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Greetings Rebels,

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

Since our last newsletter we’ve seen a Climate Emergency Declaration in both houses of state parliament along with a federal election result that showed the rising demand for serious climate action.

Labor says they’re committed to acting on the climate and ecological emergency. However they’re also supporting 114 new coal and gas projects and have an emissions target that put us on track for over 2 degrees of dangerous warming. Mass participation in civil disobedience remains the appropriate response to this madness.

Following the election rebels have been on a regenerative break with a planned returned this Sunday for our All-In Meeting. We hope to see you there there and on the streets soon.

Next Steps for New Rebels

SA Parliament Declares a Climate Emergency

View Photos | Watch Livestream

On the 31st of May, South Australia became the first Australian state to pass a climate emergency declaration in both houses of parliament.

The declaration was first tabled by Susan Close in October 2021 following a petition of over 10,000 signatures. Six days after the Malinauskas Government was elected, Close declared that they would bring the Declaration to Parliament at a School Strike for Climate Rally on March 25.

A Climate Emergency Declaration first passed the South Australian Upper House (Legislative Council) on September 25th 2019.

XRSA Media spokesperson, Anna Slynn said earlier “It is now encumbent upon the Malinauskas Government to take urgent action to reduce carbon emissions fast to ensure a safe climate for future generations. That means leveraging all parts of government in responding to the emergency.”

Santos AGM

Watch NITV Coverage | Watch Action Video | View Photos

In early May, Santos held their Annual General Meeting both online and at Adelaide Town Hall.

Inside the AGM, Santos CEO Kevin Gallagher was severed a cease and desist by Gomeroi woman Dorothy Tighe. Dorothy said that the Gomeroi people haven’t been consulted and haven’t given consent for Santos Narrabri Gas Project.

Following Dorothy was Tiwi Island man, Craig Winston. Tiwi Islanders are currently facing the development of a massive pipeline through their sea country to the Barossa-Caldita offshore gas fields. Craig said that Santos had bullied their way through the approvals process without asking all tribes for consent.

Outside the AGM rebels joined Gomeroi Traditional Owners, Tiwi Islanders and local Kaurna mob in solidarity.

Scientist Rebellion at Santos HQ

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The day following the Santos AGM scientists and XR rebels Dr Annie Bond and Cathy Cox glued themselves to Santos HQ. Meanwhile rebels Anna Markey and Meme Thorne glued themselves to the road in front of the building. All were demanding that Santos listen to the experts and end fossil fuels.

Annie and Cathy faced charges of property damage while Anna and Meme faced charges of obstructing traffic. All received no conviction and no penalty at a court hearing held on June 7th.

Rebels Andrew and Eugene face Court

Eugene Speech outside Court | News Coverage | Action Livestream

Rebels Andrew and Eugene faced court on May 15th for their involvement in a ‘Beds are Burning’ inspired action outside of Santos HQ. Both received no conviction and only a $50 penalty after gluing their feet to the road as they sat in ‘burning’ beds and wore masks of Scott Morrison and Angas Taylor.

Federal Election Shenanigans

Rebels engaged in a variety of tactics towards the end of the federal election campaign including actions at MP offices, billboard upgrades and bird-dogging.

Massive swings against James Stevens in Sturt

Watch Livestream | Watch Action Video | View Photos

“Seriously, would you vote for someone who literally falls asleep on the job???…

And has increased investment into fossil fuels to $22,000 every minute this financial year?!!”

Read a sign held by rebels dressed in their PJ’s outside the office of Sturt Liberal MP, James Stevens. The message on climate was ‘unequivocal’ as Stevens saw a massive 6.4% swing against him at the election.

Not even Scomo and Barnaby could help James. Both were kicked out of a private fundraiser and then later crashed speech he was giving to local residents. Shocking!

Our Future Is Up in Smoke with Birmo

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“The pursuit of truly renewable resources must be our ultimate goal” said Liberal Senator Simon Birmingham in his first speech to Parliament. Last year as Minister for Finance he oversaw $10.5 billion of taxpayers’ money on tax credits and subsidies for the fossil fuel industry. Quite the turnaround.

Rebels demanding that Birmingham commit to funding solutions and not pollution staged a noisy action outside his office. Days before the election Birmingham’s office was spray chalked as part of a national action targeting Liberal MP’s across the country.

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Billboard Upgrades

In the spirit of BUGA-UP campaigns of the past, rebels upgraded four United Australia Party billboards, reclaiming the yellow stain with a messages for climate action.

One Nation and UAP corflutes were also repurposed for ‘Listen to the Experts’ placards for our actions targeting Santos. Some rebels also artfully upgraded One Nation corflutes in the spirit of the iconic Pauline Pantsdown track.

Footy Banners

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Rebels from the Willunga affinity group caught the eyes of footy fans with massive riverside banners outside the Crows and GWS game at Adelaide Oval.

According to AFLP4CA (AFL Players 4 Climate Action), 92% of AFL players are concerned about the climate crisis and so are more than three-quarters of footy fans. The time to act is now.

Silent Vigil in the Botanic Gardens

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Rebels held a silent vigil outside the Santos Museum of Economic Botany in the Adelaide Botanic Garden to coincide with a History Festival tour titled “The Importance of Plants in Our Lives: Past, Present and Future”.

Dressed in black rebels carried crosses bearing the names of extinct Australian plant species.

Study after study has shown that Australia is facing an extinction crisis. 37 species of flora are now extinct, and hundreds more are endangered and vulnerable.

The action drew attention to Santos’ sponsorship of the Museum and the company’s continued investment in dirty and dangerous fossil fuels.

All-In Meeting

Sunday, June 26th at 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM
The Box Factory, 56 Regent Street South, Adelaide

Register here

Conscientious Protectors Screenings

Mt BarkerMonday, July 25th at 6:30
Reserve Tickets

Mitcham – Monday, July 25th at 6:30
Reserve Tickets

Semaphore – Wednesday, June 26th at 6:30
Reserve Tickets

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XRSA April Newsletter https://xrsa.com.au/blog/2022/04/20/xrsa-april-newsletter/ https://xrsa.com.au/blog/2022/04/20/xrsa-april-newsletter/#respond Wed, 20 Apr 2022 00:47:51 +0000 https://xrsa.com.au/?p=6649

Greetings Rebels,

Welcome to the April XRSA newsletter. We hope this email finds you safe and well.

The recent state election has resulted in a change of government and a commitment for a Climate Emergency Declaration by Susan Close MP. Bringing us closer to achieving our first demand.

As one election passes rebels prepare for the next with postering, reverse graffiti and weeks of action taking place outside MP offices. Meanwhile rebels continue to turn up the heat with a traffic stopping ‘Burning Beds’ action capturing the attention of Santos, the media and Midnight Oil.

The momentum is building. Let’s do this together.

Next Steps for New Rebels

Fund Solutions Not Pollution Campaign Updates

In the lead up to the federal election rebels have been staging actions at MP offices as part of the national Fund Solutions Not Pollution campaign.

Watch Livestream | View Photos

On April Fools day, rebels visited the office of Rachel Swift, the Liberal candidate for Boothby. With banners, chalk and political face masks in hand rebels declared that there is no room for Fossil Fools in the next parliament. Rebels received strong support from passing motorists.

In an escalation of rhetoric, Swift labeled the action as an ‘extremist attack’. They attempted to fundraise off the action by claiming the washable spray chalk used was ‘vandalism’. You can read our response here.

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The following week rebels brought both Climate Action and Disco to Mark Butler’s office in Port Adelaide. Dressed in their finest disco outfits they danced to The Bee Gees’ “Stayin’ Alive”.

We’re facing both a health and climate crisis. Mark Butler’s health portfolio places him in a direct position of responsibility and care for enacting policies that ensure the health and wellbeing of all Australians.

These lively and colourful actions are part of our Friday Fiestas for the Future series. On Friday afternoons from 4:30pm we’ll be targeting MPs and candidates in a different electorate each week. We’ll be joined by students and parents, bring your friends and family too.

Join us this Friday at the office of Sturt MP James Steven and then the following Friday at Senator Simon Birmingham’s office in Hilton.

Meanwhile, ask your friends and family to contact their local Federal MP and Senators by sharing this link:

https://fundsolutionsnotpollution.good.do/MP/email/

Beds are Burning

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

In the lead up to Midnight Oil’s Adelaide concert, rebels used “burning” beds to block traffic outside the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources (DISER) office. This office is connected by bridge to the Santos building. A physical manifestation of how the state is captured by the oil and gas industry.

Amidst bollards, banners, and smoke emitters, rebels Andrew and Eugene, dressed as Angus Taylor and Scott Morrison, were parodying this abhorrent relationship to the music of Midnight Oil. Both were arrested and are facing court next month.

Later in the day rebels were outside the concert connecting with fans about the climate and ecological crisis. Inside Midnight Oil flashed up a photo from the action while giving a scathing condemnation of Santos.

Climate Emergency Declaration Commitment

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In late March, the new Deputy Premier, Susan Close MP committed to a climate emergency declaration during SS4C’s Global Climate Strike. As acknowledged by Close, this is just the first step. We must swiftly reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero and halt biodiversity loss.

Life in the Balance – Mai at Court

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Earlier this month, Mai faced court receiving no conviction or penalty for taking direct action last October in Adelaide during the COP26 climate summit. In a spectacular action, rebels Mai and Ronny scaled a tripod and blocked peak hour traffic. The action drew attention to the Federal Government’s criminal climate behaviour, which did not escape the world’s notice at the COP26.

Public Mending for a Fashion Revolution

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On Wednesday rebels lined Rundle Mall in a public clothes mending action for for Fashion Revolution Week. Seated in a line of chairs stretching from H&M, a face of fast fashion, rebels mended clothes and engaged with passersby in an act of ‘joyful disruption’.

By learning to make our clothes last longer we can address our addiction to fast fashion and begin to curb the 5 percent of worldwide greenhouse gas emissions caused by the clothing industry.

Solutions not Pollution: Sturt

Friday, April 22nd at 4:30pm – 6:15pm
Under awning at rear of Sfizio café
89 The Parade, Norwood, 5067 AU

Register here

Solutions not Pollution: Hilton

Friday, April 29th at 4:30pm – 6:15pm
West Torrens Memorial Gardens
Brooker Tce, Hilton, 5033
Register here

All-In Meeting

Sunday, April 24th at 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM
South West Community Centre
22 Stamford Court, Adelaide

Register here

Heading for Extinction (and what to do about it)

Sunday, April 24th at 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
South West Community Centre
22 Stamford Court, Adelaide

Register here

Heading for Extinction (and what to do about it)

Sunday, April 24th at 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Online
Register here

Support Andrew and Eugene at Court

Thursday, May 12th at 11:45 AM
Adelaide Magistrates Court

Register here

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XRSA March Newsletter https://xrsa.com.au/blog/2022/03/17/xrsa-march-newsletter-2/ https://xrsa.com.au/blog/2022/03/17/xrsa-march-newsletter-2/#respond Thu, 17 Mar 2022 00:00:51 +0000 https://xrsa.com.au/?p=6457

Greetings Rebels,

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

Earlier this week we saw a decision from the Federal court that the Environment Minister, Susan Ley does not have a duty of care to protect the children of Australia from the climate crisis. In the same week we see the Coalition announced a $128m spend of our money to help mining companies get around environmental protection laws.

You can’t make this shit up. We need a rebellion against extinction!

Next Steps for New Rebels

Extinction is Forever Rally

Watch Livestream | Watch Action Video
View Photo Set 1 | View Photo Set 2

This week rebels brought the struggle against the extinction crisis to the Adelaide Fringe. On Tuesday rebels staged a dramatic funeral procession led by the giant, partially skeletonized koala puppet called Blinky.

Blinky bellowed cries of agony as the procession made its way down Rundle Road to the front of both Gluttony and The Garden of Unearthly Delights. These cries evoked the devastating Black Summer bushfires where 3 billion animals were estimated to have been killed, injured or have their habitat destroyed.

The spectacular procession featured XR’s Red Rebel Brigade, Oilies, singers from Rise Up singing and of course the mourners.

Our thanks goes out to rebels from XR Vic for both bringing Blinky over to Adelaide and being on the ground to support the action.

Climate Crisis Die-In

Watch Livestream | View Photos

With a state election only days away both Steven Marshall and Peter Malinauskas are failing to take even the first steps in acknowledging the crisis we face by not committing to a climate emergency declaration.

Rebels with chalk, banners and placards in hand recently staged an action in Rundle Mall on the need for this declaration. They covered the iconic Malls Balls with a sheet of a burning Earth, held a die-in in front of it and engaged with passersby.

The Climate Crisis and the Arts

The Adelaide Festival recently held a full-day event with discussions on the climate crisis and the arts. Rebels were out and about spruiking our new national Fund Solutions Not Pollution federal election campaign (details below).

They even had the pleasure of catching up with writer, troublemaker, former Greens senator and extinction rebel, Scott Ludlum. Scott will be speaking at a live-streamed event this Saturday on State Capture. Don’t miss it.

New Fund Solutions Not Pollution Campaign

Join XR’s new national campaign #FundSolutionsNotPollution!

Tell Federal MPs and candidates in South Australia to take climate action now!

Join us for lively and colourful Friday Fiestas for the Future from 4.30pm on:

We’ll be joined by students and parents, bring your friends and family too.

Register now for these upcoming actions and you’ll receive details about the location and what to bring closer to the date.

Register now for these upcoming actions and you’ll receive details about the location and what to bring closer to the date. Meanwhile, ask your friends and family to contact their local Federal MP and Senators by sharing this link:

https://fundsolutionsnotpollution.good.do/MP/email/

School Strike for Climate – Global Day of Climate Action

Friday, March 25th at 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Tarntanyangga / Victoria Square
View Facebook Event

Beds are Burning

Wednesday, March 30th at 5:30pm
Adelaide Entertainment Centre – Port Road, Hindmarsh

Register here

State Capture and the Extinction Rebellion

Saturday, March 19th at 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Online

Register here

Heading for Extinction (and what to do about it)

Sunday, March 27th at 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Box Factory Community Centre – 56 Regent Street South, Adelaide

Register here

All-In Meeting

Sunday, March 27th at 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Box Factory Community Centre – 56 Regent Street South, Adelaide

Register here

Heading for Extinction (and what to do about it)

Sunday, March 20th at 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Online

Register here

Non-violent Direct Action Training

Sunday, March 20th at 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Online

Register here

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XRSA February Newsletter https://xrsa.com.au/blog/2022/03/02/xrsa-february-newsletter/ https://xrsa.com.au/blog/2022/03/02/xrsa-february-newsletter/#respond Wed, 02 Mar 2022 10:50:22 +0000 https://xrsa.com.au/?p=6315

Greetings Rebels,

Welcome to the first XRSA Newsletter for 2022. We hope this email finds you safe and well.

2021 was a big year for XRSA. We held 65+ actions and co-hosted South Australia’s first Climate Action festival with other like-minded organisations. Amazing! You can checkout some photo highlights here.

We’re back and ready to make 2022 even bigger. Rebels kicked off the year with actions at the Santos Festival of Cycling (more below) and will be supporting both Ronny and Mai as they return to court in the coming days.

While we know that both major parties are captured by the fossil fuel industry, the upcoming state and federal elections provide opportunities to keep the climate and ecological crisis front and center. Planning is already underway for a series of actions in the lead up to the state election in March. Join us later this month for our All-In Meeting to get involved! Make it a priority to be there.

Next Steps for New Rebels

Pilliga Project

Rebels from XR Sydney have put together a documentary on the destructive Santos Narrabri Gas Project. Beyond the extreme emissions, the project involves clearing parts of the Pilliga Forrest for 850 gas wells that put at risk both ground water and food security.

The documentary premiered last month and is available to watch online. The creators are keen to get the word out so please share it with your friends (maybe watch it together?). If you’re keen to organise a screening in your local community then please get in touch.

Santos Festival of Cycling

In the lead up to the Santos Festival of Cycling (usually Tour Down Under) rebels announced their intention to perform road blocks and safely stop the race. As fossil fuel companies continue to ‘sportswash’ major events, our intention was to increase the cost of accepting fossil fuel sponsorship while also keeping public pressure on Santos.

While our initial observations of multiple sites suggested we could safely perform certain types of blocks, later observations during race conditions highlighted concerns that could not be safely resolved. Rebels waited until after the final race to reveal their decision keeping the pressure on both Santos and Events SA.

Instead rebels, working with our allies at Fossil Free SA, maintained a consistent presence throughout the festival. We received strong support both the public, cyclists and participants. It was clear on the ground that our announcement had reverberated throughout the event. Our actions were met with an excessive police presence, threats of excessive fines from Events SA staff for simply holding banners, long ad-breaks during the live broadcast as cyclists rode past our actions and updates to the Major Events Act following the announcement.

In 2023 Events SA will decide whether they continue with the naming rights sponsorship.

View Photos | Watch Livestream

Support Ronny at Court

Thursday, February 10th at 2:30pm
Adelaide Magistrates Court, 260 Victoria Square, Adelaide

Register here

Support Mai at Court

Thursday, February 21st at 2:30pm
Adelaide Magistrates Court, 260 Victoria Square, Adelaide

Register here

Heading for Extinction (and what to do about it)

Wednesday, February 16th at 5:30 PM
Register here

Sunday, February 20th at 9:30 AM
Register here

Non-violent Direct Action Training

Monday, February 21st at 6:30 PM
Register here

All-In Meeting

Sunday, February 27th
1 PM for new rebels (introduction session)
2 PM for everyone else

Register here

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XRSA Late November Newsletter https://xrsa.com.au/blog/2021/11/24/xrsa-late-november-newsletter/ https://xrsa.com.au/blog/2021/11/24/xrsa-late-november-newsletter/#respond Wed, 24 Nov 2021 07:23:47 +0000 https://xrsa.com.au/?p=5986

Greetings Rebels,

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

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

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

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

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

Next Steps for New Rebels

COP this shit

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

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

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

This action received widespread media attention both locally and internationally.

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

Babes on Bicycles

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

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

View Photos

COP Global Day of Action

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

View Photos | Watch Ronny’s Speech

Don’t NAB Our Future

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

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

View Photos

Reverse Graffiti

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

View Photos

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

Support Mai, Ronny and Jenny at Court

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

Register on Action Network

Support Duty of Care Rebels at Court

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

Register on Action Network

Support Mary and Ian at Court

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

Register on Action Network

Security Workshop

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

Where to from here?

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

End of Year Celebration

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

Rebel Tech Cafe

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

Heading for Extinction (and what to do about it)

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

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

Welcome and Orientation

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

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

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

Greetings Rebels,

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

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

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

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

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

Next Steps for New Rebels

Recent Actions

100 Pairs of Children’s Shoes

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

Watch Reel | Watch Action Video | View Photos

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

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

Watch Action Video | View Photos

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

Watch Reel | View Photos

Future for our Kids

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

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

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

Life in the Balance

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

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

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

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

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

Don’t NAB Our Future

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

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

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

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

Fundraiser and Court Dates

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

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

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

#IStandWithPeri Social Media Action

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

Stand with Peri. Demand that David Speirs apologise.

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

Babes on Bikes – A Protest Parade

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

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

COP26 – Global Day of Action

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

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

Heading for Extinction (and what to do about it)

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

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

Welcome and Orientation

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

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

End of Year Celebration

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

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

Greetings Rebels,

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

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

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

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

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

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

Next Steps for New Rebels

Festival of Climate Action

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Recent Actions

Museum of Economic Complicity

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

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

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

Watch Livestream | Watch Action Video | View Photos

Stitch It. Don’t Ditch It.

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

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

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

Video of Street Stitchers | View Photos

Don’t NAB Our Future Actions

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

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

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

Reclaim Our Future

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

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

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

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


Kaurna history walking tour

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

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September All-In Meeting

Sunday, September 26th at 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Box Factory, 59 Regent Street South, Adelaide
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Heading for Extinction (and what to do about it)

Wednesday, September 29th at 6:30 PM – 7:45 PM
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Sunday, October 3rd at 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
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Welcome and Orientation

Sunday, September 26th at 4:30 PM – 5:45 PM
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Sunday, October 3rd at 4:30 PM – 5:45 PM
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Nonviolence Training for Civil Disobedience

Sunday, October 3rd at 9:30 AM – 3:00 PM
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Thursday, October 7th at 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
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☀️ Festival of Climate Action https://xrsa.com.au/blog/2021/09/14/%e2%98%80%ef%b8%8f-festival-of-climate-action/ https://xrsa.com.au/blog/2021/09/14/%e2%98%80%ef%b8%8f-festival-of-climate-action/#respond Tue, 14 Sep 2021 01:00:28 +0000 https://xrsa.com.au/?p=5601 Code red for humanity – we need everyone!

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

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

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

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

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

How to get involved

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Greetings Rebels,

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

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

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

Let’s step into courage together.

Next Steps for New Rebels

Climate Emergency Petition Tabled

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

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

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

Recent Actions

Fuel Blockade at Exxon Mobil and BP

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

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

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

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

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

Clean Up Santos’ Greenwash

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

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

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

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

Watch Livestream | Watch Action Video | View Photos

Don’t NAB Our Future Gouger Street Lock-In

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

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

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

Watch Livestream (Inside / Outside) | View Photos

Don’t NAB Our Future National Day of Action

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

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

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

Watch Livestream | View Photos

Guerilla projections at Illuminate Adelaide

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

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

Watch Livestream | Watch Action Video

#StitchItDontDitchIt Mend In

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

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Extinction Rebellion – Who Are We?

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

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Grow the Rebellion – Welcome & Orientation

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

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Nonviolence Training for Civil Disobedience

Wednesday, September 1st at 6:30 PM
Online

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Kaurna history walking tour

Saturday, September 25th at 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
St John’s Church, 271 Carrington Street, Adelaide
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XRSA July Newsletter https://xrsa.com.au/blog/2021/07/29/xrsa-july-newsletter/ https://xrsa.com.au/blog/2021/07/29/xrsa-july-newsletter/#respond Thu, 29 Jul 2021 06:00:58 +0000 https://xrsa.com.au/?p=5331

Greetings Rebels,

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

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

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

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

Next Steps for New Rebels

Native Vegetation Act Review Submission

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

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

You can read the full submission here.

Photograph by Peter Barnes

Recent Actions

Stitch it. Don’t ditch It.

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

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

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

View Photos | Watch Livestream

Guerilla projection at Illuminate Adelaide

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

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

Watch Livestream

Don’t NAB Our Future

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

National Fuel Blockade – Exxon Mobil Birkenhead

Thursday, August 19th at 4:00 PM
Wills Street Peterhead
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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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