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Extinction Rebellion Podcast
The official podcast for XR UK
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June 18, 2019 07:48 AM PDT

In our first episode since April's International Rebellion, the Extinction Rebellion podcast discusses the future.

Christiana Figueres was Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) from 2010 to 2016. The 2015 Paris Agreement was her most notable achievement.

George Monbiot is a British writer and a columnist at The Guardian.

Dr Jem Bendell is a Professor of Sustainability Leadership at the University of Cumbria (UK). You can read his paper, “Deep Adaptation: A Map for Navigating Climate Tragedy” at http://www.lifeworth.com/deepadaptation.pdf

Extinction Rebellion has three demands.

1) Tell the Truth - Government must tell the truth by declaring a climate and ecological emergency, working with other institutions to communicate the urgency for change.

2) Act Now - Government must act now to halt biodiversity loss and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2025.

3) Beyond Politics - Government must crate and be led by the decision of a Citizens' Assembly on climate and ecological justice.

Presenter & Producer - Jessica Townsend
Presenter - Marijn van de Geer
Producer - Elly Lazarides
Social Media Producer - Barney Weston
Sound Engineer & Mixing – Dave Stitch

April 30, 2019 04:18 PM PDT

On Tuesday, Extinction Rebellion (XR) met with Environment Secretary Michael Gove.

The Extinction Rebellion Podcast brings you the thoughts of the XR representatives present at the meeting.

Featuring Rupert Read, Clare Farrell, Farhana Yamin, Felix Ottaway, and Sam Knights.

Presenter – Jessica Townsend
Producers – Barney Weston, Marijn van de Geer
Sound Editor – Lucy Evans

April 29, 2019 04:33 AM PDT

This episode was released following the news of our meeting with the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, in which we will be pushing for a Citizens' Assembly on the climate and ecological emergency.

Featuring Matthew Taylor (Chief Executive of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce), Sarah Allan (Head of Engagement at Involve), and Rupert Read (Green Party politician and Lecturer of Philosophy at the University of East Anglia).

Presenters - Jessica Townsend, Marijn van de Geer
Producers - Dave Anderson, Barney Weston
Sound Engineer & Mixing - Dave Stitch

April 19, 2019 04:18 PM PDT

How do Extinction Rebellion families feel about the future?

Podlet #3: Green Futures is live on all platforms now.

Continuing XR podlets: mini podcasts from the International Rebellion.

With thanks to Professor Jem Bendell. You can read his paper, "Deep Adaptation: A Map for Navigating Climate Tragedy" at http://www.lifeworth.com/deepadaptation.pdf

The production team included: Jessica Townsend, Marijn van de Geer, Dave Anderson, Dave Stitch, and Barney Weston.

April 17, 2019 04:23 PM PDT

What's it like being arrested for Extinction Rebellion?

Podlet #2: 340+ Arrestees is live on all platforms now.

Continuing XR podlets: mini podcasts from the International Rebellion.

With thanks to Dr. Gail Bradbrook and, of course, all of our arrestees!

The production team included: Jessica Townsend, Marijn van de Geer, Dave Anderson, Dave Stitch, and Barney Weston.

April 15, 2019 04:35 PM PDT

This episode is the first of several 'podlets', produced from London as part of this week's International Rebellion.

It's shorter than one of our usual podcasts, but should give you a taste of what it's like to be part of an Extinction Rebellion action!

With thanks to Roger Hallam, Jessica Townsend, Marijn van de Geer, Dave Stitch, Tom G, Tommy K, and Barney Weston.

March 26, 2019 06:16 AM PDT

WARNING - This episode contains some strong language.

This second episode of the Extinction Rebellion Podcast looks at one of the Rebellion's core values and strategies: nonviolence. The theme is explored from a few different angles and its significance to Extinction Rebellion is explained. This episode is presented by Dave Anderson and Jessica Townsend with interviews conducted by Marijn van de Geer and Jessica Townsend in the Extinction Rebellion offices.

We interviewed the following people to help explain what nonviolence means:

Roger Hallam - PhD researcher on effective radical campaign design at King's College London, organic farmer and co-founder of Extinction Rebellion.

Clare Farrell - Street artist and fashion designer, Arts Coordinator and co-founder of Extinction Rebellion.

Skeena Rathor - Labour councillor for Central Stroud and active member of political and strategic working groups for Extinction Rebellion.

Roger starts off the episode by talking us through the political effectiveness of nonviolent direct action, its precedents and the scholarship around it.

If you are interested in hearing more from Roger on this subject, this film will be of interest:

He references the work of Gene Sharp in particular (Gene Sharp: 'From Dictatorship to Democracy', 1993) which was influential in the Arab Spring, Iranian protests and Serbia.

The work of American political scientist Erica Chenoweth is referenced a few times in this episode by both Roger and Clare. As an introduction to her work there is an interesting TED talk here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJSehRlU34w and we also recommend reading 'Why Civil Resistance Works
The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict' by Erica Chenoweth and Maria J. Stephanher (2012).

We are hoping to have a special episode in which we interview Erica Chenoweth in greater depth about her work later in the year.

Clare discusses the way the art working group of XR ensures that our actions have many explicit and subliminal nonviolent messages. She goes on to consider if the nonviolent ethos of the movement makes it attractive to faith groups.

Finally Skeena Rathor looks at the nonviolent culture of XR in its day-to-day running.

During every evening of the Rebellion starting on 15 April 2019 there will be Zoom meetings with Gayano Shaw offering emotional support for rebels in addition to the support from XR's own Regenerative Culture Team's support.

Research - Jessica Townsend, Marijn van de Geer
Presenters - Jessica Townsend, Dave Anderson
Producer - Elly Lazarides
Sound Engineer & Mixing - Dave Stitch

March 03, 2019 11:55 AM PST

Welcome to the Extinction Rebellion Podcast! In this first episode, Jessica Townsend and Marijn Van de Geer from Extinction Rebellion (XR) will be answering the kind of questions new rebels ask when they first join XR.

Some useful links to documents, articles, videos and people we refer to throughout this episode:

-The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

- How to get to zero net carbon emissions:
. Victory Plan by Ezra Silk (co-founder and Policy Director, The Climate
Mobilization) https://www.theclimatemobilization.org/victory-plan/
. The concept of climate mobilization in mainstream political conversation (Bill
. Other climate mobilization plans: Paul Gilding, Lester Brown and Michael Hoexter

- The XR structure
. Quick overview of the changes XR UK has undergone since its inception by one
of the founders: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDwRLKioIvE

- Examples of civil disobedience:
. Gandhi's defiance of British colonial rule laws (started March 1930)
. The children in 1963 in Birmingham, Alabama, USA
. The suffragette movement

- The science on climate breakdown and mass biodiversity loss:
. The International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List of
Threatened Species https://www.iucnredlist.org/
. Recount: It’s Time to ‘Do the Math’ Again (David Spratt, 2015) and
. Climate Reality Check: After Paris, Counting the Cost (David Spratt, 2016)
. Naomi Klein 'This Changes everything' (2015)
. 'Global warming will happen faster than we think' Yangyang Xu, Veerabhadran
Ramanathan and David G. Victor https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-07586-5
. 'Two degree is prescription for disaster (former NASA scientist James Hansen)
. '1.5C warming limit means fossil fuel phase out by 2030' (climate researcher
Glenn Peters) https://www.climatechangenews.com/2015/12/07/scientists-1-5c-warming-limit-means-fossil-fuel-phase-out-by-2030/
. Kevin Anderson, Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research University of
Manchester, has written numerous articles which we quote from a lot, check
them out here: https://tyndall.ac.uk/people/kevin-anderson
. Dr. Katherine D. Marvel - NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies:

Producer - Dave Anderson
Sound Editor - Dave Stitch
Research - Jessica Townsend & Marijn van de Geer

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