CAN YOU HELP? – AYLESBURY DIVESTMENT ACTION 28 FEB

Think that we should all be acting together on climate and not profiting from the destruction of our habitat? Think it’s time that our pension actions aligned with the emergency we’re facing?

Then please join us to spread this message about our own local pension funds.

We are looking for people to join us and support a fun visual action in Aylesbury in a few week’s time (music and theatre). No arrestable activity is planned.

Please see the event details for exact timing and location.

If you’re interested let us know via xrmk@rebellionmk.earth or add a comment below.

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 
ReThinkHS2
HS2Rebellion.org

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


Attachments

FEBRUARY MEMBERS MEETING & PEOPLE ASSEMBLY

We will be hold the meeting in the Crown pub in Stony Stratford on the evening of Tuesday 11 Feb. See the list on the event page for details

As normal we will do the new member welcome and induction in the first half an hour and followed by the main meeting. In this meeting we will also run a Peoples Assembly Session to help XR establish its 2020 strategy.

  • 7:00 – 7:30 New Members Welcome and Induction
  • 7:30 – 9:30 Main Members Meeting & Peoples Assembly
  • 9:30 – Drinks in the Pub

The exact agenda is being worked out and will be posted here. Please use the comments section on this page to add any requests.

Hope to see you there!

NVDA via Braiding in the USA

I received this charming message from one of our mailing list subscribers, Frank, based in the USA. Pictured on the left. I asked Frank if I could share it here as his approach and outlook is so unique and it also goes to show how wide spread the XR-MK group is.

For my part,  here in the USA,  I have been observing Fridays for Future steadily for about 3 months by (of all things) BRAIDING!  Yes,  braiding.  I think of it and call it “braiding for climate”.  Perhaps that sounds silly,  but as I explain in a video,  it keeps me,  for the moment “out of trouble”  and doing something actually creative and seemingly pacifist. 
HOWEVER,  on my “costume”  of a farmer’s overalls there is a loop along the leg in which I carry a hammer.   That hammer shows that if all else fails,  I am ready to give up on peaceful protest. 
I recommend that such behaviour be considered elsewhere for now — until Glascow.If interested,  see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2BoEkRYXDYE

Frank Antonson, USA.

To see more from Frank check out his You Tube channel

Hunger Strike – Personal plea to support MK Council on 23rd Jan

My friend is now in his 4th week of hunger strike outside the Tory
party headquarters in London. He is a regular person like you and I but has
decided that this is what he is prepared to do and has taken time out of his life
to try to promote the climate emergency by sacrificing his health for all to see. 

Could you please be available to come and stand with me in CMK for an hour
on 23 January (6.00 p.m.-7.00 p.m.). Would you be prepared to do this in
support of my friend and Extinction Rebellion?

The reason for the 23rd is that this is the date of our Councils next meeting around the
climate emergency.

MK council have Declared a Climate Emergency nearly 1 year ago see this link to meeting when this happened

For more details of the event to support MK Council on the 23 rd Jan see the this XR-MK Event

Thanks for taking the time to read this hope to see you on the 23rd Jan
Love and Rage

Members Meeting Minutes – January 2020

Massive thanks to all who prepared, helped and attend the Members Meeting last week – here are the short form minutes.

UPDATES

Mass mobilisation – We are spinning up an XR-MK team and are excited about this new effort so watch this space.

Climate Cafe Update – Has been a great success. This month there is a guest speaker from Planting Up. Check for event details on the event page.

HS2 Protest – Good progress against a strong headwind. Interaction with the policy is intensifying. Please get involved if you can.

Bank Accounts – Majority consensus was that we can consider a high street bank if ethical bank options don’t work.h

Electioneering – Huge effort. Well worth-while. THANK YOU!. 

Lobbying MK Council Task and Finish – Please attend the vigil before the next meeting on the 23rd if you can.

People’s Assembly – T will update as this develops

ROLES RESPONSIBILITIES 

 New Face Book admins are in place. Internal structure and group roles will be redefined.

GOVERNANCE

 A regular weekly meeting (a steering team) will take place. 

Interaction with other groups currently parked as a task due to bandwidth to perform this role

ACTIONS

J to ask A for Express way updates

G to setup weekly meeting

J & G to discuss next steps with Action Network 

J to get resources from L

A to pick up county coordination

J to circulate the closing date for the T&F input (still end Jan?)

K to check need and cost for Public Liability Insurance

G to meet with Parks Trust shortly to discuss planting

ALL – next hourglass will arrive shortly – please help to distribute if you can

M & C to propose dates for NVDA training

J set up zoom call to discuss training needs 

Hunger Strike – Personal plea to support MK Council on 23rd Jan

My friend is now in his 4th week of hunger strike outside the Tory
party headquarters in London. He is a regular person like you and I but has
decided that this is what he is prepared to do and has taken time out of his life
to try to promote the climate emergency by sacrificing his health for all to see. 

Could you please be available to come and stand with me in CMK for an hour
on 23 January (6.00 p.m.-7.00 p.m.). Would you be prepared to do this in
support of my friend and Extinction Rebellion?

The reason for the 23rd is that this is the date of our Councils next meeting around the
climate emergency.

MK council have Declared a Climate Emergency nearly 1 year ago see this link to meeting when this happened

For more details of the event to support MK Council on the 23 rd Jan see the this XR-MK Event

Thanks for taking the time to read this hope to see you on the 23rd Jan
Love and Rage

Members Meeting Agenda 08 Jan 2020

Below is the final agenda for this coming Wednesday.

The meeting will be held from 7:30 to 9:30 PM in the Trinity Centre Fishermead. For more information see the Event Details. The main part of the meeting will start at 8:00 sharp.

You can down load the full meeting Agenda & Briefing Document.

ItemWhatNotes
 7.30 – 8pmIntro for New Members
 8 – 9.30 pmFull Meeting
1. Check In Welcome new members
Anything to raise?
Prior Actions
AOB?
2. Practical Arrangements Minutes, Meeting Agreements
10 Principles
Highlight: Meet commitments, address issues when they arise, no blame and shame, slow down yes
3. UpdatesWellbeing
Climate Café
Action HS2, Election Lobbying – Task and Finish
Admin – bank account, Website (inc. engagement stats)
Group roles – changes
Others?
People’s assembly task group was set up at last meeting – is anything happening?
Role of county coordination – needs others
Role on local group coordination – any activity? 
Arts – currently mothballed
Training & Outreach – no recent activity – TBC for Jan/Feb
4. Strategy Focusentral XR Updates Current focus: Actions, Lobbying, Unity (culture) and Wellbeing, Networking with Non-XR Groups.Discuss ongoing changes with central XR strategyAgenda item suggested to discuss group structure (coordinators / task based)
5. Training/Events 11th Jan – Banbury (Mass Migration)
14th Jan – Divestment meeting Aylesbury
18th Jan – Luton Airport Action
19th Jan – 2040 screening
21st Jan – Climate Café
23rd Jan – Task & Finish – Energy
NVDA training & DNA training are neededSome details have been shared of ‘Rebel Academy’ to be set up – details awaited


Affinity Group Training
6. AdminComms – Website & updates Emails – Action Network (on hold)
Bank account
Fundraising & reimbursement
New member info – was started but dropped – any volunteers?
7. AOB  
8. Next meeting1st Weds of each month?Are more regular zoom calls needed
9. Check Out  

Flying is not a privilege – if you don’t believe me just flap your arms

Reducing flying to an absolute minimum is a crucial and necessary change humanity must make.

We all know this. But even if we leave aside the hard task of winning flyers and the industry over to this cause and just think about the pragmatics its a daunting task. We’d need some kind of policy that is seen as fair, non judgmental and accepted world wide. Underneath all that we’d need a well designed software framework, algorithms, a protocol and all of that plugged into the way the industry works today. None of this is trivial even just from a software engineer perspective.

There are few technical proposal out there that examine this engineering challenge. Here I wanted to draw attention to one such proposal. See the below for the FLAP – ‘a non-judgemental approach to air travel reduction’.

http://www.flapyourarms.org/

It’s a proposal authored by a close friend and colleague of my. He would certainly be very grateful for any feedback and input. Thank you!