Saturday 29th August A funeral march that transforms. A Jazz band. Black-clad mourners, marching in sombre mood, to mark the death and destruction wrought by humans on our natural world. And then it changes (you’ll have to wait and see….) to celebrate joyously the beauty and power of nature. This will be an inspiring action with a big presence in the town, that will remind people about resisting climate change and hopefully get them interested in joining the actions in London.
Turn up on the day Come at 11.00 to Westgate Street on Saturday 29th August Setting off at 11.30. Formal funeral attire is requested. With an umbrella or a parasol. But you can also just come as you are. Bring placards.
The Route The marchers will gather in Westgate Street at 11.00. We will set off at 11.30, two abreast, all distanced at 2 metres and wearing masks. We will head down the High Street past the War Memorial, and down School Hill towards Cliffe precinct.
At the entrance to the precinct will be a Marshall, who will ensure everyone is still marching only two abreast, and safely distanced. If it is particularly crowded on that Saturday, they may even ask us to process in single file. However, if we are able to proceed two abreast, we will keep to the centre of the precinct, and leave the red pavement to the shoppers. Over Cliffe Bridge and down Cliffe High Street, then turning left into Malling Street.
At Phoenix Causeway, we will turn back into the town. Over Phoenix Bridge, left at Eastgate Street, and once more through the precinct. This time we turn down Railway Lane and head on to the Linklater Pavilion, our final destination.
There will be a short socially distanced closing event at the Linklater, more details nearer the time.
Preparing so you can join the leading group We have been busy painting umbrellas to look like giant flowers (for regrowth). To paint your own umbrella at home we recommend acrylic art paint mixed with Chromacryl textile medium, ironed afterwards to fix. For more information contact Creatives@xrlewes.org.
Marshalls and outreach We also need marshalls for the traffic, and people to talk to the public about XR as we go. Let us know if you can help.
Sunday 29th August As part of Extinction Rebellion’s Faith Vigil for the Earth, we invite you to join us for a prayer and meditation walk in Lewes. People of all faiths and none, come together to silently focus their will and energy towards healing for our planet.
The end of the walk will mark the beginning of a week long vigil. Keeping watch together with those maintaining a continuous prayer and meditation presence in Parliament Square, London, as well as those taking part through a zoom vigil space.
Meet 2pm at St Thomas A Becket Church, Cliffe High St, Lewes You will need to wear a face mask and we will be observing 2m distancing. There will be 3 stops in which a few words will be spoken and a simple service at the end.
You are invited to dress in a single colour of your choice and make yourself a sandwich board style sign to wear. (A piece of cardboard front and back with string over the shoulders, one side saying your own message or prayer intention the other saying “we want to live”).
For further information contact: email@example.com
Bike swarm in Brighton, have fun on the streets. Meet at the Level, Brighton at 6pm. OR ride there together, meet 5pm at the bus stop opposite Lewes prison. Contact: CycleSwarm@xrlewes.org
Saturday 29th August – Procession for the Planet
A funeral march with New Orleans style Jazz band. Meet 11am Westgate Street Lewes. Formal funeral attire or come as you are. Bring umbrellas and placards. We will observe 2m social distancing, please wear a mask.
Sunday 30th August – Vigil for the Earth
People of all faiths and none, a silent walk to focus on healing for our planet. Dress in a single colour of your choice and make yourself a sign to wear. Meet 2pm at St Thomas A Becket Church, Cliffe High St, Lewes. We will observe 2m social distancing, please wear a mask. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tues 1 Sept onwards – London rebellion
We want to live! The Rebellion returns to Parliament on 1 September amidst warnings of a 4°C world. The first day is carnival themed, family friendly with a short march to Parliament Square, and all agreed with the police. Be there on day one!
Talks, trainings and more
Be informed, stay safe and connect with other rebels, get ready for London action. See what’s on the events calendar here:
Join us on a socially distanced cycle procession through Lewes on Saturday 11 July to help bring pressure on East Sussex County Council to act to encourage cycling in the town and beyond. We want them to take advantage of the current government offer of funding available to councils who present ambitious plans to enhance walking and cycling as alternatives to car use.
We are meeting at 11am outside the East Sussex County Council offices. We will then ride together down through the town to the Linklater Pavilion. From there we will split into two groups one of which will follow the easier Green Route whilst the other follows the Red Route as depicted in the maps below.
tell Barclays and their shareholders that fossil fuel is dead!
Carbon emissions must start declining steeply now if we are
to stand a chance of avoiding catastrophic climate breakdown. Yet Barclays has
invested £70 billion in fossil fuels and carbon intensive companies since the
Paris Accord was signed in 2015 – and they show no signs of stopping. Just to
add to the madness, it makes no sense financially. Oil prices are volatile and
no longer a safe investment for shareholders.
will start now, culminating with a swarm of Barclays’ social media on Thursday
7th May, 11am, the day of the AGM.
This action will be aimed at shareholders, big business
investors and Barclays, as these are the people who will either be voting at
the AGM or will know people who are.
Barclays have said they will go net zero by 2050, but given no commitment to stop fossil fuel
investment. In January, an
influential group of Barclays Shareholders, represented by ShareAction, tabled
a motion to phase out all fossil fuel investments. This will be on the table at
the AGM on Thursday 7th May. Let’s strengthen their voice and
tell other shareholders to follow them!
So what can i do ?
Help raise a social media storm! At 11am on Thursday 7th May, comment, post and share, then comment and share again!
Suggested text – feel
free to amend as you like, or of course you can write your own message!
I was pleased to see
that Barclays has announced a commitment to go net zero for carbon emissions.
However, it’s very troubling that you have given no commitment to phase out
investment in fossil fuels. The science is clear – to avoid catastrophic global
heating, what we do over the next five years is crucial. Drastic action is
I urge the Barclays
board to show leadership on this issue. Tell the world that you’re serious
about tackling the climate emergency, and this isn’t just a piece of corporate
greenwashing. Give a clear, timebound commitment to phase out fossil fuels.
Killer Facts: Feel
free to use these, or source your own facts to highlight the many ways that
Barclays are putting our future at risk.
33 global banks (including Barclays) have provided $1.9 trillion to fossil fuel companies since the adoption of the Paris climate accord in 2015.
Bank financing for fossil fuels has increased each year since the PCA.
Over the past three years those same banks provided financial services worth $600 billion to the 100 companies with the largest investments forecast in new fossil fuel extraction, infrastructure, and power generation.
Barclays are 6th worst in the world of banks investing in fossil fuel since the PCA.
Barclays are the top European banker of fracking and coal, and lead as the worst European bank for fossil fuel investment.
Barclays have invested $85 billion (£70b) in fossil fuels and $24 billion (£20b) into expansion since the PCA in 2015.
Email YOUR Pension Provider
If you have a pension, there’s a good chance your pension
savings are invested in Barclays. Make
your voice count! Use this link to see whether your pension manager invests in Barclays, and
to email them asking them to vote for the ShareAction resolution.
Switch Your bank
Do you currently bank with Barclays? For a bank, customers
voting with their feet is the most powerful persuasion of all! Click here
to find an ethical alternative. (If you don’t bank with Barclays, use this tool
to see how your own bank is doing. Barclays is just the worst of a pretty bad
find out more
Extra info and
links to interesting articles:
fuel investment breakdown (The summary below shows the split of the $24
Billion invested in FF exploration and expansion, it does not include the $85
Billion invested in existing fossil fuel involvement)
This is an ongoing daily event, the idea being for XR to have a permanent presence outside Westminster.
Formed by Lewes Rebel Claire Duc this group is active and growing. Please get involved, you don’t need to come every day, or for the whole day, anytime you have free just pop along to Westminster and join the crew, bring banners, placards, flags, signs, dress up, dress down, make it fun and don’t let those MP’s just pass you by…… This is a self organised group which will meet daily at 10:45am beside the Millicent Fawcett statue in Parliment Square before moving to the Parliment building, around Carriage Gate. If you don’t make the meeting place just head for the Houses of Parliment and you will find the rebels.
part of its campaign to compel East Sussex County Council to stop funding
climate change, Divest
East Sussex is planning an action that will take place in Lewes on Tuesday 24
This will be a fairly simple action, not requiring any athletic ability,
elaborate costumes or equipment. However, there *will* be a possibility of arrest (though
on the basis of similar actions that have taken place recently this may be
unlikely). All participants will need to have attended a Nonviolent Direct
Action (NVDA) training workshop AND a special briefing about the action itself
If you’ve already
attended an XR NVDA workshop in the past and are interested in taking part in
the action on the 24th then please: (a) email email@example.com to say
you’re interested in taking part in the action on the 24th March; and (b) come
to the special briefing at the Linklater Pavilion (Railway Lane, Lewes BN7
2FG), 7.45 – 9pm, Monday 16 March.
If you’re interested in
being present at the action on the 24th in a non-arrestable role then
please also come to the briefing on 16 March (details above).
* You should budget the whole day, though it is likely that everything will be
finished by the early afternoon.
From Liberia to the Philippines, sex strikes have helped to win campaigns for peace and justice.
On 16 March Divest East Sussex will be issuing a public call for all people of goodwill to refrain from sex with members of East Sussex County Council (ESCC) until they agree to stop funding climate change.
To celebrate this they will be performing an extract from the ancient Greek play Lysistrata – in which women use a sex strike to end the war between Athens and Sparta – outside County Hall. Join them to be part of the chorus (no acting skills required!): 9 – 10am, Monday 16 March, outside County Hall in Lewes, St Anne’s Crescent, BN7 1NE. Bring a plain single bed sheet with you if you can for costume purposes!