XR Oxford Newsletter – September 2022

The world is heading towards 2-3C of global warming. This sets Earth on course to cross multiple dangerous tipping points that will be disastrous for people across the world. To maintain liveable conditions on Earth and enable stable societies, we must do everything possible to prevent crossing tipping points.

Professor Johan Rockström

Dear friends,

Extinction Rebellion Oxford were deeply disappointed by the postponement of the Festival of Resistance, and we sympathise with the many of you who were frustrated and saddened at losing the opportunity to come together to learn and bond in rebellion. The decision was understandable – whatever your feelings about the monarchy, it is undeniable that the Festival would have been completely overshadowed by current events, and press coverage would have been hostile or non-existent. We thank the organisers of the Festival and Bus Tour for their efforts, and for taking on such a difficult decision. All that energy will not go to waste, as the Tour embarks on its new schedule, and planning ramps up for October 14th. There is plenty to get involved with, and we look forward to seeing you at many of these events in September and October.

Dates for your diary

  • Tuesday, 20th September, 6:30-7:30PM: Why Debt Cancellation is Climate Action. Explore the colonial origins of Global South debt, how does debt drives fossil fuel extraction, and why debt justice is essential for climate justice. Register here.
  • Thursday, 22nd September: Take action online or in Reading/London for Loss and Damage Day
  • Friday, 23rd September, 11AMSchool Strike: People not Profit. Organised by Oxford Youth Strike for Climate (Bonn Square)
  • Friday, 23rd September, 5-7PM: Rebel for Life: Love and Rage art exhibition opening night (Old Fire Station). Exhibition continues until 15th October.
  • Saturday, 24th SeptemberGreat Big Green Week begins.
    • Launch event, 10:30AM-4PM in Bonn Square, featuring XR samba and speakers.
    • Talks and art workshops in the Old Fire Station. Booking required (here)
  • Saturdays + Wednesdays 24th September – 15th October: Market stall (Gloucester Green)
  • Saturday, 1st October, 12PMFight the Cost of Living Crisis: March and Community Assembly, organised by XR Youth Oxfordshire (March from Clarendon Building, Broad Street to Manzil Way)
  • Sunday 2nd October, 1.30PMClimate March organised by Oxford4Nature (Broad Street)
  • Tuesday 4th October, 7-9PM: Community Climate Talk (New road Baptist Church, Bonn Square)
  • Saturday 8th October, 12-2PM: Come and help us keep up the pressure on Barclays, Europe’s biggest funder of fossil fuels. We need people to help with outreach / leafletting. More details to follow (Barclays, Cornmarket)
  • Tuesday 11th and Wednesday 12th October: The XR National Bus Tour visits Oxford – look out for more information as it becomes available (times and locations TBC)
  • Friday 14 – Sunday 16th OctoberWeekend of Resistance. A long weekend of action, outreach, workshops, talks and more (London)

Volunteers needed

  • Arts coordination: our much-appreciated Arts coordinator is moving away. The Arts group has made us wonderful actions props, banners and flags over the years, and a functioning Arts group can be massively beneficial to both outreach and rebel wellbeing. If anyone loves XR Oxford Arts and would like to help with keeping it going, please get in touch: xroxfordcoordinator@gmail.com
  • XR Youth Oxfordshire are organising a march to Fight the Cost of Living Crisis on 1st October (details below). If you can help with any of the following, email xroxfordcomms@gmail.com
    • Stewards
    • First-aid
    • Legal observers
    • De-escalators
    • Folding chairs at Manzil Way
  • We will have a market stall on Gloucester Green every Wednesday and Saturday for the three-week duration of the Old Fire Station exhibition. This will be a valuable outreach opportunity. We already have rebels for the stall, but it would be great to have a few more to talk to the public about what we do. Sign-up rota here. We would also appreciate people printing the poster to put up locally.
  • Outreachers for the XR Bus: if you can be available anytime on 11th-12th October, we will need outreachers to maximise the impact of the bus! Save the dates, and we will give more info on times and locations as soon as we have it.

News

Fight the Cost of Living Crisis

As energy prices skyrocket and the government fails to protect the public, we must take action. On Saturday, 1st October, join a coalition of activist groups, organised by XR Youth Oxford. Following strike actions in the morning, we will gather at Broad Street at 12PM, and march to Manzil Way, where a community assembly will take place at 2PM.

The assembly will be 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. This will be facilitated by two young people from XR Youth Oxford.

This is a family friendly event – children’s activities will be provided!

Community Climate Talk with Dr Emily Cox

We’re inviting the public to a community talk on October 4th, 7-9PM about the climate crisis and what we can do about it. Scientists are touring towns and cities across the country this autumn to share their knowledge about the crisis. They will be joined by members of XR Oxford who will be sharing their experiences of organising and taking action to play their part in creating a healthier and safer planet for children everywhere.

Please join us at New Road Baptist Church, Bonn Square, and please ask your friends, family and colleagues to come and mingle, sit down, share vegan food, and chat with like-minded people from our community. Everyone is welcome – let’s decide together what we can do to change things for the better.

Traffic Filters Consultation

Oxfordshire County Council is holding a consultation about traffic filters proposed for next year. You can make online submissions at this link.

The second public engagement event was postponed, with a new date to be announced. The first event was dominated by the antis. The councillors need to hear from the supporters.

Useful possible questions to ask to give the councillors a chance to talk about the positives

  • My bus journey is getting longer, will this help ?
  • How will it make biking safer ?
  • Will there be new bus routes & where will they go ?
  • I can see 100 day passes per resident per year is proposed. That sounds like too many to get behavioural change. Surely 50 would be ample?

Keep an eye on the website for the new date.

In love and rage,

The XR Oxford Crew

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