Vigil at the London Rebellion – Sept 2020

The next big Extinction Rebellion uprising is happening at the end of August and early September. The idea is that from August 28, local groups will be doing high impact disruptions in their own regions. Then from September 1st, people will unite in three main cities (London, Manchester and Cardiff). So what is the plan for Christian Climate Action in London?

United with our brothers and sisters in other faith groups in fierce love for the Earth, we will sit in vigil for the Earth for seven days and nights starting on the evening of the 31st August. We will hold a space of peace and hope amongst the chaos, grounded in our faith, in our trust in each other, and in our love of the Earth. Join us! All are welcome, whether you’ve prayed before or not.

WHAT ARE THE PLANS?

We will begin with a multi-faith ceremony, located at St Johns Church Waterloo at 7pm on Monday the 31st of August. This ceremony will prepare a sacred space for the rebellion.

We’ll continue in silence all day and all night, alongside the pavement outside Parliament or another location, until at least Sunday the 6th of September. All are welcome to join us. Just come along wearing a mask, take a social-distancing ribbon and sit with us. We’ll ring a bell on the hour and half-hour (with five minutes to get up and move around at the end of each session), so feel free to join us for half an hour or for as long as you like.

This vigil is beautiful in its simplicity and powerful in its intent – to come together as people from different faith communities and from all philosophies, and to sit together in our grief and with our deep love for our planet.

FIND US ON THE GROUND:

Our location may change if required to do so, so please join our Telegram broadcast if you’d like to be kept up to date on where to find us. Telegram is an app which you can download on any smartphone or PC. Once you have downloaded telegram, you can click here: https://t.me/joinchat/Kb17hhPJjw6vBOHl2p9thQ.

SOCIAL MEDIA:

We have a Facebook group, on which you can see updates and share your own photos and stories.

JOIN THE ROTA:

We are also looking for people who are willing to sign up for our prayer rota: https://signup.zone/xDpiBRsKh67xo6NrC, especially during the nights – please only write your name on the rota if you can definitely come as we want to make sure there are a few people at a time for safety. If you’re willing to be a steward – welcoming new people and answering any questions from members of the public – please put ‘Steward’ after your name on the rota.

If you have questions that aren’t answered by this page, you can email satya@satyarobyn.com or melanie.nazareth@btinternet.com.

ONLINE VIGIL

You can join a parallel online vigil from home if you can’t be on the ground and we are in the process of setting up a Zoom room for this. More details about this will come soon. In the meantime you can sign up on the rota: https://signup.zone/RwXDtpQpqSRnSagit

VIGILS IN OTHER LOCATIONS:

Cardiff Vigil. For more info click here – Telegram group https://t.me/joinchat/MupYARiviEBLlSKs-mzRew
Great Malvern, Worcestershire – Telegram group https://t.me/joinchat/ONI0ElPHf0pUX97VJO2rHQ
Lewes – contact Barbara at barbarakeal@protonmail.com

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

What is the 9-9-9?
The idea is that we’ll pause at 9am and 9pm for 9 minutes of silence – taking a small contemplative space to remember why we’re rebelling and to re-find the ground under our feet. We’ll be encouraging everyone attending the rebellion to do this, and those connecting with the vigil from home can also do this during our vigil, knowing that they’ll be connecting with many others in offering love to our planet. We’re hoping to live-stream this to Facebook.

Where will we be?
We would like to stay as close as we can to Parliament, without putting ourselves in danger of arrest. Last time we sat along the wide pavement outside Parliament (to the right of the entrance, facing Parliament Square) – this is a legal place to protest and so we will start here and move if we have to. Sign up to the Telegram broadcast to find out where we are, or check our Facebook page.

What do I need to bring?
You might want to bring something to sit on – a chair or blanket – suitable clothes (do check the weather for rain!) and something to drink and eat. Please wear a mask at all times. It can get colder than you think during the nights so be prepared! We may or may not have access to toilets – hopefully we’ll have more information on this once we get started.

Are there toilets?
You might want to try http://www.lockdownloo.com for finding toilets within walking distance – once we’ve got started, we can gather information about the closest ones.

Is this an arrestable action?
This event isn’t intended to be arrestable – we will find a place to sit where we aren’t disrupting the public or blocking roads. There is always a very slight risk of arrest during rebellions – if this is a concern do attend a training or speak to your local group for advice.

Do I have to be a member of Extinction Rebellion to attend?
No! All are welcome, especially those who haven’t joined actions before.

Can I join from home?
Yes! You can join a parallel online vigil from home if you can’t go to London, Cardiff or Malvern and we are looking at setting up a Zoom room for this. More details about this will be posted here. In the meantime you can sign up on the rota https://signup.zone/RwXDtpQpqSRnSagit. Whether we’re sitting or not, we’ll be pausing every day at 9am and 9pm for nine minutes of silence, and so do join us in that. We’d also love it if you sat vigil at home during the rebellion and posted photos onto the Facebook group or let us know by email.

Will there be vigils in other locations?
Yes! We already have groups in Cardiff and Malvern. If you’re interested in being a local organiser do get in touch – it doesn’t have to be complicated, and even very small vigils are effective and powerful. If you’d like help in getting started do contact Melanie or Satya, melanie.nazareth.btinternet.com or satya@satyarobyn.com.

How can I help?
Apart from signing up to the rota and/or stewarding, organising local vigils and joining us from wherever you are, do let people know about us. The power of these actions always depends on whether they are talked about or not. If you feel inspired by this action, talk to people and share photos etc. on social media.

Will the vigil go on after seven days and nights?
This depends on whether people want it to continue!

If you’ve any other questions email me satya@satyarobyn.com and I’ll add them here too.

With love,
The vigil team

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