XR Glos at Cheltenham Science festival = help be the change

Cheltenham science festival banner that says be the change.

Here’s a message from our friends at XR Glos:

Through various connections XR Glos has been given an unprecedented opportunity to have a presence at this year’s Cheltenham Science Festival with a two table stall in the Discover Zone, Tues 7th to Sun 12th June, but we need YOUR help to make it as impactful as we can…

Primary catalysts are XR Cheltenham with help from around the XR Gloucestershire community & plans are coming together with support from XR Scientists and other members of our community.

The main attendees are up to 17,000 school children over the course of the event, plus their grown ups, plus many other companies exhibiting.

We have plans to encourage everyone to “Be the Change” by playing our “Climate Justice Game”, speaking with XR Scientists, learning how to block print Patches and more besides. 

We have an urgent need for anyone who can help with preparations and a rota for people who just want to come along & participate during the actual event days, mostly 10-5, with 2 late nights on Thursday (7.30) and Friday (10pm).

We would especially like to hear from anyone who has experience interacting with school children to talk with them about Climate Change Science and encourage them to learn and ask those awkward questions that will help tilt things towards getting on track to reduce consumption & re-generate our world.

So, please step forward, it will be fun! Contact rose@chameleongardens.co.uk to find out more.

Please share Please help us share and get more support! & see https://www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/science-/about/ and for more general information https://issuu.com/cheltenhamfestivals/docs/csf_2022_brochure_final.

Outdoor meetings, 2000 trees festival and local fundraising event

Banner that says we will not be bystanders

Lots happening locally in the next few weeks. Here’s what’s confirmed so far.

Meeting fortnightly on Wednesdays in Stratford Park

We’ll be meeting in the seating area in Stratford Park every two weeks. Our Wednesday meetings will now be outside. Here’s how to find us if you’ve not attended in a while.  

Meetings will start at 7 pm, hope to see you then. Here’s the list of all our future meetings.

We’ll have a presence at the 2000 trees festival, come join us – 7 to 9 July

We’ve been given 3 slots on the Word stage at 2000 Trees, at around lunchtime on each day. 

We want to make the most of this presence, so we’ll need some help, can you help us with any of the following?

  • Running NVDA training 
  • Someone to run a short example of a citizens assembly
  • Teaching XR hand signals 
  • Reading some poetry
  • Demonstrating a regen exercise

Please reply to this email or get in touch if you have any skills that could help us.

Planning crowdfunding event for cross-section group of rebels

No dates to confirm for this one yet, just letting you know that we’re planning a fun summer fundraising event for rebels from XR, Just Stop Oil and Insulate Britain (as many rebels support more than one group). If you have any ideas for prizes that could be auctioned, or entertainment or music performance ideas, please let us know.

Save the date for the autumn rebellion – September 10

We’re circulating the date for the next London rebellion – September 10 – no more information than that at this stage, but please save the date, particularly if you were unable to join us for the spring rebellion.

Fornightly Outdoor meetings starting tOmorrow

Protestors hold cloth banners that warn about delaying on climate change.

Sorry it’s been so long since an update. I haven’t been able to attend meetings for a while for health reasons, but good news! We’re meeting outdoors again from tomorrow.

Meeting fortnightly on Wednesdays in Stratford Park

We’ll be meeting in the seating area in Stratford Park every two weeks starting tomorrow May 18. Our Wednesday meetings will now be outside. Here’s how to find us if you’ve not attended in a while.  

Meetings will start at 7 pm, hope to see you then.

Our next indoor meeting & digital security advice

Will will not be bystanders.

Meeting in person again next week

It’s nearly time for rebellion. Things are starting again in London on 9th April. It’s warming up and spring is nearly here, so it’s time to meet in person again.

From 16 March we’ll be meeting at the Trinity Rooms in Stroud at 7pm every Wednesday. Here’s how to find us if you’ve not visited us before.

Is your phone and computer secure for the rebellion?

I’ve uploaded a guide for securing your phone and computer for digital activism and I’d really recommend you read the information and implement the recommendations it suggests. Doing so keeps you and your fellow rebels safe when doing activism online and in person.

Latest XR events & upcoming actions

Two woman talk to a man holding shopping at a crisis talks table.

Hope you’re as well as you can be. Here’s what’s happening in and around Stroud.

Barclays action Cheltenham – Saturday 19th February

Did you know that Barclays Bank is a big investor in fossil fuels? It’s the focus of national XR action this month and our next local protest about this on Saturday 19 February in Cheltenham at Barclays Bank 12 to 2pm.

Next Just Stop Oil meeting

If you missed the meeting in Stroud last week there’s another Just Stop Oil meeting in Gloucester also on Saturday 19 February at 2 to 4pm at the Friends Meeting House, Greyfriars, Southgate Street, Gloucester GL1 1TS.​

Can you help with leafleting?

Just Stop Oil are asking for volunteers for deliver leaflets door to door in Gloucester in the next week or so. Just Stop Oil is willing to pay £80 for 1,000 leaflets delivered.

XR Stroud Samba - beginners are welcome

XR Stroud Samba are practicing again​

Our samba band are getting ready for the next rebellion. We’re practicing on alternate Fridays and Sundays 7:30 to 9pm. ​Beginners are welcome and all training is provided – no musical experience is necessary. Please bring a mask. You can find out more information here​.

Meeting outside when it’s warmer

Thanks for everyone that got in touch about meeting outside. It’s still much too cold for us to meet in the park again, but we’ll aim to try this again in March so we’re ready for the next rebellion on April 9, so watch this space.