April 2019 Climate Change Part 6: Rebelling For Life

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To get involved in creating a sustainable future, see the Extinction Rebellion Homepage rebellion.earth

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This week, protesters have set up residence at major sites in central London, arriving from all over the country to set up what felt like a climate awareness festival. The 4 main sites at Parliament Square, Marble Arch, Oxford Circus and Waterloo Bridge sprang up overnight last Sunday, complete with fully amplified stages, vegan kitchens, wellbeing and information marquees, all fully staff. The program included talks by Gail Bradbrook and Rupert Read, live music from the likes of Nick Mulvy and Sam Lee, and of course a Samba drum group which moved from site to site.
I was fortunate enough to witness a multi-faith and humanist service at Oxford Circus, where right on that iconic crossroad a pink boat bearing the words “Tell The Truth”, formed the backdrop for a raised platform stage. Over a hundred were gathered to listen as speakers from many different faiths gave their sermons in turn. After that Rachel Rose Reid took the stage and said “To face something as enormous as climate change we need to all come together - people of all beliefs and cultures.” She then led the ad hock congregation in a song with words in Hebrew, English, and wordless sounds, to include all.
This is the first time I have ever witnessed such multi-faith togetherness. All week, my Pause For Thought pieces have asked the question of what it would take for us as humans to create a sustainable future. Being at Extinction Rebellion gave me a glimpse of the kind of collective experience we need to feel like a community, to be together in our sadness for the world and to feel motivated to take action towards changing it for the better.

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from Pause For Thought: BBC Radio Devon, released January 30, 2017

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