BREAKING: Scientists take action at Defra demanding government halt UK biodiversity loss

Email: press@extinctionrebellion.ukPhone: +44(0)7756136396Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Media Assets | Donate#ExtinctionRebellion Photos of the action: https://show.pics.io/xr-global-media-breaking-news/search?tagId=637fb50ead4d1f00127b375e At 8am on Friday November 25th, a group of scientists pasted posters on the windows of the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) to highlight the state of nature in the UK and the failure of the government to protect it. The scientists who took part in the action and risked arrest included leading experts in ecology and conservation science who have previously worked for or advised Defra.  The action comes just a few days before the start of a major UN…

Extinction Rebellion day of action targets Barclays, Europe’s largest investor in fossil fuels

On 14 November Extinction Rebellion groups across the UK carried out a day of peaceful, non-violent direct action to put pressure on Barclays Bank to stop investing in fossil fuels.  Hundreds of groups occupied, painted, sprayed and flyposted branches. They painted buildings with red paint and fake oil, locked themselves onto buildings, leafletted and held die-ins and street theatre to draw the public and bank employees’ attention to the fact that the bank is Europe’s largest fossil-fuel investor. Last year Barclays recorded higher-than expected pre-tax profits of nearly £2bn for this year’s third quarter and have invested nearly £20 billion…

BREAKING: Extinction Rebellion takes action at the offices of fossil fuel enablers across London

Email: press@extinctionrebellion.ukPhone: +44(0)7756136396Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Media Assets | Donate#CutTheTies #TellTheTruth #ExtinctionRebellion  From 11am on Monday November 21st, Extinction Rebellion and other aligned groups took nonviolent action at thirteen sites across central London, targeting the offices of companies and organisations which have links to the fossil fuel industry. The groups sent a universal message that it’s time to ‘cut the ties’ with fossil fuels.   Actions took place at BP, Hill+Knowlton Strategies, BAE Systems, Church House, Ineos, Eversheds Sutherland, Schlumberger, the International Maritime Organisation, the Institute of Economic Affairs, JP Morgan, Arch Insurance, the Ontario Teachers Pension Plan and…

Extinction Rebellion vs Barclays: Crown Court trial begins Tuesday

Email: press@extinctionrebellion.ukPhone: +44(0)7756136396Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Media Assets | Donate#ExtinctionRebellion #BetterWithoutBarclays Seven women charged with just over £114k worth of criminal damage at Barclays HQ in Canary Wharf in April 2021 are due to appear at Southwark Crown Court for a jury trial beginning at 2pm on Tuesday November 22nd. If found guilty the women face potential sentences of up to four years in prison. There are currently thirty-one climate activists in prison in the UK.  This is the eighth Extinction Rebellion case to be heard in a Crown Court, and the first of six upcoming trials for…

BREAKING: Court finds Doctors for XR not guilty for Lambeth Bridge blockade

Email: press@extinctionrebellion.ukPhone: +44(0)7756136396Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Media Assets | Donate#ExtinctionRebellion Seven health professionals have been acquitted at City of London magistrates’ court today. Dr David McKelvey, Dr Chris Newman, Dr Mark Russell and Dr Patrick Hart – all GPs, Dr Alice Clack – a hospital consultant obstetrician, Rosie Jones – a clinical psychologist and Anna Bunten – a specialist nurse, faced a charge of ‘breach of section 14’ of the public order act. Judge Robinson, who presided over the case, was not convinced that the necessary steps that are required for the imposition of section 14 had been taken. Judge Robinson remarked on acquittal “I was impressed…

‘This is an intervention’ – Barclays faces biggest ever day of climate protests

Email: press@extinctionrebellion.ukPhone: +44(0)7756136396Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Media Assets | Donate#ExtinctionRebellion #BetterWithoutBarclays #FossilFreeLondon  On Monday November 14 Barclays faced the biggest ever day of climate protests as  hundreds of people took action at over 100 Barclays branches across the UK to protest against the high street bank’s investment in fossil fuels. Protesters from Extinction Rebellion groups in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and England occupied and flyposted branches, painted buildings with red paint and fake oil and held die-ins and street theatre performances, with actions set to continue throughout the day.  Barclays is the UK’s and Europe’s largest financier of…

A week in the press-policing quagmire

What led us to this point where police arrest the press, and what was the press’ part in it? The arrest of several journalists this week sparked concern for press freedom. The public and the press are experiencing increasing repression at the hands of the police and the state. Simultaneously the right wing think tanks and the papers are pressuring the police and the state for harsher crackdowns on protesters, working directly with the police as they did in the preemptive raids on the houses of the Just Stop Oil supporters this week. The speed at which communication is happening…

Extinction Rebellion UK statement on COP27

It would not be new for Extinction Rebellion to say that the COP process has failed. We’ve said it for some time, as have many others now, including Greta Thunberg.  Extinction Rebellion will not attend COP27 in Egypt, nor protest against it. To give airtime to a summit that has monumentally failed humanity and all the living world for 26 years gives the COP process undeserved credence and carries on the charade.  With many scientists now publicly stating that 1.5 degrees is lost and with emissions still rising annually, the continuation of the COP process and the misplaced hope it…

Two legal judgments show that justice is on the side of the climate action

In a striking legal judgement, five members of Scientists for Extinction Rebellion on trial for committing £2000’s worth of criminal damage to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) last April were acquitted by a London Magistrates’ court. The five scientists: Dr Stuart Capstick, Dr Abi Perrin, Emma Smart, Dr Aaron Thierry, and Dr Caroline Vincent were part of a group of nine scientists who pasted scientific papers, used chalk spray and glued themselves to the BEIS windows to highlight the danger posed by new oil and gas exploration. Scientists exercising their rights under the Human Rights ActThe…

CHANGE IS NOW TOUR – How Extinction Rebellion is changing hearts and minds

This Autumn XR embarked on an ambitious national programme – a UK-wide three-week tour of more than 60 towns and cities from Inverness to Belfast and Teignmouth, to grow the movement and tell people about deliberative democracy. On 21 September three Extinction Rebellion buses set off in a blaze of glory. The Western route visited Bournemouth, Exeter, Taunton, up to Stroud, Cardiff, Machynlleth, to Bangor/Wrexham, over to Dublin, then on to Belfast. The Middle Route started at Preston, on to Manchester, up to Penrith and Glasgow, across to Edinburgh, then up to the top of Scotland in Inverness and Aberdeen.…

BREAKING: Court finds XR Scientists not guilty for action at BEIS – while charges are dropped against Shell HQ occupation defendants 

Email: press@extinctionrebellion.ukPhone: +44(0)7756136396 / +44(0)7561098449Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Media Assets | Donate#XRScientists #ExtinctionRebellion Today five Scientists for Extinction Rebellion on trial for criminal damage have been acquitted by a magistrates’ court in London. Dr Stuart Capstick, an environmental social scientist, Dr Abi Perrin, a biologist, Emma Smart, an ecologist, Dr Aaron Thierry, an earth-system scientist and Dr Caroline Vincent, a retired scientist and consultant, were facing a charge of criminal damage to the value of £2,000. They were part of a group of nine scientists who pasted scientific papers, used chalk spray and glued themselves to the windows of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial…

XR UK statement on the Public Order Bill

The Public Order Bill is the work of a government that needs more graft. By suppressing the voices of scientists and everyday people that make up the climate movement the government has chosen to try and make the problem go away. But they’re playing a losing game.  Everyday people are way ahead of politicians and they’re prepared to face the challenges the climate crisis presents. People continue to step up and take civil disobedience despite attempts to criminalise their right to protest. According to a poll by Ipsos this August 80 percent of the UK are concerned about climate and…

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