Extinction Rebellion Brighton Newsletter
26th September 2020
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Extinction Rebellion Brighton Newsletter: 26 September 2020
Enough is Enough. Raise your voice!
All the energy and effort put in by XR Rebels over the past weeks to demand action on the current environmental emergency are still in the air! Actions, campaigns, workshops, talks, and lots of creativity to advance towards a sustainable and just society are still taking place in Brighton and around the country.
One example of this which is full of inspiration and creativity is “Long Forgotten Road”, written, filmed, and edited by XR Brighton Rebels. In it, young people around the world demand action on the climate and ecological emergency. A huge amount of work has gone into this project, so please show your love by sharing on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook (and if you have any personal influencer or press contacts, please use them)!
Also, this week, XR Rebels, including Rebels from Brighton, glued themselves to Conde Nast headquarters in a brave action to ask the agency to publish the truth about the environmental and social impacts that the fashion industry is creating around the world.
You can get involved in these explosions of inspiration, innovation, and courage! Read on to see how you can find your place in XR Brighton, join upcoming actions, and be part of the change.
Brighton XR Streets for Life
Labour in Brighton & Hove has recently announced it wants to ‘pause’ the rollout of emergency cycling infrastructure, pending a consultation that we don’t need, given that we’re in a pandemic and need emergency travel measures now, and a consultation is already underway. This means we’ll lose out on £2.68 million of government funding to help people travel around the city.
If you haven't done so yet, please loudly show your support for these positive changes in our city by writing to your councillors, contributing to the ongoing consultations, and sharing your love on your social media.
Say No to Oil Exploration!
Let's support the Balcombe community in their campaign to stop oil exploration.
It's been 10 years since Cuadrilla first tried to explore for oil in the region, and Balcombe members still have a fossil fuel company trying to elbow its way into Balcombe. Haven’t they noticed the climate has changed? Balcombe Parish Council has said NO since 2015, and in March 2020 West Sussex County Council planners said NO. It is not in the public interest to have a major development in an area of outstanding natural beauty, and the residual need for hydrocarbons can be met elsewhere.
Make your voice heard and continue to insist that it is not in the public interest to explore for oil, particularly not so close to residents. The number of objections is VITAL to demonstrate this.
Balcombe needs objections, and we need them before the consultation closes on September 28th. Say NO now! You can email your objection to firstname.lastname@example.org quoting reference number “WSCC/045/20” or send it by post to: County Planning, West Sussex County Council, Chichester, PO19 1RH. You will need to include your name and address and specify “objection”. You don't even need to write any comments. Children CAN object—it is their future after all.
Ask your MP to back the CEE Bill
It’s more important than ever to keep the pressure on our MPs to back the Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill. We took to the streets to demand action rather than just words, and now we can continue to make our voices heard with the Digital Rebellion. Join the Digital Rebellion telegram channel for updates, inspiration, and to join our open Zoom call.
Workshops & Talks
Workshops for Climate Week
September 21st to September 27th
Inspiring programme of workshops on Zoom—all free: https://www.sustainingalllife.org/workshops
Organised by Sustaining All Life and United to End Racism.
Every day from Monday 21st to Sunday 27th. At 3pm, 6pm, and 9pm (British Summer Time). Register for as many as you like. Topics include Ending Racism and Classism in the Climate Movement; War and Climate Change; Building Resilient Movements to End the Climate Emergency; Expressing Climate Grief.
TED Circle - How to get better at things you care about
Wednesday 30th September, 7:50pm-9pm
Working hard but not improving? You're not alone. Eduardo Briceño reveals a simple way to think about getting better at the things you do, whether that's work, parenting, or creative hobbies. He shares some useful techniques so you can keep learning and always feel like you're moving forward.
XR Brighton Drop-In: Where do I fit in?
Every weekday 11am-2pm
Come along to the XR Brighton office and talk to an experienced member of the group in an open and friendly chat. Find out where your skills can fit and how you can make the best impact with your time and passion to fight the climate crisis.
Ring the doorbell (opposite the station) at The Brighton Eco Centre, 39-41 Surrey Street BN1 3PB.
If you can’t make it in person or would like to meet somewhere more accessible (there are steps down to the office) call 11am-2pm 01273 766627.
XR Brighton General meeting
Tuesday 29th September, 7-9pm
All welcome. This is a space for sharing, listening, feedback, and questions. Come and hear about the latest XR Brighton news, and learn how you can make a difference.
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81441966038 Passcode: 456681
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