If you are thinking of travelling to Glasgow for COP26, here’s all the information you’ll need, including help for anybody whose situation might disadvantage them. If you would prefer to take action locally, we’ll be announcing our plans for local actions in and around Oxford soon.
The COP26 Plan
We’re going to focus on charging world governments with crimes against humanity. Read XR UK’s position on COP here, and check out XR Scotland’s COP26 Rebellion page.
XR Glasgow have produced a comprehensive Guide to COP26. If you’re going, we recommend reading it all, but here are some key points:
If you are involved in activity in Glasgow, please send pics with brief explanatory text to email@example.com for release to Oxford media. Please also provide a contact mobile number where the media can reach you. These pictures can be valuable for our website as well.
Claim up to £60 in travel costs – see the guide for full details
Justice Steering Group Fund – XR Justice Steering Group wants to hear from UK rebels who wouldn’t be able to participate in COP actions/disruptions because of either their social/economic/health situation. Apply here.
Justin Bowles of the Canaries is working with Oxford and Cambridge Students on a huge action called the Oxford and Cambridge Climate League. They are going to score every college in Oxford and Cambridge based on what they are doing around climate action on four criteria: decarbonisation, delinking from fossil fuel companies, divestments, and good climate change related disclosure. Basically these are Green Norrington and Green Tompkins tables. Those original tables rank colleges by their academic credentials; these tables will rank them by their green credentials. There’s going to be huge potential for publicity, including ‘awarding’ colleges grade certificates.
The Oxford to Cambridge Arc proposals amount to a regional development plan with the aim of boosting the economy of the five counties of the Ox-Cam Arc by up to £163 billion per year by 2050. This will involve building one million houses for the 1 million plus workers required, plus transport infrastructure to link houses to jobs. The destruction of nature that the Ox-Cam Arc plans involve would be compensated for using the (unreliable) principles of biodiversity net gain or natural capital accounting, but with the reassurance to developers that “Incorporating “net gain” principles needn’t damage the viability of sites or proposals.”
Street theatre equivalent to Nellie the HS2 white elephant (maybe a snake like a Chinese dragon (snake oil, development snaking through the countryside), or a fat cat?
1. The official one – runs till 12 October. Deeply flawed and dishonest as it assumes the project is happening, gives no specifics, and just asks whether we agree with various general woolly principles: all the complexities are glossed over. StopTheArc have some suggested responses.
COP26, the United Nations Climate Change Summit is from October 31st to November 12th 2021, in Glasgow. The UK government is host so has particular responsibilities. This is a follow up from meeting in Paris 2015: since then it’s become even clearer that world should aim for less than 1.5C temperature increase, not 2C. It has become even more urgent – the latest IPCC report has been described as ‘Code Red for humanity’ and the next 10 years are crucial.
Outcomes we need from COP globally
Commitments consistent with 1.5C limit.
Finance for global South. Rich industrialised countries to pay climate debt they owe.
Immediate policy changes, not just long-term targets.
What we need from our government now
As hosts, set an example, otherwise they have no political or moral authority to ask other countries for big contributions.
Meet XR’s immediate demand: stop all new exploitation of fossil fuels.
Stop the greenwash; the government must set out a proper plan, starting now, which is ambitious enough to start to meet the challenge. The Committee on Climate Change has pointed out the gap between the legally binding requirements of the Climate Change Act and government policy. (And the Act itself falls short of what is needed.)
What we are doing in Oxford – actions linked with COP
We’ve had a focus on outreach to convey the gap between government words and actions, specifically the proposed new Cambo oil field off Shetland and investment in a huge new gas terminal in Mozambique.
Greenwash actions (with washing line, denial washing powder box etc). So far this has been in Bonn Square, every Thursday 6 – 7.30pm – look out for announcements for any updates.
We are aiming to recruit new supporters and asking the public to contact MPs.
We know that public concern about the Climate and Ecological Emergency is high but many people feel powerless.
We are not the only ones working on COP locally: Oxfordshire COP Climate Alliance (OCCA) is co-ordinating local action for COP between civil society groups. It is organising the Big Green Week, to be launched in Broad St at 1.30pm on Saturday 18 September, starting with a walk for nature from the station to Broad St starting at 12.30pm. There will also be a Global Day of Action on 6 November, halfway through COP.
The campaign against HS2 is going strong with a day of demonstrations along the line on 9th September and attendance of protesters at HS2 Ltd’s PR events. Here’s Oxford’s Nellie resting after marching in London during the Impossible Rebellion.
The camp at Wendover is under threat of imminent eviction, even the part that isn’t on land that HS2 wants for construction has been leased to HS2 so they can include it for eviction. More dodgy dealings to prevent peaceful protest…
There was a petitions debate about recalling the HS2 act in Parliament 6pm 13th September and thousands of emails have been sent to MPs. Fingers crossed they attend and pay attention. Sadly the cut & paste replies from many of the MPs seem to be straight from HS2 Ltd PR, so there is still much awareness raising to do. Watch the debate or read the transcript here.
hs2rebellion.earth is a good website for a starting place to get involved. Volunteers to be Nellie legs are often needed!
There will be an outreaching action in solidarity with the XR Global Hunger strike on Friday from 5.30-6.30pm at Bonn Square.
The focus will be on hunger caused by the climate crisis, and the ecological impact of our food choices. Feel free to come (regardless of whether you have participated or are participating in the hunger strike) and bring signs that relate to one or both of these topics.
To clarify, under 18-year-olds are NOT allowed to hunger strike for more than 24 hours. We hope to see you there!
Friday 29th is Black Friday, and the Westgate will be thronged with after-work shoppers. We plan to bring our very own Oxford version of the ‘glorious rabble’ into the shopping centre for an impromptu singing ‘flashmob’.
We will be singing to draw shoppers attention to the Climate Emergency, and leafleting / talking to shoppers about XR, our demands and how to get involved. This will NOT be about ‘blaming and shaming’ individual shoppers or telling people not to shop – we need system change, not just individual behaviour change. We will need people to sing AND people to hand out leaflets and chat to shoppers.
If you would like to join the singing, we will be having a rehearsal at East Oxford Community Centre next Wednesday (20th), from 8.30pm. All are welcome, and no previous experience is required! The songs / chants are easy to learn and people will be on hand to teach them to us. The more people come and sing, the more powerful and dramatic the action will be.
We also need people to hand out leaflets and chat to shoppers from 4pm (when XR Youth have an action in the Westgate) right through to 6.30pm. If you can help for an hour or two, please either contact the outreach working group (firstname.lastname@example.org) OR just show up on the day.
Update 2019-11-27: Outreach will be from 4-6.30, and singing from 5.30-6.30.
Oxford Extinction Rebellion are joining forces with Parents for Future in a mass family bike ride to show support for the Global Climate Strike.
We will be setting off around 5.00pm from several locations around Oxford and then cycling into the city centre, converging on Radcliffe Square at 6pm to sing a couple of songs and hopefully encircle the Radcliffe Camera. After this we will cycle a short loop of the city centre as one big group before going our separate ways.
Please note that this is not a supervised or stewarded event, and everyone is responsible for their own and their children’s safety. The final decision about the route to take will be made collectively at each starting point, taking into account the needs of the riders, and the ride will be at children’s pace so no-one is left behind.
We will have a small number of customised Hi Vis vests and lots of bike flags to lend out. Please bring your own decorations and messaging too.
There will be 5 routes into Oxford, as follows:
Leave Eynsham, Red Lion Square 4:55pm,
Fogwell Road, recreation ground entrance 5:20pm,
Seacourt Inn pub. Botley 5:30pm,
arrive Radcliffe Square, Oxford 5:50pm.
South / East Oxford:
Leave Sea Scouts (Meadow Lane) 5.30pm,
possible earlier start from Oxford Business Park to join this route.
Leave Bury Knowle Park entrance 5.10pm,
JR / Manor Surgery Green off Osler Road at 5.20pm,
Pullens / Jack Straw Lane off Headley Way at 5.40pm.
Leave car park / garage area behind BBC Oxford at 5.30 pm.
Setting off at 5.30pm from the New Marston Croft Road recreation ground.
Venue accessibility information
All venues are on the street
Along with many XR groups around the country we will be marking the anniversary of the first Declaration of rebellion by reading out a ReDeclaration of Rebellion. We will be letting the government, and Oxfordshire County Council, know that they must ACT NOW. Please come with colourful flags and banners and add your voice.
At the entrance to County Hall, New Street Oxford OX1 1ND
Starting on October 7th, Extinction Rebellion groups across the world will gather in key cities to rebel.
It’s going to be huge.
Time is running out. Climate and ecological breakdown has already begun. Leading scientists and public figures (including the UN Secretary-General) have estimated we have as little as 18 months to turn it around.
The situation is urgent and we need to ACT NOW ⏳
In the UK, we will peacefully shut down all roads into Westminster in Central London and nonviolently disrupt the government until our leaders agree to TAKE EMERGENCY ACTION NOW. Other nonviolent actions will target corporations, ministries and infrastructure that maintain our toxic system. (You can stay up-to-date with plans at urlzs.com/RppA8)
In April and July, we sounded the alarm with disruption across the nation. None of our demands have been met. So now, we must confront the elites who profit massively from driving us all headlong towards extinction.
We will rebel for as long as it takes for our government to wake up and realise the death sentence they are giving our young people. Not to mention the loss of biodiversity and the countless species that are being pushed to the brink of extinction through our failure to act.
Respect existence or expect resistance. 👊🏽👊👊🏿
Tell your friends, your kids, your parents, your cousins, your neighbours, your neighbours’ cousins, your workplace acquaintances, and even that stranger at the bus stop.
We ALL need to stand up for our future.
Help spread the word and get involved:
👉 SHARE THIS EVENT on social media, even if you’re not a frequent poster, it’s one of the most effective ways to raise the alarm.
👉🏿 GET PLANNING and get linked into your local group, these small units are vital to organising during the Rebellion. rebellion.earth/act-now/local-groups/And this is not just for people willing to risk arrest. There are all sorts of roles that are vital to the Rebellion and keeping rebels safe, organised and well-fed on the streets.
👉🏾 START THINKING ABOUT YOUR ROLE. We need savvy cooks, admin legends, action designers, sanitation pros, financial whizzes, social media gurus, prominent spokespeople, legal observers, super-practical builders and fixers, musicians, logistics experts. And loads more. Explore our groups at rebellion.earth/act-now/resources/ (More info to follow)
In May this year, Greta Thunberg and 46 youth climate activists put out the following call:
“Young people have led the climate strikes. Now we need adults to join us too. We can’t stave off global heating by ourselves. Together, on 20 September, we can unleash mass resistance.”
This is our chance to stand in solidarity with the young generation. Greta Thunberg and youth strikers have inspired the world. And people from all walks of life are responding. This September, throughout the world, millions of us will walk out of our workplaces and homes to join young
climate strikers on the streets and demand an end to the age of fossil fuels.
Our house is on fire — let’s act like it! No more “business as usual”. We demand climate justice for everyone.
In Britain the 20th September Climate Strike has backing from the UK Student Climate Network (UKSCN), the Campaign against Climate Change (CaCC), Extinction Rebellion and a number of trade unions. A motion calling upon the TUC to call a 30 min stoppage has been passed unanimously at the UCU NEC. This will now go
to the TUC which starts on 8th September. Trade union activists up and down the country are building for some sort of action on 20th.
But you don’t have to work through the trade unions to support this Climate Strike.
What everyone can do:
Draw up a simple petition, suitable for your workplace, to support “action” on 20th September and go round your work mates to see who will sign it. If possible hold a lunch time meeting to discuss this.
If you are not in work, discuss the 20th September with your friends and arrange to take part together.
On 20th Sept get together with workmates and friends and take time off from work, or a long lunch break or strike action, in order to join others in Broad Street in the centre of Oxford. Bring your trade union banner and your placards.
Update 2019-07-28: Location changed from Bonn Square to Broad Street.
Calling all Oxford-based rebels! We won’t stop rising until the waters do too – and it’s once again time to show this to the world! We’ll be going down to London to spend a week showing the government that now they have told the truth, they must now act as if the truth is real, and ACT NOW!
We’ll meet at Gloucester Green Bus Station at 9am Monday to head down to London (specific location will be publicised ASAP), and from there will head to a camping spot that evening where we shall spend the rest of the week. However long you can make it is long enough, how many people you can bring along is company enough, so if you can then please do!
Email: XROxfordArts@gmail.com – to take part in the performance actions or to get involved with helping on the day.
Event start: 10:30 – Welcome Performance & Talk
In collaboration with the Sumatran Orangutan Society (SOS), the Welcome Performance highlights life threatening deforestation caused by unsustainable palm oil production. SOS will also launch its campaign to make Oxford a Sustainable Palm Oil City.
Welcome Performance: 10:30 – 10:50
XR Talk: Heading for Extinction (and what to do about it) 11:00 – 12:15
End of Talk Performance Action 12:15 – 12:30
The Welcome performance will be repeated at 14:00, with the second Heading for Extinction talk at 14:30 ending with the final End of Talk performance action at 15:45
A diverse programme of activities has been designed to communicate the climate and ecological crises: