XR Oxford November Newsletter

Announcements

Dates for your diary

  • Saturday 27th November, 12-2pm, Cornmarket: post-COP outreach.
  • Saturday 27th November 6.15pm, Online: Rebel Talk zoom book launch. Register for Eventbrite ticket here.
  • Saturday 27th November 7.30pm, Pegasus Theatre: The Endling: thought-provoking play on species extinction. More details here.
  • Saturday 4th December, 10:30-16:30, Town Hall: Oxford Green Fair. Details here.
  • Sunday 12th December 3.30-6.30pm, Hogacre Common: Monthly gathering in the form of a social round the fire at Hogacre Common Eco Park. Bring food and drink to share, and firewood! Details on how to find Hogacre here.

Volunteers Needed

  • Leafletters and photo-holders needed for post-COP outreach on Cornmarket 27th November 12-2pm. Just turn up if you’re available.
  • People needed to staff the XR stall at the Oxford Green Fair on 4th December. Rota here, or contact xroxfordcoordinator@gmail.com if you can help.
  • Coordination help needed for the Arts group. Email xroxfordcoordinator@gmail.com to find out more.
  • Social Media team. We are forming a team to produce content for our Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Contact xroxfordcomms@gmail.com to help.

News

Good COP Bad COP

Every year, members of nearly 200 nations assemble as a Conference of the Parties (COP) to discuss how to tackle climate change. Having already been delayed by a year due to the pandemic, the 26th COP held in Glasgow was eagerly awaited to see if the pledges first outlined in the 2015 Paris Agreement were being upheld. The word on the street was that not enough progress had been made and the goal of keeping the rise in global temperatures to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels was nowhere to be seen. 

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Global Day of Action for Climate Justice

On Saturday, November 6th, an estimated 100,000 marchers filled the Glasgow streets, as part of the Global Day for Climate Justice – a coalition of organisations to bring together many movements, with some 200 cities participating around the world. The message was that justice will not be delivered by world leaders or corporations and that only we can build a future that works for all of us. Meanwhile 3,000 gathered in Oxford to make themselves heard.

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Oxford Rebels take action during COP26

Oxford Rebels were busier than ever this month, taking part in:

  • Call the Alarm
  • Meditation Outreach
  • Red Rebel Pilgrimage
  • Vigil for Climate
  • …and a daily presence on Cornmarket!

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Oxford and Cambridge coalition publish league table of colleges based on climate policies

The ‘Climate League of Oxford and Cambridge’, an alliance of student and citizens’
environmental groups, released league tables ranking colleges based on their climate
policies (‘CLOC Tables’). The CLOC Tables revealed that no colleges received top grades
A*, A, or B, and that the majority of colleges received fail grades.

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Upcoming events

After all that action, we all deserve some regeneration!

Social Monthly Gathering

The December Monthly Gathering will be a social event at Hogacre Common on Sunday 12th December, 3:30-6:30PM. We will share stories, reconnect with each other, and meet new faces – everyone is welcome. This is a great chance to strengthen our bonds, away from the stresses of taking action. Bring food and drink to share, and firewood if you can!

Rebel Talk

Unvarnished poetry from the climate crisis under the headings Earth, Loss, Fear, Guilt, Struggle, and Hope.

We will be holding a Zoom launch event with poets reading from the book on Saturday 27th November, 6:15-7:30PM. Register here. Email rebeltalk@protonmail.com for more information.

The Endling

Saturday 27th November, 7:30PM: Emerging theatre company Strange Futures is here to explore animal extinction through a quirky physical theatre lens. 

“You are The Endling. The last. After this, it will all change.” 

We live in a time of ‘Endlings’ – the last individuals of a species. Through physical theatre and eccentric humour, Strange Futures explores the interconnectedness of human existence with the lives – and deaths – of other species. 

Tickets available here.