Where do I start… despite COVID-19 restrictions and the guidelines from a government that people should only attend for essential work, HS2 is still ploughing ahead.

In a call with the complaint line duty manager the justification for this is that it is deemed to be “essential work for the company”. What!!.

Well, this essential work takes the form of destruction to ancient woodland, removal of ancient soils felling of trees and tearing up of hedgerow with associated wildlife crime being committed routinely.
Not to mention, HS2 itinerant workers are sent in from all areas of the country to the HS2 sites, a  virulent vector for the transmission of COVID-19.

People within walking distance of the sites are taking their daily exercise to document the destruction and to protest stop the works wherever possible.

For those of you who cannot get out to the sites there is plenty that you could do to stop this heinous project which still does not have notice to proceed from the government.
Given the dire social and economic situation the country is now facing it is increasingly unlikely that this project will ever be finished.

Social Distancing??

Yet every day more money is being thrown at it more of our environment is being destroyed more wildlife is being lost and people are being placed in danger of COVID-19 infection.
on Thursday, 26th bailiffs moved in to evict a protection camp in Crackley Woods despite the government guidelines that no evictions should be taking place. this was an unexpected move as licence for HS2 to enter the wood has not been granted until the 1st of April, the campus and tree dwellers were taken unawares. these campers have been living as an isolated family unit for several weeks. get bailiffs and HS2 security invaded their home. Those who occuoy the tree houses are now being denied food and water.

What can you do – Make contact, complain MAKE A £$%@ NOISE!!!!!

Follow this link to XR call to action for remote rebels.

In it you will find all useful links to:

  • HS2 main construction contractors
  • Sub-contractor company names,
  • Phone numbers and addresses.
  • Ministerial Twitter accounts.

And don’t forget to include your MP in communications where appropriate.

Make your concerns and objections known!

Further HS2 background can be found at StopHS2.org

Stand For The Trees

Last week, taking advantage of Sir David Attenborough’s presence, Boris said: 

‘‘We must reverse the appalling loss of habitats and species, it’s only by repairing the damage to the natural world that we can address the problem of climate change’.

Today, Boris Johnson betrayed that statement, nature, the climate, Sir David and all of us, by approving HS2. 

Sir David may now be cringing at the memory of this event. Hopefully Sir David will speak out against HS2 very soon, before we start losing even more precious nature. 

Let’s not lose heart now. This is just the beginning of the real fight to stop and #ReThinkHS2. 

Every major environmental group – from Extinction Rebellion to The National Trust – demands Boris stop and #ReThinkHS2. Together, these organisations have around 10million members. And it will soon be time for us to hear the call and head into nature to bare witness to the destruction being wrought by Boris’ HS2

And together, we can still win. We love our woodlands and precious wild spaces. Let’s not lose them to Boris’ HS2. 

We’re building a rapid response movement where people can be notified of urgent threats from Boris’ HS2 to woodland and wildlife sites near them. We’ve got the maps. We know where all the 100+ ancient woodlands are. 

So let’s start preparing now, quite simply, by doubling our numbers. 50,000 of us are reading this email … let’s make it 100,000.

ACTION – Please share this email, ask a friend, or a few, to join you by signing up here. They just need to scroll down to the ‘Stay informed’ box at the bottom right of the page and enter their email address. It’s simple.

In case you’re worried, we’re not encouraging anyone to break the law. That’s a personal choice. Brave communities along the planned route have already proven that when enough people turn up to bare witness and broadcast what Boris’s HS2 is up to, the destruction can be stopped. It works.

Here’s a great short film you can share that explains HS2 in 1 minute. People can sign-up there too. Please share. 

Boris’ HS2 is a war on nature that will destroy close to 700 wildlife sites, including over 100 ancient woodlands … it’s a project that’s completely incompatible with any Net Zero emissions target … and that will enable large-scale airport expansion.

Chris Packham summed it up in a tweet this morning. 

In the face of our Climate and Ecological Emergency, Boris’ HS2 is madness. 

Together we can stop it. It’s time to #ReThinkHS2. 

Thank you. 

On behalf of

Stand For The Trees 

A Letter to Milton Keynes Council

A copy of the correspondence XR-MK Lobbying Working Group have sent to Milton Keynes council.

Dear Council,

On behalf of Extinction Rebellion Milton Keynes (XR-MK) please find attached the Lobbying Group feedback regarding the councils’ sustainability strategy. Please bear in mind that  although we have decided as a group to present this to you, the work is all individual and individuals within XR are ultimately free to make their own decisions and to speak their own truth.

Some of the suggestions we have made may seem challenging but all are achievable if the urgent desire to save our Planet from disaster is truly driving the council’s way of thinking – which it MUST.

We have looked at all the elements of the council’s sustainability strategy and commented where they are lacking as you would expect. We have also noticed some glaring omissions which we feel are essential, especially in ensuring that all the citizens of Milton Keynes are included and are invested in the difficult decisions that will be encountered as time ticks by and the world’s carbon budget is eaten away.

I am sure that you are aware that XR-MK is having a growing presence within council meetings. We see our role to support the council but also to hold it accountable.

I hope that you will find our feedback useful and challenging and we look forward to seeing how the council acts upon our proposals.

Yours sincerely,

The Lobbying Group, on behalf of Extinction Rebellion Milton Keynes