|Rescheduled – Rebellion Meet Up |
Saturday Nov 2nd – 5 PM – 11:30 PM
At Jo’s house – Thornborough, near Buckingham
Please email us at XRMiltonKeynes@protonmail.com if you need the address
As our pre-rebellion drinks were cancelled, this is an invitation to an open house at mine, as a post-rebellion celebration and catch up.
Christine S has offered to facilitate some co-listening (likely 6-7pm), and we can also just relax, have a bit of food and a few drinks by the fire. If anyone wants to watch the Game Changers, we can also put that on in a cosy corner.
Kids are welcome for anyone wanting to get here earlier on – my two will be here. Also feel free to bring a sleeping bag if you want to stay over – there’s plenty of floor space and i have 8 spare mattresses and camping mats.
I’ll do some rice and a veggie pot of some form – but please do bring additional food drinks and nibbles (ideally vegan).
I’ll privately send people the address once they have confirmed. Hopefully there’s a chance for folks to lift share.
This is for anyone who attended or supported the MK group at the October Rebellion in any capacity, plus other group friends who we know well in the group. Don’t feel you have to have been on the front line to attend!
Monday, November 4, 2019 at 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
TRINITY CENTRE – FISHERMEAD
A MEETING FOR ALL MEMBERS TO GET TOGETHER TO CATCH UP ON ACTIVITY AND PLANS
7.30 – 8 pm INTRO FOR NEW MEMBERS
8 – 9.30 pm FULL MEETING
As always – these meeting are a really vital part of getting involved for new members and old. We’re always looking to do more within our various working groups, and need pro-active support from across the group to make things happen. It would be really great to see as many there as possible.
If members are please able to contribute £1-2 towards venue hire it would also be very welcome.
Please feel free to email us with any agenda requests
By now, most people have heard of the radical climate-justice movement ‘Extinction Rebellion’ – whether this be through personal involvement in non-violent actions or via news stories and word of mouth. What many people haven’t heard of, however, is XR’s sister group, Animal Rebellion.
While Extinction Rebellion was founded as a standalone climate justice movement by Roger Hallam to involve everyday civilians in actions of mass civil disobedience, Animal Rebellion piggybacks the existing model set out by XR, reinforcing the organisation’s three demands upon the government: to tell the truth about the state of the climate crisis, to act now (to achieve carbon neutrality by 2025) and to establish and be led by a citizens assembly. In addition to these demands, Animal Rebellion insists that in order for the environmental crisis to be halted, animal agriculture must be held to account.
As Animal Rebellion declare on their official website, ‘Animal Rebellion’s position is that for [XR’s three demands] to be met, they must include telling the truth about the animal farming and fishing industries being leading contributors to the climate emergency; that taking action must include ending these industries and transitioning to a plant-based food system.’ Animal agriculture is the number one contributor to environmental land and water degradation and as Animal Rebellion argue, there is consequently no way to create a sustainable, socially just food system that involves animal farming.
While Extinction Rebellion goes general, holding the government and big businesses to account for not policing the actions of society’s worst polluters, Animal Rebellion is clear in its agenda, focusing directly on those industries themselves: Animal Rebellion cuts straight to the nation’s sore spot, honing in on the specifics of high-emission industries and the role of livestock in pushing CO2 and methane levels to an unsustainable high. While Extinction Rebellion acknowledges the role of the meat and dairy industries in accelerating climate change – many of those involved in October and April Rebellions opted for a vegan diet – it chooses not to force the point so long as broad legislative change is the priority.
Is this direct approach more effective in combatting climate change? It’s hard to say. Were the operations of animal agriculture to cease, society would still be left with a host of other dangerous and polluting industries- gas and oil, plastics and nuclear power- which necessitate the all-encompassing approach favoured by Extinction Rebellion.
System change is necessary- and yes, animal agriculture is responsible for an overwhelming proportion of global emissions. The key takeaway here is that the campaign against climate breakdown and the argument against animal agriculture are not mutually exclusive. Both have legitimate end goals, and both are in agreement regarding the necessity of inciting government action. In their current collaboration as part of the October London Rebellion, Extinction Rebellion and its sister group have demonstrated the great power of teamwork in simultaneously occupying sites such as Trafalgar Square and Smithfields meat market: lets hope their efforts continue in a similar vein to advocate for climate justice and justice for animals, side by side.
One of the most effective things you can do to reduce your carbon footprint is fly less. Help prevent climate breakdown by pledging not to fly in 2020.
Here is a link to the Flight Free 2020 website where you can read all about the campaign and sign up: https://www.flightfree.co.uk
Extinction Rebellion will not be carrying out any actions at Heathrow Airport in June or July this year, aimed at causing disruption to holidaymakers and those planning to use the airport in this period. The Heathrow Airport authorities will therefore not have to pause any summer flights.
For the full story, please see the main XR site here: