Newsletter 33: Good COP Bad COP
Dearest rebels, welcome to the last XR Newsletter of the year – and indeed, the decade.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for everything you do.
Whether you are a donor, volunteer, brave arrestable or quiet supporter, rest assured you are vital to the movement and XR would not exist without you
. Thank you.
Today we bring you another mega-issue, bursting with stories from all around the world
. Firstly, the results (or lack of them) during the COP in Madrid are proof enough that our leaders have abandoned their people.
As you can read below, the whole event was characterized by a lack of decisiveness or positive action. Ultimately, chaos was the only obvious outcome of the Conference of the Parties.
After four weeks of exceptional endurance, courage and empathy on the part of the rebels
, the Global Hunger Strike is now winding down, but it’s seen huge support from the worldwide community.
As has an international wave of Civil-Discobedience, which seems to have struck a chord with rebels and the public alike, bringing people out onto the streets to celebrate life and hope through music and dance.
Other stories covered in this issue include: a Cube of Truth from XR Greece, a pipeline protest from XR Israel, the terrible mistreatment of French rebels in Lyon, and an inspiring action from XR Sri Lanka, who are replanting the rainforest!
Also, don’t miss this issue’s – the Christmas advert you didn’t know you wanted, featuring the UK’s battle against HS2
Read an interview with rebel Zion Lights on What Makes a Successful Protest.
Published in Raconteur. Celebrate the success of XR’s very own newspaper: The Hourglass
– publishing its 4th issue in JanuaryXRTV is here
and it is beautiful. Indigenous Bolivia Ready to go to War Against Fascism
Dahr Jamail’s retrospective on 2019
and thoughts on dealing with ‘climate PTSD’Greta Thunberg’s speech to COP25 in MadridGlobal Warning – A new podcast
examines how Extinction Rebellion has spread across the world.
Humans of XRClaire, at the COP in Madrid
‘I lived in Myanmar for four years and I saw a lot of devastating impacts with regards to climate change over there, especially drought and increased incidences of floods and cyclones.
I came back to Tasmania and was really adamant that I wanted to do activism because I thought that it’s my responsibility as a citizen. I saw that extinction rebellion was tweeted by George Monbiot and I’ve always really admired his writing and thought that if he likes it, then it’s going to be a cool activist group.
In Tasmania, the increased ocean temperatures mean that we are losing a lot of our shellfish and fishing industries. Also, invasive species are taking over, so something like twenty million sea urchins have creeped in to the coasts and are wiping out local marine species.
There are now also increased incidents of bushfires. There are really bad ones in the Gondwanan world heritage rainforest: Eucalyptus burns and regenerates, but this Gondwanan vegetation is ancient. When it burns it never returns.
I just want people to think about other countries and other people living in those countries as humans just like their family members.
Same with the species: we are all connected and all rely on one another so just have some empathy and think of them when making decisions and using industries that may make decisions that are not sustainable for our future.’
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Thank you for reading. With one week before Christmas, we at the newsletter couldn’t resist the opportunity to sign off with a little festive cheer. Merry Christmas all, and happy new paradigm!
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