Regenerative Culture In Action

We need a regenerative culture. So says point 3 of our principles and values, and since The Big One we have been resting, strengthening our relationships, and looking forward to taking action once more. For those who have been with us for years, this is a familiar cycle. For those new to our movement, we have plans to bring back our introductory sessions – keep an eye out for announcements soon!

Dates for your diary

  • Tuesday 13th June, 6-7:30pm: XR Oxford Drummers – beginners session. Sign up here. (New Marston Pastoral Centre)
  • Saturday 17th June, 11am-4:30pm: Flofest. We aim to have an XR block printing stall if we can get enough volunteers (Florence Park)
  • Saturday 17th June, 3-4:30pm: Climate Cafe run by LCON (North Wall Arts Centre)
  • Monday 19th June, 7:15-9pm: Community Power to Save our Wild Isles. Community discussion event run by WWF (Ark-T centre)
  • Wednesday 21st June, 6-8pm: Race for the Future + Director & Panel. Film screening with discussion panel including XR members (Phoenix Picturehouse)

Volunteers Needed

We are planning to hold an arts activity stall at Flofest this year – but we need people to help run it! No experience necessary, and it’s always great fun. Contact Suzanne at suzannewilliams@mailhaven.com before Wednesday if you can join a rota of volunteers.

News

Rebels Return Meeting

Three weeks after The Big One, Oxford rebels met for an evening of reconnection, reflection and debrief. At the Florence Park cafe, new and experienced rebels alike discussed what the four days in London meant to them and to the movement. Common celebrations emerged around the various alliances built and the show of numbers at the Parliament. There was a shared sense of disappointment regarding lack of media coverage on that should have been acknowledged as a historic gathering of people with a unified demand to avert the collapse of organized human life. Although expected, the Government’s silence on the demands made by over 100,000 members of the coalition continued to be a sore point. As the world faces the near-certain future of breaching 1.5 degrees of warming, rebels reiterated the urgency for rapidly growing the movement by building lasting broad-based coalitions. In various groups, rebels also deliberated on concrete next steps for action at the local level. The meeting ended, true to the commitment to regenerative culture, by sharing food and laughter.

Climate League of Oxford and Cambridge 2023

On 27th May, our friends at CLOC launched the second iteration of their project which ranks Oxford and Cambridge colleges based on their climate action. This year both Oriel and St Hugh’s came in with a shameful score of zero, while St Antony’s came out on top. However, none of the colleges achieved a score of over 60% on criteria of decarbonisation, divestment, delinking, and governance. Find the full results here.

Online actionS

While we wait to get back on the streets, here’s a few online actions you can take:

Oxford Friends of the Earth need signatures to Stop Oxfordshire’s Road To Ruin.

Heroic activist Marcus Decker is threatened with deportation; sign here to call for a stop to this cruel punishment.

Write to your MP (particularly if they are Conservative) to support the Energy Bill in the second half of June. It now includes a key amendment from the House of Lords to prevent new coal mines. There are some ideas for the letter here, but a personalised letter is best.

In love and rage,

The XR Oxford Crew