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NEXT UK REBELLION!
To listen to a recent XR Zoom call about the 100 days event:
Please contact us if you would like to get involved in banner making for the 21st at XRMiltonKeynes@protonmail.com
XR MK OUTREACH FEBRUARY 2023 – AT THE CLIMATE CAFE EVENT ON SAT 4TH MARCH
Climate Cafe MK “CLIMATE ANXIETY: COPING AND HOPING”
Saturday 4th March 2-4pm (doors 1:45pm). Great Linford Memorial Hall, March Drive MK14 5AX.
Free entrance – speakers and co-listening session – children’s activities – networking and refreshments.
TRANSITION TOWN MK – MK SUSTAINABILITY AGENDA DISCUSSION – WED 1ST MARCH
Wednesday 1st March 7pm until 8:15pm (doors 6:45pm). AIIMI Ltd 100 Avebury Blvd MK9 1FH.
Special guest speakers, Milton Keynes Councillors: David Hopkins (Conservative Party), Jenny Wilson Marklew (Milton Keynes Labour Party) and Paul Trendall (Liberal Democrat Party). To register:
XR MK MONTHLY MEETINGS MARCH & APRIL 2023
Mondays 6th March and 3rd April 7-8:30pm – a zoom invite will be sent out beforehand.
REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL – PODCAST
“Reasons to be Cheerful” brings Ed Miliband and Geoff Lloyd together with smart thinkers and inspiring
campaigners from around the world. Each week, Ed and Geoff unearth bold ideas to create a better
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Wishing you and yours a happy holiday and New Year from all at XR MK!
PLANET “A” PODCAST
A podcast on climate change hosted by the Danish Minister of Climate, Energy and Utilities Dan Jørgensen. Inviting some of the world’s leading experts, policy makers and activists to share their thoughts with us. Not only to address the challenges and dilemmas inherent in climate change. But also to talk about its possible solutions. Listen here.
BREAKING NEWS! FRANCE STARTS BAN ON SHORT HAUL FLIGHTS
For information on this amazing ban: https://electrek.co/2022/12/05/france-to-ban-short-haul-flights/
LINKS FROM TRANSITION TOWNS MK
NEXT UK REBELLION
For information – extinctionrebellion.uk/next-uk-rebellion/
To volunteer – volunteer.extinctionrebellion.uk
If you are thinking of going to a protest and would like to travel with the MK group then please email us.
JUST STOP OIL
JSO has attracted significant attention of late with its blockades of fuel depots and motorways. To register for one of the Zoom talks (Tuesdays at 7pm and Sundays at 5pm) and for the current JSO event calendar juststopoil.org/events/JSO on Eventbrite eventbrite.co.uk/o/just-stop-oil-40080441803
COMMUNITY ACTION MK CLIMATE CHANGE INFO
For a whole host of local information and resources https://communityactionmk.org/climate-change/
LISTENING CIRCLES AND ACTIVE LISTENING SESSIONS
If you are interested in finding out a bit more and organising or joining a circle or session, please contact Christina (for listening circles) at email@example.com or Patricia (for active listening sessions) at firstname.lastname@example.org. “With the gift of listening, comes the gift of healing.”
NEXT XR MK MONTHLY MEETING – JANUARY 2023
Next regular monthly meeting – Monday January 16th 7-8:30pm – please email us for details.
A “PORTRAIT” OF MK – THE MK DOUGHNUT ECONOMICS GROUP
The MK Doughnut Economic group is constructing a ‘portrait’ of MK, through data, which describes how thriving and safe its people and nature are.
It is a new way of looking at the economy, finding a ring of equilibrium where we are no longer degrading the planet but we still support everyone to achieve a sustainable standard of life, and it is finding favour with a range of governing bodies from Amsterdam to Exeter! (Here is a link to more information on Doughnut Economics: https://doughnuteconomics.org/about-doughnut-economics)
The group has begun the discussion with MK Council through the Cabinet Member for Sustainability and to gather the data to flesh out the Portrait. We are also about to reach out to community-focussed organisations to ask them to help not only to collect the data, but also to aid with having the conversations at grassroots level because DE is a tool for facilitating people to change their understanding of climate change but also what they can do about it.
On Wednesdays mornings we have been using a workspace in CMK and hope to continue that arrangement in 2023. We also hold regular evening meetings.
If you want to know more or get involved please contact Wendy Sale, initially -via Transition Town MK: https://www.transitiontownmk.org/contact-us/
by Chris Coppock
I recently attended Oxfordshire Peace Campaign’s day-school exploring common ground
between the anti-war and climate campaigns. Speakers included Dr Larch Maxey, a co-founder of XR, and Dr Rebecca Johnson, a leading international campaigner against nuclear weapons. However, rather than simply precising their talks, I set down a few thoughts on arriving home:
Tackling climate change depends on international co-operation, not competition or
conflict. CC doesn’t respect borders.
The colossal financial and human resources wasted on weapons and warfare could
instead help to combat or ameliorate CC. In the UK for example as military budgets increase overseas aid is cut.
The scramble for fossil fuels drives great-power tensions, e.g. the Arctic Ocean, pipeline
routes anywhere and, as one speaker argued, the war in Ukraine. Fossil-fuel producing states generally lack human rights/democracy, with troops used to suppress unrest e.g. the Gulf states, Iran. In poor countries CC impacts (e.g. drought or floods) drive displacement, tension and war. The former colonial powers (e.g. UK, US or France in C. Africa) respond with special forces, drones and securitizing our borders against refugees. “National security” trumps human security. Militaries have a huge Carbon-footprint even when not at war—an estimated 6% of the global total—yet this is excluded from C-accounting (e.g. Paris Agreement) and poorly reported, if at all.
The US military (over 800 bases worldwide, 13 in Britain) is the world’s largest C-emitter and a major polluter. The F35-A fighter now arriving (with new US nuclear bombs) at “RAF” Lakenheath, Suffolk, burns an unprecedented 1,480 gallons per hour. “Greening” the military, if at all, aims purely at tactical advantage. Wars—including post-war reconstruction–greatly increase the C-bootprint, also pollution and ecosystem disruption.
Even a “limited” or “localized” nuclear war (e.g. the 40 x 100kT warheads on one UK Trident sub) could cause massive CC by injecting soot into the stratosphere and wrecking the ozone layer. Global average temperatures could drop eight degrees (a “nuclear winter”) crippling global food production so billions—if they survived–would starve. Nuclear power is not peaceful: it was developed to provide weapons-grade material and creates a requirement for military-style security. It is also—as shown in Ukraine—incredibly vulnerable in a war zone.