Extinction Rebellion South Australia https://xrsa.com.au Rebel for life - Climate action now Sun, 22 Mar 2020 05:45:07 +0000 en-AU hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.3 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 The link between the Extinction Crisis and Covid19 https://xrsa.com.au/blog/2020/03/22/the-link-between-the-extinction-crisis-and-covid19/ https://xrsa.com.au/blog/2020/03/22/the-link-between-the-extinction-crisis-and-covid19/#respond Sun, 22 Mar 2020 05:45:07 +0000 https://xrsa.com.au/?p=3134 By Harald

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

The setting

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

Virus essentials

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

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

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

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

The relationship between Covid19 and the Extinction Crisis

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

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

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

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

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

For detailed and accurate information

Act Now or People Will Die

ABC daily updates

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

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

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

Helpful resources from within XR that are worth checking:

Autumn rebellion postponement advice for XRSA

Three guiding mantras for now, changes and more are certain

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

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

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

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Statement on Covid-19 and Autumn Rebellion https://xrsa.com.au/blog/2020/03/14/statement-on-covid-19-and-autumn-rebellion/ https://xrsa.com.au/blog/2020/03/14/statement-on-covid-19-and-autumn-rebellion/#respond Sat, 14 Mar 2020 05:20:48 +0000 https://xrsa.com.au/?p=3113 Our first demand is to #TellTheTruth. 

The truth right now: the coronavirus (Covid-19) is here, it’s dangerous, and mass public gatherings increase the risks on the most vulnerable people in our society.

We can no longer commit to the nationwide rebellion planned for May 2 onwards.

We’re already working on creative alternatives during this crisis, but mass civil disobedience is necessary to get us out of the one big crisis we’re all suffering through—the crisis for our planet, our future, life itself. 

Rest assured: there will be a mass mobilisation of the people across this country when it’s safe to do so.

Until then, we’ll continue to organise within our local communities, connect people outside the broken institutions, build social bonds, help the most marginalised get through these crises, and empower people to take action when the time is right.

As this coronavirus crisis progresses, let’s remember what’s coming if we don’t radically change the way society works, and reflect on what a last-minute global response to an existential crisis looks like.

Mayhem in airports, flights cancelled, people stranded, sick people abandoned on ships, supermarkets empty, no toilet paper, no hygiene products, food shortages, health systems overwhelmed.

Now that it’s hit the economy, the government has suddenly found money that wasn’t there when the bushfires hit. When people died and a billion animals burned alive. When the floods ripped through. When the rivers got sucked dry by mining companies. When the reef died. When taps ran dry in rural towns. When farmers walked off their land. 

The government didn’t act to save lives. But it acted to save the economy.

Because our system isn’t about people—it’s about money.

This rebellion isn’t just about climate change. It’s about system change. The system that caused this climate crisis is the same system that has brought about this coronavirus crisis.

The system got us here, and we need a new system to get us out of this.

Let’s listen to the scientists. Remember what’s at stake. Act out of love, not fear. Look after the most vulnerable around us. Take care of each other until this virus abates.

Then rebel.

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Upcoming March Events https://xrsa.com.au/blog/2020/03/10/upcoming-march-events/ https://xrsa.com.au/blog/2020/03/10/upcoming-march-events/#respond Tue, 10 Mar 2020 06:10:07 +0000 https://xrsa.com.au/?p=3075 Cover photo of XR Womad Banner by George Manos.

Greetings rebels,

Welcome to the Extinction Rebellion South Australia Newsletter. If you’ve recently signed up, then thank you. It’s great to have you aboard.

Next Steps for New Rebels:

Autumn Rebellion

Watch Autumn Rebellion Campaign Launch Video

A wave of non-violent rebellion is about to roll across the global.

Climate breakdown is here.

Catastrophic bushfires, flash floods, extreme drought, water shortages, mass animal extinction, a dead reef.

Business as usual is killing us. The earth is too hot and the natural world is dying. We are close to the point of no return for a hothouse earth, risking billions of deaths and the collapse of organised human society.

Only unprecedented emergency action can save us now. But our political system is rigged. Rebellion is our last and best hope.

Mass non-violent civil disobedience is the most effective tool we have to create the systemic changes we need. It’s time to mobilise every part of our communities to build an unstoppable mass movement. Every day of inaction increases the threat to life itself.

Across April, May and June citizens from around the world will be mounting rebellion in waves. In Australia, we are holding the Autumn Rebellion from May 2nd.

At the Autumn Rebellion affinity groups will be playing a large role in both organizing their own actions and participating in larger scale actions. We are scaling up the number of affinity groups and will be running induction sessions in Thebarton, Surrey Downs, Aldinga and online over the coming month.

We are also training rebels to fill roles at actions with Conscientious Protector training this weekend and Marshal training on the following weekend.

It’s time to rise up and rebel for life.

Recent Actions

Acting for Life: Festival Die In

This summer, bushfires have killed more than 1,000,000,000 animals. Between 2030 – 2050, the climate emergency will cause at least 250,000 human deaths per year. To bear witness to this tragedy, we staged a funeral procession followed by a die-in at the heart of the Adelaide Fringe.

Photograph by Sam Dunn
View Photos | Watch Action Video | Watch Red Rebel Video | Watch Live Stream

Governments fiddle. Our country burns.

At this symbolic action rebels drew upon imagery of Emperor Nero who is said to have fiddled while Rome burned. Rebels sang, played various string instruments and asked the question ‘Why are our governments fiddling while the country, our home, is burning?’.

Photograph by George Manos
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Welcome to Parliament

The climate crisis is here and as state parliament returned for 2020 rebels performed a mock ‘Welcome to Parliament’ ceremony.

Following last year’s climate emergency declaration the public expectation was that action would start immediately. This hasn’t happened. In our theatrical street performance the speaker of the house calls three ministers to account. 🐌

  • The Minister for Procrastination
  • The Minister for Too Little Too Late
  • The Minister for Slow Lane

They then dissolved the house to make way for citizens assembly on climate and ecological justice. Watch the action video to see the full performance.

Photograph by Jordan Ellis
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Swarm Down Under

To coincide with the Tour Down Under, rebels cycled along the Tour Down Under route the from McLaren Vale to Willunga. Watch the video to see the entire action collapsed into a one minute timelapse.

Photograph by Lyn Lobo
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Upcoming Actions

Media Lie In. Truth Die In

Wednesday, March 11th at 4:30 PM – 6 PM
Intercontinental Hotel, North Terrace (Next to Railway Station)
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Prior to the federal election the documentary Dirty Power revealed the collusion between politicians, the fossil fuel industry and the media.

Three blockers to the climate and ecological truth!

Post-election it is clear that social media is also a fourth major blocker to the truth, and is an unregulated peddler of misinformation and lies.

Climate trolls and bots are capable of spreading climate fallacies at dry lightning speed. Algorithms perpetuate control over news and reinforce divisions. Furthermore, tech companies that buy and sell our personal data also allow the building of an arsenal against our democracy, and the truth that needs to be revealed.

Come and join us the Die In outside of the railway station. Rebels will be laying on the ground ‘as if dead’, in order to demonstrate that our current situation is threatening humanity. Alternatively, you are welcome to hold provided banners, highlighting why we’re taking action.

This action is organised by the Eastern Affinity Group. Rebels from this affinity group have organised other components to this action. Please arrive for briefing to hear all the details.

What to Wear: Come as you are.
What to Bring: A white sheet to use as a shroud and a yoga mat for comfort.

Upcoming Events

Affinity Group Induction

Sunday, March 15th at 1 PM – 3:30 PM
Thebarton Community Centre Corner of South Road and Ashwin Parade
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Saturday, March 28th at 2:30 PM – 5 PM
Surrey Downs Community Centre, 6 Zanoni Crescent, Surrey Downs
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Wednesday, April 1st at 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Cooee Arthouse, 15A Old Coach Rd, Aldinga
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During this workshop you will be able to meet other locals who share your concern about the climate and ecological crisis we are facing and want to take action together. The workshop explores the principles and values at the heart of Extinction Rebellion that will hold us united as we move with courage into the next phase of our work together.

At the workshop you will be invited to join with local rebels in taking action as part of an affinity group. These small groups of rebels are proven to be effective at enhancing activist support, sustainability and safety. At the next rebellion, affinity groups will be playing an important role in both running their own actions and being apart of our larger actions.

Regenerative Culture Workshop

Saturday, March 14th at 10 AM – 1 PM
Room 10.3 (10th floor), Flinders University, Victoria Square, Adelaide
RSVP on Action Network

Have you ever wondered what Regenerative Culture is? Or, how you might support rebels in XRSA as part of the Regenerative Culture Working Group?

Advocacy for regenerative culture needs to be in all parts of XRSA so that we feel supported as rebels while challenging the degenerative system within which we live. This is THE work of XR and is the basic building block for everything we do. This workshop invites you to learn about regenerative culture and consider how it might help us be the best activist we can.

Extinction Rebellion has challenged us to build a new type of culture for action which is full of ‘regenerative processes’: regeneration not degeneration. If we are to meet this challenge, we need to practise the change that we want to become.

We invite you to join us in finding regenerative ways of being rebels and inspiring a rebellion.

Conscientious Protector Training

Sunday, March 15th at 12:30 PM – 5 PM
Adelaide, Venue provided on RSVP
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Extinction Rebellion conducts training for new and aspiring activists concerned about the lack of action on the ecological emergency, widespread extinctions, and rising global temperatures. Based on the principles of non-violent direct action (NVDA), this training will give you the skills to engage in civil resistance, a peaceful and disruptive form of direct action.

Marshal Training

Sunday, March 22nd at 12:45 PM – 3:30 PM
Thebarton, Venue provided on RSVP
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Marshals help make a civil disobedience action focussed and effective, with major impact. Their skills include directing and informing other rebels, with care for all. Marshals responsible for liaison with police and security staff play an important role. Building these skills and building our team of marshals is the focus of this training. If you have done the XR Conscientious Protector Training, please register and come along.

DNA Workshop – Online

Thursday 19th and 26th March at 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
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The growth of Extinction Rebellion has been explosive across the globe. Following from natural processes, Extinction Rebellion has a core ‘DNA’. This acts as the base for all our activities. The DNA includes: our demands, 10 principles and values, and our organisation structure. In this workshop you will learn more about these key characteristics of Extinction Rebellion and how you might fit into the growing Extinction Rebellion organism.

This workshop is the next step for those who’ve seen our Heading for Extinction talk and wish to contribute their skills and passion to the movement.

Heading for Extinction Talk

Wednesday, March 18th at 6 PM – 7:30 PM
Tea Tree Gully Library 571 Montague Road, Modbury 5092
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Saturday, March 21st at 10 AM – 11 AM
Cafe Outside the Square, 34 Whitmore Square, Adelaide
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We are facing a climate and ecological emergency. We must act.

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

Extinction Cafe – Meet and Greet

Saturday, March 21st at 11 AM – 1 PM
Cafe Outside the Square, 34 Whitmore Square, Adelaide
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Every Monday (except public holidays) at 3 PM – 5 PM
The Green Room, 2 High St, Willunga
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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.

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XRSA Rebels Participate in People’s Climate Assembly in Canberra https://xrsa.com.au/blog/2020/02/13/xrsa-rebels-participate-in-peoples-climate-assembly-in-canberra/ https://xrsa.com.au/blog/2020/02/13/xrsa-rebels-participate-in-peoples-climate-assembly-in-canberra/#respond Thu, 13 Feb 2020 03:06:45 +0000 https://xrsa.com.au/?p=3007 Last week rebels from South Australia travelled to Canberra for The Peoples Climate Assembly. One of those rebels, Mai, has written the following about their experience.

“I witnessed a powerful Welcome to Country ceremony conducted by William Tompkins, a Ngunnawal-Wiradjuri elder, and it made me reflect upon the fact that Aboriginal people have a long and continuing relationship as custodians of this land stretching back over more than 40,000 years whereas European settlers have less than two and a half centuries of history with this land and in that time exhausted almost every resource this bountiful land once offered. I participated in the Red Rebel Brigade and as we passed the Sacred Fire for Peace and Justice in the Tent Embassy and I was brought to reflect upon the role of fire in all of our lives – the sacred fires central to Aboriginal cultures, the use of fire as an ancient land-management practice which brought both safety and renewal to the lands, but also the use of fire which has fuelled industrialisation and brought us to the brink of a global ecological catastrophe and, in a much less abstract sense, the imminent threat posed by the bushfires which were looming over the lives and livelihoods of people living in the Australian Capital Territory and across Australia at this time. I was also prompted to reflect on how Aboriginal people have suffered a great dispossession from their traditional lands and ways of life while it seemed to me that on the day that the land itself was threatening to inflict a great dispossession of its own upon the people as a direct consequence of pervasive and sustained mismanagement of the land and the environment.

The Peoples’ Climate Assembly came together to hold workshops, to share knowledge, and for guest speakers to take the floor. This grassroots and truly democratic assembly took place with the backdrop of a fenced-off Parliament House, where the decisions that directly affect the people and the environment happen in a closed-off manner through backroom dealings. It is clear that the sort of democracy we enshrine in our government is an anaemic and very shortsighted one which does not permit the people’s input on the climate crisis but instead seeks to subvert and criminalise the actions necessary for us to spare our people and the entire world from the worst consequences of unmitigated anthropogenic climate change. The people protesting outside of Parliament House were steely in their resolve and unwavering in their commitment to forcing immediate climate action through democratic processes. There was a strong sense of solidarity amongst the crowd as people from all over Australia drew together in common cause, fully aware of the urgent situation and of the power in numbers which we had generated. Outpourings of sorrow and outrage flowed from the people during speeches with people being brought to tears and to outbursts from the powerful words spoken at the Peoples’ Climate Assembly.

Politicians received a colourful welcome of protestors who brandished signs, and waved, shouted, sung, and chanted slogans to drive a critical awareness of the fact that the people who are going to suffer from climate change are real people who are unafraid of taking action and holding politicians to account for their inaction and their denial of the scientific consensus on climate change.

This was the largest climate action protest Canberra has ever seen and the week of demonstrations, the growth of our numbers, as well as the threat of an increasingly hostile climate throwing disaster and destruction upon us all are a sign of things to come. The people will continue to rise up, resolute, joyful, and determined, to demand meaningful and immediate action on climate change from the politicians who are charged with the duty of representing us.”

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Festival of Civil Disobedience https://xrsa.com.au/blog/2020/02/13/festival-of-civil-disobedience/ https://xrsa.com.au/blog/2020/02/13/festival-of-civil-disobedience/#respond Wed, 12 Feb 2020 21:15:52 +0000 https://xrsa.com.au/?p=2990 Photograph of Red Rebel Brigade at the Peoples Climate Assembly by George Manos.

Greetings rebels,

Welcome to the Extinction Rebellion South Australia Newsletter. If you’ve recently signed up, then thank you. It’s great to have you aboard.

Non-violent civil disobedience is a key strategy of Extinction Rebellion. In preparation for the next international rebellion we’re running The Festival of Civil Disobedience on Sunday 23rd February.

Come to this full day of activities to learn, skill up and be inspired for the next rebellion. Activists from past civil disobedience campaigns will be sharing their knowledge, connecting us to our history. We’ll look at recent XR actions, decision making skills and the required roles to make actions succeed. The day will finish with a large-scale role play to prepare you for action.

Where: The Joinery, 111 Franklin St, Adelaide­
When: Sunday, February 23rd at 10 AM – 5 PM

Tickets are available now. Click here to get your ticket today.

 

Next Steps for New Rebels

Upcoming Actions

Adelaide Climate Crisis National Day Of Action

Parliament of South Australia
Saturday, February 22nd at 10 AM – 12:30 PM
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This action is being organised by a coalition of climate activism groups including School Strike for Climate, Extinction Rebellion, Fossil Free SA, Friends of the Earth and GetUp!.

We call for a National Day of Action demanding government action and investment on a scale to match the current climate crisis. On the 22nd of February, starting at 10:30am at Parliament house, you will hear from a wide range of speakers about the future of the climate movement and why this National Day of Action is symbolic of the growing movement and the need for unity.

Acting for Life: Festival Die In

East End, Adelaide
Friday, February 28th at 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
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Join us for the most disruptive and affecting show of the festival season.

This summer, bushfires have killed more than 1,000,000,000 animals. Between 2030 – 2050, the climate emergency will cause at least 250,000 human deaths per year. To bear witness to this tragedy, we will stage a funeral procession and die-in at a prominent festival location in Adelaide’s East-End.

At the die-in, we will lie on the ground under white shrouds. Our show will make it clear to thousands of festival goers that our government must act on behalf of life by taking immediate action on the climate emergency.

Upcoming Events

Heading for Extinction Talk

Saturday, February 15th at 10 AM – 11 AM
Cafe Outside the Square, 34 Whitmore Square, Adelaide
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Sunday, February 16th at 11 AM – 12 PM
Mount Barker Community Centre, 3 Dumas St, Mt 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, February 15th at 11 AM – 1 PM
Cafe Outside the Square, 34 Whitmore Square, Adelaide
View Event on Facebook

Every Monday (except public holidays) at 3 PM – 5 PM
The Green Room, 2 High St, Willunga
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.

Extinction Rebellion DNA Workshop

Friday, February 21st at 4:45 PM – 7:30 PM
Adelaide City Library, Level 3 Rundle Place
RSVP on Action NetworkView Event on Facebook

The growth of Extinction Rebellion has been explosive across the globe. Following from natural processes, Extinction Rebellion has a core ‘DNA’. This acts as the base for all our activities. The DNA includes: our demands, 10 principles and values, and our organisation structure. In this workshop you will learn more about these key characteristics of Extinction Rebellion and how you might fit into the growing Extinction Rebellion organism.

This workshop is the next step for those who’ve seen our Heading for Extinction talk and wish to contribute their skills and passion to the movement.

Crafternoon

Sunday, March 1st at 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
The Adelaide Remakery, 18-28 Young St
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Come join us for an afternoon of crafting fun. We’ll be painting placards, stencilling flags and crafting pieces for our upcoming actions and events.

No crafting skills or experience required, just enthusiasm! Tell your kids and your friends!

This venue is wheelchair accessible. Cups of tea will be available. Bring a plate of afternoon tea to share if you wish!

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Upcoming February Events https://xrsa.com.au/blog/2020/01/30/upcoming-february-events/ https://xrsa.com.au/blog/2020/01/30/upcoming-february-events/#respond Wed, 29 Jan 2020 21:03:23 +0000 https://xrsa.com.au/?p=2883 Photo by Peter Barnes from Swarm Down Under Action

Greetings rebels,

Welcome to the Extinction Rebellion South Australia Newsletter. If you’ve recently signed up, then thank you. It’s great to have you aboard.

Next Steps for New Rebels:

Bushfire Rebellion

It has a been a traumatic and devastating past few months for Australians, with unprecedented fires induced by our changing climate resulting in loss of human life and an estimated billion animals being killed. Extinction Rebellion, as an international apolitical network, has sought to address some of the systemic issues that have contributed over the last half century or so to the current crisis. Most significantly, this involved protests at Australian Embassies around the world in solidarity with protests here in Australia. The world is watching Australia, with Extinction Rebellion actions contributing to the growing international pressure being put on our elected leaders to take the climate and extinction crisis seriously.

It can be demoralising if we contemplate how we may solve such an enormous and seemingly intractable crisis as the one our species is currently in the midst of by merely acting locally. However, internationally coordinated action can dramatically increase our efficacy as a movement and our ability to produce real and profound systemic change on a planetary scale. In the coming year we at Extinction Rebellion hope to escalate this pressure, demanding governments be honest about the severity of the crisis we face as a species – and then to take appropriate action.

Here are some of the highlights from the various actions around the world – top from Argentina; bottom The Hague in the Netherlands and London.

Upcoming Actions

Welcome to Parliament

Wednesday, February 5th at 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Parliament of South Australia
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Join us as we welcome politicians back to parliament.

We will be performing a mock ‘Welcome to Parliament’ ritual on the steps of Parliament House. Last September, the state government declared a climate emergency. We are calling on them to ACT NOW (and not at a snails pace) and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2025.

You’re welcome to bring placards that are in alignment with our principles/values and not affiliated with political parties or other organisations.

This action was organised by the Kadnu Affinity Group.

Governments fiddle. Our country burns.

Wednesday, February 12th at 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Parliament of South Australia
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Australia is burning. The impacts of the climate and ecological crisis become more obvious every day. Yet the federal government have not declared climate emergency and we are still waiting for policies that would address climate as a key driver of the bushfire disaster.

At this symbolic action, players of the violin, erhu, viola, cello and double bass will perform as we ask the question: ‘Why are our governments fiddling while our country, our home, is burning?’ and demand climate action NOW.

We are drawing on the image of the Emperor Nero who is said to have fiddled while Rome burned (though needless to say, history is more complicated). Please bring water and your instrument if you have one. All ages are welcome to attend and to play.

Upcoming Events

Festival of Civil Disobedience

The Joinery, 111 Franklin St, Adelaide­
Sunday, February 23rd at 10 AM – 5 PM
RSVP on Action Network

Nonviolent civil disobedience is a key strategy of Extinction Rebellion globally. Come to this interactive event and meet people who have used civil disobedience in other campaigns, connecting us to our history. Build your skills for participating in and supporting nonviolent civil disobedience. Prepare for the April Rebellion and be inspired!

Heading for Extinction Talk

Cafe Outside the Square, 34 Whitmore Square, Adelaide
Saturday, February 1st at 10 AM – 11 AM
RSVP on Action NetworkView Event on Facebook

Saturday, February 15th at 11 AM – 12 PM
Mount Barker Community Centre, 3 Dumas St, Mt Barker
RSVP on Action NetworkView Event on Facebook

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.

This event has attracted a lot of interest so please RSVP via Action Network to confirm seating.

Extinction Cafe – Meet and Greet

Saturday, February 1st at 11 AM – 1 PM
Cafe Outside the Square, 34 Whitmore Square, Adelaide
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Saturday, February 8th at 11 AM – 1 PM
CO-OP Fresh Cafe, 1 Murray St, Nuriootpa
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Every Monday (except public holidays) at 3 PM – 5 PM
The Green Room, 2 High St, Willunga
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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.

Conscientious Protector Training

Saturday, February 8th at 12:30 PM – 5 PM
Adelaide, Venue provided on RSVP
RSVP on Action NetworkView Event on Facebook

Sunday, February 16th at 12:30 PM – 5 PM
Mount Barker, Venue provided on RSVP
RSVP on Action NetworkView Event on Facebook

Extinction Rebellion conducts training for new and aspiring activists concerned about the lack of action on the ecological emergency, widespread extinctions, and rising global temperatures. Based on the principles of non-violent direct action (NVDA), this training will give you the skills to engage in civil resistance, a peaceful and disruptive form of direct action.

Extinction Rebellion DNA Workshop

Saturday, February 1st at 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Bray Room of State Library of South Australia
RSVP on Action NetworkView Event on Facebook

Online Training Sessions
Monday 10th and 17th February at 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
RSVP on Action NetworkView Event on Facebook

The growth of Extinction Rebellion has been explosive across the globe. Following from natural processes, Extinction Rebellion has a core ‘DNA’. This acts as the base for all our activities. The DNA includes: our demands, 10 principles and values, and our organisation structure. In this workshop you will learn more about these key characteristics of Extinction Rebellion and how you might fit into the growing Extinction Rebellion organism.

This workshop is the next step for those who’ve seen our Heading for Extinction talk and wish to contribute their skills and passion to the movement.

Activist Wellbeing Day

Sunday, February 9th at 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM
St Peters Youth Centre, Cornish Street, Stepney
RSVP on Action NetworkView Event on Facebook

Join us in quiet contemplation and joyful play.

The Activist Wellbeing Circle invites you to join us for a day of reconnecting and restorative practices including meditation, relaxation and movement.

  • Share experiences and thinking on a ‘middle way’ between overwhelming empathy and fierce compassion
  • Connect with what needs to be expressed and heard using the Joanna Macy’s “work that reconnects”
  • Experience deep relaxation
  • Celebrate in community with the rhythm & flow of Circle Dance
  • No prior mediation or dance experience is necessary

Crafternoon

Sunday, February 2nd at 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
The Adelaide Remakery, 18-28 Young St
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Come join us for an afternoon of crafting fun. We’ll be painting placards, stencilling flags and crafting pieces for our upcoming actions and events.

No crafting skills or experience required, just enthusiasm! Tell your kids and your friends!

This venue is wheelchair accessible. Cups of tea will be available. Bring a plate of afternoon tea to share if you wish!

XR Up North Monthly Meeting

Saturday, February 1st at 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Natural Resource Centre, 132 Melrose St, Mount Pleasant SA 5235
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Monthly meeting for organising with XR Up North branch. Come along to help organise upcoming actions, events and more.

Meetings are held on the first Saturday of each month.

The venue for this event is the Natural Resource Centre. Parking is available and venue has wheelchair access.

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Upcoming January Events https://xrsa.com.au/blog/2020/01/16/upcoming-january-events/ https://xrsa.com.au/blog/2020/01/16/upcoming-january-events/#respond Wed, 15 Jan 2020 23:35:25 +0000 https://xrsa.com.au/?p=2780 Photograph by Jordan Ellis (Instagram @jordanellispriv)

Hello Rebels,

Prior to the onset of summer, the climate crisis remained a nebulous and distant concern for many Australians and consequently, the dire warnings of scientists fell on deaf ears. With dozens of lives lost, thousands of dwellings razed to the ground and over a billion of our cherished native animals sadly lost, the people are now listening. We must remind them that the carnage wrought upon our nation in the last couple of months was not an unforeseeable event; it was a conflagration predicted with scary precision by Ross Garnaut a dozen years ago.

A half dozen Prime Ministers from both sides of politics were in receipt of these warnings, yet they did not act. Our leaders are betraying the people by not looking after the common good of the environment, not looking after the common good of public health and not looking after the common good of public safety. Since the outbreak of raging and monstrous fires, it has emerged that Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton sat on an urgent climate risk action plan for over 18 months. Willful blindness is no longer an option and public momentum is swinging towards supporting wartime government mobilisation to tackle the climate crisis. It’s our job at XR to crank up the pressure and lead the planet towards the best possible outcome. There are many ways for you to get involved prior to our next international rebellion in April. A rebellion that just might trigger the change needed.

 

Upcoming Actions

#ListenToThem: Solidarity Vigil for Bushfire Victims

Friday, January 17th at 7:30 PM
Parliament of South Australia

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This action is organised by School Strike 4 Climate.

Snippet from their Facebook event page:

Come along to Adelaide Parliament House at 7:30PM to show solidarity, and hear from people on the frontlines of this crisis through a screening of people’s experiences, speeches, tributes and live performances.

It is important to recognise that these bushfires are unprecedented, as with other major weather events around the world, are increased in duration, frequency and intensity in the effect of climate change. However we would like for this event to not be political motivated and ask for no political insignia and rally signs to be brought along: bring a DONATION of either cash or requested goods, a wreath/flowers (plastic free), as well as all your friends and family.

Stillness

Sunday, January 19th at 2 PM – 3 PM
Botanic Park, Adelaide
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This action intends to create a space in which people can come to stillness in the presence of that which might be lost. With the canopies of the great Moreton Bay fig trees in Botanic Park overhead, we can connect to a place and a sense of deep time.

Stillness may take the form of quiet walking, seated meditation, prayer, or more formal types of meditative movement.

Meet opposite the Friend’s Gate in Botanic Park on Plane Tree Drive.

Bring a mat, rug or even chair if you need to sit. This action has been organised by the XR Up North Affinity Group.

Swarm Down Under

Sunday, January 26th at 9:30 AM – 12 PM
McLaren Vale & Fleurieu Visitor Information Centre, 796 Main Road McLaren Vale,
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Our bicycle swarm will follow the Tour Down Under race along the closed main road route from McLaren Vale to Willunga. This will not be disruptive, our aim is to be visible to the TDU community and connect with them in a respectful way. So come with t-shirts and flags. We’ll bring some too! Bring your cycling friends, of all skill levels.

We’ll ride the 8km route at a gentle pace. Meet at the McLaren Vale Information Centre at 9.30am in time for bike decorating and a briefing. We’ll set off immediately after the main race starts at 10:40.

Catch the train! There’s a lovely off road bike track from Seaford Station direct to the Information Centre. Remember your helmets, sun protection and plenty of water. The event is organized by XR Down South.

Upcoming Events


Heading for Extinction Talk

Saturday, January 18th at 10 AM – 11 AM
Cafe Outside the Square, 34 Whitmore Square, Adelaide
RSVP on Action Network – View Event on Facebook

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.

This event has attracted a lot of interest so please RSVP via Action Network to confirm seating.

Extinction Cafe – Meet and Greet

Saturday, January 18th 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.

Conscientious Protector Training

Saturday, January 18th at 12:30 PM – 5 PM
Location provided on RSVP
RSVP on Action Network – View Event on Facebook

Extinction Rebellion conducts training for new and aspiring activists concerned about the lack of action on the ecological emergency, widespread extinctions, and rising global temperatures. Based on the principles of non-violent direct action (NVDA), this training will give you the skills to engage in civil resistance, a peaceful and disruptive form of direct action.

Extinction Rebellion DNA Workshop

Sunday, January 19th at 1 PM – 4:30 PM
Adelaide City Libraries, Level 3 Rundle Place Adelaide
RSVP on Action Network – View Event on Facebook

Online Training Sessions
Multiple Sessions – Check Event Page for Details

View Event on Facebook – View Event on Website

The growth of Extinction Rebellion has been explosive across the globe. Following from natural processes, Extinction Rebellion has a core ‘DNA’. This acts as the base for all our activities. The DNA includes: our demands, 10 principles and values, and our organisation structure. In this workshop you will learn more about these key characteristics of Extinction Rebellion and how you might fit into the growing Extinction Rebellion organism.

This workshop is the next step for those who’ve seen our Heading for Extinction talk and wish to contribute their skills and passion to the movement.

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End of 2019 Newsletter https://xrsa.com.au/blog/2019/12/20/end-of-2019-newsletter/ https://xrsa.com.au/blog/2019/12/20/end-of-2019-newsletter/#respond Thu, 19 Dec 2019 22:21:51 +0000 https://xrsa.com.au/?p=2656 Cover photograph by Peter Barnes

As 2019 draws to a close we thought we’d take this opportunity to reflect on the year and the amazing movement we’ve built together. We are going to take a break over the holiday period but will be back early next year as we build for the next international rebellion in April.

If you haven’t already, then you can Join up – and persuade friends to do the sameYou can also follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram. 2020 is going to be a big year for the movement and we’ll be rolling out details about upcoming events soon.

If you haven’t already:

  • Watch our Heading for Extinction presentation. We regularly deliver this talk but you can also watch it online.
  • Register for our XR DNA Workshop to learn about our self-organising system and where you fit within the movement.
  • Complete our Conscientious Protector training to prepare yourself for non-violent direct action.

If you can’t spare the time to commit to XRSA but would like to help financially, head over to our donate page. Every little bit helps.

2019 in Review

The initial organising team for XR began meeting in late 2018. In February we held our first major public events with a strategy day in Adelaide along with a strategy meeting and talk in Willunga. These events led to the initial formation of our working groups and of the Down South local group.

Photograph by Peter Barnes

In March we held Declaration Day in which we presented our demands to government, visited The Advertiser to ask the media to Tell the Truth and gathered in Tarndanyangga/Victoria Square to hold a citizen’s assembly.

Photograph by XRSA
View Action for Future Generations Video

In April we began training rebels to be Conscientious Protectors in preparation for the first International Rebellion. We held our Action for Future Generations in which rebels occupied Parliament House until they were physically removed by security. We also held our first marshal training, did our first banner drop and ran a live music fundraiser.

Photograph by XRSA
View Singing Flash Mob Action Video | View Santos AGM Video

In May and June, we presented our Heading for Extinction talks in Harnhdorf and Nuriootpa, which led to the formation of several affinity groups in those regions. We also held a snap action in front of the Santos AGM, co-hosted a Climate Action Now! Protest and held our singing flash mob action.

Photograph by XRSA
View Funeral for Human Race Video | View Bicycle Swarm Video

In July we held our Funeral for the Human Race action in front of the Adelaide morgue. Rebels laid dead, covered in white sheets while we held a mourning ceremony for those who’ve died due to climate inaction. We also held our first of six bicycle swarm actions during the second half of the year.

Photograph by Matt Walker Photography
View Museum Die in Video | View Amazon Indigenous Women’s Solidarity Action

In August we held our first Die-in at the Adelaide Museum. We filled part of the foyer with rebels who don’t want us to join the dinosaurs. We also held a solidarity action with the First Indigenous Women’s March in Brasilia.

Photograph by XRSA
View On the Verge of Extinction – Sea Level Rise Traffic Swarm Video

In September we held our first traffic smarm by doing the Nutbush at the zebra crossing on Pirie St. This was followed later in the month by a roadblock on Sir Donald Bradman Drive. Rebels dressed in their underwater gear to draw attention to the risk of sea level rise.

Photograph by Steven Trutwin
View Spring Rebellion Block Party Video | View Bicycle Swarm Video

The second international rebellion, called the Spring Rebellion in Australia, occurred in October. We had a week of actions that included traffic swarms, a Die-in at Rundle Mall and a massive block party on Pulteney/Rundle St. You can read more about the Spring Rebellion in our wrap up blog post.

Photograph by George Manos
Watch Sing for Truth Facebook Live Stream | Watch Banner Drop Video

In November we focused our efforts on solidifying the gains the movement had made during the Spring Rebellion. We rolled out talks and training across the state and focused on building up our affinity groups. One affinity group organised an action in Norwood in which Rebels sang climate carols in order to encourage the council to declare a climate emergency. Another affinity group held a banner drop at the base of the South Eastern Freeway.

Photograph by Peter Barnes
Watch Heads in the Sand Video

In December, we rounded out the year by putting our heads in the sand at the Glenelg foreshore to symbolise the lack of climate action from our nation’s leaders. This coming Saturday is our last action for the year. We’ll be singing Climate Christmas Carols in Rundle Mall. You can RSVP on Facebook or view the event details on our website.

2019 in Numbers

This year we’ve run over 150 events across South Australia. This has included:

  • Nearly 50 Heading for Extinction Presentations in which we’ve communicated the urgency of the climate and ecological crisis to an audience of over 600 people.
  • 17 DNA Workshops that have taught over 160 rebels about our self organising system, principles and values.
  • 12 Conscientious Protector trainings that prepared over 200 rebels to take non-violent direct action. We now have more activists trained for NVDA than there has ever been in South Australia.

Our social media reach includes:

  • Facebook page with over 3500 followers with a total reach of over 80,000 people.
  • Instagram account with nearly 1300 followers
  • Twitter account with over 1500 followers with tweets reaching over 1.2 million views in September alone.

Our membership database includes over 1300 rebels with 15 active affinity groups that are organising their own actions. It is quite an accomplishment that this has all been achieved within a year.

 

Thank You

We’d like to thank you for joining us for an amazing 2019. We hope you have a safe break over the summer. We’ll see you in 2020.

With love and courage,

XRSA

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Spring Rebellion Block Party Speech: The Earth Calls https://xrsa.com.au/blog/2019/11/22/spring-rebellion-block-party-speech-the-earth-calls/ https://xrsa.com.au/blog/2019/11/22/spring-rebellion-block-party-speech-the-earth-calls/#respond Thu, 21 Nov 2019 20:23:10 +0000 https://xrsa.com.au/?p=2473 Photo by Stephen Trutwin

On the 11th of October on the corner of Rundle Mall and Pultney Street at the culmination of XR SA’s week of Spring Rebellion actions, rebel Lynn Lobo addressed a 500-strong crowd of climate activists. Below is the transcript of her speech.

by Lynn Lobo – November 2019

Congratulations everybody on a great week of Climate Action. YAY EXTINCTION REBELLION!

Take a minute to look around you at all the beautiful faces that the earth has given rise to. Go ahead and greet someone new near you with a shared smile. Know that we are all in this together, UNDETERRED, because our earth is in crisis.

Our biosphere is in deep trouble. We are all afflicted by this potentially terminal illness. Our planet is suffering. The view point that I have to offer here is as a Doctor of Chinese Medicine and a Psychotherapist.

Traditional Chinese Medicine looks at illness a little like weather patterns. An illness is called a ‘pattern of disharmony’. Our earth is in a complex pattern of disharmony. There are many symptoms, such as extreme weather patterns, glacial melting, fire storms and increased cyclone activity. The dying out of numerous species within my lifetime is remarkable – and I’m not that old.

The list of symptoms is long. However, I think the root cause of this illness is one of spirit. We are in a spiritual crisis of separation. We regard everything outside of our own skin as other. We disconnect and marginalise the suffering of others, so we don’t have to suffer.

When we do this we elevate our individual right to live over another. We regard other sentient beings as unfeeling so we can quell our conscience around our atrocities.

Other humans, animals, fish, trees, plants and the soil are all earth conscious. We project our unfeeling attitude onto the world around us. In doing so, we have colonised this planet at a tremendous cost.

The earth’s systems are rebelling and it’s time to decolonise. This means to become conscious of how we misuse power and space in relationship. It also means we need to grow our capacity as feeling beings. Climate change requires an education about soft skills in relationship with each other and our earth. My suffering matters, as does yours. Perhaps we can collaborate and work on it together.

There are going to be many solutions that our earth will dream up through each and every one of us. All of these feelings, ideas, acts, negotiations and solutions will somehow mean something in the big drama of climate change. The earth is a sentient being and we are her dream.

I think cultivating kindness, self-compassion and an ability to deeply listen are the soft skills needed for going forward. For those of us who feel unheard, it’s time to take courage and speak up. Share your truth because it matters.

I appreciate that within the evolving culture of XR we are trying to nurture this process in relationship. We are learning how to do this together. Saving the planet cannot happen at the exclusion of addressing power and privilege.

I want to thank all of you in XR for your commitment to these relationships with each other, and with yourself. We may not get it right. We may fail at times while our understanding grows. But a commitment to learn matters. It’s a revolution of consciousness. Let’s celebrate the change we are working towards.

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Spring Rebellion Wrap Up https://xrsa.com.au/blog/2019/10/29/spring-rebellion-wrap-up/ https://xrsa.com.au/blog/2019/10/29/spring-rebellion-wrap-up/#respond Tue, 29 Oct 2019 02:00:06 +0000 https://xrsa.com.au/?p=2348 Hello rebels,

The Spring Rebellion has sprung, with surreal and inspiring scenes of civil disobedience from across the globe; New Yorkers poured fake blood over the famous charging bull statue; Melbourne rebels emphasised their desire to keep Stayin’ Alive by engaging in civil disco-bedience; rebels in Rome held a hunger strike, and in London, Berlin and Paris, public spaces were occupied by thousands.

Here in South Australia, we held our biggest actions yet and have seen a significant spike in membership. Now we need to take a brief pause to reflect and regenerate, but there’s still plenty of ways to get involved as we build for what comes next.

Interested in learning how best to contribute your skills and passions to the movement? Come along to our Extinction Rebellion DNA talk.

Donate to help us build the rebellion. Every bit helps.

 

Spring Rebellion Actions

Welcoming Every Part of Every Cyclist

A bike swarm down King William Street with over 80 rebels of all ages served as XRSA’s opening action for the weeklong rebellion. Colourful, celebratory and fun, the ride set off at a gentle pace from Ivaritji (Whitmore Square), drawing attention to our cause along the way.


Photograph by Peter Barnes
View Photos | Watch Summary Video | Watch Live Stream

The Ground Beneath Our Feet – Spring Rebellion Picnic 

After the bike swarm, new and seasoned rebels met for a spring picnic in Pioneer Womens Memorial Gardens, to share food, strengthen relationships and create intention for the week ahead.

Photograph by Stephen Trutwin
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Traffic Swarm for Food Lovers

Fifty rebels were involved in blocking traffic outside the Central Markets on Gouger Street to highlight the impact the climate crisis will have on food security. We swarmed traffic four times covering both sides of Gouger Street and the carpark exit.

Photograph by Stephen Trutwin
View Photos | Watch Live Stream 

Loss and Lamentation: Die In Rundle Mall

After successfully hosting our first funeral outside the morgue earlier this year, we got the coffin out again for a die-in in Rundle Mall. The busy shopping thoroughfare was littered with corpses concealed beneath white sheets. A eulogy was presented by author Alastair Sarre and the striking Red Rebel Brigade made their appearance amongst the dead.

Photograph by Peter Barnes
View Photos | Watch Red Rebel Brigade Video | Watch Live Stream

Nutbush City Limits Traffic Swarm for Climate Change

While rebels in Melbourne prefers to disco to The Bee Gees, in SA we have adopted Tina Turner’s 70’s disco classic, Nutbush City Limits. Rebels danced and disrupted traffic outside the State Administration Building in an attempt to get our Premier to face the music.

Photograph by XRSA
View Photos | Watch Live Stream 

Spring Rebellion Block Party

The end of the working week heralded the biggest and most disruptive XRSA action to date, as approximately 500 rebels blocked multiple Pulteney Street intersections for three hours. We started with speeches by Ngankiburka-Mekauwe (Aunty Georgina Williams) and Lyn Lobo before moving onto the Rundle/Pulteney Street intersection.

In an attempt to manage the disruptiveness of the Block Party police had preemptively blocked surrounding roads and redirected traffic. In response rebels collectively decided to move down to the North Terrace/Pulteney Street intersection which we held for forty-five minutes.

There was a strong police presence with six officers on horse. Police dragged conscientious protectors off the road, some were physically removed up to four times without arrest. Two arrests were made.

The party had musical performances by Jessica Rae, The Reverend and Mrs Rowdy, Hellbilly Heroines and Jimmy Bay. ROAR Drumline Adelaide brought their uplifting drumming to the action.

Photograph by Peter Barnes
View Photos | Watch Summary Video| Watch Live Streams

Stand Up and Sing for Climate Action 

We rounded out our week of Spring Rebellion by joining together and singing for the future in Rundle Mall. Rebels were joined by members of Rise Up Singing for a rousing final action.

Photograph by Peter Barnes
View Photos | Watch Slideshow Video | Watch Live Stream

Affinity Group Actions

Throughout the week affinity group also took their own actions. With five banner drops happening across around the city. XR Up North also held their Rubbishy Ocean’s action within the Adelaide Central Market, highlighting the need to resist and recycle plastics.

Interested in joining your local affinity group? Sign up here.

Photograph by Stephen Trutwin

In the news

By ABC – Former Paralympian climbs on top of plane in Extinction Rebellion protestRead more

By Greg Jericho, The Guardian – If you are under 34, you have never experienced a month of below average temperaturesRead more

By Ben Smee, The Guardian – Teenage girl among 20 Extinction Rebellion activists strip-searched by Brisbane policeRead more

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