English councils set to miss carbon emission targets Despite their climate pledges, many local authorities do not even know how much carbon they produceMany councils in England don’t know how much energy they use, a new survey reveals. The findings make it “inconceivable” that they will become carbon neutral within 30 years, as the government has mandated.According to the survey, 43% of councils – 93 of the 214 local authorities that responded to a freedom of information request from electrical contractors’ trade body ECA – do not measure the energy they use in council-owned buildings or know how much carbon they produce. Continue reading… Source – Full Article https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/jan/27/english-councils-set-to-miss-carbon-emission-targets
Kindness is not enough: Australia needs a strategic national response to the bushfires | Audette Exel We’ve seen deeds of great courage and charity over the past few months. Now we need an effective, coordinated process to help the nation rebuildPeople are magnificent. They rescue our wildlife, defend our homes and towns, stare down fires against insuperable odds. And then they give money, often that they don’t have – to firefighters, aid agencies, the bereaved, the homeless, and animal hospitals.So much giving and yet, despite it all, I can’t quieten the alarm bells in my head. Will these good intentions have good outcomes? Do we know what we are doing, as we rush to help? Can… Source – Full Article https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jan/27/kindness-is-not-enough-australia-needs-a-strategic-national-response-to-the-bushfires
How Indigenous land burning is protecting rare mammals on Australia's Tiwi Islands – video Scientists from Charles Darwin University and the Tiwi Land Rangers are researching how to help protect the rare brush-tailed rabbit rat and other small mammals using land burning. Burning in cooler months is not only preventing bushfires, but maintaining sanctuaries for the small mammals from predators like feral cats Continue reading… Source – Full Article https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/video/2020/jan/27/how-indigenous-land-burning-is-protecting-rare-mammals-on-australias-tiwi-islands-video
If you love Australia, climate change should scare the hell out of you | Greg Jericho Conservatives love to talk up Australia ‘punching above its weight’, but they turn to self-hating cowards when it comes to climate changeI love Australia.It’s not a thing you hear too often from progressives. Mostly this is because we don’t go in for the pathetic jingo-nationalist, quasi-militaristic “love it or leave it”-style patriotism that John Howard attempted to link with a love of country. Continue reading… Source – Full Article https://www.theguardian.com/business/grogonomics/2020/jan/26/if-you-love-australia-climate-change-should-scare-the-hell-out-of-you
Lyrebirds are survivors, but the situation for Australian birdlife after the bushfires is dire | Sean Dooley Recovery after fires of such unparalleled enormity is going to take decades and enormous resourcesFor literally millions of years, the glorious songs of lyrebirds have rung out across the valleys of south-eastern Australia. Lyrebirds have an extraordinary vocal range and are famously accomplished mimics with their own lush, ringing calls mingled with impersonations on their avian neighbours.However, research from BirdLife Australia examining the impacts of the recent bushfires is showing that an unprecedented number of those valleys are cloaked in silence today. No lyrebirds are likely to be calling. No whipbirds. Or kookaburras, cockatoos, currawongs. Or any of any of… Source – Full Article https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jan/26/lyrebirds-are-survivors-but-the-situation-for-australian-birdlife-after-the-bushfires-is-dire
Cacao not gold: ‘chocolate trees’ offer future to Amazon tribes In Brazil’s largest indigenous reserve thousands of saplings have been planted as an alternative to profits from illegal gold miningThe villagers walk down the grassy landing strip, past the wooden hut housing the health post and into the thick forest, pointing out the seedlings they planted along the way. For these Ye’kwana indigenous men, the skinny saplings, less than a metre high, aren’t just baby cacao trees but green shoots of hope in a land scarred by the violence, pollution and destruction wrought by illegal gold prospecting. That hope is chocolate. Continue reading… Source – Full Article https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jan/25/cacao-not-gold-chocolate-trees-offer-future-to-amazon-tribes-aoe
Aerial footage reveals feral horse crisis in burnt-out Kosciuszko national park – video New aerial footage from Kosciuszko national park reveals horrific fire damage to the landscape. There are also fears that the huge number of feral horses that remain are pushing bushfire-affected threatened species closer to extinction. ‘The horses are destroying the refuges of the endangered plants and animals in the mountains’, says Prof Jamie Pittock from the Australian National University. ‘It’s a crisis because the fire has burnt a lot of the habitats and we need to protect what remains’ Continue reading… Source – Full Article https://www.theguardian.com/environment/video/2020/jan/25/aerial-footage-reveals-feral-horse-crisis-in-burnt-out-kosciuszko-national-park-video
We can’t trust the billionaires of Davos to solve a climate crisis they created | Payal Parekh It’s time to turn away from the World Economic Forum and its mass-polluting ‘affiliates’. We need new, radical solutions• Payal Parekh is an international climate activistThis week, among the private chalets and deep snow of Davos, the world’s leading politicians and businesspeople have been spending their time at the World Economic Forum (WEF), and they’ve been talking about the climate crisis. Greta Thunberg and Prince Charles have given stark speeches warning of the dangers of a warming world, and CEOs and presidents have promised long overdue action. Related: What did we learn from Davos 2020? Continue reading… Source – Full Article https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jan/24/billionaires-davos-climate-crisis-world-economic-forum
Well that was getting a bit scary wasn’t it! One day we wake up to find we’re extremists, the next not, then ish, then not. Thankfully now the matter has been cleared up, let’s get back to talking about what this is all really about – the climate and ecological emergency.
But first, a thank you.
Nearly two weeks ago it was revealed that some parts of the police have attempted to brand Extinction Rebellion as ‘extremists’. It was shocking because our only aim is to make the Government tell the truth and act on the climate and ecological crisis. We have never picked a fight with the police, only asking them to respect the right to protest, and to join us because it is not possible to safely police a society that has collapsed because of climate breakdown.
Of course, we’re not the first to be tarnished with this brush. Minority groups and other peaceful activists have been disproportionately affected and continue to be for simply questioning the status quo, peacefully practicing their religion – such as the Muslim community – or speaking up against societal injustices. We are particularly concerned that this stigmatisation can target and tarnish children – we are thinking here about children concerned about their future at the moment.
As we reeled from the news and searched for words, we were moved to see people from all walks of life jump to our defence. From members of the public to politicians from across the parties, ex police, lawyers and journalists expressed outrage, made statements and wrote articles – showing us that we have far more in common with each other than things that divide us.
We welcome Home Office minister Brandon Lewis’s words in Parliament on Wednesday “that Extinction Rebellion is in no way considered an extremist group under the 2015 definition of extremism and the home secretary has been clear on this point.”
This must remain true under any definition and hope that due focus can instead be given to the extreme situation as we face. At almost 1 degree C of warming, we are seeing ecosystem breakdown – from the wildfires across the Arctic to Australia, to the hurricanes that have destroyed communities in the Caribbean and Mozambique, to India’s record breaking heat waves and floods. To think and act like the UK and Europe will not be immune to this emergency is fiction, no country will be an island to this if business as usual prevails.
About Extinction Rebellion
Time has almost entirely run out to address the ecological crisis which is upon us, including the 6th mass species extinction, global pollution, and abrupt, runaway climate change. Societal collapse and mass death are seen as inevitable by scientists and other credible voices, with human extinction also a possibility, if rapid action is not taken.
Extinction Rebellion believes it is a citizen’s duty to rebel, using peaceful civil disobedience, when faced with criminal inactivity by their Government.
Extinction Rebellion’s key demands are:
- Government must tell the truth by declaring a climate and ecological emergency, working with other institutions to communicate the urgency for change.
- Government must act now to halt biodiversity loss and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2025.
- Government must create and be led by the decisions of a Citizens’ Assembly on climate and ecological justice.
- In the UK, come to one of our events, join the Rebellion Network and let us know how you can help out.
- Start a group where you are: in the UK or around the world.
- Find your local group.
- Check out the International XR website, with links to the French, German, Italian and UK websites.
- And while your time and energy are of most importance, if you are financially able to donate money, see our crowdfunder.
About Rising Up!
Extinction Rebellion emerged from the Rising Up! network, which promotes a fundamental change of our political and economic system to one which maximises well-being and minimises harm. Change needs to be nurtured in a culture of reverence, gratitude and inclusion while the tools of civil disobedience and direct action are used to express our collective power.
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‘Hypocrisy’: 90% of UK-Africa summit’s energy deals were in fossil fuels Exclusive: Almost £2bn went to oil and gas despite a UK pledge to support cleaner energy in African countries More than 90% of the £2bn in energy deals struck at this week’s UK-Africa investment summit were for fossil fuels, despite a government commitment to “support African countries in their transition to cleaner energy”.Prime Minister Boris Johnson opened the summit on Monday, citing the climate emergency: “We all breathe the same air, we live beneath the same sky, and we all suffer when carbon emissions rise and the planet warms.” Continue reading… Source – Full Article https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jan/24/90-pe-cent-uk-africa-energy-deals-fossil-fuels