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Todays newsletter is all about rebelling for change, no matter how small it may seem to you right now, it can make a huge difference. 

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Climate Change

🌎 The unstoppable force of the young climate justice activists ✊🏽

by Lucie Machin

What's Going On Here?

The recent UN Youth Climate Summit put the spotlight on some of the inspiring young people leading the charge for climate justice, but who are they and why is it important to know about them? 

What Does This Mean?

In August 2018, a young Swedish girl - whose name we now all know - skipped school to protest in front of the Swedish Parliament about climate change inaction. Thirteen months later, and this solitary act has turned into one heck of a global movement, with  the recent Global Climate Strike seeing a whopping estimated 7.6 million people taking part across 185 countries. 

In the last fortnight we’ve seen the first ever UN Youth Climate Summit, with attendees from over 140 countries; watched the Fridays for Future movement being awarded the UN Award for Champions of the Earth (they then rejected it in a blistering speech); and heard the news that 16 young people are suing 5 of the world’s top carbon polluting countries!

Greta Thunberg is just one of a growing number of inspiring and unstoppable young people who are setting out to change the world for the better, and aren’t waiting for adults to do it for them.

Why Should We Care?

Many of the young people we have seen leading the way are indigenous and people of colour. This is no coincidence. They come from countries and communities that are disproportionately affected by the climate and environmental crises, yet their struggles and stories often receive too little attention from the media.

To create a system that works for everyone, it’s crucial that any plan to tackle the global climate crisis is intersectional: taking into account the needs and views of those people most affected, to not only save the planet, but fight the systems of oppression which led us to this point in the first place.

 

Be Curious!

Inspired to drive change? Here’s some impact-full advice for ya. 💪 Know their names, hear their stories and concerns:

Autumn Peter, 15, Canada
Helena Gualinga, 17, Ecuador
Xiye Bastida, 17, Mexico

This is just a taster. Want to read about more fantastic young campaigners? Here are a few more people to know about, and here are even more… You’re welcome 😉
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Extinction Rebellion

✊🏽 Are you ready to rebel? 🚫

by Maya Comely

What's Going On Here?

On Monday 7th October (this coming Monday), thousands of Extinction Rebellion (XR) activists will be hitting the streets around the world to demand climate and ecological justice.

What Does This Mean?

Thought you were done with your climate activism? Think again! You probably heard about them causing havoc in April e.g. by glueing themselves to various buildings or flashing their bare bots in the Commons 🙈. Yep, XR is calling another International Rebellion!

While many brave XR protesters face London courts this week, the rebel’s next wave of demonstrations are about to kick off - across 60 cities worldwide. In London, they aim to peacefully occupy 12 sites around Westminster for two weeks (see map below) - or for as long as it takes for the government to act… 

They are expecting the protests to be three times the size of April's, so keep that placard out - it’s going to be mahoosive!

Why Should We Care?

XR’s approach is to use mass ‘non-violent direct action and civil disobedience’ to put pressure on the government, and it works! Amazingly, the UK Parliament declared a ‘Climate Emergency’ shortly after the last rebellion in April. This was great for publicity and generally raising awareness, but without urgent and decisive action to back it up - it’s pretty damn meaningless.

XR is demanding the government to tell the truth about the ecological emergency; halt biodiversity loss and reduce carbon emissions to zero by 2025; and set up a citizens assembly on climate and ecological justice. 👊

We spoke to Doro, 71, grandmother of five, who was arrested during the last rebellion and is awaiting trial: 

"I feel frightened when I think about the climate emergency, I am frightened for my children and grandchildren. We need to rebel because this government is not doing anything, they are business as usual. Humans just need to realise they are part of the ecosystem they are not above it - they have to be part of it.”

If Doro’s wise words don’t get you inspired, well - maybe give Greta’s helpline a ring 😂.

Be Curious!

  • 10am, Monday 7th October. Westminster. See you on the streets!
  • Reach out to your local XR group and join an Affinity Group (team of 8-12 people who you can do actions with) if you can.
  • You don’t need to get arrested to do your bit, there are tonnes of roles that need filling (check them out here). There are also heaps of training sessions, workshops and events to get you feelin’ all rebellious and ready for action!
  • Simply turning up and loitering helps, so get your mooch on.
  • Spread the word and invite your friends, family and neighbours.
  • Can’t take time off work? Check out these 12 things to do during the rebellion.
  • Stay safe and stay peaceful peeps! ✌️
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Other news we found curious...

Thousands of ships fitted with 'cheat devices' to divert poisonous pollution into sea -  Independent
'Ocean Cleanup' ship sweeps first Pacific plastic - Phys.org
Half of UK businesses 'targeting carbon neutrality by 2030' - edie.net
'No disposable cups': Boris Johnson's aide confiscates his drink - The Guardian
Ireland Commits To Plant 440 Million Trees To Help Tackle Climate Change - Forbes
Avocado on Toast, Meet Gene Editing - NYTimes
Scientists estimate Earth's total carbon store - BBC
Lucie Machin
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Maya Comely
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