Dear Rebels, Welcome to this February edition of South East Action Roundup, featuring actions by rebels in our region
POLLY HIGGINS AT NEWLANDS CORNER
Getting ready for Rebellion on April 9th in Hyde Park!!
Rebels from Godalming, Farnham, Farnborough, Guildford, Woking and Reading, joined forces and set up a stall at the visitor centre. They engaged the public with the presence of the “Polly Higgins” boat, art activities, a climate crisis questionnaire and a lot of long and interesting conversations.
No Pensions Without Representation! Rebels joined other climate campaigners in a procession through the streets of Brighton and Hove, to demand that Brighton and Hove City Council have a say over the local government pension scheme. A brighton councillor will bring a proposal to the June meeting of the East Sussex Pension Board as BHCC backs fossil fuel divestment for a third time. Rebels wore american-revolution-style tricorn hats, 18th century coats and golden sashes as they marched between Brighton town hall and Hove town hall, which is where the meeting was taking place. Banner’s read: “No Pensions Without Representation! It’s time to divest Brighton & Hove’s pensions from fossil fuels.”
CANTERBURY CLIMATE STRIKE
Canterbury rebels held their regular Friday Climate strike in the middle of Canterbury high street. It was a chance to meet and greet the public and fellow rebels.
REIGATE & REDHILL AND DORKING BARCLAYS VIGIL
XR Reigate & Redhill and Dorking, along with local members of Christian Climate Action, held a vigil outside the Redhill Barclay’s branch. Several good conversations were had, as part of this nationwide campaign, to raise awareness of Barclay’s continued funding of fossil fuel interests.
EPSOM & EWELL
“For Peat’s sake!!” Epsom & Ewell XR rebels were in the town centre, with the message that peat needs to stay in peat bogs - and should not be cut and turned into compost. Rebels were asking passers-by buy peat free compost and giving out information about where to get it.
FLEET, FARNBOROUGH AND CAMBERLEY
Rebels block Farnborough airport’s main gate Rebels from surrounding local groups blocked the main gate at Farnborough Airport for two hours. Some rebels had fake oil poured over them to highlight the polluting nature of the private jets and the damage caused by our high carbon economy. There was drumming from the samba band and the protest was family friendly, the children present were reminding everyone of how important it is to stop global heating.
Hastings Borough Council have "Sat on their hands" - they were held to account for doing too little since they declared a climate emergency 3 years ago. Rebels are calling on their council to step up to their ambitious target of net zero carbon by 2030. In part this is to demand action, but it is also to demand the truth, because it’s time to get real.
NEWBURY Bank Job!
Rebels braved the rain to protest outside HSBC and Barclays against their continued huge financing of fossil fuels. Oil, coal and gas must stay in the ground if we are to avoid rising temperatures that will threaten life on earth as we know it. The action got great local press coverage too!
SOUTHSEA BUS STOP SUBVERTISING
Rebels did their first bus stop ad subvertising in Southsea, Portsmouth, drawing attention to Barclay’s investment in fossil fuels.
LEGO REBELLION - END COAL NOW!
The smallest rebels of Extinction Rebellion have been in action again, they're unstoppable! The Bravus Mining and Resources (previously known as Adani) train full of coal was no problem to Lego Rebellion.
Paint The Symbol Lego Rebels have started their Paint The Symbol campaign!
Dissent breeds dissent. This is how Otpor started. And they overthrew Milosevic.
REMEMBER : No-one is too small to make a difference!
Thanks for rebelling and reading. See you on the streets again some time...
Love and Rage, South East Anchor Circle