Anger as rifts scupper hopes of breakthrough at UN climate talks US, Brazil, Australia and China accused of frustrating progress in marathon COP25 negotiations in MadridGlobal climate talks were continuing towards dawn on Sunday after a marathon final negotiating session in Madrid that has lasted since Friday without clear resolutions on how to implement the Paris agreement.Campaigners from around the world expressed their frustration at the lack of progress as a planned plenary session at 3.30am to try to resolve outstanding issues was the latest to be cancelled. A new session was scheduled for 8am local time. Continue reading… Source – Full Article https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/dec/14/un-climate-talks-drag-on-as-rifts-scupper-hopes-of-breakthrough
Summer loving: Paul Blackmore captures Australia’s affair with the ocean – in pictures In his book Heat, the Sydney-based photographer Paul Blackmore pays homage to Australia’s obsession with the coast, exploring the relationship between water, heat and humanity. He documents the pursuit of individual freedom on crowded beaches during sweltering summer days and shoots the sea in its various guises – cool, dark and icy; a powerful force to be reckoned with; a backdrop to foggy Bondi mornings; and a stormy refuge for the wild at heart • Some of these photographs will be on display at Water, a group exhibition at the Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane from 7 December until… Source – Full Article https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2019/dec/15/summer-loving-paul-blackmore-captures-australias-affair-with-the-ocean-in-pictures
If only saving the planet was as easy as planting a tree before speeding off in our SUVs | Catherine Bennett Offsetting is a seductive way of convincing ourselves we’re doing something constructiveThere is one thing, still, that we all agree on. Trees. Everybody loves trees. In theory, anyway. So long as the trees don’t interfere with a prime view, or foundations, or a luxury housing development, like the ancient – but inconvenient – Bethnal Green mulberry in London, which Crest Nicholson got permission to dig up. Or the massacred Sheffield planes. Or the 30 Thameside trees that Boris Johnson and Joanna Lumley hoped to fell, as twin visionaries of the Garden Bridge (failed, at a public cost of £43m).But the… Source – Full Article https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/dec/14/if-only-saving-the-planet-was-as-easy-as-planting-a-tree-before-speeding-off-in-our-suvs
- To mark the end of this year’s COP, Extinction Rebellion has delivered a present to our world leaders who have gathered here for this most important gathering: a pile of Madrid’s finest horse manure
- “We are in the shit unless we come together, think bigger and transformative. Remember from the most pungent shit, grows the most beautiful roses”
- At the same time, given the important of what is happening at this COP and the lack of conversation about what a 4 C plus world will be like, Extinction Rebellion today released some private communication it has had with Professor Johan Rockstrom of the Potsdam Institute, where he says that a 4C world equals billions of deaths. We feel the public needs to know this is what scientists are thinking: “a 4 C world will not, as far as we know today, be able to accommodate an 8 billion world (i.e., our current population of 7.7, rounded to eight), or maybe not even half of that (my judgment). This is, in my assessment, a reasonable (but still disastrous and dramatic) outcome, i.e., that we are moving towards a climate state that could not accommodate today’s population, much less a 10 billion population, and which may cut population down dramatically from current totals.”
- In light of this, Extinction Rebellion today launches a consultation to create its new global demands, inviting feedback from the people around the world, whether involved with Extinction Rebellion or not. The provisional global demands can be found here.
To mark the end of this year’s COP, Extinction Rebellion has delivered a present to our world leaders who have come here for this most important gathering: a tonne of Madrid’s finest horse manure. Our message to world leaders is this:
Nos estáis mandando a la mierda.
The horseshit stops here.
4°C + = Billions of deaths
The pile of shite is currently on the roundabout just at the entrance to the COP. Shortly after, 12 people stood on 12 blocks of ice with nooses around their necks – symbolising the twelve months that we have left to change trajectory and truly face the reality of the planetary climate and ecological emergency. Extinction Rebellions says:
“Just like rearranging deckchairs on the Titanic, this COP’s fiddling with carbon accounting and negotiating of Article 6, is not commensurate to the planetary emergency we face: those travelling first class are still enjoying the party too much to hear the cries of those already drowning in the decks below.
“Greta Thunberg bravely declared at the beginning of COP, that Fridays for Future has failed. Extinction Rebellion has as well. Emissions continue to rise, keeping us firmly on course for a 4C global temperature rise. We need to come together now and think bigger as we move out of this COP towards 2020 and the next COP in Glasgow.”
Blanca Lagunas from Extinction Rebellion’s International Support Team who has been present at this year’s COP said: “We are in the shit unless we come together, think bigger and transformative. Remember from the most pungent shit, grows the most beautiful roses”
Professor Johan Rockstrom: 4C world equals billions of deaths
At the same time, Extinction Rebellion is releasing some important private communication that it has had with Professor Johan Rockstrom, the top climate scientist. Rockstrom said publicly on Sunday that “There is a risk of disappointment in the UN process because of the inability to recognise that there is an emergency ”, and has separately written to Extinction Rebellion to confirm that the world remains on course towards the loss of billions of human lives:
“a 4 C world will not, as far as we know today, be able to accommodate an 8 billion world (i.e., our current population of 7.7, rounded to eight), or maybe not even half of that (my judgment). This is, in my assessment, a reasonable (but still disastrous and dramatic) outcome, i.e., that we are moving towards a climate state that could not accommodate today’s population, much less a 10 billion population, and which may cut population down dramatically from current totals.”
NB. We asked whether we could make this information public, a joint announcement, as we feel it is of the utmost importance that if scientists are thinking this and talking about it the world needs to know and talk about it too – however the offer was declined. Therefore given the lack of discussion about this, we feel we have no other choice than to make this information public at this time – people need to know the truth.
Blanca Lagunas added: “2020 is the pivotal year for how we face the climate and ecological emergency. We do not yet have the privilege of 2020 hindsight. What the world does in the next twelve months will affect the course of humanity. Tipping points are already being crossed, we need the international community to come together – like never before – and make the impossible possible.”
On the COP process
Miguel Rodríguez, a spokesperson for Extinction Rebellion said: “In 2015, Governments agreed we aim to limit global warming at 1.5˚C. Since then the IPCC has confirmed the dire consequences, for all of us, if we don’t succeed. Yet after 25 years of COP talking-shops global emissions continue to rise. Millions of people have been displaced from their homes and countless have lost their lives. We remain on track for 4˚C warming, which would mean billions of us would die.
“We can not tolerate this genocide any longer and we do not tolerate this mutually assisted suicide any longer. It’s obvious what needs to happen and everyone inside the COP process knows what needs to happen.
“Unless our Governments start to tell the truth, and begin to work with us, instead of against us, the social contract will remain broken, and the legitimacy of the COP process with it. We have no ethical choice but to unite in non-violent civil disobedience and rebuild our fracturing world.”
Global demands consultation
Today Extinction Rebellion launches a consultation to create its new global demands, inviting feedback from the people around the world, whether involved with Extinction Rebellion or not. The provisional global demands are as follows and the thinking behind them can be found here:
- TELL THE TRUTH – The international community must tell the truth and declare a planetary climate and ecological emergency.
- ACT NOW – The international community must act now to stop ecocide, halt biodiversity loss, reduce global greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2030 and adapt to our changing circumstances.
- BEYOND POLITICS – The international community must work to create and be led by Global Citizens’ Assemblies based on Justice, common mutual survival interest and wellbeing for all peoples and Life on Earth.
“Extinction Rebellion’s national demands have helped to change the conversation around the world already, so that people are talking and thinking about what is possible by 2025, rather than 2050,” said Sam Smithson of Extinction Rebellion UK.
“Now is the time to think global – and Extinction Rebellion is thinking we need a ten year plan globally. These global demands are intended to open up the necessary conversation now, they are an offering to the world and we look forward to getting your feedback so that as we move beyond this COP to 2020 looking to Glasgow next year, together we can literally change what is possible in this world.”
 https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/dec/08/un-climate-talks-are-failing-to-see-urgency-of-crisis-says-scientist / https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/may/18/climate-crisis-heat-is-on-global-heating-four-degrees-2100-change-way-we-live
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Raquel and Sergio stood with their hands glued to the inside of Zara’s display window kissing silently and smiling, with adrenaline, fear and love coursing between their lips. The cameras and curious eyes of hundreds of Christmas shoppers watched their intimacy from the other side of the glass, attracted by the rebels outside who were singing and shouting, with banners in their hands and rage in their hearts. From that perspective, the couple appeared to be holding a gesture of surrender. Hands up! Don’t move! It was a position of vulnerability that became clear when the Policía Nacional came to remove them.
No XR rebel had ever glued-on before in Spain and it was uncertain how the police would react. It was expected that they would place a barrier between the window and the public, but after sealing the store and assessing the situation, the officers yanked away the couple in full view of everyone outside, ripping their hands off the window like an unmerciful wax beautician before releasing them through a side door into the cold rain where a crowd of jubilant rebels were waiting with song and applause.
Extinction Rebellion is more than an activist group. It is a community. And, like any other, it is formed through the coming together of people with a common purpose and the transformation of place: the building of a site, the removal of traffic, the covering of blank walls with posters and the filling of silent halls with music and laughter and planning. Calle de Hortaleza, like Marble Arch and Trafalgar Square before it, has been repurposed, remodelled, recoloured and reimagined and that name will rest in the memories of everyone who has resided there for the rest of their lives. It is a community born from the fertile earth, flowering in the brief summer before releasing its seeds to far and foreign lands.
The night following the Zara action the main hall, named Amazonas, was cleared out and training for the next day began. Instructions shouted in Spanish and English – right foot forward, left foot back, hips turn, arms up – coordinated the rebels to dance synchronistically with the music of The Bee Gees. They were training for Discobedience, a flash-mob dance troupe that would return to Gran Vía two days later to block Madrid’s most commercial high street and dance in the Saturday afternoon sunshine to the tune of Staying Alive. There have been actions every day bar one since the COP25 began, with different targets and themes, from the celebratory Discobedience to the sombre Marcha de los Mares Muertos.
The energy in the centre on Calle de Hortaleza is spontaneous and colourful, a marked difference from the cold formalities and the fake slogans inside the UN conference hall. The building itself resembles a colossal airport hanger and each country has its own pavilion where they attempt to project an image of desirable eco-friendliness to potential investors. Indonesia’s pavilion is draped in warm patterns and shafts of bamboo while huge photographs of deep-green rainforests and shadowy mountains of mist adorn the walls. Indonesia has one of the highest rates of deforestation of any country in the world. The UK, which gives out more than £10bn of fossil fuel subsidies a year, has the words Green Is Great plastered over 20-foot tall photographs of wind turbines.
The politicians who have flown in from some of the most polluting countries on earth pat each other on the back for simply arriving. They casually admit their wrongful inaction on tackling the climate and ecological emergency as if they have forgotten to do the dishes, while praising young people for reminding them of their duties. The same young people who are screaming with rage on the streets outside.
Possessors of power as energy are as reluctant to change as the politically powerful. Spain’s largest corporate polluter of greenhouse gases, responsible for over 9% of the country’s emissions, is a diamond sponsor of the conference and on the opening day it bought wraparound adverts on all of the major Spanish newspapers, commending its leadership on clean energy solutions. The company was duly targeted by Extinction Rebellion for its brazen attempts at greenwashing.
The actions in Madrid have been the first time that XR groups from across Europe have worked together in such a way. The movement is becoming truly international. Rebels are sharing skills, experiences and contacts that they will take back with them and use like fertiliser to keep the living organism that is Extinction Rebellion growing, breathing, reproducing, moving with its own cycle of seasons.
Only by shedding our hubris and facing our vulnerability can we overcome the greatest challenge our civilisation has ever faced. It takes courage to admit our weaknesses. The same courage that Raquel and Sergio mustered when they glued their open palms to Zara’s window and waited for armed police to remove them.
Contra la extincíon, somos rebelión, chant the Spanish rebels. Against extinction. We are rebellion.
-by rebel correspondent Danny Halpin
Rewilding: How Trees for Life are renewing the Highlands Helped by volunteers, Trees for Life planted nearly 2m native trees on its Scottish projects. It wants to plant millions more Please donate to our appeal hereThe bracken-clad hills are marked “Dundreggan forest” on the map but this Scottish glen is mostly stark Highland scenery: open, beautiful, and almost totally devoid of trees.On a steep-sided little gully, 40 years ago, a few baby silver birches escaped relentless browsing by red deer and grew tall. Now, the nearby path through the bracken is dusted with thousands of brown specks: birch seeds. Continue reading… Source – Full Article https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/dec/14/rewilding-how-trees-for-life-are-renewing-the-highlands
Richer nations accused of stalling progress on climate crisis Brazil, India and China singled out in UN talks as acting to block agreement on article 6 of Paris agreementPoor countries have accused a handful of richer nations of holding up progress on tackling the climate crisis at UN talks in Madrid, as demonstrators and activists vented their frustration in the final hours of two weeks of negotiations.The talks dragged on with negotiators battling into the early hours of Saturday to salvage a result, as governments wrangled over the details of a seemingly arcane issue: carbon markets, governed by a provision of the 2015 Paris agreement known as article 6.… Source – Full Article https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/dec/13/richer-nations-accused-of-stalling-progress-on-climate-crisis
Brazil's Amazon deforestation this year nearly size of Puerto Rico, says agency Destruction of the world’s largest tropical rainforest in November more than doubled the same period last year Deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon jumped to the highest level for the month of November since record-keeping began in 2015, according to preliminary government data published.Destruction of the world’s largest tropical rainforest totalled 563 square kms in November, which is more than double the area in the same month last year, according to the country’s space research agency INPE on Friday. Continue reading… Source – Full Article https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/dec/14/brazils-amazon-deforestation-this-year-nearly-size-of-puerto-rico-says-agency
“We are far more united and have far more in common with each other than things that divide us” – Jo Cox
Today dawns a new political era in the UK. We recognise that rebels will be feeling a lot after what we saw as the most important election ever in the UK for the planet we hold so dear. Today is also a reminder of our mission to go beyond party politics. Beyond a system which has brought the planet to its knees. For us nothing has changed today. We are still committed to fighting for this planet and to bring about the whole system change that is needed. Our reason for existing is stronger than ever.
The anger and grief that we feel towards the disregard of natural world is ours to use and help bring about positive change to the systems destroying our planet.
However, it is also a time for reflection and a moment to root into our community power and support one another, spending time with those we hold dear, knowing our potential to mobilise with a deeper level of clarity and purpose than what has come before.
We have the power and energy that comes from being part of a movement united in a common cause. We are alive, tender, chaotic and messy, bound by a fierce call to protect this planet and those that live upon it. It is essential that we learn, adapt and grow, quicker than we ever thought possible. It is time to seek out practices that bring us together, to become more disciplined, focused, and connected in our response to this climate and ecological emergency. Together, if we stay grounded to our purpose, we will find a way through.
Remember to meet people where they are, meet those that oppose us, that might not understand our tactics or why we disrupt. These difficult and compassionate conversations have the potential to generate ripples that can become waves. Reflect on what it means to meet separation in our communities with compassion and non-violence. Ask how those of us with privilege, can hold those who are truly at risk?
Compassion is rebellion. When our story relies on spreading disinformation in order to control, telling the truth isn’t only a rebellious act but a powerful germination of a new story. The emerging story that spans self, action, interpersonal relationships, our communities, people and planet. It is time to move beyond our differences and figure out how we can embody these regenerative values of caring for ourselves, others and the natural living world.
To our dearest rebels, please remember to take great care over the next few days, especially for those of you who went straight from the October Rebellion on to the Election Rebellion campaign. Make use of the resources available through Extinction Rebellion’s Regenerative Culture team.
If you feel like this movement is needed now more than ever then please consider donating and supporting this movements ability to thrive. https://chuffed.org/pay/campaign/65754
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- Today, Extinction Rebellion met the team of advisers supporting COP president and Chilean environment minister, Carolina Schmidt.
- The meeting focused on how to generate global urgency for all of us to act between now and COP26 in Glasgow next year.
- There was agreement that this process is not on course to address the planetary emergency.
- Everyone agreed that the radical change required needs to come from a shift in narrative about the Climate & Ecological Emergency.
- 2.30pm today at the entrance of IFEMA: ‘COLGAMOS DE UN HILO / WE ARE HANGING BY A THREAD’
This morning, representatives of Extinction Rebellion met the team of advisers supporting COP president and Chilean environment minister, Carolina Schmidt. The representatives of Extinction Rebellion were Skeena Rathor, Tim Crosland and Marc Lopatin.
It was an opportunity for Extinction Rebellion to table our three global demands – which we will be announcing shortly – as evidence of the missing urgency that has plagued COP meetings for years.
Key takeaways :
- The meeting focused on how to generate global urgency for all of us to act between now and COP26 in Glasgow next year.
- There was agreement that this process is not on course to address the planetary emergency.
- Everyone agreed that the radical change required needs to come from a shift in narrative about the Climate & Ecological Emergency
Tim Crosland from Extinction Rebellion said: “Historically the UN talks have divided over issues of responsibility and equity between North and South. We talked to the Chilean Presidency’s team about this and remain open to talks with the UK Presidency. We know this process isn’t working and it’s credibility is vanishing. Now is the moment to come together across our differences. Let’s not go down with 2020 hindsight”.
Skeena Rathor of Extinction Rebellion said: “Extinction Rebellion appreciated the opportunity to meet the COP25 President’s team. We got an honest conversation with great humility because we wish to listen and learn. We know this global crisis needs our togetherness and deep collaboration. We want to work in trust and cooperation for systems transformation. For systems that can allow the complex interdependent web of life to flourish.”
2.30pm today at the entrance of IFEMA: ‘COLGAMOS DE UN HILO / WE ARE HANGING BY A THREAD’
Today at 2.30pm by the entrance of COP25 (IFEMA), Extinction Rebellion invites people to join us to bear witness to these important times we live in as COP25 comes towards a close – there will be talks, an interactive work of art with twenty-five people present symbolising the twenty-five COPs that have thus far failed to protect life. We will also be unveling and opening to consultation Extinction Rebellion’s new global demands.
¿Cuántas cumbres más? ¿Cuántas vidas más? ¿Cuántas muertes más? / How many COPs? How many lives? How many deaths?
We find ourselves in a momentous moment. This is potentially the last day of COP25. We stand in front of the world’s leaders who are guiding us to disaster. COPs have been happening since 1995 and not a single one has proven to be effective to the task at hand.
Everyone is welcome to come together and share their truths in this moment. For more information – https://m.facebook.com/events/2834867379907433/
- https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/dec/08/un-climate-talks-are-failing-to-see-urgency-of-crisis-says-scientist. Also of relevance is this article which includes an interview https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/may/18/climate-crisis-heat-is-on-global-heating-four-degrees-2100-change-way-we-live
Extinction Rebellion is now a global movement with over 700 chapters in 66 countries. We are a movement dedicated to peaceful non violent disobedience. We exist to ask one another to withdraw consent for harm, to rebel with meaning and beauty and to create mass intention for repair, restoration, regeneration and resilience.