Extinction Rebellion South Australia https://xrsa.com.au Rebel for life - Climate action now Thu, 29 Jul 2021 14:31:03 +0000 en-AU hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 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 July Newsletter https://xrsa.com.au/blog/2021/07/29/xrsa-july-newsletter/ https://xrsa.com.au/blog/2021/07/29/xrsa-july-newsletter/#respond Thu, 29 Jul 2021 06:00:58 +0000 https://xrsa.com.au/?p=5331

Greetings Rebels,

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

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

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

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

Next Steps for New Rebels

Native Vegetation Act Review Submission

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

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

You can read the full submission here.

Photograph by Peter Barnes

Recent Actions

Stitch it. Don’t ditch It.

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

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

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

View Photos | Watch Livestream

Guerilla projection at Illuminate Adelaide

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

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

Watch Livestream

Don’t NAB Our Future

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

National Fuel Blockade – Exxon Mobil Birkenhead

Thursday, August 19th at 4:00 PM
Wills Street Peterhead
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Climate emergency: Canberra Rebellion

August 3rd – 5th
Canberra

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All-In Meeting

Sunday, August 22nd at 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
The
Box Factory, 59 Regent Street South, Adelaide
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Heading for Extinction Talk

Saturday , August 14th at 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
The Shed (via Recreate Shop), Phyllis St, Mount Pleasant

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Extinction Rebellion – Who Are We?

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

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

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

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

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

We make the following specific submissions.

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

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

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

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

Submission of Extinction Rebellion South Australia

Cover image by Peter Barnes

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

Greetings Rebels,

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

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

Next Steps for New Rebels

National Fuel Blockade

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

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

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

View Photos | Watch Action Video | Watch Livestream

Rebels in Court

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

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

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

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

Stop NABing Our Future

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

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

View Photos | Watch Livestream

#StitchItDontDitchIt – Mend In

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

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

Register on Action Network

Nonviolence Training for Civil Disobedience

Wednesday, June 23rd at 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Online

Register on Action Network

Welcome and Orientation

Sunday, June 13th at 4:30 PM – 5:45 PM
Online

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Extinction Rebellion: Who are we?

Thursday, June 17th at 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Online

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XRSA March Newsletter https://xrsa.com.au/blog/2021/03/14/xrsa-march-newsletter/ https://xrsa.com.au/blog/2021/03/14/xrsa-march-newsletter/#respond Sun, 14 Mar 2021 00:00:04 +0000 https://xrsa.com.au/?p=4886

Greetings Rebels,

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

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

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

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

Next Steps for New Rebels

Gas-led Extinction

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photograph by Peter Barnes

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
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Learn the dance moves for DISCObedience

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Extinction Rebellion South Australia

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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
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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
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Welcome to Extinction Rebellion – Our DNA

Tuesday, February 16rd at 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Online
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Wild Things – Documentary Screening

Tuesday, February 23rd at 6:45 PM – 9:00 PM
Wallis Cinema Mitcham – 119 Belair Road, Torrens Park
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Non-Violent Direct Action Training

Sunday, February 28th at 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Thebarton Community Centre, Ashwin Parade, Torrensville
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Marshal Training

Wednesday, March 3rd at 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
379 Halifax Street, Adelaide
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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
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Extinction Cafe / XR In the Pub

Wednesday, February 17th at 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
The Unley Hotel, 27 Unley Road, Parkside
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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

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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

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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
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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
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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, 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
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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

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

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

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

2020 End of Year Picnic

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

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

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

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

Heading for Extinction Talk

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

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

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

Welcome to Extinction Rebellion – Our DNA

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

RSVP on Action Network

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

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

  • Our Three key Demands
  • Our Principles & Values – the basis of the Rebel Code under which we operate
  • Our story, strategy and theory of change
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November Newsletter https://xrsa.com.au/blog/2020/11/06/november-newsletter/ https://xrsa.com.au/blog/2020/11/06/november-newsletter/#respond Fri, 06 Nov 2020 01:29:30 +0000 https://xrsa.com.au/?p=4175

Greetings Rebels,

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

Next Steps for New Rebels

BUSINESS AS USUAL = DEATH Action

Photograph by George Manos

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

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

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

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

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

Victor Harbor Banner Drop

Photograph by Peter Barnes

View Photos | Read coverage in The Times

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

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

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

No to Driver’s Month – Bicycle Swarm

Saturday, November 14th at 10:15 AM – 12 PM
Adelaide Central Bus Station, 85 Franklin Street, Adelaide
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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
View on XRSA Website

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

Heading for Extinction Talk

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

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

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

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

Welcome to Extinction Rebellion – Our DNA

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

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

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

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

Online Nonviolence Training for Civil Disobedience

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

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

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

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

  • Understand how non-violent civil disobedience fits into XR’s strategic vision
  • Learn the skills needed to practise and promote nonviolence during actions
  • Address your fears or concerns about participating in actions
  • Explore what kind of arrestable and non- arrestable action roles best suit you
  • Identify your next step towards taking action.
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