the busiest day !
Firstly we were still at climate camp, but also had an XR speaker at the Trade Union’s May Day rally at the Forest Rec and also on the march from John Carroll leisure centre to support the campaign to save it from closure and also headlining in the news with our participation with a UK wide action called Rebellion of One!
rebellion of one
1st May marks two years since the UK Parliament declared a climate emergency. Two years on and the Climate Change Committee and National Audit Office have said the government is doing next to nothing.
The government have missed even their own weak and irresponsible targets and the head of the Environment Agency warns us we are already hitting worse-case scenario levels.
Clearly visible behind this government’s coat of lies and greenwash are their real priorities: stay in power; bail out polluting industries; protect their own interests; and lie to us about it. Their move further towards authoritarianism with the Police and Crimes Bill makes it clear that not only do they have no plan to fix the mess we’re in, but that our actions have rattled them.
This is the desperate act of a government in denial, to censor the voices of dissent rather than face the reality of the situation we are in.
So we took action alongside hundreds of rebels around the UK
First a Climate Crime Scene
In the very early hours of the morning – Nottinghamshire County Council’s offices at County Hall were declared a Climate Crime Scene!
All entrances sealed off until they #TellTheTruth by declaring a Climate Emergency!
AND #ActNow follow our other demands of divesting the pension fund from fossil fuels and stop backing massive CO2 emitting projects like the incinerator plans for Ratcliffe-on-Soar.
AND go #BeyondPolitics by supporting the CEE bill !!
Pull the plug on climate lies
The people of this country deserve to be told the truth. But the governments both national and local are failing us.
We’ve had enough of greenwashing form all sectors and it’s time to expose the lies of the big oil companies and the complicity of the banking sector.
And no day would be complete with a little friendly conversation with a giant slightly scary puppet!
News just in of Conservative-led Devon County Council voting to support the CEE Bill. This is fantastic step forward in the campaign, which also now has the support of 108 MPs and 40 councils. This gives even more strength to our third demand to Nottingham County Council to follow this lead and pass a motion to support this bill.
Thursday spontaneously became a day of culture! There was a Samba workshop just after lunch and then Stella’s haunting musical and theatrical ‘Violin in flames’ (video coming soon!) which was an “Evocative & poignant burning violin performance, stunning costumes” (rebel reviewer!)
As the sun set over the river and home cooked culinary delights brought to feed the campers we were treated to some fabulous storytelling by Steve, Catherine and Pete. Tales set in the future, exploring different visions of living in a changed world. These stories gave a glimpse of hope for a more gentle, communal and respectful life, but acknowledging the grief and loss of rising sea levels, mass migration and extinction of many species.
The performers were from the group ‘The Storytellers of Nottingham’ and they have a family friendly zoom event on Sat 8th https://fb.me/e/7IqgFTqyr
We had some great feedback from rush hour traffic and also some time for some crafts.
Slightly quieter on the riverside today, but still meeting lots of people and having great conversations.
Warm sun and cold wind and we’re in to the second day. Fabulous conversations with people cycling and walking along the river. Talking about climate concerns they have and telling them about our three demands to the County Council.
The day started with some yoga and klezmer music. Rebel cafe supplying hot drink and some blue guitar later in the afternoon.
All this entertainment may seem like we are having a festival, but it is really good to keep the energy and positivity up because of all the serious discussions we had today with people of all ages. The climate crisis will affect every single one of us and it already is impacting many parts of the world in a devastating way. It is clear that many people already know this and feel this quite deeply.
The photo frames definitely express how a lot of people feel.
We challenge Nottingham City Councillors to listen and take action.
What a fantastic day!
Camp set up, spirits are high after a landmark not guilty verdict for XR Activists vs Shell
We have made our base outside County Hall, along the river with the intention to both make our presence known to the County Council to deliver our three demands. We want to talk to the public and invite any prospective county councillors to stop by too.
There was live music, samba drums and lots of conversations between rebels that have not seen much of each other over the last year or if they have only inside a zoom square!
Demand 1 : Tell the Truth! – Declare a Climate Emergency
The County Elections are on Thu May 6th. It’s time that Nottingham County Council stood up to their responsibilities and declared a Climate Emergency. If candidates come knocking on your door asking for your vote, make sure you talk about your concerns about the climate and ecological crisis and how the scientific truth should be built into all decision making.
Demand 2 : Act Now
No More Fossil Fuels
The County Council Pension Fund still has investments in the Fossil Fuel Industry and XR Nottingham have consistently campaigned for this money to be redirected. Read more about our DivestNotts Campaign
No More Incinerators
The Council MUST NOT give permission for the Ratcliffe-on-Soar waste incinerator. Incinerators burn mixed waste including plastics made from fossil fuels and then call it “Green Energy”. They are as polluting as coal and have no place in a world trying to reduce carbon emissions. Read more about our ‘‘Burnout’ incinerator Campaign
Demand 3 : Go Beyond Politics
Notts County Council MUST join the other 31 Local Authorities to support the CEE Bill. Local MP Nadia Whittome was co-sponsor of the proposed Bill, which if passed will put in to law ambitious conservation and protection of nature; make the government keep their promises and targets on climate change; and set up legally binding Citizens Assemblies to democratically tackle climate change. This takes power away from self-serving lobbyists and MPs who act in their own interests before the next election. More info on our CEE Bill Campaign page.
At the March 11th Notts County Council Pension Fund Committee meeting, Independent advisor to the committee William Bourne made a number of statements regarding the climate targets of oil and gas companies, as well as on divestment and engagement.
Today DivestNotts sent a letter to committee explaining how the fossil fuel companies are failing to even set targets that will reduce emissions at the rate needed to have a good chance of limiting warming to 1.5 degrees
- Shell’s expected reduction in oil and gas production is less than half that needed as defined by the UN Environment Programme
- BP has stated that its absolute emissions from its marketed products are set to rise to 2030!
and of the three largest US companies:
- Chevron does not have a net zero target, and plans to expand oil and gas production to 2025.
- ExxonMobil does not have a net zero target, and does not have Scope 3 emissions targets.
- ConocoPhillips has a ‘net zero’ target, but this relates only to operational emissions and does not include marketed products
The scientific consensus is that warming above 1.5°C will lead to runaway, irreversible climate change with catastrophic impacts (IPCC, 2018)
This is why we call for the County Council to DIVEST NOW
It’s a climate crime scene!!
Funding fossil fuels has been HSBC’s dirty little secret.
Strip away the slick greenwashing and you find that they are the second biggest funders of fossil fuel companies in Europe.
They are bankrolling the climate crisis and they have been pulling the wool over their customers’ eyes for years.
HSBC has invested over £65billion in the destruction of our climate and the pollution of our ecosystems since the 2015 Paris Agreement was signed.
This agreement by world leaders working together to supposedly create measures to limit global warming is being totally ignored by the financial institutions that fund this ecocide!
It’s time to make a change – move your money to more ethical banks.
Check out https://switchit.money/ for ideas.
Barclays are the BIGGEST funder of the climate crisis
With around £91billion invested in tar sands, fracked oil and gas, coal power and fossil fuels overall since the Paris agreement.
In fact Barclays funding of the world’s top 30 coal mining companies and coal power companies is increasing!
Read more in this detailed report called ‘Banking on Climate Chaos‘ by The Rainforest Alliance Network
April 1st was Global Money Rebellion day – with actions around the world. Look for the #MoneyRebellion on social media for more.
There is also a video of actions throughout the day (skip to part featuring Beeston)