Extinction Rebellion Brighton Newsletter
23rd June 2022
WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING?
Healthcare professionals from across the UK, including members of XR Brighton, gathered outside Downing Street on June 11th to protest against the continued use of government subsidies and licences for fossil fuel producers. The action was organised by Doctors for Extinction Rebellion, Medact, and Health for a Green New Deal. The medics delivered a letter to the prime minister. Fiona Godlee, former editor in chief of The BMJ, said, “Our political leaders are neglecting their duty of care to the young people of this country whose futures are now at risk, so we as health professionals feel morally obliged to protest on their behalf.”
The government itself has said: ‘Health and care professionals should recognise the climate crisis as a health crisis, and therefore climate action as a core part of their professional responsibilities.'
Guidance: Climate and health: applying All Our Health, Office for Health Improvement & Disparities. UK Government Published 18 May 2022
We're recruiting health care workers to an interest group in XR Brighton. If you're interested or know any friends or colleagues who might like to join us contact Neil - firstname.lastname@example.org 07900 212678
Join XR Brighton for a protest at North Street Barclays on June 25th at 12.00.
Barclays are the biggest funder of fossil fuels in Europe. Come and raise your voice in North Street.
SUMMER REGIONAL UPRISING
THERE WILL BE A REGIONAL UPRISING BEGINNING ON JULY 16TH.
What would you like to see happening? Broad national themes are the demand to End Fossil Fuel Investment and mobilisation for September. It’s up to us what we do. By sharing our ideas and working together we can support each other, share resources and amplify our impact. There will be some funding available to the region for the summer uprising.
Find out more at our weekly Zoom meetings (Tuesdays at 7pm)
Meeting ID: 879 3949 3146
Or in person on alternate Sundays. Next meeting July 3rd, 3-5 pm at Phoenix Community Centre, 2 Phoenix Place, BN2 9ND.
CALLING ALL OUTREACH
Join our Movement as we head toward the Rebellion.
The Debt for Climate Coalition (which XR is part of) is looking for outreach support on Sunday 26th June anytime from 10.30-2.00
DEBT FOR CLIMATE ORIENTATION TRAINING:
Training led by Estaban from Argentina on the relationship between debt and climate will be on Wednesday June 22nd at 7pm (and a recording will be available for those who cannot attend).
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 860 4687 5484
Following our call to take action against HSBC and Standard Chartered's greenwash adverts, we've recently seen very similar promoted content on Twitter from Barclays.
Gotta catch 'em all?
It's worth submitting a quick complaint to the Advertising Standards Authority (the UK ad regulator) here: click here
You can do this as an individual member of the public or as an organisation with a direct interest. (Both approaches have advantages and disadvantages.)
Adfree Cities have submitted this 5000 character summary submission if you want a Template to adapt. Click here
The ASA are very slow. So a quick and simple submission soon is better than waiting several weeks. It's likely they won't do anything until after the final HSBC ruling - estimated to arrive in the next 2 weeks at a guess.
If the ASA do decide to investigate, there will be opportunities to make more detailed submissions later in their process.
DIVEST EAST SUSSEX
It’s time for East Sussex County Council to stop investing Brighton and Hove pensions in fossil fuels!
Despite declaring a ‘climate emergency’ over 2½ years ago, East Sussex County Council (ESCC) is still investing local people’s pensions in the giant oil companies – like Shell and BP – that are driving the climate crisis. Brighton and Hove employees provide nearly a third of the money for the fund, but BHCC has no say over where the money is invested.
Avoiding catastrophic climate change requires an immediate stop to all investments in new oil & gas. Yet the world’s 20 largest fossil fuel companies are planning to spend over $930 billion on such projects between now and 2030.
It’s time for ESCC to stop making excuses and divest from fossil fuels.
Join us in Lewes on 12 July to make a BIG NOISE for fossil fuel divestment outside County Hall, on the date of ESCC’s Full Council meeting. Meet 9am outside Lewes station.
Organised by: Divest East Sussex, Eco Action Families Brighton, Lewes Climate Hub, Lewes Green Party, Seaford Environmental Alliance, Transition Town Hastings, Transition Town Lewes, XR Brighton, XR Eastbourne, XR Lewes.
JUST STOP OIL
We’re currently in the process of attracting famous celebrities and influencers to join JSO. And for this we need YOUR HELP!
One method of catching them is by mass tweeting them, so if you have a twitter account, please join one of the linked groups and look for the instructions in the group description!
If there are any that you think we should reach out to, or even better if you have contact with any celebrities or influencers, please send your suggestions to either 07546588111 or 07546957541
Please also share this message to any group chat that you're in.
Signal Group: Click here to join group
Telegram group: Click here to join group
On Zoom every Tuesday at 7pm
Meeting ID: 879 3949 3146
In person alternate Sundays 3-5pm.
Next meeting July 3rd.at Phoenix Community Centre, 2 Phoenix Place, BN2 9ND