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‘We will not stand by’ – two years since Parliament declared emergency over 200 people sit alone blocking roads across the UK

May 01, 2021 By Extinction Rebellion

At 11am on Saturday 1st May, two years to the day since the UK Parliament declared an environment and climate emergency, over 200 hundred people sat alone in roads blocking oncoming traffic in a courageous ‘Rebellion of One’. The ‘sitters’ wore signs with a message about their fears for the future if the climate and ecological crises continues to go unaddressed. The individual disruptive actions took place in towns and cities across the UK - including Scarborough, Weymouth, Birmingham, Oxford, Bradford, Ipswich, Lincoln, Canterbury, Newcastle, Portishead, London, Newquay, Swansea, Bangor in Northern Ireland and many more.

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JAIL THE MESSENGER? Panel discussion with environmental litigation expert Tim Crosland ahead of his trial in the Supreme Court

April 30, 2021 By Extinction Rebellion

The event is an opportunity to hear from Tim ahead of his trial in the Supreme Court on Monday 10th May. In December last year, the Supreme Court overturned a previous decision by the Court of Appeal blocking the expansion of Heathrow Airport because it failed to comply with the Paris Climate Agreement, ruling instead that the project did not need to comply with the international climate agreement reached in 2015. Knowing he was in contempt of court, Tim broke an overnight press embargo on the Court’s decision, publishing a statement to “protest the deep immorality of the ruling.”

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Extinction Rebellion steps up search for fossil fuel whistleblowers with micro-targeted online ads

April 29, 2021 By Zoe Blackler

Extinction Rebellion (XR) is using micro-targeted online ads to reach skilled workers at four major fossil fuel companies, asking them to expose their companies’ greenwash through whistleblowing platform www.TruthTeller.Life. The ads are directed at researchers, scientists and technicians at Shell, Exxon, Total and Chevron and invite them to anonymously share what they know.

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BREAKING: ‘Ensuring Climate Breakdown’ – Coal dumped at entrance to Lloyd’s of London HQ

April 23, 2021 By Extinction Rebellion

At 7am on Friday April 23rd members of Extinction Rebellion used a tipper truck to dump a large pile of fake coal at insurance giant Lloyd's of London's headquarters in the City of London, blocking the main entrance to the building. The group placed safety barriers around the area before the black rubble, used to represent coal, was dumped on the road. They then placed placards in the mound reading ‘stop Adani’, ‘we are the dead canaries’ and ‘do not insure the West Cumbria coal mine.’ They held banners reading 'climate criminals', ‘Lloyds insures colonialism’ and ‘insuring fossil fuels = ensuring climate breakdown.’

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‘This is an act of care’ – Extinction Rebellion women break windows at HSBC Canary Wharf HQ in latest action to highlight the financing of climate breakdown

April 22, 2021 By Extinction Rebellion

At 7am on Thursday 22nd of April, the 51st year the world has marked Earth Day, nine women from Extinction Rebellion broke windows at the HSBC headquarters in Canary Wharf. The women wore patches with the words ‘better broken windows than broken promises’ in reference to the Suffragettes acts of civil disobedience, which are widely credited with winning women the right to vote in the UK. They placed stickers on the windows of the bank reading ‘£80 billion into fossil fuels in the last 5 years.’ After carefully breaking the glass using hammers and chisels the women sat down and waited to be arrested.

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26-27 JUNE: THIS IS AN UPRISING – Extinction Rebellion launches plans for post-lockdown ‘Uprising’ in London

April 15, 2021 By Extinction Rebellion

Extinction Rebellion UK has launched plans this week for post-lockdown protest on the weekend of 26/27 June. The early summer ‘uprising’ which is scheduled for the first weekend after lockdown restrictions officially end in the UK, aims to capture rising momentum across the country after a difficult year of separation, Westminster and industry cronyism, civil unrest and clampdowns on dissent from a government drunk on power.

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Extinction Rebellion versus Shell: Crown Court trial begins today – ‘Shell Knew’

April 12, 2021 By Zoe Blackler

Monday 12 April 2021, London, UK: Seven people - including two Extinction Rebellion co-founders - charged with £25K worth of criminal damage at Shell’s London HQ will appear at Southwark Crown Court in London for a jury trial. [1] Dubbed the ‘Shell 7’, this is the second jury trial of an Extinction Rebellion related case and comes almost two years to the day since Shell was the focus of non violent direct action when Extinction Rebellion’s April Rebellion in 2019 began.

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‘Better broken windows than broken promises’ – Extinction Rebellion women break windows at Barclays HQ in Canary Wharf

April 07, 2021 By Extinction Rebellion

On Wednesday 7th of April at 7am seven women from Extinction Rebellion carefully cracked the glass in the windows of Barclays HQ in Canary Wharf, London. The women wore patches reading 'better broken windows than broken promises' and placed stickers on the windows of the bank reading 'in case of climate emergency break glass' before carefully hitting the glass with hammers and chisels.

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3 April United for our right to protest: Extinction Rebellion, United for Black Lives and others collaborate in national day of action against the Policing Bill

April 02, 2021 By Extinction Rebellion

This Saturday 4th April at 1pm, a large coalition of groups collaborating to oppose the Police, Crimes, Sentencing and Courts Bill will unite around the country to march for the right to protest. In London people will meet at Speaker’s Corner in Hyde Park for 1pm to march through the streets in a celebration of unity, diversity and protest and in direct opposition to the Policing Bill that seeks to stifle them.

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