ACT NOW

Rebuild a Future That Cares For Everyone


One of our team members (who would prefer to not be named) has spent time drafting this letter to our MP Felicity Buchan and would love people to take action:


Covid 19 has caused dramatic change to the UK and our economy. We now face a once in a lifetime opportunity to rebuild a future that cares for everyone. Follow these three steps to ensure your voice is heard:


(1) Send the below letter to Felicity Buchan, your MP at felicity@felicitybuchan.com

(2) Exercise your democratic right to meet with your MP, urging her act now on climate change.

(3) Sign the petition to ensure people and the planet are prioritised as we recover from the lockdown at http://peoplesplan.org/


Dear Felicity Buchan MP,


It’s time to Tell the Truth. We urge you to publicly state that Government must do more to address the Climate and Ecological Emergency. We are on course for a 3.2°C temperature rise, which means that major global cities from Hong Kong to the Hague, and from Alexandria to Osaka will be totally flooded. Today’s CCC’s Progress Report for 2020 shows that Government is failing against its own targets. Even in your own words, “climate change creates severe risks for global stability and prosperity.”


Government inaction is an existential threat to civilisation. Rising temperatures, rising sea levels and droughts will render vast tracts of land uninhabitable through flooding and desertification, putting food supplies at risk. We know that these horrifying changes will disproportionately impact black people, indigenous people and other people of colour. Society will move into civil unrest and ultimately war, raising the terrifying possibility of societal collapse.


Government inaction is criminal. Today’s report from the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) highlights that Government's actions fall short of its own legally-binding target to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Last year, the CCC reported that only one of their 25 recommended headline policy actions had been delivered in full.


2050 is too late. New calculations by academics from the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research find that in order to have just a 2 in 3 chance of stabilizing global warming below the internationally agreed limit of 2°C of warming, then the total amount of carbon we can emit in the UK is half that currently budgeted in government policy. The science is clear that we must phase out our carbon emissions much sooner than 2050 to keep temperature rises below 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.


We are standing at an intersection of crises. All are symptoms of a toxic system contingent on infinite growth, extreme inequality and racial oppression. Thousands are calling on Government to protect the people and planet as we restart our economy after Covid-19. We need you to Tell the Truth by publicly appealing to the government to accept the new science-based targets as announced in the CCC’s Progress Report for 2020 published today.


We, residents of Kensington, have elected you to speak out for us – to take the lead on positive systemic change that will protect us and our future. We implore you to make the changes that we all know are necessary. To mitigate the “severe risks for global stability and prosperity,” we must effect change at the international, national, and local level.


On 22 January 2020, in response to the overwhelming scientific evidence, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea declared a climate and ecological emergency to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2040. We are calling on you to advocate for a rapid transition of our mobility, energy supply, business and industry, and our housing stock to protect the people and planet.

Yours,

(add name)

Extinction Rebellion Kensington and Chelsea


PUBLIC TRANSPORT WINS


Welcome to the PUBLIC TRANSPORT WINS #ECOSTICK #ECOPOSITIVE Groundswell Campaign:

This is a campaign – meaning that it’s intended as repeated ground level actions from any member of the public, at any time – with a TARGET in mind: THE GENERAL PUBLIC WHICH IS ALREADY DOING THE RIGHT THING BY TRAVELLING BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT.

The ‘End of the World’ isn’t a big seller, and it doesn’t inspire engagement in this movement. For this movement to have real sway it needs populist, mass habit changing groundswell. You can’t get this by selling doom. You can get it by positive reinforcement, encouragement and by showing people what they are ALREADY DOING RIGHT.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT WINS is an #ECOPOSITIVE #ECOSTICK Groundswell Campaign wherein we directly reinforce the public’s Eco-Positive behaviour through messaging this on buses. Stick on the back of the bus seat, wherever you go, time and time again.

It’s best to start with the top deck, work carefully and quietly, prep a bunch of stickers on your hand, and #GOGOGO. Stick on the back of the seats, one sticker per pair of seats, and don’t stick on the surrounds, and all over – it is more likely that your sticking efforts will be removed if you stick all over. Stick strategically and efficiently, so that everyone who sits, will see.

Take photographs so that your action takes place in 2 ways – one, in real time, in the real world, and secondly, as a digital record, to inspire others. If you get caught, remove the stickers, apologise and leave. There’s always another day, don’t waste your time on battles that will hold you back.

Send your photos on to:

Twitter: @ExtinctionR

Instagram: @ExtinctionRebellion

Unanimously, the response received so far has been tender, endearing, smiling, nods, fists raised.

People get this. They need to get it some more. Spread the word – people who travel by public transport are already DOING THE RIGHT THING.

The PDF and JPEG documents for you to download are formatted to print 21sticker sheet pages, which are readily available to buy in blank form for you to print.

Download and #GOGOGO

SEND – SAVE – PRINT – STICK – PHOTOSHARE - REPEAT WE CAN DO THIS.

PUBLICTRANSPORTWINS #ECOPOSITIVE #ECOSTICK #GROUNDSWELL

NO TO PLASTICS

NO TO PLASTICS

Welcome to the NO TO PLASTICS #ECOSTICK #ECOPOSITIVE Groundswell Campaign:

This is a campaign – meaning that it’s intended as repeated ground level actions from any member of the public, at any time – with a TARGET in mind: the CEOs and Operations Managers of the top 5 supermarkets in the UK.

We need to show that the #ECOPOUND has clout: Every time you shop for Fruit and Veg, and it’s in plastic packaging, stick a NO TO PLASTICS sticker on the boxing and surrounds. Don’t stick directly on the packaging – it is defacing saleable property – stick on the surrounds. Do it quickly and quietly, so you and your message are safe. (It’s best to ‘prep’ the stickers by placing them on your hands, for speed of sticking, before you even start – this makes it much easier and less noticeable when you do it.) Get your phone camera ready before you start as well and the minute you’ve stuck, take a photo and send along to Extinction Rebellion by tagging them via Twitter and Instagram.

Twitter: @ExtinctionR

Instagram: @ExtinctionRebellion

Take photographs so that your action takes place in 2 ways – one, in real time, in the real world, and secondly, as a digital record, to inspire others. If you get caught, remove the stickers, apologise and leave. There’s always another day, don’t waste your time on battles that will hold you back.

We are targeting Fruit and Veg plastic packaging – as opposed to ALL plastic packaging. Of course, we’d like to target all packaging, but this is a strategic move for this reason: There is ALREADY an alternative model in the supermarkets for Fruit and Veg provision – the OPEN SHOPPING (#SHOPOPEN) model where you use (re-usable) bags that you own, to weigh and price your Fruit and Veg. Insisting that supermarkets find a way to do this permanently is a WAY IN to the real world plastics lobby and can show the big supermarkets of this country that the #ECOPOUND and PEOPLE POWER have clout. If enough people do this, this will rise to mainstream attention so that we can prep the way for a meaningful and targeted lobby around Fruit and Veg provision. What they are doing currently is simply NOT GOOD ENOUGH.

The consumer always has power. Evidence the rise of the Vegan Pound.

There is simply no way that supermarkets can continue to excuse their usage of plastic packaging where other models already exist.

The PDF and JPEG documents for you to download are formatted to print 21sticker sheet pages, which are readily available to buy in blank form for you to print. For those who can afford it, biodegradable stickers are available on the market. Current, cheaply available stickers do contain a plasticated element (the sticky side) – using them, on surrounds that are plastic as well- is a strategic loss for a bigger gain – a solid entry into the PLASTICS LOBBY.

Download and #GOGOGO

SEND – SAVE – PRINT – STICK – PHOTOSHARE - REPEAT

WE CAN DO THIS.

Feel the oceans. Stick and Save. We’ve got to start somewhere.

CITIZENS’ ASSEMBLY NOW

CITIZENS’ ASSEMBLY NOW is a campaign to ensure how RBKC tackles the climate and environment emergency has the views and concerns of Kensington and Chelsea residents residents at its heart.

Citizens’ Assemblies are fair and transparent. Assembly members will have an equal chance of being heard, and are given the correct information to make informed democratic decisions. A Citizens’ Assembly in our borough will empower residents to take the lead with a concrete and comprehensive plan to make the borough a greener, healthier, and nicer place to live.

CITIZENS’ ASSEMBLY NOW requires you to get your Councillors to recognise how important the climate and environment is to you and your loved ones. Three simple steps to making our Borough a greener, healthier, and nicer place to live are:


  1. Send the below letter urging RBKC to hold a Citizens’ Assembly on the Climate and Environment Emergency to your Councillor.
  2. Have a sit down with your Councillor at a drop-in clinic to explain how important a Citizens’ Assembly on the Climate and Environment Emergency is to you.
  3. Join one of our Local Democracy groups to discuss how your representatives take the climate and environment seriously.


Letter Urging RBKC to Hold a Citizens Assembly on the Climate and Environment Emergency:

Dear Cllr [ NAME OF YOUR COUNCILLOR],


I live in [NAME OF WARD] and am writing to you to urge the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC) to hold a Citizens Assembly on the Climate and Environment Emergency within 2020.


We are delighted that RBKC has joined the over 265 local authorities across the UK in telling the truth by declaring a Climate Emergency on 22nd January. Warwick Road is one of the most polluted in the country, RBKC residents and children breathe illegal amounts of air pollutants, and the independant Tyndall Centre for Climate Research has urged RBKC to embark on an “immediate and rapid programme of decarbonisation.” It is right to tell the truth about the Climate and Environment Emergency we are facing. We must place residents at the heart of our plan to tackle this emergency through a Citizens Assembly.

A Citizens Assembly is a consultative exercise where randomly selected residents recommend how their elected representative should act. A Citizens Assembly on the Climate and Environment Emergency would recommend RBKC’s environmental and climate policy, including how it achieves its Vision Carbon Zero. There is overwhelming evidence of grassroots support for this across the Borough. A recent poll found that 85% of Britons are now concerned about climate change, and over 850 locals signed a recent petition for RBKC to declare a climate emergency.

There is undeniable public and political appetite to take the climate and environment issue seriously, and your action now will be critical in galvanising support around this issue. On 22nd January, Cllr. Cem Kemahli, the Lead Member for Environment, “agreed to look at facilitating a Citizens’ Assembly in RBKC to address issues related to Climate emergency.” I implore you to urge Cllr Cem Kemahli and the RBKC leadership team to (1) commit to holding a Citizens Assembly on the Climate and Environment Emergency within 2020 and; (2) to commit themselves to recommendations made by local residents during this Citizens Assembly.

I hope this letter will open an ongoing dialogue with RBKC residents on which concrete steps can be taken to make the ward and borough a healthier, greener, and more pleasant place to live and work.


Yours Sincerely,


[INSERT YOUR NAME]