Extinction Rebellion South Australia https://xrsa.com.au Rebel for life - Climate action now Thu, 23 Sep 2021 11:19:07 +0000 en-AU hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8.1 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 September Newsletter https://xrsa.com.au/blog/2021/09/23/xrsa-september-newsletter/ https://xrsa.com.au/blog/2021/09/23/xrsa-september-newsletter/#respond Thu, 23 Sep 2021 01:00:57 +0000 https://xrsa.com.au/?p=5665

Greetings Rebels,

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

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

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

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

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

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

Next Steps for New Rebels

Festival of Climate Action

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Recent Actions

Museum of Economic Complicity

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

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

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

Watch Livestream | Watch Action Video | View Photos

Stitch It. Don’t Ditch It.

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

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

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

Video of Street Stitchers | View Photos

Don’t NAB Our Future Actions

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

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

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

Reclaim Our Future

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

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

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

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


Kaurna history walking tour

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

Register on Action Network

September All-In Meeting

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

Heading for Extinction (and what to do about it)

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

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)

Register on Action Network

Extinction Rebellion – Who Are We?

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

Register on Action Network

Grow the Rebellion – Welcome & Orientation

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

Register on Action Network

Nonviolence Training for Civil Disobedience

Wednesday, September 1st at 6:30 PM
Online

Register on Action Network

Kaurna history walking tour

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

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

Greetings Rebels,

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

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

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

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

Next Steps for New Rebels

Native Vegetation Act Review Submission

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

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

You can read the full submission here.

Photograph by Peter Barnes

Recent Actions

Stitch it. Don’t ditch It.

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

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

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

View Photos | Watch Livestream

Guerilla projection at Illuminate Adelaide

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

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

Watch Livestream

Don’t NAB Our Future

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

National Fuel Blockade – Exxon Mobil Birkenhead

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

Climate emergency: Canberra Rebellion

August 3rd – 5th
Canberra

Register on Action Network

All-In Meeting

Sunday, August 22nd at 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
The
Box Factory, 59 Regent Street South, Adelaide
Register on Action Network

Heading for Extinction Talk

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

Register on Action Network

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
View on Facebook

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

Register on Action Network

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
Register on Action Network | View on Facebook

Learn the dance moves for DISCObedience

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Extinction Rebellion South Australia

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February Newsletter https://xrsa.com.au/blog/2021/02/15/february-newsletter/ https://xrsa.com.au/blog/2021/02/15/february-newsletter/#respond Mon, 15 Feb 2021 00:00:41 +0000 https://xrsa.com.au/?p=4728

Greetings,

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

Looking abroad, especially at the US, it feels as though the tide is turning. The Australian government, captured by the fossil fuel industry, is looking increasingly isolated on the climate emergency.

Now is a time ripe for change. History shows us that mass participation in civil disobedience is the most effective way of achieving that change. Later this month we’re holding the Festival of Civil Disobedience. A celebration that we hope inspires you as together we prepare for mass disruptive actions during the Autumn Rebellion in March.

Now is the time to step into courage. Doing nothing risks everything.

Next Steps for New Rebels

Festival of Civil Disobedience

The Festival of Civil Disobedience is a celebration of our long history of rebellion in Australia reminding us all that standing together can (and has) made a difference. If you are working for change, come along to this event to find out how civil disobedience can help you and your movement create the system shift you value.

Online Festival Program

Ashes on the Lawn – Civil Disobedience in a time of Pandemic
Saturday, February 20th at 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM

Lessons from the Occupy Movement
Sunday, February 21st at 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM

To Affinity and Beyond online workshop
Monday, February 22nd at 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Facing Fear and Choosing Courage
Wednesday, February 24th at 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

Nonviolence Training for Civil Disobedience
Thursday, February 25th at 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Rise Up Singing – Celebrating the music of resistance
Friday, February 26th at 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

All about arrest from people who know
Saturday, February 27th at 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Heading for Extinction (and what to do about it)
Sunday, February 28th at 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

In Person Events

Wild Things Documentary Screen
Tuesday, February 23rd at 6:45 PM – 9:00 PM
Wallis Cinema – Mitcham

Non-Violent Direct Action Training
Sunday, February 28 at 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Recent Actions

Santos Festival of Cycling

In January we partnered with Fossil Free SA (350.org Australia) to hold a series of actions throughout the Festival of Cycling/Tour Down Under. Our demand was for Events SA to drop Santos sponsorship of the event when it’s set to renew in 2023.

Our first action was a bicycle die in Rundle Mall. We know from a recent report by the ACF that under the current emissions scenario Adelaide will see more days of extreme heat. Making the Tour Down Under unfeasible.

Photograph by George Manos
View Photos | Watch Action Video | Watch Livestream

On the Saturday and Sunday of the festival we held banner drops at key parts of the men’s and women’s race. On Saturday we spray chalked messages onto the road (which someone attempted to paint over) that were broadcast onto Channel 7. On Sunday we worked with Fossil Free SA on some outreach with the community.

Photograph by Gemma Weedall
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For Santos, sports sponsorship is an investment in greenwashing that’s leveraged to extend their social license to extract fossil fuels. They know that Australians love their sport. That’s why they’ve branched out to sponsor not just the Tour Down Under but a Festival of Rugby in Narrabri (follow protest from Gamilaraay Next Generation) and the Australian Open.

Voices from the sports industry are pushing back. We have a responsibility to do the same.

Stop Climate Holiday

As politicians return to parliament we returned to their offices demanding that they end the climate holiday. We started with a beach party in front of Senator Simon Birmingham’s office. We were joined by Scott Morrison who, a year ago, was was rightly lambasted for going on holiday while the country was on fire.

View Photos | Watch Livestream

A few days later rebels visited the office of Nicolle Flint with chants and spray chalk. Extinction Rebellion demands net-zero emissions by 2025. The 2050 target the government is considering is simply too late. We are already on borrowed time.

The following day the Murdoch paper ran a piece stating that Flint feeling intimidated and harassed by our protest. Our protest was peaceful. Our message was left with spray chalk that can be easily washed off. This is not personal. This is about an unfolding emergency for which the government has no plan. Those that are apart of the government are complicit in ecocide.

View Photos

Banner Drops

Rebels from the South Coast have been continuing their monthly actions with banner actions by both the Victor Harbor Farmers Market and on the Bluff

Closer to the city rebels dropped banners along Port Road during peak hour traffic. They also squeezed in some practice for our mass civil disco-bedience action (see below).

Photo by Jordan Ellis
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Roles to Fill

Equipment Tracker

Are you happy working with spreadsheets? We maintain a spreadsheet of all XRSA equipment that is our locker and also stored in other locations. This is basically desk-based work and so could be anyone that is able to/enjoys working with spreadsheets. There is no need to leave your home to do this – unless you want to! The position can be modified if you wish.
If interested then contact Trish.

Mother Earth: Condition Critical!

Sunday, February 28th at 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Pioneer Memorial Gardens, 4 Balhannah Rd, Hahndorf
Register on Action Network | View on Facebook

Blackwood Banner Drop

Thursday, March 4th at 4:15 PM – 6:00 PM
Waite Reserve, Blackwood
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Stayin’ Alive Disco-bedience

Wednesday, March 24th at 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Adelaide Botanic Garden
Register on Action Network | View on Facebook

Welcome to Extinction Rebellion – Our DNA

Tuesday, February 16rd at 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Online
Register on Action Network | View on Facebook

Wild Things – Documentary Screening

Tuesday, February 23rd at 6:45 PM – 9:00 PM
Wallis Cinema Mitcham – 119 Belair Road, Torrens Park
Register on Action Network | View on Facebook

Non-Violent Direct Action Training

Sunday, February 28th at 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Thebarton Community Centre, Ashwin Parade, Torrensville
Register on Action Network | View on Facebook

Marshal Training

Wednesday, March 3rd at 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
379 Halifax Street, Adelaide
Register on Action Network | View on Facebook

Heading for Extinction Talk

Sunday, February 28th at 10:00 – 11:30 AM
Online
Register on Action Network

Saturday, March 6th at 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Cafe Outside the Square, 34 Whitmore Square, Adelaide
Register on Action Network | View on Facebook

Extinction Cafe / XR In the Pub

Wednesday, February 17th at 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
The Unley Hotel, 27 Unley Road, Parkside
Register on Action Network | View on Facebook

Saturday, March 6th at 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Cafe Outside the Square, 34 Whitmore Square, Adelaide
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January Newsletter https://xrsa.com.au/blog/2021/01/16/january-newsletter/ https://xrsa.com.au/blog/2021/01/16/january-newsletter/#respond Sat, 16 Jan 2021 07:29:00 +0000 https://xrsa.com.au/?p=4431

Greetings Rebels,

Welcome to the XRSA January Newsletter. We hope this email finds you safe and well. We’re looking forward to re-connecting with you and hope that you had a regenerative break period.

Next Steps for New Rebels

XRSA 2020 Review Video

In 2020 XRSA held 26 actions (despite the pandemic disruption!). We connected to past civil disobedience movements through our in person and online Festival of Civil Disobedience. We skilled up. We stepped into courage. We rested. We loved, laughed and continued to rebel.

Kyle from our capture team has put together this video to cover the years events.

Small Acts of Rebellion

Our preparations for large public actions was disrupted by the short lived COVID-19 lockdown in November. In response affinity groups ran a series of small actions throughout December.

Sounding the Alarm

Photograph by Jordan Ellis

View Photos | Watch Action Video | Watch Live Stream (Part 1 & Part 2)

With megaphone, instruments and spray chalk in hand rebels sounded the alarm on six climate wrecking companies. We visited the Adelaide offices of Allianz, Origin Energy, News Corp, Commonwealth Bank, Beach Energy and Santos. Made some noise and spray chalked messages in front of their public facing buildings.

No to a gas-led recovery

Photograph by Jordan Ellis

View Photos | Watch Action Video | Watch Live Stream

On the 1st of December, Santos announced that they would reach net-zero emissions by 2040. A fossil fuel company with net zero emissions? You don’t need to be a climate scientist to understand that a zero emissions future is one without fossil fuels. To highlight this hypocrisy rebels spray chalked barricades that had been installed around their building during foyer upgrades.

Crisis Carols

Photograph by George Manos

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During peak Christmas shopping rebels sang Christmas Carols with a Climate Emergency twist in Rundle Mall. They were joined by four ‘nude’ rebels. Highlighting the vulnerability we all face with the climate emergency.

Santa’s Home is Melting


Watch Action Video | Watch Live Stream (Part 1 & Part 2)

To finish off 2020 rebels dressed as Santa and their elves and dropped banners from the giant Christmas tree in Tarntanyangga (Victoria Square). The banners read ‘Goodwill to Earth’ and ‘Climate Peace’. Rebels, Mai and Keith were arrested and charged with trespass and property damage.

Victor Harbor Banner Drop

Photograph by Marc Wilson

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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
View on Website | View on Facebook

Bring your bicycle or bike helmet to create a symbolic image highlighting the impact of the climate crisis and extreme heat on cycling and cyclist health. Call on the Tour Down Under to #BreakAwayFromGas, and replace fossil fuel company Santos with a new, green sponsor by 2023.

This action is a Fossil Free SA, 350 Australia and XR SA collaboration.

Heading for Extinction Talk

Saturday, February 6th at 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Cafe Outside the Square, 34 Whitmore Square, Adelaide
RSVP on Action Network

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

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

Welcome to Extinction Rebellion – Our DNA

Tuesday, February 2nd at 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Online

RSVP on Action Network

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

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

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

Online Nonviolence Training for Civil Disobedience

Saturday, January 30st at 2:00 PM – 3:45 PM
Online
RSVP on Action Network

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

Extinction Cafe

Croydon, Queen Street Cafe
Marion, Marion Hotel
Adelaide, Cafe Outside the Square
Blackwood, Montagna Cafe

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

Red Rebel Information Afternoon

Sunday, February 7th at 1 PM – 5 PM
The Joinery, 111 Franklin Street, Adelaide
RSVP on Action Network

Have you seen Extinction Rebellion’s Red Rebel Brigade? We’re the ghostly-white figures cloaked in scarlet-red, drifting gracefully throughout some of XR’s actions.

We come to support the arrestable rebels, to de-escalate confrontational situations, we block roads by crossing slowly or flocking in junctions, but only long enough to provoke emotive responses. We make appearances in both nature and urban settings, creating a contrast with the surrounding environment.

At this information afternoon learn:

  • what is involved and if being a Red Rebel would suit you?
  • what we represent and our impact on society

Come along and meet us and learn more about this silent street theatre activists group.

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