• Jul 17, 2019 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
  • Location: Zoom
  • Latest Activity: Dec 2, 2019

Webinar hosted by Jem Bendell with guest Gail Bradbrook.

Dr Gail Bradbrook has been researching, planning and training for mass civil disobedience since 2010 and is a co-founder of the social movement Extinction Rebellion (XR) which rapidly spread internationally since its launch in October 2018. There are already 260 XR groups in over 30 countries. Gail has been arrested three times for acts of civil disobedience, most recently at the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy and previously at fracking and incinerator sites.

She joyfully invites UK citizens to join her in the streets of London to close the city down and has said she is “willing to die” if it would serve to protect the environment, though she has every intention to live a long and courageous life.

Gail is a mother of two boys age 10 and 13, and has trained in molecular biophysics. Her talk on the science of the ecological crisis, the psychology of active participation and the need for civil disobedience has gone viral and been part of the inspiration for many to join XR. She is from Yorkshire, the daughter of a coal miner and was recently profiled on radio 4’s profile show for her part in instigating a rebellion against the British Government.

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  • Here is the recording of the Q&A


  • I just encountered a great illustration of what I mean by media hype framing ER as a "rebellion against extinction." I got excited by the prospect of ordering "the ER book" from Amazon and put it on my Wish List for inclusion in my next order. Here's the product descrption:
    Extinction Rebellion are inspiring a whole generation to take action on climate breakdown. 
    I've got all the "inspiration" I can stomach from the likes of the Pachamama Alliance. As I see it, ER is using the inevitable ongoing climate breakdown to inspire a whole generation to take nonviolent direct action against the global political-industrial complex. Now THAT's a movement I can support!

    Language is SO important!

    • That's a nice clarification, thanks. That's how I see it, anyway. 

    • Importantly, it is NOT a clarification because ER is NOT "taking action on climate breakdown" - beyond the actions individual members are committed to taking. ER has a clear three-part agenda, and none of it is about "reversing global warming" - another framing of the movement I've seen elsewhere.
      Occupy died when well-intentioned talking heads like Amy Goodman took a proud and proactive decentralized occupation and reduced it to a protest, thus opening the door for demands for a short-list of demands. Time Magazine iced the cake when they awarded Person of the Year "honors" to The Protester.

      Because we all know that we're not going to reverse abrupt, IRREVERSABLE climate chaos. Thus Deep Adaptation. Don't let media frame the issues. Be sure your own media liaisons are on top of such languaging. 

    • Yes, point taken Susan. But actually I just meant in the sense that a question which has been much in mind became clearer for me reading your comment - concerning 'where to put' this strange thing, that even those most committed within XR usually seem to have read enough of the science to know fullwell that reversing catastrophic climate change is not one of the more 'plausible' options at the table at this point - even in the (as yet, entirely theoretical) case of massive, immediate and global systemic change. I understand XR as a way of inhabiting Deep Adaptation with grief and courage, and this talk with Gail Bradbrook was helpful in that respect. 

  • Thank you for arranging this. 

  • Yes please record it - I too am now unable to attend due to work commitments (NHS!) Thx Bess

  • I am signed up but it’s quite early in the morning, and I’m recovering from a cold. I cannot tell whether this will be recorded for later viewing. Will it? If not, here is my request: please record it. :-)

  • Very glad to see this conversation happening here. look forward to joining you.

  • I look forward to seeing you all tomorrow at 1pm UK time. Matthew will send a link for zoom to all those who have clicked going. 

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