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Sunday 30 August

On Sunday, local groups, affinity groups and communities came together in parks, open spaces and online as a movement to discuss the interconnected global crises – racial injustice, Covid-19, climate and ecological collapse – it’s all connected. We came together to reflect and discuss solutions. As an organisation we’re inviting the wider community to find out more about the climate and ecological emergency and why XR exists in order to grow together and take on this climate crisis as one.

We focussed on demonstrating a future democracy through widespread people’s assemblies. We shared our vision of a better world through outreach events and activities. Talks and trainings were delivered to empower and upskill existing and new rebels as we practice our regenerative culture and visioning for a safe and sustainable future.

Highlights of the day include:

Mass cycle ride along the A40: Gloucestershire XR organised a mass cycle ride from Gloucester to Cheltenham, highlighting the 140 cyclists who are killed or injured each year on Gloucestershire’s road, and the need for the government to invest in healthy active lifestyles and a healthy planet!

Lost Children: Extinction Rebellion Exeter held a lost children event to honour the children who have and those who will lose their lives due to climate catastrophes and ecological breakdown. Seven black pushchairs holding only flowers stood in a semicircle, symbolising the seven generations to come, blighted by climate change and species loss. It was followed by a socially distanced, family friendly ‘Trust the People’ picnic in Belmont Park, publicising the Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill (www.ceebill.uk).

Fete of the Planet: Trust the People: North Devon XR had a big ‘Protestival’ with stalls from Plastics Free North Devon, 361 Energy, Doughnut Economics, Breastfeeding for Climate, puppet shows, samba bands, Mrs Recycle, discobedience and a big pink boat. Oh and not forgetting a People’s Assembly on local flooding and what we can do about it. Phew!

World in our hands procession. The Green Spirits and the Totnes/Exeter Samba band put in appearances at Teignmouth and Paignton promenades. The theatrical processions provided a wonderful spectacle. “Really moving and beautifully done – great to be a part of.” Jessie, Teignmouth

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