Extinction Rebellion calls us to the streets to demand that our governments take the necessary steps to halt climate catastrophe justly and with compassion. Extinction Rebellion calls us to uprising with uncompromising non-violent discipline and wholehearted dedication to stay until the needed change is done. All that we do through XR Durham we do in answer to this call.
The Main Thing to Remember
After the killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, all of the work and effort of years and decades and centuries of rebellion on many fronts came together in an uprising that went global and that continues today.
The change we need in order to save life on earth from annihilation is like that. We need masses of people moving into public spaces, interferring with business as usual, and non-violently refusing to leave until the government acts to stop the climate and environmental catastrophies.
That is what it will take. Anything less is not going to be enough. Moments in history like the explosion of the Black Lives Matter Movement or the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s or Arab Spring cannot be planned. They can be nourished and they can be prepared for.
And that is what we are up to at XR Durham. We do actions to nourish momentum in the direction of a moment of the whirlwind.
We prepare to make the most of those moments when they come, and we know that such moments will come because we know that the devastations brought by the climate and environmental crises will continue. Things will get worse. And sooner or later there will be an uprising.
You are needed!
“Deciding” – a support group for people considering not having children because of the climate crisis
Recent studies report that fears about what life on earth will be like for future generations are causing some people to decide not to have children.
“Deciding” is a discussion group for people who are grappling with whether or not to have children because of the climate crisis and other human-caused types of destruction of the earth’s living systems. The purpose of the group is to be a safe space for participants to talk about where they are with decisions around possibly not having children due to environmental concerns.
Decisions don’t get any more personal than this one. The group will be free of any expectations that a particular decision be reached or that any decision be reached at all. The fact that this level of fear exists about something so precious and personal as whether or not to have a baby calls out for deep respect and for strong support for those who face this choice.
The group will meet for three 60 minute sessions. Time to be determined by the needs of participants. For more information, please contact Cailin at <email@example.com>.
The Pram Rebellion
We are putting together a fleet of strollers and baby carriages (or as they call them in the UK ‘prams’) that can be used by anyone who wants to do a pram-action to get out the message about the climate catastrophe and what to do about it.
One of the great things about the Pram Rebellion is its flexibility. It can be carried out any time, by a lone individual who simply leaves a decorated and messaged stroller in a public space. It can be a group project designed to be covid-cautiously present in a high-traffic public space (e.g. sidewalk downtown at lunch time). It can be a one-time thing or a regular on-going event.
Preparing for the Next Whirlwind Moment
Events like the two-weeks of actions that we just saw in London do not happen by chance. Alot of planning goes into them. There is a lot of work to be done. If you want to pitch-in in any way, someone would be glad to talk with you about the possibilities. We are especially trying to give people ways to help that do not necessitate lots of meeting time!
Send us an email at: <firstname.lastname@example.org>; subect: Ways to Help Prepare, and someone will happily get back to you.
Have a look here to see what is possible with just a bit of concerted effort. Have a look here to get information on the nuts-and-bolts of creating Pram Rebellion. And imagine Durham this fall with Pram Rebellion events popping up all over town carrying messages like OUR GOVERNMENT MUST ACT TO STOP CLIMATE CRISIS NOW, and giving people information on ways that they can take action.
To find out more about how you can get involved (or to donate used strollers), please contact: Pram Rebellion at <email@example.com>.
Training in How to Participate in Non-violent Direct Actions
An experienced NVDA trainer from XR America has offered to train a group of us on-line. The time for the training will be chosen to meet the availability of participants and of the trainer.
For more information about joining the group, contact Callie at (919) 475-7786.
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