Here are some reflections on the evening
The part that stood out to me at the evening was the range of different people and ages who attended. As an 18 year old joining my dad for the first time at an XR event I thought I would be surrounded by people much older and with way more life experience and I would feel out of place. However, this event was a party open to all where I met super kind and welcoming people whilst dancing and drinking. Like the movement itself, the evening was for everyone from all walks of life to forget about daily issues and instead meet new people, dance all night (with good music by the way) and remember the real goal that unites all of us, to save our planet, to stop the climate crisis. It is for the beauty of humanity that we must support this movement.
A hugely successful fundraising event was held at The Norwich Arts Centre yesterday evening. Over 200 people joined together to mark six months of intense but joyful climate action campaigning
in Norfolk and London. The Arts Centre was festooned throughout with banners, flags, bunting and personal statements on placards. Local DJs kept up a constant stream of high octane (but not fossil
fuelled!) music to keep everyone jumping and creating enormous energy to renew our resolve to our demand that the UK Govt and Local Authorities not only acknowledge the Climate Emergency but
act accordingly - no more greenwash! Actual amount raised t.b.a as soon as possible. Congratulations and thanks to everyone involved in the event - help needed now to plan for next event - let's keep the
It was lovely to spend some more unofficial time with other people who are part of XR Norwich. People united by the common goal of bringing change to the world. Even though the most part of the evening (for me) was spent discussing future actions and events it's was great to have the time to do this. The people working in The Arts Centre were also really welcoming, helpful and supportive.
So much fun was had !
On Saturday 18th May, more than 200 people honoured the rights of cyclists and pedestrians by swarming the normally car clogged streets of Norwich City centre. Cyclists are just as much part of a city's traffic as its car drivers. Pedal Power ! People Power ! and a whole lot less pollution. This event is only going to grow and grow.
Nick the wolf and his two wheels were at the centre of the action. Read his experience below.
Here is the press coverage and check out the pictures in our gallery.
We love this city and on Saturday we expressed that love in a joyful purposeful slow cycle around it's streets. A colourful bell ringing river of over 200 cyclists flowing freely through Norwich, circling roundabouts, easing our way gently through gridlock. Other traffic was briefly delayed. If one of our aims was to stop car traffic, I guess we did. In truth city centre traffic is virtually at a standstill where cars have reached their own critical mass. We were cheered and waved to by pedestrians and drivers and we waved and cheered our thanks in return. Back at the Forum we rested for a moment in the euphoria of what had happened and then melted away.
Wolf (a.k.a Nick)
The Students of UEA came out in force to stage a die in at Union Square on Campus. As the students lay motionless, Tina stood with a mega phone and read out the Extinction Rebellion declaration to the gathering crowd, urging the the University to declare a climate emergency. Here is a little bit about the event written by Tina.
On Thursday 16th May, myself and my fellow ‘XR University of East Anglia’ activists staged a Die-In demonstration on campus. We chose to do a Die-In (similar to a flash mob except people fall to the ground, creating a striking image for people who may just be passers-by) to symbolise the loss of life, human and non-human, that is already taking place as a result of enormous social and environmental injustices - ones which are driving us towards global climate chaos.
This demonstration came as a result of a letter we wrote to our Vice-Chancellor, Professor David Richardson, calling on him to declare a climate emergency, commit to urgent carbon neutrality, and appoint executive staff to implement the necessary changes our University must make in order to drastically curb its own contributions to this global threat.
UEA has led the world in research that has demonstrated the severe threats to human wellbeing from climate change, and so we feel it only right that our University should demonstrate to other universities, government bodies, organisations and communities what the correct response to this threat should be.
We received an amazing response on the day, and were able to gather over 100 more signatures on our petition, which accompanies the public letter. This now takes the number of petition signatures to over 1,000!
Thank you to everyone who took part, or came over to chat to us. You can read our full letter, and sign and share the petition, by following this link here.
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Today at 12 o-clock, around 200 people gathered outside Norwich Castle to get ready to march for climate justice. Our demonstration involved many kinds of people but largely consisted of families who were protesting for the future of their children.
Many involved brought pots, pans and drums so as to make as much noise as possible, in order to disrupt ordinary life so as to bring attention to mounting ecological catastrophe. The drums were also used later to create a catchy rhythmic drumbeat outside The Forum where we chanted and sang songs!
After the demonstration, we headed to Chappelfield gardens to sit down and communally have a picnic in the beautiful weather. We ate food, spoke politics and recovered from a tiring but fun day out!
Take a look at the video below.
Extinction Rebellion is a movement with a very strong regeneration element to it. This necessary regeneration allows members a time for reflection, refocusing and gratitude. Through talking, listening and having an acknowledgement for opinions not necessarily our own, we learn and grow as a group. These shared experiences and conversations create a culture of openness, understanding and empathy, all great foundations for a thriving community.
At our first meeting back after the London Rebellion our meeting room was full to the brim with overjoyed members and excited new members. We used this time to debrief events in London, reflecting on the good and the bad, both on the ground and in the media.
Using the many reflective post it notes created in the meeting, our Media and Messaging team have created this beautiful word cloud.
A picture is worth a thousand words or...........