South West Unite to Survive Protest 28th October!

Updated 27th October 2023

 Only 5 days left until we Unite to Survive at Victoria Park, Bath on Saturday 28 October!

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Come to our family-friendly protest happening in Victoria Park, Bath on Saturday 28 Oct, 10-5pm

Everyone is invited and everyone is welcome!

Join 40 nature, climate and social justice groups from across the South West in a family-friendly, welcoming protest!
By standing as one, in unity, we demonstrate to our government and MPs that the majority of people want
positive action taken on nature, the climate and social justice issues.

The protest day includes a diverse programme of engaging speakers, creative performers, stalls, workshops and more.
With a rally, a spectacularly creative accessible, wheelchair and family-friendly, march (bring your costumes, banners and flags)
and lots of activities for children and families.

Unite to Survive will be held 10-5pm at
Victoria Park, Bath, BA1 2LZ

More detailed programme timings in the info pack

10am
Start

In case of wet weather, covered spaces on site will include:
Performance and speeches space
Workshop Space
Family Space with Punch and Judy!
Swallows space – messaging MPs activity
Art space
Wellbeing support, quiet space, First Aid

12.30
NOTE we are soon releasing a march route and also an idea around what blocks will be in the march
so that we can assemble promptly! watch this space and do log-in here for latest updates


March formation information now in the live document – which you can access here:
info pack

March assembles and leave
(there will be a wheelchair-accessible route)
with special appearances from the Blackbirds, the butterfly, the Big Heads, the Oil slicks, the Red Rebels and the Landing Crew!
and of course the South West Climate Choir and XR South West Rhythms!

2pm
march finishes
Please come as you are – or wear costumes and masks – or bring banners and placards!

2.15pm
It’s time to get your dancing shoes on for some Disco-bedience action again!
All ages welcome

2.30pm-3.30pm
Community Assembly
(some seating will be provided)

5pm
Finish and pack down

Satellite Events

9.30 to 11.30am Dirty Water Outreach
Set up from 9am.  Orange Grove (on the grassy circle) 
DW banners and leaflets, DW boat, DW citizens survey boards.
Join this WhatsApp chat for more info: https://chat.whatsapp.com/LEwNrZreIyg2c4bF3IRx03


10.30am -12
Somerset Silent Rebellion
Vigil at Barclays Bank, Southgate St
Placards will be available

11-12 noon
Kidical Mass Bath Creepy Crawlies Bike Ride
A gentle cycle, for EVERYONE (all ages and abilities)
Get a sticker booklet at the end of the ride!
More info here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1379620919297445

10am – 11.30
Sacred Earth Activists
A range of different activities including a Unite to Survive Water Ceremony.
Bring offerings of water from your local sources
Meet at Abbey Square /Bath Abbey
More info here: https://fb.me/e/6zWPc7xsC

💪🏾 As you can see above we now have 40 allies and partners on board!

Bath Campaigns Network

Bath Green Party

Bath Labour
Bath Organic Group

Bath Stop War

Bath University Left Union

Bristol Airport Action Network

Bristol and Gloucester Area Branch of Unite

Bristol Climate Cafe

Christian Climate Action

Climate Choir Movement

Climate Hub Bath and North East Somerset

Community Farm Bristol

Dirty Water Campaign

EcoPress

Edible Bristol

Friends of the Earth Bristol

Frome Families for the Future

Great Clean Up Group

Green Stationery Company

Greenpeace Bath

Greenpeace Bristol

Health for a Green New Deal (Medact)

JSO

Kidical Mass Bath

Mogg Watch

Nature Watch

Parents For Future Bath/Bristol

PRALER (The Planet Repairs Action Learning Educational Revolution)

Sacred Earth Activists

Save the Wye

Shift Bristol

Stop Rosebank

Surfers Against Sewage

Tipping Point UK

Transform Bristol

Transition Bath

Wiltshire Wildlife Trust

XR Health

XR Psychologists

XR Scientists 
                                    

Want to volunteer?

⏩ Want a role on the day?
We need help with set up and pack down, stewarding and sustenance, transport>
Please make yourselves known to the welcome crew if you want to volunteer

👍🏻 Access and inclusion needs? We are providing BSL interpreters and are wheelchair friendly –
Please make yourself known to the welcome tent if you require assistance

🫰 If you are unable to attend please think about donating here:
https://xrb.link/t1nxn021B

🦞 Want to follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram?
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Live updates are here:
info pack


Come and join Us. We’re a ‘Do It Together’ movement.

Local Groups are the perfect first step to getting involved.  Come to a meeting and get stuck in.  Everyone’s welcome. Our region includes: Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Somerset, Dorset, Devon, Cornwall and The Channel Islands.

For further information about XR and our three demands of the UK Government, visit our UK website.

If you think we should be featuring a particular resource or asset, or have any other suggestions about this website, please get in touch.

South West Unite to Survive Open Call Sunday 22nd October

📣 📣 Announcing the next South West Unite to Survive Open Call!

📌 Sunday 22nd October 2023, 6-7pm

➡️ Register here: https://xrb.link/D0TT1u

💬 Come along to our open call and find out how you can join in with our family-friendly protest in Bath on Saturday 28th October

🌳 Need ‘Unite to Survive’ leaflets for your group? https://xrb.link/ha7f1I8

💪🏾 Want to help us bring other partners and allies on board? Template letter here: https://xrb.link/b17zyF2

🏡 Live in Bath, Bristol or Newport and want to offer accommodation, a community space, space in your home or parking for a camper van on your driveway? Please fill this in: https://xrb.link/QO1i0Xy71

See you on the 22nd October! If you have any questions please contact accessinclusionsw@protonmail.com

All are invited to the South West Unite to Survive Open Call on Sunday 10 September, 6-7pm

We are holding an Open Call (on zoom) on Sunday 10th September at 6pm – 7pm. You can ask questions and share ideas about a South West family friendly protest happening in Bath on Saturday 28 Oct.

We want to invite everyone, and for everyone to feel welcome!

Just like the day itself, anyone from any nature, climate and social justice group is invited to attend the open call, so please tell your friends!

If you are a member of any social justice, nature, or climate groups, please consider speaking to your group co-ordinator about coming to the zoom open call (OR, here is a suggested invitation letter which you can copy to send to your group)

We will make this Open Call as accessible as possible, so do contact accessinclusionsw@protonmail.com in advance if you have any access issues

Register for the call here:

We look forward to seeing you there!

Our Leaders Fiddle while Rhodes Burns

CELEBRATING OVER 100 ACTIONS
It’s inspiring to see the commitment of so many ordinary people to take action in the face of ongoing climate catastrophes.

With over 100 actions across the UK since #TheBigOne, the dedication to raising awareness and demanding urgent climate action is undeniable.
From peaceful protests to creative demonstrations, XR rebels are making their voices heard. The collective efforts are a reminder that each action, no matter how small, contributes to a larger movement for change.

A BIG THANK YOU, love and gratitude to all rebels for your tremendous efforts!

We must continue to unite across movements until world leaders tell the truth, act now, and empower citizens’ assemblies.
It is time to reach out, recruit, and rebel⁣. We are stronger together!

Find out how to join us and get involved – see the local group map here

Deciding together means power together

DECIDING TOGETHER MEANS POWER TOGETHER
We demand a culture of participation, fairness and transparency.
Transforming public governance to serve the common good has become critical to the survival of all species. Without it, we will continue along the course toward total system collapse.
Citizens’ assemblies are a structured way for a group of people to discuss issues or make decisions collectively so that all voices are heard and valued equally and no one person or group dominates the discussion.
Throughout history, people from all over the globe have used citizens’ assemblies to come together and achieve great things, addressing topics such as healthcare, urban planning, and measures to reduce emissions, increase renewable energy, and promote sustainability.
While concern for our planet is strong, we must bridge the gap between awareness and action. This change requires us to delve deeper, to engage in meaningful conversations that lead to real solutions.
We must rally, push for change, and guide our political leaders toward a sustainable future.
As demand for participatory democracy grows, #citizensassemblies will play a vital role in shaping our future.
Extinction Rebellion – Citizens’ Assembly Page

Eastern Airlines: Bring on Climate Hell

Truro Train station billboards have been adjusted yet again!

Eastern Airlines suddenly gaining a conscience maybe? #bringonclimatehell

(update as of 28 August the billboards are still there!)

XR Devon Drummers at Band Camp 2023

Band Camp 2023 in Llandovery, Wales, this weekend, featured the XR Devon Drummers! #xrrhythms XR Rhythms UK

A wonderful weekend was had by all, meeting lots of new drummers from across the UK and beyond!

Throughout the weekend, there were workshops, jamming sessions, art blocking, yoga and everyone helped volunteer to keep camp up and running. It was really cool to learn some new tunes. If you are interested in joining the XR Devon Drummers band you can find them in Flowerpots Park, Exeter, every Sunday 2-4pm

Please note that other bands are available and we will endeavour to add a list here soon – in the meantime do contact local South West Groups for more info!

Banner drops: Sun, Sea, Sand & Sewage

Just in time for the school holidays, a timely banner drop reminder across our roads, that the South West is plagued with sewage from the illegal dumping of untreated sewage by companies like South West Water and Wessex Water. This weekend banner drops happened up and down the UK to highlight the plight of our rivers, seas and waterways. Not only is this behaviour toxic to our wildlife, but it also represents a terrible public health hazard! But, the government don’t care and the water companies can get away with it. It’s cheaper to pay the paltry fines than it is to fix the problems with the infra-structure (higher bills will soon be zipping their way to us as the water companies pocket record profits at our expense!)

{Pictured is the banner over the M5 near Taunton)

Illegal Coalmine Ffos-y-Fran Colliery Blockaded

Rebels from XR South West, XR Cymru/Wales and XR UK joined forces to shut down an illegal coal mine in South Wales. With determination and defiance, they locked themselves to the boat, disrupting the mining operation and demanding justice.

For over 8 months, the Ffos-y-Fran colliery has operated without a license, mining nearly 300,000 tonnes of coal and releasing close to a million tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere. The authorities have failed to intervene, allowing this planet-wrecking operation to continue unabated.
But we refuse to stand by while our #Climate suffers.

We’re here to challenge the inaction and make a bold statement:
STOP EXTRACTING AND SHIPPING COAL IMMEDIATELY AND FOR GOOD!
We are willing to put our liberty on the line because the government and police have failed to act.

Join us in solidarity as we maintain the blockade day and night for at least a week, escalating our action this weekend.

On July 8th, a peaceful mass march organised by No More Coal will converge on the mine with one message: NO MORE DESTRUCTION!

”We encourage hundreds, even thousands, of people to come from all over the country to march on Ffos-y-Fran to tell them that we, the people, say no more.”

An enforcement notice is in effect, giving the mine owners 28 days to cease extraction. But if they appeal, the operations could continue for up to another year. We call on the local council and the Welsh Government to issue a “stop” notice and halt this illegal mining immediately.

Together, we demand accountability.

Join us in the fight for a sustainable future.

Here Comes Everyone: New Strategy 2023/24

Extinction Rebellion has successfully shifted public opinion on the climate and ecological emergency in the last four years, but we know that transforming the political system, social culture, and economy is necessary for a sustainable and equitable future.

The Big One was the start of this strategy, but as we move into the summer and beyond, what does that look like for us as a movement?

The 2023-2024 strategy, Here Comes Everyone, outlines a comprehensive plan. After The Big One in April, Extinction Rebellion’s focus is on growing as a movement, but also looking outward at other organisations, groups, communities, and people. Especially people who care, but are not actively engaging in community activities or activism. Now is the time for anyone to step up and get involved.

XR will be listening to others, learning different perspectives and views on how to move forward, and incorporating, adapting and building a plan on how we can work together towards shared goals. We will not return to Westminster until we have built a critical mass that will turn the tide on inaction on the climate and ecological crisis. The work to do is to bring masses into active participation, protest and non-violent direct action (NVDA).

Inside Extinction Rebellion we will be working on improving how we work. We’ll be working on our internal systems, our Self-organising System (SOS) and building a strong data strategy.

Read the full 2023-2024 strategy: Here Comes Everyone.