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.

 7.30 – 8pmIntro for New Members
 8 – 9.30 pmFull Meeting
1. Check In Welcome new members
Anything to raise?
Prior Actions
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
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’.

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!

Members Meeting Jan 08 2020

Members’ Meeting

Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM 

Trinity Centre Fishermead

Fishermead Boulevard, MK6 2LA Milton Keynes 

  • Meeting for all members. 
  • New members introduction from 7.30 to 8pm. 
  • Please add your agenda items below.
  • Donations welcome towards room hire.
  • Full agenda will be posted nearer the time.
  • Everyone welcome! We look forward to seeing you x 

Extinction / Animal Rebellion

Buy 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.