Welcome to some info about Extinction Rebellion (XR).
Have a look through the following options:
THANK YOU for scanning the QR code on the leaflet. Please pass that leaflet on to others.
Read on … click any links that interest you. When you read or watch something you like, share it with your networks. Spread the word about this movement and about the urgency of what the science is telling us. Together we must minimise the risk of social collapse and learn to keep the coming transition peaceful and inclusive.
Then watch this IMPORTANT video about why XR demands a Citizens’ Assembly. This powerful system of deliberative democracy might just save our lives. Citizens’ Assemblies are the least understood and most VITAL part of XR’s strategy for change. We live in a corrupted system and CAs can help change that URGENTLY.
Thanks for scanning the QR code on the leaflet you found. If you can, please hang it up at your workplace or on a public noticeboard. Start this vital conversation. Here’s a PDF so you can hand it around. It will go into your downloads folder.
This page allows you to find out more about Citizens’ Assemblies (CAs) and HOW to get them happening. They just might make our lives better, and those of our young people. They will get the attitudes of ordinary citizens, including WOMEN and youth, into policy making without having to wait for four-yearly elections that are at the mercy of corporate media misinformation and major party shenanigans. (About 10% of Australians are 18-26 years old and there are NONE in parliament and only 20% of our current Fed Gov are women, and only 30% of all the 151 parliamentarians)
Ultimately, Citizens’ Assemblies might SAVE OUR LIVES. Share the links you like with your friends and start conversations about them. Get informed so when the issue comes up you can talk confidently about what they are – and what they are not. There is a lot of confusion and it is easy to spread misinformation.
Here is a TED talk by Bruce Hennig about CAs “Are we collectively stupid?” How to use random selection to get good policy outcomes. (NOTE: CAs are not about replacing politicians – they are about providing policy advice from ordinary citizens to politicians. At least for now!)
And most importantly, HOW do we compel our leaders to put one on? By engaging in peaceful, creative, nonviolent disruptions of all kinds. Even David Attenborough said “We cannot be too radical” Radical means huge changes, amazing leaps, emergency focus.
Think about how you might organise a protest, make a public artwork on an issue like habitat loss or methane leaking, or hold a public meeting. Who would help you? What do you need? One thing you could do is join and contribute to the strategic nonviolence of XR. The three demands of XR to all our parliamentarians are – Tell the Truth, Act Now and hold a Citizens’ Assembly on the climate and ecological crisis.
If you can see CITIZENS ASSEMBLIES need to happen you don’t need to join XR or start an XR group with your friends (although that would be great). You can push for them in your own way, however you feel best connected to do so. Educate and persuade those around you. Get friends over to watch the videos. Speak to your local MPs to tell them of this LOVING GIFT to them. 🙂 But do it RIGHT NOW. The window is closing for climate action that both prevents and prepares for the worst.
THANK YOU for scanning the QR code on the leaflet. Read on … click any links that interest you. When you read or watch something you like, share it with your networks. Spread the word about this movement and about the urgency of what the science is telling us in the latest IPCC Report. Together we must minimise the risk of social collapse and learn to keep the coming transition peaceful and inclusive.
Greenwashing affects share prices these days and should be made illegal. That, on top of the fact that it’s just lying and whoever does it needs to have consequences. I’d actually prefer they lost all their ill-gotten gains to the last cent rather than go to prison. But that’s a hard concept for a once-off song!
First song is Country, next two are Christmas. Have a good one.
Tune – Working 9-5 (need to sing it a little slower than Dolly does!)
Blackrock Greenwashing – that’s no way to make a living Blackrock Greenwashing – it’s all faking and no giving See emissions rise When you give A-da-ni credit It’s enough to break the food chain if we let it
Blackrock Greenwashing – while they fund the poison-spilling Blackrock Greenwashing – their lies will make a killing See the share price rise When their lies do not get tested It’s enough to hope that Larry Fink’s arrested!
TUNE: Red nose Reindeer
Blackrock are greenwash experts Larry Fink he surely knows (his) annual report has excerpts of Top Class Fiction prose (To) all of the Blackrock executives We loudly call out SHAME! We hope you go to prison (Cos) lying brings a share-price gain (if) share-price rules had any teeth ASIC would call to say “Larry Fink you’re pretty bright You know Greenwashing’s not right!” Larry’s gone with sirens blaring We’d be shouting out with glee “Greenwash, begone for ever The truth is now compulsory!”
Tune: GOD rest ye merry gentlemen
Arrest those merry gentlemen who know the harm they do to every sacred creature, to forests, me and you. May they sit in a prison cell so they regret and rue that they thought to steal our comfort and joy, comfort and joy, that they thought to steal our comfort and joy.
For protests anywhere anytime. Here’s a handy 5-page collection of Chants (which can also be sung by adding a tune that suggests itself to you at the time) and songs which focus on the three BEAUTIFUL demands of XR, or one or more of the Ten AMAZING Principles. (esp. that Peacey, Non-Violent one, yo!)
Facebook link to share with your friends to encourage them to join the choir, learn the songs and come out on the streets to spread the message! The Facebook page will have events and details of practices and Flash Mobs. https://www.facebook.com/XRChoirBrisbane/?tn-str=k*F
Do you dare to believe in a future, When we recognise the value of the earth When we know we must protect This precious planet from neglect And we know what every human life is worth?
Do you dare to believe in a future, When we’ll use the power of wind and wave and sun, To finally succeed In meeting every human need Do you dare to believe it can be done?
Do you dare to believe in a future When we know our lives are closely intertwined With every creature that can be With all the land and all the sea, Do you believe this is a future we can find?
Do you dare to believe in such a future? Do you dare to take a stand for this belief? Will you join us as we strive to find better ways to thrive, For when we start to live it, it will be. Yes, when we dare to live it, it will be.
Business as usual will lead us to disaster But business as usual is all our leaders know – Bigger, higher, longer, further, wealthier and faster – Can’t they see the writing on the wall? The answer’s “No”.
But business as usual makes the fire season longer, Business as usual intensifies the drought Business as usual makes the deadly cyclone stronger, Business as usual makes us raise our voice and shout –
And shouting, we rebel against this road on which we’re led, We refuse to follow blindly on this grim, ill-fated way, For we know that there are better, safer ways to move ahead, And we need to change direction, and we need to start today.
POWER TO THE PEOPLE – Call and answer
Power to the people, People got the power, Citizens’ Assemblies! Getting closer by the hour.
Call/Response Power, people, people, power Power to the people…
NEVER DOUBT – Words by Margaret Mead
Never doubt That a small group of people Can change the world 0 indeed, It is the only thing That ever has
(repeat whole song 3 times)
SALTWATER by Julian Lennon
We are a land that’s burning under a golden sun We are a country hurting, rise up as one So when I hear about the climate denial ……
Saltwater wells in my eyes
We climb the highest mountain, we’ll make the desert bloom We’re so ingenious we can walk on the moon But when I hear of how the forests have died ….
Saltwater wells in my eyes
Chorus: I have lived for love, but now it’s not enough For the world I know is dying (and now I’m crying) And time is not a friend as friends we’re out of time,
and it’s slowly passing by, right before our eyes
We light the deepest ocean, send photographs of mars We’re so enchanted by how clever we are Why should one baby be so hungry she cries …..
Saltwater wells in my eyes.
Chorus: I have lived for love, but now it’s not enough For the world I love is dying (and now I’m crying) And time is not a friend as friends we’re out of time,
and its slowly passing by, right before my eyes
We are a land that’s burning under a golden sun We are a burning (hurting?) country rebel as one So when I hear about the climate denial …. Saltwater wells in my eyes, saltwater wells in my eyes.
A BETTER FUTURE to the tune of Bella Ciao
We need to wake up, we need to wise up We need to open our eyes and do it now, now, now. We need to build a better future, And we need to start right now. Hey, hey, hey…
We’re on a planet that has a problem, We have to solve it, get involved and do it now, now, now. We need to build a better future, And we need to start right now. Hey, hey, hey…
No point in waiting, or hesitating We must get wise, take no more lies and do it now, now, now We need to build a better future And we need to start right now. Hey, hey, hey…
‘Cos there’s a crisis, a climate crisis We need to wake our leaders up and do it now, now, now We need to build a better future, And we need to start right now.
We need to build a better future, And we need to start right now.
Come gather round people, we must make a stand, Beause pow’r concedes nothing without a demand, The time has now come for a line in the sand, To keep yesterday’s men from prevailing. So we’ll stand in their way till new coal mines are banned, For the climate is a-changing.
Come people, we know that you’re feeling the heat, Our leaders are swayed by a corporate elite, The system is broken and racked with deceit, And it’s not worth the cost of maintaining, So it’s time to step up and get out on the streets, For the climate is a-changing.
Now the scientists tell us beyond any doubt We’re threatened by bushfires, by heat and by drought, And for many, the water’s about to run out, Our hopes for the future are fading, (Shhh & build volume) But the quiet Australians are starting to shout, For the climate is a-changing.
We’ve written the letters and signed the petitions We’ve spoken to ministers, phoned politicians, They say they’re concerned about carbon emissions, But their deeds make it clear that they’re feigning. So let’s shake their foundations before it’s too late, For the climate is a-changing.
Now listen Adani to the words that we say, We’ll blockade your mine and we won’t go away, We are camped on your doorstep and planning to stay, And we’ll never grow tired of proclaiming – That you’re killing tomorrow by mining today, For the climate is a-changing. (That you’re killing … repeat)
I have had justifiable complaints about the difficulty of too many Carols, when really we just want the best ones so we attract people to TALK TO US as well cos it’s all about building the movement – eh?
So here’s just a single A4 sheet (2 pages) with the brightest and funnest carols. Enjoy. Crisis Carols one sheet new
But if you still want MORE CAROLS!!! read on …
4 pages back to back. That’s only 60 cents for an AMAZING collection of XR-focused rebel Chrisis material for about 40 mins of fun-filled singing. GET TO IT!!
Or your scratch bunch of singers can open the pages on their phones and read off that. Easier to read off phones at night.
Crisis Carols is an initiative of Alex P in London … it’s an excuse for Extinction Rebels to get out on the street and sing their gorgeous, caring hearts out for some Climate Justice. Lots of people contributed lyrics! Here’s what Alex (Carol, of course) had to say about using the idea:
HOW TO CRISIS CAROL (SAFELY)
Get a group together – Find some people, find or write some lyrics, and have a practice.
Always sing in a group – the more the merrier.
Stay peaceful – don’t argue or retort. If asked to move on, go somewhere else but keep singing. Stay calm and be like water. Ignore dickheads – they hate it.
Be Strategic – Where will you sing, and who for? What are you asking them to do?
Be Public – Don’t be afraid of public places controlled by corporations – you can get a lot of singing in before security tells you to leave. Move slowly and keep singing.
Bring a Sign – make sure your your message is clear. Climate Action Now. Declare a Climate Emergency. All I Want For Christmas is a Future.
Have Fun! – Singing in a group is an ancient and wonderful thing. Enjoy yourself. Be silly. Clamp your feet and belt it out. A group of singing, happy people is a force to be reckoned with.