Extinction Rebellion South Australia https://xrsa.com.au Rebel for life - Climate action now Sat, 27 Mar 2021 08:09:10 +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 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

View Photos | Watch Action Video |
Watch Livestream

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
View on Facebook

Non-Violent Direct Action Training

Sunday, March 21st at 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Thebarton Community Centre, Ashwin Parade, Torrensville
Register on Action Network | View on Facebook

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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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
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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
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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
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Blackwood Banner Drop

Thursday, March 4th at 4:15 PM – 6:00 PM
Waite Reserve, Blackwood
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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
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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

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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
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We are facing a climate and ecological emergency. We must act.

Come and hear about the situation facing us and about the potential for using nonviolent civil disobedience to move our governments to action. Meet local people who share your concerns for the future of life on earth and discuss what we can do together.

Welcome to Extinction Rebellion – Our DNA

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

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Are you new to Extinction Rebellion or an old hand keen to refresh or re-ground your understanding of Extinction Rebellion DNA?

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

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

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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
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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
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Saturday, November 21st at 11 AM – 1 PM
Cafe Outside the Square, 34 Whitmore Square, Adelaide
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Come and join us for a chat about Extinction Rebellion and the climate 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
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Saturday, November 21st at 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Cafe Outside the Square, 34 Whitmore Square, Adelaide
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We are facing a climate and ecological emergency. We must act.

Come and hear about the situation facing us and about the potential for using nonviolent civil disobedience to move our governments to action. Meet local people who share your concerns for the future of life on earth and discuss what we can do together.

Welcome to Extinction Rebellion – Our DNA

Monday, November 9th at 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Online
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Are you new to Extinction Rebellion or an old hand keen to refresh or re-ground your understanding of Extinction Rebellion DNA?

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

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

Online Nonviolence Training for Civil Disobedience

Saturday, November 21st at 1:30 PM – 3:15 PM
Online
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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

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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
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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
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Are you new to Extinction Rebellion or an old hand keen to refresh or re-ground your understanding of Extinction Rebellion DNA?

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

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

Heading for Extinction Talk

Saturday, September 19th at 10 AM – 11 AM
Cafe Outside the Square, 34 Whitmore Square, Adelaide
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Saturday, October 3rd at 1 PM – 2:30 PM
Mount Barker Community Centre, 3 Dumas Street, Mount Barker
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We are facing a climate and ecological emergency. We must act.

Come and hear about the situation facing us and about the potential for using nonviolent civil disobedience to move our governments to action. Meet local people who share your concerns for the future of life on earth and discuss what we can do together.

Extinction Cafe – Meet and Greet

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

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

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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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