness of Winter recedes many feel a building of imaginative and creative energy.

Beyond the changing seasons we have reasons to feel buoyed. Yesterday we saw China vow to stop financing new coal plants beyond its borders, in what’s been described as a “Killer blow” to the Australian thermal coal industry. We also saw a shareholder revolt at AGL, Australia’s largest corporate greenhouse gas emitter, as 55% of investors defied the board in support of a motion for decarbonisation.

This is all happening in a moment of rising far-right extremism, heavy handed and violent policing. As XRSA spokesperson Ben Brooker wrote in a recent piece for Overland, the failure to “build solidarity over such tactics will only ensure the creep and normalisation of their use”.

It is imperative that we pull together and build solidarity. That’s why XRSA is leading a collaborative, “movement of movements” outreach venture called the Festival of Climate Action. Bringing together a unique coalition of community groups around the climate crisis.

Locally, we have lots planned for the coming months. If you’re able, please join us this Sunday for our All-In meeting. Let’s do this together!

Next Steps for New Rebels

Festival of Climate Action

The Festival of Climate Action is just 3 weeks away and is creating quite the buzz! We have over 20 groups involved including such diverse groups as SA Unions, Hutt St Centre and the Adelaide Festival Centre.

A grant of $2000 from Adelaide City Council has been approved to help cover our costs. We are still in need of more funds though – an event like this has many hidden costs. Please donate and share the crowdfunding campaign.

You can still book a session you’d like to run over the weekend. We are looking specifically for children’s activities and perhaps some meditational/stillness options for those needing a space of reflection. If you could run something for a small group, that would be a great contribution.

We need everyone to volunteer a few hours – many hands make light work.

Please let us know which role/s and times you can commit to using the roster or contact Izzy at izzy_jane@protonmail.com or @izzy_jane on Mattermost (XR’s internal communication platform).

Specific request: We need an electrician to check the site before the event starts. Do you know anyone who could do this for free or low cost?

Event program due for release on Wed 29th. Sign up on the website to receive updates.

Recent Actions

Museum of Economic Complicity

On Father’s Day rebels held a funeral procession highlighting the dirty partnership between the Adelaide Botanic Gardens and Santos. The procession ended with eulogy for the species lost since both parties entered into a partnership, one that lends social consent to dangerous oil and gas projects.

Our demand is that organisations like the Botanic Garden – a cherished Adelaide icon with the internationally recognised jewel The Museum of Economic Botany at its heart – reject fossil fuel money and the naming rights it buys. Santos’ sponsorship is not in keeping with the spirit or letter of the Garden’s charter, which emphasises the profound importance of conserving the natural world and taking action on the climate crisis.

It’s worth noting that these partnerships are the result of aggressive lobbying by Santos for changes to caps on company ownership. In 2007 Santos entered into a “Deed of Understanding” with the Rann government. In exchange for increases to the caps Santos agreed to maintain a significant presence in South Australia and commit to a Social Responsibility and Community Benefits fund of $60 million. They’re not doing this out of the goodness of their hearts.

Watch Livestream | Watch Action Video | View Photos

Stitch It. Don’t Ditch It.

Rebels returned to Rundle Mall for our second ‘Stitch It. Don’t Ditch It.’ street stitching action. Forming a line of over 20 stitchers sitting in chairs as they mended clothes, sewed patches and talked to passersby.

The line started in front of H&M, the world’s second largest clothing retailer. While H&M does offer a recycling program it is widely seen as green washing. They recycle an extremely tiny fraction of what they sell. Recycling is an important part of solution but the fashion industry will never be sustainable if they don’t address the vast amounts of clothing they produce.

With emissions of 2 billion tonnes of CO2 equivalent per year it’s clear that the global fashion industry needs to act now.

Video of Street Stitchers | View Photos

Don’t NAB Our Future Actions

Rebels have continued to keep the pressure on NAB in the lead up to their oil and gas policy announcement. We recently adopted a new branch in Unley and have continued regular actions at branches in Adelaide and Edwardstown.

These actions have involved not just spray chalking, holding banners and chants but conversations with customers, the public and NAB staff. We know the pressure is working and look forward to an announcement soon.

Head to the Don’t NAB Our Future website to find out how to get involved.

Reclaim Our Future

Starting 16th October there will be a series of peaceful, spectacular, disruptive and sacrificial actions – in Canberra and across the country (where it is safe to do so). Covid restrictions will be a challenge to numbers in some locations, but it has already been demonstrated that, even with a small number of dedicated rebels, a lot can be achieved.

For October, all climate activists are invited to get involved in Reclaim Our Future. There will be a range of actions – from pram parades and grandparent actions to high-level civil disobedience.

After MPs return to their electorates on 29 October, a further wave of actions in state capitals will begin, escalating during the 12 days of the COP (November 1-12). These will be linked to actions around the world, focusing on a message from the Global South: Your greed is killing us.

Come to our All-In Meeting this Sunday to find out how you can get involved in our local actions.


Kaurna history walking tour

Saturday, September 25th at 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
St John’s Church, 271 Carrington Street, Adelaide

Register on Action Network

September All-In Meeting

Sunday, September 26th at 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Box Factory, 59 Regent Street South, Adelaide
Register on Action Network

Heading for Extinction (and what to do about it)

Wednesday, September 29th at 6:30 PM – 7:45 PM
Register on Action Network

Sunday, October 3rd at 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Register on Action Network

Welcome and Orientation

Sunday, September 26th at 4:30 PM – 5:45 PM
Register on Action Network

Sunday, October 3rd at 4:30 PM – 5:45 PM
Register on Action Network

Nonviolence Training for Civil Disobedience

Sunday, October 3rd at 9:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Register on Action Network

Thursday, October 7th at 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Register on Action Network

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☀️ Festival of Climate Action https://xrsa.com.au/blog/2021/09/14/%e2%98%80%ef%b8%8f-festival-of-climate-action/ https://xrsa.com.au/blog/2021/09/14/%e2%98%80%ef%b8%8f-festival-of-climate-action/#respond Tue, 14 Sep 2021 01:00:28 +0000 https://xrsa.com.au/?p=5601 Code red for humanity – we need everyone!

Our planet’s systems are fast approaching tipping points from which there may be no return. The secretary-general of the United Nations called the recent IPCC report a “code red for humanity”.

Many people are worried but are at a loss as to what they can do.

In this time of climate emergency, it is essential that concerned individuals and groups come together to act collectively and find leverage points to move economic, political, and social systems into more sustainable states that don’t compromise our future. Everything we can do to reduce emissions this decade matters and will be measured in lives, species and ecosystems saved. There are many groups addressing the multiple climate and ecological crises we face, but without some greater coming-together our efforts will not be maximised.

It is for this reason the Extinction Rebellion SA is leading a collaborative, “movement of movements” outreach venture – a Festival of Climate Action (Oct 15-17th). Our partners in the core planning team are Conservation Council SA, School Strike for Climate (SS4C) and the Hills Climate Collective. The intent is to attract a broad range of public, who may not know how they can make a difference, and provide a range of options they can engage with – turning non-activists into activists. People change and reassess values (and commitments) in relationship with others, so we need lots and lots of activists to support this transition in many conversations over the weekend. There will also be plenty for those of us already deeply embedded in activism.

The festival will be held in Tarntanyangga/Vic Square and runs from 2pm – 9:30pm Friday (directly after the School Strike which starts at 11am), Saturday 10:30am – 9:30pm and Sunday 10:30am – 4pm. We will have a film showing both evenings after enjoying some music and food trucks will be available for lunch and dinner.

How to get involved

Contribute a session: This is a grassroots festival with everyone contributing to make it a success. The planning group is scheduling a series of interactive, catalyst presentations but in addition to this there will be open spaces for anyone to initiate a discussion, plan actions together or run a workshop (for adults or children). Book a spot here or email info@climateactionfestival.org

Volunteer: During the festival there will be lots of things needing done: bumping in/out, helping with the Extinction Rebellion stall or on the Festival welcome desk, Covid Marshalling, tech assistance, helping with the poster art activity, first aid, etc. Put your name on the roster here.

Donate: Putting on a festival is expensive and we want to be able to contribute financially to the artists who help to create the festival vibe (especially after the rough time artists have had during Covid). Please donate and share our crowd funding campaign.

Spread the word: Share the Facebook event or website, invite friends and family, tell everyone!!

Crafternoon: Come and help prepare banners, badges, flags etc. to decorate the space and let everyone passing know that they need to be part of the action. Two sessions are planned at The Joinery, 111 Franklin Street – Sunday 19th Sept 2-6pm & Sunday 10th Oct 10am-4pm

We are so excited to be pulling together the threads of so many groups and individuals doing what is necessary in this time of emergency. Looking forward to some enlivening conversations leading to determined ACTION.

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XRSA August Newsletter https://xrsa.com.au/blog/2021/08/26/xrsa-august-newsletter/ https://xrsa.com.au/blog/2021/08/26/xrsa-august-newsletter/#respond Thu, 26 Aug 2021 02:00:26 +0000 https://xrsa.com.au/?p=5465

Greetings Rebels,

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

We’ve had a massive few weeks of action as we target the pillars of climate collapse. The banks, fossil fuel companies and key fossil fuel infrastructure. Building on top of the weeks of action in Canberra that are still making front pages (see Daily Telegraph today). All of this happens along side a mass mobilisation of Indigenous people in Brazil and rebellion returning to the UK and parts of Europe.

The momentum is building as we move into COP 26 in November and locally a potential Climate Emergency Declaration in October. With both state and federal elections on the horizon.

Let’s step into courage together.

Next Steps for New Rebels

Climate Emergency Petition Tabled

On Tuesday activists from various groups gathered on the steps of Parliament House as an over 10,000 strong petition for a Climate Emergency Declaration was tabled in Parliament by Susan Close MP. Close also put a motion to declare a Climate Emergency which will be debated in the House of Assembly on October 27th before going to a vote.

Under legislation passed in late 2019, formal on-paper petitions are tabled in Parliament and will receive a ministerial response if they exceed 10,000 signatures.

The SA Legislative Council passed a motion declaring a Climate Emergency in September 2019. Let’s keep the pressure on in the lead up to this next vote.

Recent Actions

Fuel Blockade at Exxon Mobil and BP

Last Thursday we held blockades at Exxon Mobil and BP fuel depots as part of the second National Fuel Blockade. Highlighting Australia’s continued dependence on fossil fuels for our transportation system and the need for a just transition for fossil fuel workers.

The blockade at Exxon Mobil’s Birkenhead Terminal was a public action resulting in a preemptive closure of part of the depot. We heard speeches, including from members of the MUA and CEPU unions, and sang many protest songs before moving to the BP terminal.

As part of a planned escalation rebels locked themselves onto both the entrance and exit gates at the BP Fuel Depot just up the road. Rebels Alex, Anna, Cathy, Sarah, Trish, Sandy and Izzy stayed locked on for over two and a half hours blocking 13 trucks from entering and exiting the facility. All walked away without charges or names taken.

Both actions featured rebels dressed as Oilies. Aesthetically representing fossil oil, the death fuel partially responsible for destruction of our planet. They bear witness to this destruction and grieve the planets desecration.

Watch Livestreams (Exxon Mobil / BP) | Watch Action Video | View Photos

Clean Up Santos’ Greenwash

Last week Ian and Mai attempted to pay their window washing charges from our Gas-led Extinction action in March. You may remember this action, Flinders street was blocked off as rebels glued themselves to the road with Ian and Mai scaling the Santos building, releasing smoke flares and spray chalking the building.

Unfortunately Santos refused to send down CEO, Kevin Gallagher to collect the $1375 cheque. An exorbitant charge for a cleaning job Ian and Mai were prepared to do.

In response rebels applied additional spray chalk to the outside of the building, for good measure. With Mai slamming the cheque covered in blood-red glue onto the window. Luckily our our greenwash clean up crew arrived to remove the mess.

Santos is ploughing ahead with destructive fossil fuel projects against the wishes of Traditional Owners, farmers and conservationists while lining their pockets and unleashing a relentless green-washing campaign. They must be stopped.

Watch Livestream | Watch Action Video | View Photos

Don’t NAB Our Future Gouger Street Lock-In

Actions for the Don’t NAB Our Future campaign have escalated recently with local groups across the country holding lock-in actions inside branches. Earlier this month, rebels Mary and Ian jammed the doors shut in a private glass meeting room at the NAB branch on Gouger street.

They were part of a Search and Rescue team looking for NAB’s draft of their upcoming Oil and Gas funding policy. They wanted to ensure that it is in alignment with the recent ‘Code Red for Humanity’ IPCC Report. It is not enough for the same executives who have already supported massive fossil fuel funding to simply consider these reports.

Rebels Sarah, Cate, Sandy and Cathy joined the team inside as they searched for the policy. Police were called out as the branch closed early. Mary and Ian were arrested and accepted bail. They won’t be able to return to the Gouger Street NAB. Luckily they bank responsibly.

Watch Livestream (Inside / Outside) | View Photos

Don’t NAB Our Future National Day of Action

Just days before the NAB Lock-In action was a National Day of Action for the Don’t NAB Our Future campaign. Rebels swarmed NAB branches across Australia, from country towns to urban centres, and made over 500 calls to staff including the Chair of the Board.

In South Australia we held actions in front of NAB on both Pirie and King William Street. There was chalking, singing and even a green washing machine!

This campaign has put relentless pressure on NAB with over 30 Extinction Rebellion groups already targeting NAB branches, offices and ATMs. The pressure is building, and we know from inside sources that it’s working. Join the campaign.

Watch Livestream | View Photos

Guerilla projections at Illuminate Adelaide

As the Illuminate Adelaide Light Cycles event at the Botanic Gardens drew to a close so to did our guerilla projections. These projections, on the walls just outside the event, highlighted the dirty partnership between oil and gas company Santos and the Botanic Gardens. The long-term partnership lends social consent to dangerous oil and gas extraction which is inconsistent with the Botanic Gardens strategic goals of conservation and sustainability.

Rebels returned for 9 nights over the duration of the event. Capturing the attention of hundreds of attendee’s.

Watch Livestream | Watch Action Video

#StitchItDontDitchIt Mend In

Tuesday, September 14th at 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
H&M Rundle Mall (Rundle Mall x Gawler Place)

Register on Action Network

Extinction Rebellion – Who Are We?

Sunday, August 29th at 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Online

Register on Action Network

Grow the Rebellion – Welcome & Orientation

Sunday, August 29th at 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Online

Register on Action Network

Nonviolence Training for Civil Disobedience

Wednesday, September 1st at 6:30 PM
Online

Register on Action Network

Kaurna history walking tour

Saturday, September 25th at 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
St John’s Church, 271 Carrington Street, Adelaide
Register on Action Network

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XRSA July Newsletter https://xrsa.com.au/blog/2021/07/29/xrsa-july-newsletter/ https://xrsa.com.au/blog/2021/07/29/xrsa-july-newsletter/#respond Thu, 29 Jul 2021 06:00:58 +0000 https://xrsa.com.au/?p=5331

Greetings Rebels,

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

The recent lockdowns are a reminder of our collective vulnerability and the need to act in alignment with scientific and medical advice. The parallels with the Covid-19 pandemic and the climate and ecological crisis are unmistakable.

Within conflict and difference we are reminded that now more than ever we need healthy and resilient Regenerative Cultures that proritise compassion and care.

Let’s pull together and do this! Looking forward to safely reconnecting with you soon.

Next Steps for New Rebels

Native Vegetation Act Review Submission

The destruction of native vegetation and the extremely slow pace of revegetation compounds the climate crisis and the loss of habitat and biodiversity. Too much native vegetation has been lost under the existing governance regime established by the Native Vegetation Act 1991 (NVA).

In response to this the XRSA Political Strategy Circle has made a submission to the Natural Resources Committee of the SA Parliament in relation to its review of the Native Vegetation Act. Linking our non-violent direct action to desirable policy outcomes.

You can read the full submission here.

Photograph by Peter Barnes

Recent Actions

Stitch it. Don’t ditch It.

In June rebels participated in a global street stitching action called “Stitch It. Don’t Ditch It”. In front of H&M, the world’s second largest clothing manufacturer, they mended clothes, sewed patches and chatted to passersby.

A recent report by the World Economic Forum showed that the fashion industry (and its associated supply chains) are releasing 5% of the worlds emissions. The industry outputs the equivalent of 1.2 billion tonnes of CO2 each year.

“By stitching here in the Mall today we hope to share the joy of making your favourite clothes last longer with your own two hands.” – Rebel Mary

View Photos | Watch Livestream

Guerilla projection at Illuminate Adelaide

Rebels highlighted the dirty partnership between oil and gas company Santos and the Botanic Gardens at a guerilla projection action during Illuminate Adelaide. The long-term partnership lends social consent to dangerous oil and gas extraction which is inconsistent with the Botanic Gardens strategic goals of conservation and sustainability.

Their messages were visible to hundreds who entered the gardens for Illuminate Adelaide’s premier Light Cycles event.

Watch Livestream

Don’t NAB Our Future

Affinity groups have been keeping the pressure on NAB who will release their updated oil and gas policy later this year. Spray chalking messages in front of branches and sticker-ing ATM’s along with discussions with the public, staff and bank managers. Read more about this national campaign here.

National Fuel Blockade – Exxon Mobil Birkenhead

Thursday, August 19th at 4:00 PM
Wills Street Peterhead
Register on Action Network

Climate emergency: Canberra Rebellion

August 3rd – 5th
Canberra

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All-In Meeting

Sunday, August 22nd at 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
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Heading for Extinction Talk

Saturday , August 14th at 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
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Extinction Rebellion – Who Are We?

Sunday, August 29th at 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
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Submission for Review of Native Vegetation Act https://xrsa.com.au/blog/2021/07/27/submission-for-review-of-native-vegetation-act/ https://xrsa.com.au/blog/2021/07/27/submission-for-review-of-native-vegetation-act/#respond Tue, 27 Jul 2021 07:09:18 +0000 https://xrsa.com.au/?p=5305 The XRSA Political Strategy Circle has made the following submission to the Natural Resources Committee of the South Australian Parliament as part of their review of the Native Vegetation Act 1991.

We are in the middle of an ecological crisis due to climate change, habitat loss and the loss of biodiversity. Our course is currently set for mass species extinction and societal collapse. Our future looks bleak and our children are not safe. The Earth’s ecosystems are meeting dire tipping points and this will accelerate out of control if we do not act now. This is an emergency situation and action is urgent. As with the COVID-19 pandemic, our Government needs to act in accordance with what science is telling us (IPCC — Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Breakthrough).

The destruction of native vegetation and the extremely slow pace of revegetation compounds the climate crisis and the loss of habitat and biodiversity (Land is a Critical Resource, IPCC report says).

Far too much native vegetation has been lost under the existing governance regime established by the Native Vegetation Act 1991 (NVA). The NVA must be amended to halt the loss of native vegetation. The preservation of South Australia’s remaining native vegetation and the revegetation of vast swathes of South Australia will be critical planks in the fight to slow global warming and to slow the loss of habitat and therefore biodiversity, to fight the loss of topsoil which is critical to our ability to produce food, and to help to maintain our precious water supplies.

We make the following specific submissions.

The preamble to the NVA states that it is an Act to “provide incentives and assistance to landowners in relation to the preservation and enhancement of native vegetation; to control the clearance of native vegetation”. (See also the stated objects of the Act (s 6).) However, significant parts of the Act and the way in which the Act has been, and continues to be, applied, facilitate the past and ongoing clearance of native vegetation. This is indicated by language and intention throughout the Act including the following:

  • The clearance of vegetation facilitated by s 27 which allows the Native Vegetation Council (NVC) to permit the clearance of native vegetation in numerous circumstances;
  • The extent of clearing permitted by regulation (s 27(1)(b)(ii) and the Native Vegetation Regulations 2017). The Regulations allow clearing in a wide range of circumstances not required to be debated by Parliament by virtue of being regulations. The Regulations should not be used for the purpose of undermining the stated objects of the Act;
  • The seemingly unfettered power of the Chief Officer of the SA Country Fire Service and the Chief Officer of the SA Metropolitan Fire Service to authorise removal of vegetation for the purposes of cold burns and of protecting the life, health or safety of any person from a serious risk of bushfire (s 27(1)(c), (4a) and (4b)). Accountabilities should be put in place in relation to these wide powers. In addition, the knowledge and input of Aboriginal people skilled in cultural burning should be a requisite part of this process in order to avoid the unnecessary loss of vegetation under these powers (Australian Story – How Indigenous fire management practices could protect bushland, 2021 Australian Peoples’ Tribunal). A review of the Fire and Emergency Services Act 2005 should be undertaken in conjunction with a review of the NVA in relation to fire control and cultural burning;
  • The composition of the NVC, which does not reflect the seriousness of the ecological emergency we find ourselves in. To reflect the reality of the situation, the membership of the NVC should be weighted towards members who understand the extent of the emergency and who have the courage to make decisions which reflect that reality. Membership of the NVC should include scientists versed in climate change, habitat loss, migration and dispersal corridors and requirements, flora and fauna native to South Australia and the significance of native vegetation in mitigating global warming. Membership should also include Aboriginal persons versed in cultural management of native vegetation and representatives of bodies such as Trees for Life which are actively engaged in the preservation of native vegetation and the re-greening of the State;
  • The NVC is not sufficiently empowered by its functions, stated in s 14 of the NVA. The functions need to be rewritten to reflect the climate and ecological emergency we are in. The weak functions of the NVA such as keeping the condition of native vegetation under review, advising the Minister in relation to preservation, re-establishment and research with respect to native vegetation, keeping the principles of clearance and re- establishment of native vegetation under review and encouraging research into the preservation and re- establishment of native vegetation should be strongly supplemented by real functions and powers to actually ensure the preservation and re-establishment of native vegetation, including its natural capacities to disperse and shift distributions of its component species in the face of the climate crisis;
  • The offence provisions in the NVA fail to reflect the seriousness of removal of native vegetation. For example, s 26 offences of clearing vegetation contrary to Part 5 of the Act attract a maximum $100,000 fine or an expiation fee of $750. The expiation fees in the NVA should be abolished as they are farcical and in no way reflect the seriousness of vegetation clearance. Furthermore, the maximum penalties should be significantly greater in the case of companies, commensurate with the amounts reportedly proposed by BHP in relation to damage to Aboriginal heritage sites. It is reported that BHP submitted to the South Australian Aboriginal Lands Parliamentary Standing Committee that the current maximum $50,000 fine under the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1988 should be increased to as high as $10 million (InDaily – BHP urges huge fines for damaging Aboriginal heritage). In addition, anyone fined under the Act should be publicly named each year in order to allow better public scrutiny of offences which threaten our very survival;
  • In allowing the clearance of native vegetation to be “offset” by actions producing a so-called “environmental benefit”, the Act fails to recognise the inherent value of existing vegetation and the complex biological systems of fauna and flora which have built up over time. In failing to recognise these values, the Act effectively uses an accounting trick, pretending that existing native vegetation can be effectively offset in this way. The emergency nature of the situation requires all possible protection as well as a massive restoration and temporal redistribution program as climate change increasingly takes effect. The idea of “offset” falsely implies it would be enough to just retain what we have, which, in any event, is not what offsetting actually achieves.

We submit that the clearance of native vegetation should be significantly curtailed and that revegetation of South Australia should be stepped up to ameliorate the dire loss of vegetation which is contributing to the climate crisis, the loss of habitat and the biodiversity crisis. The need to curtail the clearance of native vegetation is even more the case in relation to exploration licences to search for fossil fuel reserves and in relation to land clearance for the purpose of fossil fuel mining. The use of fossil fuels must be phased out forthwith and should be replaced by renewables in order to reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2025. Net zero by 2050 is too late if we are to have any chance of limiting global warming to acceptable levels.

Extinction Rebellion South Australia urges the Natural Resources Committee of the South Australian Parliament to take this opportunity to instigate a comprehensive overhaul of the Native Vegetation Act 1991 so that it reflects the dire circumstances faced by the planet and all its species, before it is too late.

Submission of Extinction Rebellion South Australia

Cover image by Peter Barnes

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XRSA June Newsletter https://xrsa.com.au/blog/2021/06/12/xrsa-june-newsletter/ https://xrsa.com.au/blog/2021/06/12/xrsa-june-newsletter/#respond Sat, 12 Jun 2021 13:06:25 +0000 https://xrsa.com.au/?p=5136

Greetings Rebels,

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

Rebels are jumping back into action targeting both the fossil fuel giants and those that fund their crimes. We’ve been in the streets, at the courts and on the news. Pushing our case that civil disobedience is the appropriate, rational and necessary response to governments and corporations that are committing ecocide. Continue reading to find out what we’ve been up to.

Next Steps for New Rebels

National Fuel Blockade

On Thursday rebels blockaded the entrance to Exxon Mobil’s Fuel Distribution Centre in Peterhead. The entrance gate was chained shut. Rebels Anna, Keith, Chris and Margaret locked themselves to the gate with Wayne glued to the ground in front of them. The blockade caused a shutdown of the entire centre. With no tankers entering or leaving for two and a half hours. Tankers set to refuel at the site were informed to not arrive.

Exxon Mobil’s security demanded that rebels be charged with trespass. However police made no arrests and no one was charged. The blockade lead to live coverage on commercial TV channels along with a radio interview.

Across the country local XR groups held blockade actions at fuel depots. Read about them here.

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Rebels in Court

Over the last few weeks rebels from our GAS-LED EXTINCTION action at Santos have been in the Magistrate’s Court. Back in March all rebels were successful in having draconian bail conditions revoked.

The day before last weeks hearing Ronny, Jenny, Cate and Sarah, who glued themselves to Flinders Street, had their bail withdrawn and no charges were laid. At last weeks hearing, Ian and Mai who scaled the Santos building plead guilty to the charge of disturbing the peace. No other charges were put by the prosecution.

On Thursday Ian and Mai presented their plea submissions to the court. They received no conviction or penalty and have been ordered to pay compensation for cleaning the windows they covered with spray chalk and wheat paste. In front of the media Ian said: “We have the right to protest and will continue to do so until we get action.”

Thank you to all the rebels who came out to support our conscientious protectors.

Stop NABing Our Future

Late last month and following into this month, rebels have been at the King William Street branch of NAB talking to NAB staff, customers and the public. Despite their attempts at green washing, NAB has lent $7 billion to fossil fuel companies in the last 5 years. They are funding some of the worst fossil fuel projects in Australia (Burrup Hub, Newcastle Coal Port and Narrabri Gas Project).

They are also reviewing their oil and gas policy in September. So rebels are putting the pressure on as part of a national campaign. Learn more here.

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#StitchItDontDitchIt – Mend In

Tuesday, June 15th at 1:00 PM
H&M Rundle Mall, Adelaide
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All-In Meeting

Sunday, June 27th at 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
The Box Factory, 59 Regent Street South, Adelaide

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Nonviolence Training for Civil Disobedience

Wednesday, June 23rd at 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
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Welcome and Orientation

Sunday, June 13th at 4:30 PM – 5:45 PM
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Extinction Rebellion: Who are we?

Thursday, June 17th at 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
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XRSA March Newsletter https://xrsa.com.au/blog/2021/03/14/xrsa-march-newsletter/ https://xrsa.com.au/blog/2021/03/14/xrsa-march-newsletter/#respond Sun, 14 Mar 2021 00:00:04 +0000 https://xrsa.com.au/?p=4886

Greetings Rebels,

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

Later this month rebels across the country will be participating in mass, disruptive actions as part of the Autumn Rebellion. In Adelaide we’re bringing disco disruption with a massive discobedience action. Classes to learn the dance moves continue this week. We’re also holding a prelaunch event this Saturday (scroll down for details).

In the last month we saw the Liberal MP, Nicolle Flint announce that she will not contest her seat of Boothby at the next election. Flint has previously called environmental and animal rights activism ‘a scourge’ and has a poor voting record on climate action. We have previously held actions at Flint’s office. You can read our full response here.

Last week we held our most disruptive and widely reported action to date. Shutting down Flinders street as rebels scaled the Santos Headquarters, releasing smoke flares, dropping banners and spray chalking the building. Read more about all of our recent actions below.

Next Steps for New Rebels

Gas-led Extinction

Last Wednesday, Mai and Ian scaled Santos headquarters in Adelaide. They dropped banners, released smoke flares and spray chalked the building. The pair protested against fossil fuel giant Santos.

Santos plans to build 750+ gas wells in Narrabri during a climate emergency. This ecocidal behaviour goes against the wishes of Gomeroi, farmers, conservationists, climate scientists and the wider community.

Below on Flinders street Ronny, Jenny, Cate and Sarah glued themselves to the road. Protesting for their grandchildren and climate refugees who will witness the worst from continual climate inaction. They were joined in chains by Eugene and Trish.

Police have charged Mai and Ian with property damage and unlawfully being on premises. Ronny, Jenny, Cate and Sarah have been charged with loitering. Police took down names for Eugene and Trish. They will likely also receive charges.

All have been released on bail. Ian has refused the initial bail conditions and appeared in court this morning represented by a QC. Their bail conditions have been adjusted.

The rebels involved have setup a crowdfunding campaign to support them in paying fines. Note that the crowdfunder has previously covered past fines.

Extinction Rebellion blocks roads and causes disruption to wake people up to the present climate and ecological emergency. We use non-violent civil disobedience as history shows it to be effective in creating change.

Photograph by Peter Barnes

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Mother Earth: Condition Critical

Mother Earth is critically ill. On a Sunday morning in Hahndorf rebels carried our beautiful planet on a stretcher as they chanted and blocked traffic. With signs and megaphone in hand they brought sound and colour while raising the alarm.

Photograph by George Manos

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Blackwood Banner Drop

“We’re beating Covid with science. Demand we fix climate with science.” This was the primary message at our banner drop in Blackwood. Rebels received a lot of support from passing motorists.

Photograph by Harald

Stayin’ Alive Disco-bedience

Wednesday, March 24th at 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Adelaide Botanic Garden
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School Strike for Climate

Friday, March 19th at 11:00 AM
Tarntanyangga (Victoria Square), Adelaide
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Non-Violent Direct Action Training

Sunday, March 21st at 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Thebarton Community Centre, Ashwin Parade, Torrensville
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Learn the dance moves for DISCObedience

Tuesday
, March 16th & Thursday March 18th at 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Soutar Park, 55-63 Albert St, Goodwood
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All-In DISCObedience Prelaunch

Saturday , March 20th at 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Thebarton Community Centre, Ashwin Parade, Torrensville
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Nicolle Flint steps down in Boothby https://xrsa.com.au/blog/2021/03/02/nicolle-flint-steps-down-in-boothby/ https://xrsa.com.au/blog/2021/03/02/nicolle-flint-steps-down-in-boothby/#respond Tue, 02 Mar 2021 06:48:42 +0000 https://xrsa.com.au/?p=4786 Hi Rebels,

As you may have seen in the news, Nicolle Flint will not be contesting her seat of Boothby at the next election. One of the reasons Flint cited for leaving politics was ‘harassment’ by activist groups such as GetUp.

Media coverage and comments by politicians in the Liberal Party have suggested that XR were involved in the sexist harassment, personal threats, and intimidation that Flint has received. This is simply not true.

Last month rebels held an action in front of her office in which they sang, gave a speech, and spray-chalked messages onto the outside of her office building and the footpath. These messages were applied with chalk which can easily be washed off with water. After the action, rebels left a printed copy of the speech on the front desk.

In keeping with XR’s principles and values, the protest was strictly non-violent. There were no threats, intimidation or violence. The messages spray-chalked read:

  • “Climate Action Now”
  • “Climate Crisis – 2050 is too late”
  • “Zero Emissions by 2025”
  • “2050 is a death sentence”
  • “Our kids need a future!”

The action at Flint’s office followed a similar protest held just a few days before at the office of Senator Simon Birmingham. Needless to say, neither action was in any way personal. It is the duty of XR to hold politicians to account, no matter their party or personal details, for failing to address the climate crisis. XR was, is, and always will be beyond politics.

We were disappointed to see Flint label us as ‘ferals’ and fund raise off our action. In the past Flint has called environmental and animal rights activism ‘a scourge’. Given her voting record on these issues, such comments are unfortunately not a surprise.

Furthermore, we have been appalled by coverage in the press, such as on ABC’s Insiders (28/02/21), that has disingenuously conflated our peaceful protests with the unacceptable sexism and harassment that Flint has received. No woman should have to endure the sexism or harassment that Flint has.

The toxic worldview causing climate breakdown is the same worldview that fosters a culture of inequality for women.

XRSA will not be deterred in its continuing work for a safer world for all people.

 

Extinction Rebellion South Australia

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