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💚 Rebels 📢 First weekend of the is here and you may be wondering: “Are our actions on the streets enough to tip the scales?” Honestly? 🚫 Mass civil disobedience on its own won’t achieve system change. Intrigued? 👀 Keep reading ⬇️ 1/
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XR Liberation 12 Oct 19
Replying to @XRLiberation
History (both distant and recent) tells us that we not only need a broad coalition of people, but also of tactics! And no, that doesn’t just mean many different ways of shutting down the streets... though we have to give credit for the creativity where credit is due 😉 2/
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XR Liberation 12 Oct 19
Replying to @XRLiberation
We’ve gathered some of the 🔑 ingredients necessary for making this moment a truly global movement that is for everyone, everywhere 🌎🌍🌏 (We’re sure to have missed loads of important stuff out, so please add your own examples to the thread!) IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER 🥁🥁🥁 3/
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XR Liberation 12 Oct 19
Replying to @XRebellionUK @GJRSite
SELF AWARENESS 1️⃣ will not grow if we do not take the time to pause and reflect on our limitations. Are we listening to telling us some of our current principles are exclusionary and can be detrimental to frontline activism in the Global South? 4/
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XR Liberation 12 Oct 19
Replying to @XRDisabledRebel
SELF AWARENESS 2️⃣ Are we listening to telling us we’re not taking into account the many barriers to their participation? Are we listening to @RainbowRebellion telling us that not a day goes by when they don’t defend their hard fought-for rights? 5/
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XR Liberation 12 Oct 19
Replying to @XRLiberation
THE COMMUNITY 1️⃣ Who are the pillars of your community; the glue that holds everyone together? Parents, faith groups, small businesses, local government, charities, tradesmen, libraries, schools, farmers markets. 6/
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XR Liberation 12 Oct 19
Replying to @XRLiberation
THE COMMUNITY 2️⃣ Think about how people in the community come together in times of need. How everyone pitches in to help their neighbors. Meaningful changes to everyday life require the involvement and support of those who shape our everyday lives. 7/
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XR Liberation 12 Oct 19
Replying to @XRLiberation
CLASS CONSCIOUSNESS There must be no financial barriers to involvement with the climate justice movement, or to the solutions that spring from it. If the majority of the population can’t afford join in, then our movement is elitist and the transition will not be just. 8/
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XR Liberation 12 Oct 19
Replying to @XRLiberation
INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY 1️⃣ We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: XR has joined this fight at the last possible second, and we’ve still got a lot to learn. Communities on the climate crisis frontlines in the Global South have been doing this work for centuries. 9/
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XR Liberation 12 Oct 19
Replying to @XRLiberation
INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY 2️⃣ We should always be following their lead. What does that look like? Platforming their fight when the cameras are on us. Sharing our resources – financial and otherwise – with them. Showing up to their marches (when invited, of course!). 10/
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XR Liberation 12 Oct 19
Replying to @XRLiberation
TRADE UNIONS 1️⃣ Workers are the backbone of our society. Without them, none of the essential services we rely on function. Without then, our cities would literally come to a standstill. 11/
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XR Liberation 12 Oct 19
Replying to @XRLiberation
TRADE UNIONS 2️⃣ Imagine if all of bus drivers went on strike to protest air pollution levels. Imagine if all of airport staff went on strike to protest unnecessary expansions. Imagine if all the teachers went on strike to protest lack of meaningful educational resources. 12/
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XR Liberation 12 Oct 19
Replying to @XRLiberation
EDUCATION 1️⃣ What are future generations being taught about the causes and consequences of the climate crisis, so they don’t make the same mistakes we made? Do reading lists present a truly global perspective? Does everyone recognize the signs of bias and misinformation? 13/
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XR Liberation 12 Oct 19
Replying to @XRLiberation
EDUCATION 2️⃣ How is our education system preparing future generations so that they’re not stranded without the necessary practical skills and knowledge? Are we teaching creative thinking, empathetic communication, non-hierarchical decision making? 14/
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XR Liberation 12 Oct 19
Replying to @XRLiberation
INFORMATION 1️⃣ If we are not well-informed, then we are simply a mob. Our movement is non-violent, but we must be constantly arming ourselves with the facts in order to continue making the best case for our movement. 15/
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XR Liberation 12 Oct 19
Replying to @ExtinctionR
INFORMATION 2️⃣ Are we reading news or opinion pieces? Are we listening to doctors/nurses/scientists/engineers? And who is presenting this information to wider society? Who are the talking heads people see on TV? Which ambassadors should be putting forward? 16/
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XR Liberation 12 Oct 19
Replying to @XRLiberation
CULTURE We need our worldbuilders and storytellers to help us imagine a better future, to build the impossible right before our eyes. We need books/music/theatre/films/art to help us process all this information. We need to tell better stories. 17/
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XR Liberation 12 Oct 19
Replying to @XRLiberation
LEGISLATION The gains we make must be enshrined in law. Our laws must protect the vulnerable and their champions, not the powerful oppressors and exploiters. We must establish indigenous sovereignty and legal rights for ecosystems to thrive in perpetuity. 18/
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XR Liberation 12 Oct 19
Replying to @ExtinctionR
REGENERATIVE CULTURE Let’s be real: is already pretty swell at this bit 🌱🌿 19/
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XR Liberation 12 Oct 19
Replying to @XRLiberation
Phew 😅 That was a LOT (and definitely not everything). But good that you’re still here, because we have 1️⃣ final thing to say: We really do need . We’re here because we know that the climate crisis demands urgent action yesterday. 20/
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XR Liberation 12 Oct 19
Replying to @XRLiberation
So, how DO we get everybody on board? We learn to communicate the meaningful role that every person has to play in achieving system change. We put our passion, organizational skills and resources to use. We show up for the oppressed and marginalized 👏every👏single👏day. 21/
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XR Liberation 12 Oct 19
Replying to @XRLiberation
This whole system needs to change. If we all show up in solidarity for those this system has deliberately oppressed and left behind, they will show up for us. Our fight is their fight. Their fight is our fight. 22/22
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