XR weekly meeting is at The Old Convent again today.
6:30 pm food (which Jane has volunteered to prepare for us) and gathering 7:00 pm start.
Red and Kat will facilitate the meeting which will be in two parts with Senan, reflecting on the huge impact XR has had on the climate debate during its first year, and look at where we are now in building a new structure for impact.
Kat and Red will follow this by drawing strength and inspiration from the Regenerative Action Cycle as we reflect on our own place in the movement and connect with others where they are at
Thank you to all of you to came to our meeting, we now have some firmer plans for 2020 which is exciting, more on that after the announcements.
We had an invitation from a chap (John) lives in Stroud wants to do a climate emergency music event with an outreach focus in March. John has organised many of the musical gigs for XR in London. The idea being for there to be a gig in Stroud. Date and venue to be confirmed. Crucially, we are looking to people that are interested in helping with this event. Please contact us if you’re able to help John with this.
Contacting our MP – if you wish to engage our new MP with environmental issues, please do so as a private individual rather than on behalf of XR. She has been advised to ignore XR enquiries.
There will be a Spring fair organised by Landwise Saturday 25th April. Additionally, there will be events leading up to Earth Day on 22nd April which will mark the declaration of Stroud as an Earth Protector Community.
The consultation on the next rebellion date has concluded. We’re waiting on the results on this. More news in our upcoming meetings when we have confirmed dates.
Broke out into working groups to discuss the ideas from last weeks meeting. The idea being to agree what we’d like to progress and start up working groups for Stroud. Here are the areas of focus that we agreed:
Jeannie has an upcoming Solstice party on 22nd December at Scout hut. Energy and ideas welcome. Please contact us if you are able to help.
We had a successful evening at Goodwill Evening in Stroud yesterday. There was printing, food and goodwill at the Beacon. Please send in some pictures if you have them.
XR Soup Kitchen & XRmas working groups
There was a discussion around an XR soup kitchen, some people already want to help with this. It would be good to get clarification on whether we are going to be helping other initiatives that are already established in the town or are we going to do this solo as Stroud XR. What do you think about this?
One group also discussed ideas for an alternative Xmas, and another discussed what an XR social meeting could involve.
Possible new meeting formats
An idea that is taking shape (but which remains as yet not fully formed) is that we develop two meeting formats.
One type of meeting could be centred around Working Group Co-ordinators and during which work is imagined, discussed, agreed and planned. The purpose of suggesting this is to reduce time and work commitments for co-ordinators, who presently need to devote two evenings a week. The main output of these meetings will be a list of things to do and names of people who have agreed to do them will be.
Another type of meeting will be more relaxed in format would be centred on the rest of the crew. There is a growing consensus that it might deliver training and discussion. It will have fewer to dos than the Action meeting. It can be a space in which we talk to develop culture, understanding and paths towards adaptation.
This week was a working group meeting. This meant that our overall meeting time was shorter and without many announcements so we could spend most of our time in working groups that we were interested in.
There were groups for deep adaption, wellbeing, communications, inclusivity and direct actions.
Deep adaption is a new working group for Stroud XR focusing on how we as a group could step up to help our community with the immediate after effects of a climate emergency (such as the floods in 2007) or other such activity.
The inclusion group is also new, and facilitated by Anna (an independent observer of our meeting). The inclusion group focuses on how we can encourage more people from any sort of background to our meetings and actions (including those from marginalised groups). So that we are aware of people’s various needs and the actions and language we need to use in order to bring more people to XR.
Inclusion will hold another meeting next week where they will outline the issues that exist within our group and the work that will be involved in researching the people who might want to join us.
We also discussed how the meeting format may change in the coming weeks. Future meetings will alternative between socials and training sessions (one week) and working groups and strategy the following week.
Next weeks meeting will also be a working group and strategy session.
There has been some discussion about reducing the number of meetings we have, but almost everyone seemed to prefer having a weekly meeting.
5th December – Landwise ‘Food vision for the future’ – come and find out what we’ve been doing, and help build a vision for how the district might feed us all.
Tree Planting (Stroud Valleys Project) – Environmental charity Stroud Valleys Project (SVP) is launching a new tree planting project this winter called ‘Wild About Trees’. SVP wants to raise £10,000 from local people to plant 1,000 trees around the district. There are several ways to get involved. People can donate £10 towards planting a tree, individuals or a group can sign up to take part in planting by contacting SVP and will be kept informed of opportunities by email. If you want to find out more, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Following on from the packed Stroud Climate Hustings on 19th Cheltenham XR are planning a climate hustings. Details to follow.
If you haven’t already seen it XR have produced an Election Rebellion Kitlist there’s a link to it on the XR UK Newletter here: check it out.