Continue your Involvement with XR Bristol
Hello… we’ve missed you!
Welcome back dear friend
If you have arrived at this page, you know have probably been involved with Extinction Rebellion at some point, but for whatever reason, you’ve not been able to be so active recently…
But we have to ask the question…
We would love to have you involved again as you once were…
It could be helping with setting up our regular meetings, doing some Rebel Ringing, writing a Press Release to support Actions, helping design and delivery those Actions, being part of our famous “Billboarding Crew” for an hour and being able to look back after half an hour’s work to say “I helped make that happen”!
There is lots to be done, lots of great community-based actions to inspire yourself and others into being the change we need to pull back from the cliff edges we face.
We want to get 1,000 Rebels from Bristol to The BIG One & you can play your part.
You can be more powerful than you think!
So let us introduce our Bristol Rebels, hear what they have been involved with, and imagine how you could join with them and how being part of the growing movement of Extinction Rebellion (XR).
Ben & Mia’s XR Story
“Seeing the reality of things and reading the newspaper being informed, you just see that there’s only so long you can read about it, and only so many petitions you can sign or letters to an MP that you can write until it’s like actually no one’s listening.
What creates the rage is the criminal denial and obfuscation by the powers that be of the severity of the crisis and their complicity.
What Extinction Rebellion has done has galvanized a movement of rebels, and I know that every single rebel that I meet, there is a kinship there and the people that I know in Bristol are people who I’m sharing my future with.
You know that gives me hope.
That gives me community that gives me a sense of agency.
That’s the stuff that kind of keeps the fires burning.“
Daniel’s XR Story
“I used to work at McDonald’s. I had no real qualifications for jobs that I actually wanted to do.
So one of the first things that I realized when I joined Extinction Rebellion was that there were other people who gave a shit, and cared about other people cared about animals, cared about the climate and to be surrounded by those people who echoed how you feel.
That was one of the most relieving things that I felt in a long time.
I think 2023 will be a really exciting year for activism and I’m really excited to see so many more people stepping up out of their comfort zone doing stuff they never would have dreamed of.
And being there and helping create that change, it’s really inspiring to see and day by day with getting more people, more conversations being happening.
And through those conversations from daily day-to-day people, they will soon be feeding into government talks and UN talks and EU talks.
And that is where the real changes will happen.“
Dave’s XR Story
“So I’m a church warden at my local church down in the city centre and for various reasons, Extinction Rebellion were looking for a venue for the final closing ceremony of the week, so I invited them in and it was absolutely amazing.
It wasn’t just a bunch of, you know, weird hippies in the street making a lot of noise.
These were people who were serious. It just had a whole lot of meaning that suddenly.
I felt I had to engage with this in some way.
Christians of XR wanted to send a a strong message to the Church of England and we decided the best way of doing that was to disrupt cathedral services so we were in Saint Paul’s Cathedral in London and 13 activists were inside the cathedral and held out banners saying divest from fossil fuels
We feel very strongly that the Church of England is not always fulfilling its obligation to look after the planet, and in particular to divest from fossil fuel. “
Nigel’s XR Story
The thing that I can’t bear, which keeps bringing me back to the fight, is the fact that I’m now a grandparent. I’ve got 5 grandchildren. T
They are going to live to see the other end of this century, perhaps as far as 2100. By then the scientists are are telling us there is no doubt we will be deep Into the climate and ecological crisis.
The only way that I can make things easier for them is to fight for actions which will mitigate and reduce the terrible impact of climate and ecological crisis.
In Bristol today I’ve found 130 groups that are loosely could be called environmental, social justice, climate justice groups. We’re going to reach a tipping point where suddenly the number of people who are determined to do something about it will hugely increase and we will flip from having only a few people coming to Extinction Rebellion to huge numbers of people wanting to get involved in environmental movements of all kinds
Although it’s a very natural thing to want to run away from it. That’s never going to sort it out”
The best thing to do is to actually connect with some of us.
As you can see from the stories above we are normal, concerned, yet active citizens.
- Attend a rebel meeting
We hold a regular weekly meeting is a chance for rebels across Bristol to come together, find out what’s coming up and learn from each other.
This takes place every Tuesday evening, 7pm – 9pm. On the first Tuesday of each month, we make this a big monthly meetup, where all our working groups and communities join too.
Find out more on our Meetings Page.
- Ask any questions
Email us at: XRBristol@proton.me
- Help us Design, Deliver and Support beautiful, empowering Outreach, Rebel Ringing and Actions on the street that envision a better world and future for us all.
- Read more of our XR Stories, and then join us
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