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  • A softer side of the rebellion

    XR Luton ladies were invited to a Precious Pearls event for women, at High Town Methodist Church.

    It was a great event with lots of interesting speakers, then there was a piano player, singing and dancing, making this quite a giggle! The emphasis was on caring for Mother Earth, and it was wonderful to hear that so many women are aware of the Climate Crisis and want to be part of the change we all need.

    We set up a stall with Rachel’s beautiful table cover, and our new leaflets which show Extinction Rebellion are more than a group of complainers – we are searching for solutions and have some of the answers to create our future. Lot’s of positive conversations and connections made with this community.

    Thanks Ann for organising the event, hope to see you for another one soon!

  • Card presentation to the council

    This week we were able to present our giant card to the council executive, calling for a declaration of climate emergency. It has been signed by many of us at XR Luton, attendees at a recent Luton Council of Faiths meeting, and members of the public we talked to at our march on Friday.

    Hazel Simmons received the card, and we then read a statement to the council executive outlining the need to act, and calling for a sense of urgency.

    Both were well received, and councillor Tom Shaw spoke to us about the council’s plans to consult on a net zero target for Luton. He mentioned 2030, twenty years earlier than central government’s current target.

    We are grateful for the council making space for us on the meeting’s agenda, and we look forward to working with them to develop solutions for Luton.

    We will also keep up the pressure on the council to ensure that this positive rhetoric turns into real policy. We do note that even in the press release to announce these new climate policies, there is a robust defence of airport expansion. We recognise the complexities of these issues, but ultimately airport expansion is not compatible with net zero climate targets. We will be raising this in futher discussions and actions with the airport operators.

    Thanks to the arts and creative team for a wonderful card, and the politics group for liasing with the council.