Monday, 22 April 2019

SpotlightON - ExtinctionRebellion/RisingUp!/CompassionateRevolutionLtd!

" .. Fear feeds on ignorance .. "
(James Lovelock)

NITTY GRITTY

Here is a very revealing medley of comments from leading members of the ExtinctionRebellion/RisingUP?/CompassionateRevolutionLtd organisation.

" .. Extinction Rebellion isn’t about the climate .. 
never say we’re a climate movement .. we’re not. 
We’re a Rebellion .. coming together through .. mass political action 
that breaks the law. It's the most effective way .. to actually create a 
crisis in society .. 
Through mass civil resistance, we’re going to create a 
new global regime
 .. we are creating a separate, true, fundamental democracy .. 
Extinction Rebellion is .. just about democracy .. we are calling for a fundamental change of the political and economic system .. We believe .. that confrontation through mass civil disobedience is necessary .. ".
" ..  I run a charity and its mostly about securing your own salary .. "
(see Footnote 5 of section 1.0 for sources)

FINALLY
" .. in the political extremism of anarchism .. Extinction Rebellion’s campaign .. seeks to break down the established civil order and liberal democracy in the UK. Many followers .. are completely unaware .. Extinction Rebellion is an extremist organisation .. "
(https://policyexchange.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Extremism-Rebellion.pdf).

1.0 INTRODUCTION


Time and time again people in London and elsewhere are subjected to disruption of their daily lives by demonstrators. During 2019 and early 2020 it was the turn of the gullible supporters of the anarchistic rabble-rousing group known as "Extinction Rebellion". On Easter Saturday 2019 XR's co-founder Gail Bradbrook said " .. We're making peoples lives miserable but they are talking about the issues .. " (https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/we-re-making-people-s-lives-miserable-but-they-are-talking-about-the-issues-d9hxcp53z). They were at it again in the Summer, then the autumn and were no doubt planning more of their disruptive and costly law-breaking for 2020 (see Footnote 6 of this section).

XR uses vulnerable youngsters, brainwashed parents, teachers and any other mindless morons who they can influence in order to further the anarchistic objectives of its founding members. Environmentalist propaganda is a useful motivator (see Footnote 4 of Section 2.0 and Appendix A6) . The questionable environmentalist claim underpinning XR's "Rebel for Life" campaign of disruption in London is that the burgeoning global use of fossil fuels is driving the world towards an almost imminent (within 12 years) and irreversible climate catastrophe - aka Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Change (CACC) - unless we drastically cut our use of fossil fuels.

Environmental activists have for several years been promoting the idea that the world has entered a new geological age, the Anthropocene epoch, viewed as the period during which human activity has been the dominant influence on climate and the environment (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthropocene). One of the fantasies promoted by "Anthropocene" supporters is that human emissions of carbon dioxide and other so-called 'greenhouse' gases into the atmosphere (from various sources including our burgeoning use of fossil fuels) is heating up the world towards a temperature tipping point beyond which ecological catastrophe beckons. The claimed consequence is that the world's different climates will experience catastrophic changes resulting in the melting of the cryosphere, accelerating sea level rise, floods (see Appendix A1, Footnote 4), wildfires, pestilence (see Section 8.0 "XR and Pestilence"), swarms of locusts, etc. etc. etc. This is known as the CACC fantasy.

For more on CACC see 'Politicization of Climate Change and CO2" (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.com/p/sundry-papers.html) and "Fractionation of Carbon Dioxide from Air "trapped" in Ice - Another Hockey Stick Illusion?" (https://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.com/2010/12/smogbound-on-molecular-fractionation-in.html)

It is important to recognise that rebelling against our use of fossil fuels or reducing environmental/ecological degradation are not the main concern of the XR founding members. The primary motivation of these anarchists is outlined in that medley of comments presented in the "Nitty Gritty" (see Footnote 5 of this section for sources). XR aims to " .. create the conditions that would initiate a rebellion .. enable people power, in the face of the corruption of our democracy by vested interests .. it's just about democracy .. " (see sub-sections 3.0, 3.1, 3.1.1 and 3.1.5). The objective is to bring about " .. a fundamental  change of the political and economic system .. We believe .. that confrontation through mass civil disobedience is necessary .. " (https://risingup.org.uk/about).

In other words, Extinction Rebellion is another of those extremist organisation that want to force change to our political and economic system by participating (and inciting others to indulge) in criminal acts. Fortunately our security services have plenty experience in dealing with such organisations (see Footnote 1 of this section).

XR's anarchistic objectives are confirmed by a statement on the blog of one of RisingUp's major sources of funds, the Berlin based Guerrilla Foundation (see Footnote 4 of this section) founded in 2016 by activist and philanthropist Antonis Schwarz. It says " .. Activism and Grassroots Movements are our two grant-making priorities. We support advocacy, campaigns and diverse activism structures .. that radically shift the distorted narratives of today into a more humane and sustainable system .. Extinction Rebellion is a campaign by the Rising Up network, that promotes a fundamental change of the UK’s political and economic system .. " (https://www.facebook.com/pg/guerrillafoundation/about/?ref=page_internal and https://guerrillafoundation.org/grantee/extinction-rebellion/).
(See also (https://guerrillafoundation.org/about/mission-values/)

Unsurprisingly, Labour has supported this rabble-rousing organisation, illustrated by the April 2019 Guardian article "Labour endorses Extinction Rebellion activists after week of protest" (https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/apr/23/labour-extinction-rebellion-climate-change). At a 30th April 2019 meeting with Labour's John Macdonald Extinction Rebellion was represented by Sarah Lunnon (3.1.32), Skeena Rathor (3.1.33) and Savannah Lovelock (3.1.34) -see https://rebellion.earth/2019/04/30/statement-from-extinction-rebellion-on-meeting-with-john-mcdonnell-this-morning/) .

FOOTNOTES

1) On 16th July 2019 the centre-right think tank the Policy Exchange (Footnote 2 of this section) published an excellent 76-page report which complements this article.  "Extremism Rebellion  A review of ideology and tactics .. " (see Footnote 3 of this section for authors) does an excellent job of exposing this extremist organisation.

It says in the Preface that " .. the leaders of Extinction Rebellion seek a more subversive agenda .. rooted in the political extremism of anarchism, eco-socialism and radical anti-capitalist environmentalism .. mass protest accompanied by law-breaking —leading eventually to the breakdown of democracy and the state. Obscured from public view, these objectives mark Extinction Rebellion’s campaign out as an extremist one that seeks to break down the established civil order and liberal democracy in the UK.
Many followers of Extinction Rebellion are completely unaware of this secondary objective .. Celebrities, politicians and members of the public have been seduced into believing that Extinction Rebellion’s methods and tactics are honourable and justifed, when clearly they are not .. Extinction Rebellion is an extremist organisation whose methods need to be confronted and challenged rather than supported and condoned. If we fail to confront those who incite and encourage mass law-breaking, we fail in our duty to confront extremism.This new form of extremism needs to be tackled by Ministers and politicians, the Commission for Countering Extremism, police and the general public .. " (https://policyexchange.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Extremism-Rebellion.pdf).

Two significant errors in that section of the report need correcting. Firstly " .. the established civil order and liberal democracies enjoyed by residents in the UK, other Commonwealth countries, the USA, etc. .. " and " .. Many followers of Extinction Rebellion are completely unaware of this PRIMARY objective .. ".

As is to be expected from these skilled rabble-rousers, the reaction from Extinction Rebellion was evasive, misleading and emotional, with no attempt to challenge the report with anything resembling facts. " .. A retired policeman .. assumes there must be some hidden violent agenda .. but completely fails to realise that his grandchildren have no future .. " (https://rebellion.earth/2019/07/17/first-they-ignore-you-statement-on-policy-exchange-accusations/).
Anyone reading that report carefully will see that of the 30 references it makes to "violence" they are to XR's commitment to NON-VIOLENCE, to the possibility of fringe elements resorting to violence, or to quotes from Roger Hallam about the use of violence.
Of the 23 references to "violent" all are about  NON-VIOLENT.

The article "2 transforming podcasts: Gail Bradbrook of Extinction Rebellion, and eco-rights laywer Polly Higgins" says that " .. Gail describes movements as actions of the heart, not the intellect. Despite having a scientific background herself, ER is not driven by facts and predictions. 'It’s more like, your kids are going to die' .. " (https://www.thealternative.org.uk/dailyalternative/2018/12/15/two-inspiring-podcasts-bradbrook-higgins). That explains why XR's response to the Policy Exchanges report was devoid of facts but gushing with emotion (just like its propaganda)
Gail Bradbrook's preference for appealing to the emotions rather than focussing on facts might explain why she failed to apply her qualifications in biological physics but instead chose to earn a living from the charity industry (see sub-section 3.1.1).

This experiment by XR (confirmed in Nov. 2018 by XR's Media and Messaging Coordinator Ronan McNern - see sub-section 3.1.41) is possibly the basis for an attempt by Roger Hallam (see sub-section 3.1.2) to earn a PhD in the subject of rabble-rousing.

2) The Policy Exchange is the UK’s leading think tank. We are an .. educational charity .. committed to an evidence-based approach to policy development .. ". 

3) The authors are:
- Richard Walton, Senior Fellow .. A former Head of the Metropolitan Police Counter Terrorism Command .. he spent the majority of his thirty-year policing career in the counter-terrorism field .. ",
- Tom Wilson, Senior Research Fellow .. specialises in the study of extremist groups and counter-terrorism strategy. His previous research has focused on the growth of extremism in the UK .. ".
They were assisted by Alexander Gray, Research Fellow, Security and Extremism.

4)  The Guerrilla Foundation says that it " .. supports activists .. working towards .. major systemic change across Europe in line with the Great Transition .. redirecting the .. planetary civilization .. shifting .. to a .. deeply democratic society that prioritises social and ecological wellbeing .. " (https://guerrillafoundation.org/about/mission-values/).

The Great Transition .. web-site declares “ .. It aims to deepen understanding of values and cultural dimensions of global change, along with social, economic, political, and scientific aspects of a Great Transition .. toward a vision and praxis for a decent planetary civilization .. “ (https://greattransition.org/about/aims-and-background).

5) Sources of comments by James Lovelock and significant XR co-founders/members:

- James Lovelock in "The Ages of Gaia" commented " .. Fear feeds on ignorance, and a great niche was opened for fear when science became incomprehensible to those who were not its practitioners .. " (http://www.mitosyfraudes.org/Nuke/Lovelock.html),
- XR's Stuart Basden (see sub-section 3.1.4) " .. Extinction Rebellion isn’t about the climate .. never say we’re a climate movement .. we’re not. We’re a Rebellion .. " (https://medium.com/@plaosmos/extinction-rebellion-isnt-about-the-climate-42a0a73d9d49),
- XR's Roger Hallam (see sub-section 3.1.2) " .. we're coming together through .. mass political action that breaks the law. It's the most effective way .. to actually create a crisis in society .. " (http://m.koreatimes.co.kr/pages/article.asp?newsIdx=26723) and " .. Through mass civil resistance, we’re going to create a new global regime .. " (https://newint.org/features/2018/11/01/climate-breakdown),
- XR's Tiana Jacout (see sub-section 3.1.28) " .. we are creating a separate, true, fundamental democracy .. " (https://campfireconvention.uk/bugle/spotlight/tianas-extinction-rebellion-challenge-glastonbury - at 1min 19+ secs)
- the RisingUp? blog " .. we are calling for a fundamental change of the political and economic system .. We believe .. that confrontation through mass civil disobedience is necessary .. " (https://risingup.org.uk/about).
- XR's Gail Bradbrook (see sub-section 3.1.1) " .. I don't think Extinction Rebellion is really about the environment, it's about democracy .. " (https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=BcQ7pld_2to - at 3 mins +) and “ .. Hands up, I run a charity and it's mostly about securing your own salary .. " (https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=2X-rfydhwY0 - at 9m 30s +).

6) Any plans that the XR leadership had for further massive disruptive campaigning during 2020 were forced on hold by the Covid19 pandemic - a genuine global catastrophe, contrasting vividly with the CACC fantasy. 

1.1 XR's Unwarranted Law Breaking

Supporters of the XR organisation appear to indulge in some serious illegal acts, including incitement, conspiracy, criminal damage, aggravated trespass and obstruction of the highway, yet most go unpunished or get away with little more than a slapped hand.

XR member Paolo Enoch (see sub-section 3.1.27) said at a March press conference in XR's temporary Euston HQ that “ .. The idea is to find that sweet spot where the police are obliged to arrest you, but it’s totally non-violent and peaceful. The people who’ve committed criminal damage will sit on the ground and wait to be arrested .. ” (https://xrblog.org/2019/03/09/vice-what-radical-climate-protesters-xr-are-planning-next/).

The actions of XR supporters may well be " .. totally non-violent and peaceful .. " but they are still illegal and the perpetrators deserve to suffer the full power of the law.

That XR article said early on " .. XR co-founder Gail Bradbrook was fresh from an appearance at Westminster Magistrates Court. She and five others had been charged with criminal damage .. and all had pleaded not guilty. It had been an emotional day, not least because the judge was, coincidentally, sending them for trial on the 16th of April, a day after XR begin their full-scale international rebellion with coordinated actions on the 15th. At times, Bradbrook appeared upset as she delivered an abridged version of XR’s frank and profound talk on the appalling state of the climate .. ".

Gail Bradbrook may have been upset but she had only herself to blame for her criminal actions. It is likely that the innocent Londoners who suffered from the disruption to which her organisation had subjected them were far more upset than she.

The Guardian reported on “ .. 9 Mar 2019 - Extinction Rebellion activists have thrown buckets of “blood” outside Downing Street to call for greater action on climate change. About 400 demonstrators, including families with children, spilled more than 200 litres of red paint ” (https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/mar/09/extinction-rebellion-activists-arrested-over-scottish-oil-protest).

XR’s 27th March 2019 Rebellion Earth article “Two Extinction Rebellion protestors on trial for criminal damage in Parliament Square” made mention of XR activist Paolo Enoch (see sub-section 3.1.27) “ .. Charged with criminal damage .. Paolo Enoch .. will stand trial today at Hendon Magistrates Court .. arrested for attempting to dig a grave on Parliament Square during a funeral service themed protest by Extinction Rebellion last November .. more than a 1000 people, dressed in black, gathered in Parliament Square to mourn the loss of life the planet has and will experience .. to bury a coffin in the middle of the conservation area, but were prevented from doing so by police .. Both defendants have pleaded not guilty .. relying on the Mission LifeForce “conscientious protector” approach .. While Freedom of Conscience is not a defence to a criminal charge, it can encourage the court to consider the reasons for criminal action and to minimise the sentence handed down following any conviction .. “

These Extinction Rebellion anarchists deliberately encourage others (including children) to or did themselves carry out acts of criminal damage and obstruction of the highway in the Nation's capital and elsewhere. Do not they (and their supporters - financial or otherwise) commit serious criminal offences such as conspiracy, incitement, criminal damage and aggravated trespass?! - but see Appendix A4 for some recent good news on this front.

Asking as a law-abiding citizen of the UK, do not all of the XR founders, activists and supporters deserve to be subjected to the FULL power of the Law, with no more consideration given in their sentencing than they gave to those who suffered from their criminal actions? (see Footnote 1 of this section)

XR members frequently talk about wanting justice. Would not justice be better served if all parts of the Extinction Rebellion organisation, its members, supporters and the 1100 anarchists who were arrested were made to pay the cost of their actions. These were a totally unnecessary and unjustified drain on the Met's funds, which are provided by mainly hard working and law-abiding tax-payers.

What a shame that any supporters of XR who have donated funds to the "cause" haven't been charged with aiding and abetting the criminals who imposed such disruption on law-abiding citizens.

In March 2017, at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) - University of London, Gail Bradbrook gave another of her many rants, this one about "Rising Up! How Things Change: The Duty to Disobey". She acknowledged the risk that she was taking concerning her law-breaking counselling/conspiring with others to commit criminal acts (http://stroudcommunity.tv/rising-up/ at 38mins 10secs + - see also Footnote 2 to this sub-section).
She ended her talk suggesting that we should all bring down the financial system by borrowing as much as we can and refusing to pay it back. With such little regard for the financial system she and her fellows should have no objection to paying the full cost of their actions.

FOOTNOTES

1) An excellent report "Extremism Rebellion A review of ideology and tactics" (https://policyexchange.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Extremism-Rebellion.pdf) by the Policy Exchange made the following worthwhile recommendations:
• The police response to law-breaking by demonstrators must be far more proactive in enforcing laws that relate to public protest, preventing Extinction Rebellion and other political activists from embarking on illegal tactics that cause mass disruption and significant economic damage. 
• Legislation relating to public protest needs to be urgently reformed in order to strengthen the ability of the police to place restrictions on planned protest and deal more effectively with mass lawbreaking tactics (including incitement and conspiracy offences) such as road and bridge blocking, aggravated trespass and criminal damage.
• The Crown Prosecution Service should prosecute all those engaged in law-breaking relating to public protest in order to uphold the rule of law, support the ‘public interest’ and deter others from illegal protest. 
• Politicians and public figures should avoid endorsing, legitimising, or meeting with Extinction Rebellion, in particular whilst its leadership continues to encourage and incite law-breaking in furtherance of their political aims. 
• The Commission for Countering Extremism should ensure that far left, anarchist and environmentalist extremism are sufficiently recognised and challenged within a wider national strategy on extremism. 
• The Home Office should audit the financial cost of the unlawful protest activity that is being undertaken by Extinction Rebellion, including the cost of policing and the financial and social impact on businesses and the public.

2) That first reference to Stroud, in Gloucestershire is interesting because a surprising number of the founding members and major supporters originate from or have moved there or nearby. The article "2 transforming podcasts: Gail Bradbrook of Extinction Rebellion, and eco-rights laywer Polly Higgins" advises " .. Both Polly and Gail .. from Stroud .. describe it as a natural incubator for ecological movements coming out of Transition Stroud and holistic spiritual practices .. " (https://www.thealternative.org.uk/dailyalternative/2018/12/15/two-inspiring-podcasts-bradbrook-higgins). Maybe there is something in the west-country air, water or ground that affects the brain more than elsewhere in the country (e.g see 3.1.11, 3.1.12, 3.1.21, 3.1.23 and 3.1.28. It can't all be down to Iboga trips in Costa Rica or similar psychedelic experiences at Glastonbury festivals.

2.0 EXTINCTION REBELLION


It is worthwhile taking a very close look at the questionable characters behind the Extinction Rebellion organisation, launched in October 2018 by Gail Bradbrook (see sub-section 3.1.1), Roger Hallam (3.1.2), George Barda (3.1.3), Simon Bramwell (3.1.4), Stuart Basden (3.1.5) and several other veteran environmental/ecological activists (see https://www.theweek.co.uk/100811/what-is-extinction-rebellion). 

Where better to start than the Extinction Rebellion blog. The Welcome Page tells us that " .. Extinction Rebellion/XR is an international movement, using mass non-violent civil disobedience to pressure governments to enter WWII-level mobilisation mode in response to climate breakdown and ecological crisis. We began on 31/10/18. Extinction Rebellion is guided by the principles and values of Rising Up! the parent organisation .. Visit the Rising Up! website for more details on our history including previous campaigns .. " (https://xrblog.org/crux/).

Another of its blogs tells us that " .. We are facing an unprecedented global emergency. Life on Earth is in crisis .. we have entered a period of abrupt climate breakdown, and we are in the midst of a mass extinction of our own making .. Extinction Rebellion is an international apolitical network .. that uses non-violent civil disobedience to achieve radical change in order to minimise the risk of human extinction and ecological collapse" (https://rebellion.earth/the-truth/).
It goes on to regurgitate much of the CACC propaganda spewed by the UN, its IPCC, Natural History presenter David Attenborough, Sweduiish schoolgirl Greta Thunberg (see Appendix A3.0) the UK's "Propaganda Bureau" BBC (see Footnote 4 of this section and read Andreww Montford's excellent exposee "The Propaganda Bureau" https://www.amazon.co.uk/Propaganda-Bureau-W-Montford/dp/148123613X - well worth the £4), environmental activist Mark Lynas and other supporters of the CACC fantasy (https://rebellion.earth/the-truth/the-emergency/).

Only one of the XR founding members, Gail Bradbrook, has any worthwhile qualifications or experience relating to the physical scientific disciplines (see Footnote 2 of this section) relevant to understanding the highly complex, if not chaotic, processes and drivers of the different global climates. (For almost two decades she appears not to have used what she learned about molecular biophysics).
Despite this lack of knowledge they are still prepared to pontificate on the CACC issue as they demonise that essential, life-supporting substance carbon dioxide (see this section's Footnote 2 ), e.g:

- XR inspirational political/social scientist Roger Hallam has said " .. the struggle of our time – climate change .. it’s beyond your imagination bad .. the Arctic is going to melt in the next three to five years .. If temperature increases by 5 degrees that’s it. Six billion deaths. Maybe a billion can survive on the north and south poles waiting for the oxygen to run out, which happens at six degrees .. " (http://londonstudent.coop/revolution-is-imminent-says-kings-college-london-student-and-climate-activist-roger-hallam/), This is all scientific gobbledegook from an irrelevant (political/social) scientist (see Footnotes 2 and 3 to this sub-section).

- XR's theologian Stuart Basden has said " .. The climate is breaking down. It’s urgent. An emergency. We’ve only got a few years left to ‘fix’ it. Indeed, we won’t fix it. Weather patterns will become increasingly unstable and unpredictable, and the effects it will soon have on how humans around the world grow food will be devastating, likely causing harvests to fail across entire continents and food prices to sky-rocket. Millions have already suffered due to the amplified instability. We’re facing imminent societal collapse (whatever that means), both around the world and in the UK. All of our lives are soon going to radically change. .. " (https://medium.com/@plaosmos/extinction-rebellion-isnt-about-the-climate-42a0a73d9d49).

- builder/farmer Simon Bramwell has said of the proposal to expand Heathrow airport and when challenging Greenpeace over its approach to climate change “ .. a third runway is a disastrous option that will lead to climate chaos .. This is an emergency. We are facing extinction and have little time to rise up to make our governments take the hard decisions needed to save us .. " (https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/770037/traffic-chaos-Heathrow-airport-protest-group-chain-blockage-terminal-runway and (
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/occupiers-tell-greenpeace-%E2%80%98-its-game%E2%80%99).

- environmentalist George Barda has said " .. there is no meaningful doubt that climate change is caused by the enormous amount of carbon we are pumping out in the atmosphere .. Those in charge ignore the inconvenient facts of climate change and don’t give a damn about what happens to local communities .. " (https://talkradio.co.uk/news/extinction-rebellion-unless-youre-donald-trump-there-no-doubt-climate-change-caused-carbon#ucFeej16phFK1sCL.99 and https://www.stroudnewsandjournal.co.uk/news/15269579.pictures-anti-fracking-protesters-spray-paint-barclays-bank-in-stroud/).
NB: It appears that Stroud, Gloucestershre, is a hot-bed of these "Extremist Rebellion" supporters, with many of its leading lights coming from that area. 

These environmental activists, who are inappropriately qualified by education, training or experience (see Footnote 2 of this section), express absolute certainty about the impact on global climates of our emissions of carbon dioxide. (In contrast XR crusader Tiana Jacout - see sub-section 3.1.28 - has her own theory about the cause of the fantasised climate emergency/chaos/crisis/tragedy - the unfair treatment of women world-wide.) 
Stephen Schneider would have been proud of their scaremongering (see Appendix A6.1).

On the other hand, people with relevant qualifications and years of experience in the subject are highly sceptical of such claims, e.g. see:
- the "Climate etc." blog run by Atmospheric Physics specialist Dr. Judith Curry, (former chair of the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the Georgia Institute of Technology (https://judithcurry.com/2019/05/04/rebelling-against-the-extinction-rebellion/),
- the 2018 annual lecture for the Global Warming Policy Foundation "GLOBAL WARMING FOR THE TWO CULTURES" (https://www.thegwpf.org/content/uploads/2018/10/Lindzen-AnnualGWPF-lecture.pdf) by Dr. Richard Lindsen (former Professor of Meteorology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology),

- the findings of Drs Roy Spencer, John Christy and colleague  William Brasswell of the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) Earth System Science Center, showing virtually no warming for 18 years (http://www.drroyspencer.com/wp-content/uploads/Version-61.pdf),
- the blog of Physical Chemist Dr Jack Barrett and botanist Professor David Bellamy (http://www.barrettbellamyclimate.com/page2.htm).
NB: David Bellamy was a prominent BBC presenter of nature programs until he rejected the CACC fantasy. Consequently he was replaced by CACC convert and evangelist David Attenborough (see 
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandradio/9817181/David-Bellamy-tells-of-moment-he-was-frozen-out-of-BBC.html and its links).
US Meteorologist Anthony Watts published an interesting article "The Extinction Rebellion's Hysteria vs Science" relating to this (see https://wattsupwiththat.com/2019/05/05/the-extinction-rebellions-hysteria-vs-climate-science/). The UK's "Propaganda Bureau" the BBC and prime CACC propagandist David Attenborough get mentions in the interesting subsequent comments.

FOOTNOTES

1) Further interesting comments about XR can be found in the articles:
- "The New Green Threat: Extinction Rebellion" (https://wattsupwiththat.com/2019/04/02/the-new-green-threat-extinction-rebellion/ see also Footnote 3),

- "Globalist Fake Revolution – Extinction Rebellion Exposed" (https://windowsontheworld.net/video_type/globalist-fake-revolution/) and
- "The faces behind the climate change chaos: From the 'neo-pagan' mother who became an activist after taking psychedelic drugs, to failed organic farmer and a baronet's granddaughter" (https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6927195/The-faces-Extinction-Rebellion-climate-change-chaos.html).

2) WHERE'S THE CLIMATE CATASTROPHE???? - only in the minds of CACC-supporting fantasists (see Appendix A6) and in the flawed computer models used by the scaremongering climate scientists eager to procure more research funding. Anyone hoping to have any worthwhile understanding of the different global climates needs to have an adequate appreciation of the hard scientific disciplines such as Maths. Physics, Chemistry, Meteorology, Spectometry, Geology, Physical Geography. Geology, Palaeontology, etc. The Extinction Rebellion leading members (and many of its CACC supporters) appear to have no such education, training or experience, with at best an understanding of the social sciences such as Sociology, Psychology, Anthropology, Public Administration, Social Geography, Sustainability, etc.

Extinction Rebellion's pronouncements about imminent climate catastrophe/emergency/crisis/chaos/tragedy epitomize "The Arrogance of Ignorance" discussed by Dr. William V Mayer, Professor Emeritus of Biology (https://watermark.silverchair.com/24-2-423.pdf). This was published around the start of the CACC scaremongering, first in the 1970s (the impending ice age promoted by the likes of Drs. Stephen Schneider - see Appendix A6.1 - and James Lodge, both having been with the National Center for Atmospheric Research in the University of Colorado, Boulder) and 1980s (runaway warming promoted by the likes of USA Democrat politicians Al Gore and Tim Wirth and scientists Drs. James Hansen, NASA Goddard Institute of Space Studies  and Stephen Schneider - again!!).

Comments made by Professor Mayer relate directly to "climate science" and those who purport to be knowledgeable about the processes and drivers of the different global climates, including:
- " .. The arrogance of ignorance is .. unbearable because it is rooted in smug satisfaction with being isolated from the facts .. ",
- " .. the rise of pseudo sciences .. are symptomatic of the poor job that is done explicating science as a process and a way of knowing. Disciplinary teaching emphasizes fact over concept .. ",
- " .. Scientists must become involved in science education and participate in updating teachers and insisting on their subject matter competence. University scientists must be concerned beyond the training of majors to provide meaningful education for nonscience majors as well .. " (https://www.jstor.org/stable/3882922?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents).

In his book “The Ages of Gaia”, James Lovelock made the following relevant comment “ .. Fear feeds on ignorance .. ” (2nd edition, page 161).

Unfounded scaremongering predictions of global catastrophe are not a recent phenomenon (https://medium.com/@asphlex7/hypocrisy-or-i-was-right-all-along-an-ill-tempered-week-part-three-2915b3b7ad1d and https://cei.org/blog/wrong-again-50-years-failed-eco-pocalyptic-predictions).

3) One reader (Tony from Tasmania) made the interesting comment that "Many years ago when I was campaigning against Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam War (as an Anarchist) I joined a group called Provo. Their intent was exactly the same as these idiots. Escalate violence forcing a reaction and over reaction process until you create a civil war. (Please forgive me I was 17, now I’m a Libertarian and cringe when I look back). I soon left as I got a clear vision of the organization. I noticed that the top end never risked themselves in the street. I brought this up and was told to mind my own business. I did and left .. ".


4) A prime example of how effective this propaganda has been appeared on Jeremy Vine's mid-day BBC Radio 2 show of Friday 28th Feb. 2020. A BBC Bristol reporter interviewed a 7-year-old child who had skipped primary school with her young siblings in order to join her mother in attending Greta Thunberg's Bristol rally against the fantasized climate emergency/crisis/chaos/catastrophe. Asked by the  BBC reporter if she was sorry about missing school, she responded with "No. At school I'd be learning science. Here I'm saving the planet". - brainwashed or what???!!! She, her siblings and her mother would all benefit from some education in relevant hard sciences.

3.0 "RISINGUP!/COMPASSIONATE REVOLUTION"


XR's parent organisation " .. Rising Up! was formed by activists who have also been part of Compassionate Revolution, Earth First! Occupy, Plane Stupid, Radical Think Tank and Reclaim the Power. Rising Up! is linked to Compassionate Revolution which was birthed in the Occupy movement .. " (https://risingup.org.uk/about-us).

In her interview with the CommonWealNonViolence blog Gail Bradbrook commented " .. RisingUp was established in 2016 after a dialogue between activists from Earth First!, Occupy, Plane Stupid and Reclaim the Power. We launched with an action to partially close down Heathrow Airport in November 2016. (http://www.commonwealnonviolence.org/blog/hope-dies-action-begins-an-interview-with-risingups-gail-bradbrook).

" .. Technically Compassionate Revolution Limited is a company limited by shares .. As 'directors', it is our duty to uphold the mission of the Compassionate Revolution company to enable people power, in the face of the corruption of our democracy by vested interests. We understand that people may be willing to undertake acts of defiance, some of which could be illegal) in the pursuit of social and environmental justice and they may wish to share their actions with others. Our site and processes are designed to support such sharing .. " (https://risingup.org.uk/about-us).

Although the blog talks about the company's directors it does not make it easy for the reader to identify who are all of the controlling members (see Footnote 1 of this section) or provide helpful profiles. It does give some information about two of them:

- " .. Gail Bradbrook is an economic justice campaigner and compassionate revolutionary. She runs a charity focussed on universal access to the Internet .. and has a PhD in Molecular Biophysics .. ",

- " .. George Barda is a Climate change and Occupy Activist and a compassionate revolutionary. He works for an environmental NGO, is a Dad and has a Masters in Environmental Politics and Globalisation .. For more information Contact Us For press and publicity contact George on 07535184071 .. " (https://risingup.org.uk/about-us).

No mention is made of its most recently appointed director, Julian Roger Hallam (see sub-section 3.1.2), who so inspired Gail Bradbrook with his anarchistic ideas that " .. The hairs on the back of my neck stood up .. " (see sub-section 3.1.1).

The following extracts of what founders Gail Bradbrook and George Barda say on that RisingUP blog page exposes their real motives " .. WE ACTIVELY MITIGATE FOR POWER Breaking down hierarchies of power for more equitable participation .. We live in a toxic system .. We collectively create the structures we need to challenge power. ..We are initiating and promoting campaigns of civil disobedience in the UK, which may include the breaking of laws . For many of us these actions are motivated by spiritual beliefs as Pagans, Quakers, Buddhists, Jews and so on. We are called to act in service of a higher authority, a higher purpose or on behalf of the Mother Earth .. We do not believe we have a functioning democracy in the UK .. The existing political and economic system is set to destroy civilisation and much if not all life on earth if allowed to continue .. No particular individual or group is responsible for this state of affairs. The problem is the whole system. It is out of control to the extent that it necessitates nonviolent civil disobedience as a means to prevent disaster and create the sane and equitable society we all desire and require for ourselves and future generations .. ".

Related to its claimed aversion to our current economic system, XR's web page declares that " .. We do not endorse or create any merchandise and we will pursue and prosecute anyone who does .. " (see https://rebellion.earth). On the other hand it has created an anarchy handbook "This is not a Drill" that is merchandised by Amazon and others for several pounds stirling (e.g. see https://www.amazon.co.uk/This-Not-Drill-Extinction-Rebellion/dp/0141991445/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8). Then, of course, there is that XRbusiness division that Gail Bradbrook denied was part of XR after the announcement of its formation upset so many XR members (see sub-section 7.1). The word "hypocrisy" springs to mind.

It is prudent to be sceptical of ANYTHING that comes out of the XR stable (especially if it relates to the CACC issue)!

Even the radical environmentalist journal Earth First regards Rising Up! as anarchist (https://earthfirstjournal.org/newswire/2018/06/25/eco-anarchy-in-the-uk-dissidence-group-mobilises-for-climate-justice/). It is doubtful that any right-minded individuals believe that the anarchy that Rising Up! promotes would be better than the UK's current economic and political structures, despite their imperfections.

" .. Rising Up's parent company is called Compassionate Revolution .. " (https://risingup.org.uk/about). Compassionate Revolution Limited (Company No. 09622618) was incorporated in June 2015, with Gail Bradbrook and George Barda as its founding shareholders and directors and Gail Bradbrook as Secretary (https://companycheck.co.uk/company/09622618/COMPASSIONATE-REVOLUTION-LIMITED/companies-house-data). In Jan. 2019 failed "organic" farmer Julian Roger Hallam (one of the XR founding members) was appointed as a director. He must have been delirious about his promotion from the obscurity of a failed organic farmer to the board of such a highly regarded organisation as Compassionate Revolution Ltd. Perhaps his appointment to that exalted position was his initial reward for inspiring Gail Bradbrook with his 'codes for social changes' (see 3.1.2). More rewards have followed (see sub-section 5.1.2).

According to the "GLOBALIST FAKE REVOLUTION – EXTINCTION REBELLION EXPOSED" article on the Windowsonthe World blog " .. The Company has two shareholders, Gail Bradbrook and George Barda .. " (https://windowsontheworld.net/video_type/globalist-fake-revolution/). That blog article provides some interesting comments about the XR organisation.

FOOTNOTES

1)  In September 2019 the board of Compassionate Revolution Ltd. changed significantly, with Gail Bradbrook replaced as Secretary by Catherine Lois Sayer (see sub-section 3.1.46, Footnote 2) on the 25th (becoming a Director of Climate Emergency Action Limited in October)  and Roger Hallam resigning on the 29th.


3.1 Founding Members and Associates

Most members of the Extinction Rebellion organisation and its supporters enjoy the many benefits of living in developed and developing economies, including the modes of transport and other comforts arising from our use of fossil fuels. As a consequence their sincerity in supporting the CACC fantasy warrants close scrutiny.. A prime example of their hypocrisy is Greenpeace activist Dame Emma Thompson, who proclaimed that " .. ‘We cannot continue to use fossil fuels in the way we have been doing .. We know that fossil fuels are threatening the future of the planet .. " (https://metro.co.uk/2019/04/25/emma-thompson-says-we-should-fly-less-after-flying-5000-miles-to-join-climate-protest-9316937/). 
Despite that claim, she chose to travel thousands of miles by plane to support the XR demonstration against our burgeoning use of fossil fuels (https://indiatimespost.com/hypocrite-emma-thompson-flew-5400-miles-from-los-angeles-to-join-london-eco-warrior-protest/).

See also the article by Tom Bromwich, a Politics and International Studies student at the University of Warwick "The Hypocrisy and Left-Wing Nature of the Extinction Rebellion" (https://www.perspectives.news/single-post/2019/04/24/The-Hypocrisy-and-Left-Wing-Nature-of-the-Extinction-Rebellion).

To understand an organisation one must first come to an understanding of its founders (https://nowhere.news/index.php/2019/04/01/dr-gail-marie-bradbrook-compassionate-revolutionary-for-hire/) so let's take a closer look at some of the individuals involved with Extinction Rebellion.

NB: Health and social sector worker Iain Davis (https://in-this-together.com/about/) has a very interesting article about three of the leading lights in the XR organisation, Gail Bradbrook (see sub-section 3.1.1), Farhana Yamin (see sub-section 3.1.25) and Clare Farrell (3.1.29). He also scrutinises possible significant sources of XR's funding (https://in-this-together.com/a-climate-emergency-fit-for-a-parasite-economy-part-2/) and provides a link to a thought-provoking blog "Check the Evidence". This is run by engineer and tutor Andrew Johnson (https://www.checktheevidence.com/wordpress/2007/07/03/about/) who discusses some familiar conspiracy theories. It includes a must-view video, sourced by the "5G Awareness" organisation, covering "Extinction Rebellion, 5G and Agenda 21"

3.1.1 Gail Marie Bradbrook

According to Rising Up! Gail Bradbrook (47) was " .. raised working class white cis, straight woman, since educated to PhD. level. She’s a mother and lives in Gloucestershire. She’s helped run a small charity for 15 years and has a variety of skills as a result, for example fundraising and strategy. She’s been involved in tax and economic justice work, and was a Director of Transition Stroud .. " (https://docs.google.com/document/d/17aCm7973qoVWI3QL6fMzlk-ORQ5sWHu7pdxzqdP8w8s/mobilebasic).

" .. Often called “the Mother” by members of Extinction Rebellion, Gail is a molecular biophysicist by training, though she hasn’t worked in that capacity for quite some time. Not long after finishing her post-doctoral research into ‘protein saccharide interactions’, she became a consultant for several ‘political charities’ and has, for the past 18 years worked exclusively as a professional campaigner – a role which, during a talk at Off-Grid Festival, she admits is 'mostly about securing your own pay-check' .. " (https://www.vigiliae.org/dr-gail-marie-bradbrook-compassionate-revolutionary-for-hire-by-un-extinction/ - this website makes some interesting comments). For more on potential sources of contributions to XR pay-cheques see Footnote 1 of this sub-section. 

Gail Bradbrook earned her PhD in Molecule Biophysics from Manchester University, undertaking post-doctoral research from 1997-2000 (https://uk.linkedin.com/in/gail-bradbrook-8808452a), co-authoring several peer-reviewed papers around 2000/2001 (e.g. see https://www.researchgate.net/scientific-contributions/8659193_Gail_M_Bradbrook and http://scripts.iucr.org/cgi-bin/paper?en0049).

Perhaps earning a living in Biophysics was not as lucrative as she had expected, deciding that a career in the charity industry would be more rewarding. It appears that she soon decided to focus on politics and social issues rather than biophysics. In 2003 she became a Director of John D Fisher's charity Citizens Online (see also Footnote 2 to this sub-section), leaving in 2018 (https://web.archive.org/web/20190426153252/https://www.citizensonline.org.uk/?s=bradbrook - see also Footnote 3).

That again may not have provided her with the salary that she wanted (she had admitted in 2016 during her presentation for the Sunshine Off Grid organisation's 2016 festival in Devon  "Hands Up! I run a charity and it's mostly about securing your own salary" (https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=2X-rfydhwY0 at 9mins 30secs +).

The 4th Quarter 2018 issue of the Gloucester Area Quaker Meeting newsletter ran an article "Quakers from across the country are taking part in Extinction Rebellion .. " which included " .. Gail Bradbrook, who attended Nailsworth Meeting for many years, explain ' .. For years I have engaged with this ecological crisis on an intellectual level ... but now I have engaged with the potential destruction of this world on an emotional level and there is a fundamental difference. There is huge feeling of grief, of loss ... but as with other forms of grief .. you start to come through that initial shock and feeling of loss and there is a renewed appreciation of the beauty of the world .. Once you face and feel the shock of what we are facing ..there is tremendous energy and a will to do what it takes. So that is what we have been asking people, to be willing to look at the truth of our predicament and grieve .. For me it goes beyond the idea of protecting my life as a privileged individual, or even the idea of protecting my children’s future to a deeper need to have been a good ancestor to future generations, to know that I did my best when the big challenge came .. " (http://glosquakers.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/AM-news-Aut18-A5.pdf).

The roll of XR was discussed in Section 1.0. During a public conversation with Stephen Reid, founder and co-director of The Psychedelic Society on the subject of "Psychedelics, Extinction and Social Change" Gail Bradbrook said " .. I don't think that Extinction Rebellion is really about the environment, it's just about democracy .. " (https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=BcQ7pld_2to at around 3 mins). This begs the question of what do halucinatory drugs have to do with the CACC fantasyand rebelling against climate change (a natural process that has been occurring since the world began), 

Gail Bradbrook would appear to be no stranger to psychedelics or The Psychedelic Society - recall the Daily Mail comment " .. the 'neo-pagan' mother who became an activist after taking psychedelic drugs .. " (see Section 2.0). Also, Stephen Reid says " .. I've been involved in XR since the Declaration of Rebellion in October 2018. In November, I participated in Rebellion Day when five of London's major bridges were simultaneously blocked. In December, I hosted an Extinction Rebellion Social at the Psychedelic Society .. " (https://web.archive.org/web/20190424195632/http://www.psy.gd/blog/an-invitation-to-rebellion).

The article "DO PSYCHEDELICS HOLD THE KEY TO SOCIAL CHANGE?" (http://www.whatisemerging.com/opinions/psychedelics-and-social-change) begins " .. Gail Bradbrook, co-founder of Extinction Rebellion, explains how her psychedelic experiences helped to shape the genesis of the movement .. ".  She proceeds to extoll the virtues of using psychedelic drugs and describes how she " .. wanted answers to how I could bring about social change .. There was a moment during my Iboga experience where I lay down and a voice that felt very external to me said “Gail, you create your own reality”. It spoke three times ..That was the essence of my entire experience, after which I could literally feel my brain being rewired. When I got home I ended a marriage and separated my family. It was a huge decision, but it was the right thing to do and I am a stronger and happier person now .. " (https://web.archive.org/web/20190424205050/http://www.whatisemerging.com/opinions/psychedelics-and-social-change).

That was in 2016.

In Jan/Feb 2018 she was involved in an anti-fracking demonstration with Poh-Eng San (see 3.1.14) and Joziet Khimba (3.1.15), appearing in court for a three day trial (https://fundrazr.com/StroudFrackFreeThree?ref=ab_3Z4oREweBtz3Z4oREweBtz).

That experience may have put Gail off risking being arrested again for law-breaking. " .. Gail admits she only pretended to super-glue herself to the department of energy HQ, in an interview with Margaret Klein Salamon .. " (https://www.vigiliae.org/dr-gail-marie-bradbrook-compassionate-revolutionary-for-hire-by-un-extinction/ - see 3.1.30 for more on Margaret Salamon)

In March 2017, at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) - University of London, Gail gave another of her many rants, this one about "Rising Up! How Things Change: The Duty to Disobey". She acknowledged the risk that she was taking concerning her law-breaking counselling/conspiring with others to commit criminal acts (http://stroudcommunity.tv/rising-up/ at 38mins 10secs +). She ended her talk suggesting that we all bring down the financial system by borrowing as much as we can and refusing to pay it back.

(More recordings of Gail's plethora of rants can be found at https://www.revolvy.com/page/Gail-Bradbrook?stype=videos&cmd=list ).


FOOTNOTES:

1) It is noteworthy that XR claims that " .. The majority of people who work for Extinction Rebellion are volunteers, a small percentage is receiving living expenses .. we can spread our funds between the work we do and paying people .. " (https://rebellion.earth/the-truth/faqs/). Perhaps that is one of the sources that Gail Bradbrook uses to secure her own income, along with her company Compassionate Revolution Limited (https://www.thegazette.co.uk/company/09622618). After all, she did admit in 2016 that “ .. Hands up, I run a charity and it's mostly about securing your own salary .. ".

See sub-section 5.1 Financial Accounting for more on XR's finances and 5.1.2 for the contribution towards the income of privileged XR members that those Volunteer Living Expenses make.

2) The Daily Mail reported that Gail Bradbrook had been married to former Air Force Officer, John D Fisher (https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6945877/How-35-eco-protesters-charged-police-travelled-10-000-miles-demand-lower-carbon-emissions.html). In June 2012 the Cheltenham Quakers announced " .. a Meeting for Worship for Marriage between Gail Bradbrook and John Fisher, both of Nailsworth Meeting, to be held at Nailsworth Meeting House on 30 June .. " (http://www.cheltenhamquaker.org.uk/newsletters/cq201206.pdf).

Wikipedia advises that " .. Bradbrook has been married twice, the first time to Professor Jeffrey Forshaw ..  She has two sons ,,  lives in Stroud with her partner Simon Bramwell, who is a co-founder of Extinction Rebellion .. " (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gail_Bradbrook).


3) Although Gail Bradbrook's details have now been removed from the Citizen's Online web page they were archived in July 2018 on the Wayback Machine (https://web.archive.org/web/20180730122320/https://www.citizensonline.org.uk/meet-the-team/).

 3.1.2 Julian Roger Hallam 

Roger Hallam (53) is a researcher into social and political issues, not the physicalsciences required for any hope of understanding the processes and drivers of the different global climates. He holds several directorships, including with Compassionate Revolution Limited (Jan. 2019 - see https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/officers/kdEl0PYYWlGK5137rUGRH9mVRJY/appointmentsand Radical Think Tank Ltd (https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/officers/k0X7Wb1TLNghi-VzgdAH_EFBod0/appointments) since its incorporation in 2016. That is a Community Interest Company (CIC) with a single member guarantor (£1), anthropologist and CACC-supporting environmental activist Annie Randall (25), of the Birmingham branch of Friends of the Earth (http://www.birminghamfoe.org.uk/news-events/news/campaigners-hold-funeral-for-fossil-fuel-investments/).

Gail Bradbrook said that, following having her brain rewired by psychedelic drugs in Costa Rica (see 3.1.1) " .. When I arrived back to the UK I was introduced to Roger Hallam and together we began to create the movement that would become Extinction Rebellion. Roger is an academic who specialises in radical campaign design and at the end of our first meeting, which involved the sharing of lots of ideas, information and data, he joked that he had just given me 'the codes for social changes'. The hairs on the back of my neck stood up .. ".

His "Open Democracy" blog profile says " .. Roger Hallam is an activist and social entrepreneur. He is currently doing a PhD at Kings College on the design of digitally enhanced political resistance and empowerment strategies .. " (https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/author/roger-hallam/). He appears to believe that:
- " .. climate change is about race. .. ",
- " .. radical change will only come when radical parties accept that they need to give power back to the people .. ".

It is claimed that he recently said:
- " .. A hundred years of political sociology shows you can only change entrenched power through creating economic costs for the people who hold that entrenched power .. Through mass civil resistance, we’re going to create a new global regime that takes our responsibilities seriously towards the next generation .. " (https://newint.org/features/2018/11/01/climate-breakdown).

In her 13th April 2019 Mail-On-Sunday article "The middle-class zealots who'll make Monday a misery for millions with eco-activist group planning to bring chaos to Britain" reporter Holly Bancroft (who infiltrated the XR organisation) commented " .. The most prominent – and radical – of the XR leaders is failed organic farmer and PhD student Roger Hallam. After years in a succession of Left-wing groups, the 52-year-old says the 'name of the game' for XR is to 'bring down all the regimes in the world and replace them'. Hallam says paralysing traffic will eventually cause food shortages and trigger uprisings.
In a recent interview, he said XR protesters should be ready to cause disruption through personal 'sacrifice'. If necessary, they 'should be willing to die' ., " (https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6919597/Middle-class-zealots-wholl-make-Monday-misery-millions.html).

(see also https://thetab.com/uk/kings/2017/11/16/kings-phd-student-roger-hallam-was-imprisoned-for-civil-disobedience-in-a-campaign-against-londons-air-pollution-17805).

For more on fanctacist Roger Hallam see Appendix A4.

3.1.3 George William Blackmore Barda

Londoner George Barda (43) earned a Master's degree in Environment, Politics and Globalisation from King's College (https://www.zoominfo.com/p/George-Barda/-1165195363) in 2011/12. He is best known for his antics at that time with Occupy London and for his many years of Greenpeace activism/street campaigning.

In a rabble-rousing opinion piece in the Guardian in February 2012 he described himself as " .. a peace campaigner and postgraduate student at Kings College London .. ". He went on to say " .. The fight for democracy can't be left to Occupy. This Occupy movement isn't only for heretics. We need a world where citizens and activists are the same .. We hope that history will show that the past four-and-a-half months – not just in London, but globally – have been a vital step in achieving the systemic and democratic change we all need to believe in. But you can't leave it to us, and people like us: it needs you .. " (https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2012/feb/28/fight-democratic-change-occupy-london).

In 2015 he and Gail Bradbrook set up Compassionate Revolution, which morphed into Rising Up! (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gail_Bradbrook), spawning Extinction Rebellion. He has been a Director of Interfaith Alliance UK (05914374) since Sept. 2012 and a Director of Compassionate Revolution Limited (09622618) since June 2015. He has declared his occupation as " .. Campaigner .. " (https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/officers/0h1_s4cVd2RDNJgm7WzQW8Lu-Po/appointments) and now " .. Greenpeace Sales Rep .. (https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/officers/TnLBfrApixNZ8P3ESyfI5-6lZWE/appointments).

Following the launch of Compassionate Revolution in 2015 he commented " .. Social change has always involved periods of confrontation, when people are willing to undertake acts of civil disobedience .. " (http://stroudcommunity.tv/compassionate-revolution-george/).

3.1.4 Simon Bramwell 

According to a recent Daily Mail report, Gail Bradbrook's partner, bush-craft instructor and former builder Simon Bramwell (47) gave his " .. absolute apologies for the inconvenience caused but the future of our planet is at stake .. " (https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6423895/Our-planet-stake-Bush-craft-instructor-London-climate-protests.html).

In its 17 April 2019 article the Daily Mail reported that " .. Co-founder Simon Bramwell  .. was taken away in a police van on Monday after supergluing himself to the glass door .. " (https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6927195/The-faces-Extinction-Rebellion-climate-change-chaos.html).

According to Rising Up! he is " .. straight, white mail, no formal education .. he's herded cats from here to Timbuktu, worked with the UN and such organisations as Earth First!, RTP, Embercombe and The Lightning Tree Collective amongst others. Eager to see regenerative and healthy emergence cultures implemented within social justice movements .. " (https://docs.google.com/document/d/17aCm7973qoVWI3QL6fMzlk-ORQ5sWHu7pdxzqdP8w8s/mobilebasic).

" .. Simon Bramwell is a Pagan celebrant, a carer, and co founder of Rising Up!, a direct action network and the lightning tree project, a deep inquiry into what skills are needed to village build at the end of the world. He's also a member of the highly dubious Medicinal Order of the Hyena, an international covergence of revolutionary witch's. He's been a recovering hope addict for the past decade and remains smitten by grief, love and the absolute conviction that true change can only be wrought through direct action in both the inner and outer worlds. He's currently busy co creating the extinction rebellion, a non violent campaign for ecological and social change. He recognises that no lasting change will occur until the earth shakes with unacknowledged grief and the initiation it brings. .. " (https://www.souland.org/conversations-with-grief-water.html -  (see Footnote 1).

In a 19th May 2017 article "Three Convicted After Obstructing Heathrow Entrance Tunnel" The Hillingdon Times reported that " .. three men were all sentenced at Uxbridge Magistrates' Court on Thursday, 18 May having been found guilty two days earlier. They are Simon Bramwell, 45, of The Old Common, Chalford, Stroud, Daniel Keeler, 35 of Mutchett's Yard Watford and Stuart Basden, 34, of Briavels Grove, St Werburghs  .. (https://www.hillingdontimes.co.uk/news/15297097.three-convicted-after-obstructing-heathrow-entrance-tunnel/).

Here we have another leading Extinction Rebellion rabble-rouser and scaremongering CACC evangelist with apparently no relevant education. training or experience in any of the essential physical sciences (see Section 2.0, Footnote 2).

FOOTNOTES

1) Simon Bramwell is not the only Pagan celebrant within the Extinction Rebellion organisation (see sub-sections 3.1.21 and 2.1.23).

3.1.5 Stuart Jeffrey Basden

Stuart Basden (36) says " .. I live to create diversity, openness and complexity in our beautiful universe, while resisting oppression and exploitation .. " (https://medium.com/@plaosmos).

Although there is a dearth of information about Stuart Basden's qualifications, in his article "Positive encounters .. " (https://medium.com/@plaosmos/positive-encounters-that-have-helped-me-d1956b6e403a) he does provide a link to his 2007 theological thesis for the Degree of Master of Arts in Philosophy at the Institute for Christian Studies, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1q4KBsLUevKXWZfq2U8S9LeyMMOIGXuixWWqaiGvlWE0/mobilebasic).

His LinkedIN profile mentions only that one qualification, his Masters in Philosophy/Theology. It does suggest that he developed his IT/Web skills (See Footnote 1 to this sub-section), applying them during 2005-8 while studying in Toronto for his Masters (in Theology, not science). He then volunteered for a year on organic farms in various European countries (perhaps that's how he teamed up with Extinction Rebellion's  inspirational co-founder and failed organic farmer Roger Hallam). Stuart Basden's LinkedIN profile suggests that he is still in Toronto, doing web-related work for several organisations (https://www.linkedin.com/in/stuartbasden/?originalSubdomain=uk). On the other hand he said on 12th February 2016 " .. When I left Toronto in November 2015 .. " https://medium.com/@plaosmos/we-ve-been-busy-creating-victories-and-i-almost-missed-them-5cccadee03a2?source=)

No evidence could be found of Stuart Basden having any competence in the physical sciences (see Section 2.0, Footnote 2) relevant to an understanding of the processes and drivers of the different global climates. Despite that, he does frequently pontificate on the highly contentious CACC issue as though there was no uncertainty about a predicted climate catastrophe.

In July/August 2012 Stuart Basden became Director of Operations for  the University of Toronto student group Toronto350 (https://www.toronto350.org/2012_11_30_santa_forced_to_relocate - see also Footnote 2 to this sub-section). " .. We are building a global, grassroots movement to solve the climate crisis. We started in June 2012  .. We support youth action .. " (https://www.toronto350.org/). He was President from September 2013 (https://www.sindark.com/2013/09/25/the-fourth-toronto350-org-executive/) until the end of 2016.

In March 2014, as President of Toronto350, he handed over to the University's president a "fossil fuel divestment brief" (https://thevarsity.ca/2014/03/17/meric-gertler-will-appoint-committee-to-consider-fossil-fuel-divestment/).

He resigned from Toronto350 and moved to Bristol in January 2017, where he " .. quickly got involved with a group of people who were excited enough by the RisingUp mentality  (https://medium.com/@plaosmos/arrest-of-absurdity-af966aad0770). 
NB: This was shortly after Gail Bradbrook's  return from Kosta Rica following her " .. brain being rewired .. " by psychedelic drugs (see sub-section 3.1.1).

Stuart Basden's support for the CACC fantasy is clearly demonstrated by the September 2013 report from Toronto350 "The Fossil Fuel Industry and the Case for Divestment" (http://www.uoftfacultydivest.com/files/fossil-fuel-divest.pdf) to which he contributed.

He claims to have been with XR from the beginning. " .. I was one of the 15 people in April 2018 who came together and made the collective decision to try to create the conditions that would initiate a rebellion. I was a coordinator of one of the original five working groups, and I’ve been organising with XR day-and-night since then (frugally living off my savings so I don’t have to work, having quit an industry that paid me £1000/week). And I’ve been in RisingUp (the organisation from which XR has emerged) since the first RisingUp action in November 2016. I’m a RisingUp Holding Group member, and a member of the XR Guardianship Team .. " (https://medium.com/@plaosmos/extinction-rebellion-isnt-about-the-climate-42a0a73d9d49 and reposted at https://xrblog.org/2019/01/18/extinction-rebellion-isnt-about-the-climate/).

Note that the title of what XR called a " .. Thought provoking article .. " (https://mobile.twitter.com/extinctionr/status/1083717879072284672) is "Extinction Rebellion isn't about the Climate"The article says that the  founders " .. came together and made the collective decision to try to create the conditions that would initiate a rebellion ..  the climate’s breakdown is a symptom of a toxic system of that has infected the ways we relate to each other as humans and to all life .. exacerbated when European ‘civilisation’ was spread around the globe through cruelty and violence .. As Europeans spread their toxicity around the world, they brought torture, genocide, carnage and suffering to the ends of the earth .. We need to cure the causes of the infection, not just alleviate the symptoms .. This article is .. a call to the XR community to never say we’re a climate movement. Because we’re not. We’re a Rebellion. And we’re rebelling to highlight and heal from the insanity that is leading to our extinction .. ".

In order to understand better the abnormal mindset of XR's founders and associates it is worthwhile reading the entirety of Stuart Basden's rant (archived at https://web.archive.org/web/20190423164501/https://xrblog.org/2019/01/18/extinction-rebellion-isnt-about-the-climate/).

FOOTNOTES

1) It is likely that Stuart learned IT skills from his father " .. information technology educator Dr. Andrew Basden .. " (https://prabook.com/web/andrew.basden/541645 - see sub-section 3.1.24). According to Andrew Basden's family page at Demon.co.uk (last updated in 2014) Stuart was doing web design in Toronto.

Stuart's interest in theology and environmental issues was probably stimulated by his parents. Both Ruth (see Footnote 3 to this sub-section) and Andrew are evangelising Christians (http://www.basden.demon.co.uk/ and http://www.abxn.org/andrew.html). Andrew has had significant involvement in environmental activism for decades. 

More information about Stuart, who has commented on IT issues under the psuedonym thugsbe, is available at https://medium.com/@plaosmos and http://plaosmos.blogspot.com ).

2) Toronto350.org is affiliate of the international group 350 org - see https://groups.google.com/forum/m/#!msg/toronto-350/HT2q6T-oRAY/KR0JY00SWVQJ). The initial meeting of the Toronto350 group was in June 2012, involving Milan Ilnyckyj, Tamara Brownstone, Monica Resendes and others (https://groups.google.com/forum/m/#!msg/toronto-350/HT2q6T-oRAY/-JG4_i7vESkJ). " .. We are building a global, grassroots movement to solve the climate crisis. We started in June 2012  .. We support youth action .. " (https://www.toronto350.org/).

3) Stuart Basden's mother Ruth is a "Bible Walker" registered with the UK branch of the "Walk Through the Bible Ministries" organisation as a "Qualified Presenter" to teach children (https://www.bible.org.uk/team.php).

3.1.6 Michael Dinesh

Michael Dinesh, another of those Extinction Rebellion members from Stroud is " .. a music teacher and Bhakti musician (singer of sacred songs and chants) .. "(http://www.michaeldinesh.co.uk/Michael_Dinesh/Home.html).

He has been a environmental extremist for decades and " .. In 1989/1990 I walked 60000 miles around the whole coastline of Britain raising money for Greenpeace .. chanting the mantra of Compassion, ‘Om Mani Padme Hum’ as I walked. Since then this theme has developed an increasing urgency.

In 1989 I .. walked alone. Today the enormity of the journey is such that I feel .. We need to walk together, joining our hearts and minds .. " (https://risingup.org.uk/pledge/calling-global-law-protect-life-earth-ecocide-law).

That statement was included in his rant prior to the 2015 Climate Summit in Paris, when he posted a pledge on the Rising Up! blog " .. Calling for a Global law to protect Life on Earth (Ecocide Law) .. ". His pledge included " .. I commit to being an agent of change and call for Ecocide to be recognised as the 5th International Crime against Peace .. . The Crime of Ecocide would sit alongside the following international crimes:

1 The Crime of Genocide

2 Crimes Against Humanity

3 War Crimes

4 The Crime of Aggression

The Law of Ecocide would .. cover, for example:

- Large-scale land use that causes the direct destruction of habitats – as is the case with deforestation in most tropical rain forests

- Significant pollution – for example, excess greenhouse gases from the industrial activities of the top Carbon Majors

- Dangerous industrial activity where entire landscapes are destroyed – such as unconventional oil extraction .. ".

It appears that his appeal to others to sign his pledge hasn't enjoyed much support. The RisingUP! web-page (now frozen) shows that he attracted only 219 of his targeted 1000 petitioners. Even staunch environmental activists seem to shy away from this one.

This "Law of Ecocide" was the brainchild of Polly Higgins and Jojo Mehta (see sub-section 3.1.7).

3.1.7 Pauline Helène (Polly) Higgins and Jojo Mehta

Polly Higgins (Footnote 1) was another of those environmental activists from Stroud who was a member of Extinction Rebellion (see Footnote 2). She trained as a lawyer then became an environmental and climate change activist.

In 2008 Polly and Jojo initiated the call for the creation of that "5th International Crime against Peace" (see sub-section 3.1.6), their "Law of Ecocide" (https://highprofiles.info/interview/polly-higgins/).

Polly also set up the "Trees have rights too" movement (see https://web.archive.org/web/20121111004617/http://www.treeshaverightstoo.com/ and https://theecologist.org/2009/apr/01/visionaries-polly-higgins).

Jojo Mehta (45? - see Footnote 3) co-founded the Ecocide movement with Polly Higgins. Another XR supporter from Stroud, she has been an environmental activist for years and is director of a campaign called "Stop ecocide: change the law" (https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/07/extinction-rebellion-climate-protests-spread-uk-190715141008361.html).

Jojo, who was a close friend and colleague of Polly, appears to have taken the baton from her to push for that Law of Ecocide. She is reported to have said in July 2019 that " .. At the moment, the damage and destruction to our planet that continues day by day does so because it's permitted .. ".

The 19th July 2019 article "Stop Ecocide - Polly Higgins, the Extinction Rebellion boat" said " .. The boat has been named .. in honour of her memory and her important work .. will continue, with both legal and campaign teams co-ordinated by Jojo and with the support of thousands of ‘Earth Protectors’ signed up to a Trust Fund which will help small island nations amend the Rome Statute and bring the crime of ecocide under International Criminal Court jurisdiction .. " (https://realmedia.press/polly-boat/).

That article provides a link to the EcocideEarth web-site, inviting us to become an "earth protector" and begging for charitable donations towards the cause. It says " .. We are Ecological Defence Integrity, a small UK non-profit founded by legal pioneer Polly Higgins, working with a team of top international criminal lawyers and evidence experts. We are already preparing a test prosecution case against one of the world’s largest fossil fuel companies (Shell), and we are already working with Pacific small island (Great Ocean) states .. " (https://www.stopecocide.earth/ecocide).

A claimed benefit of registering as an "earth protector" is that " .. you are clearly stating that you believe that damage and destruction to the Earth and its inhabitants is a crime - and you will have a unique Trust Fund document in your name to show this, which carries legal weight. It can be used in court as primary evidence that you are not acting to cause harm but to prevent it:

YOU ARE NOT A CRIMINAL - YOU ARE A CONSCIENTIOUS PROTECTOR .. " (https://www.stopecocide.earth/conscientious-protectors).

The quote in "Oliver Twist" from Mr Bumble is relevant "If the law supposes that, the law is a ass - a idiot."

At the 23rd July 2019 9980 donors had registered. As poet and author Thomas Tusser said "A fool and his money are soon parted". Hopefully common sense will continue to prevail over environmental extremism and humans will continue to improve the environment for the benefit of humans, without unnecessarily harming lesser forms of life. Unfortunately, as can be recognised from the existence of organisations like the WWF (see Footnote 4 of this sub-section), FoE and Extinction Rebellion, logic and reason have a very hard struggle against emotion and blind faith, those sustaining forces of religions.

Fortunately the plea for this ludicrous law and rights for trees has so far been rejected by lawmakers but the environmental extremists are not done yet.


FOOTNOTES

1) Polly Higgins sadly died during Easter 2019 at the age of just 51 -(https://londonhollywood.wordpress.com/2019/04/22/in-memoriam-polly-higgins-lawyer-who-inspired-extinction-rebellion-never-before-published-interview-on-ecocide/). Jojo Mehta and Gail Bradbrook paid tribute to her at the Findhorn Foundation’s Climate Change and Consciousness Conference in April (http://newstoryhub.com/2019/05/honouring-polly-higgins-jojo-mehta-and-gail-bradbrook/), They did so again recently on the Extinction Rebellion boat (named after Polly) that clutters the road outside the Royal Courts of Justice during the XR summer rabble-rousing event (https://realmedia.press/polly-boat/)

2) In her 2016 "Off Grid Festival" rant about Compassionate Revolution (a "not-for-profit" company) its Director Gail Bradbrook confirmed that " .. Polly Higgins is in my group for example, with this brilliant ecocide law. It's a great solution to mass damage and destruction and climate change .. " (https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=2X-rfydhwY0 at 3.20+ mins). Polly maintained her support for the Compassionate Revolution/RisingUP!/Ectinction Rebellion organisation to the end.

3) Jojo Mehta earned a BA in languages and an MA in Anthropology (https://www.linkedin.com/in/jojo-mehta-1a8ab830/?originalSubdomain=uk). These skills are of little use when trying to understand the complexity of the processes and drivers of the different global climates, which require competence in the physical sciences (see Section 2.0, Footnote 2).

4) See the WWF's 2005 "Climate Chaos" CACC propaganda pack, designed for teachers to use in order to brainwash their vulnerable students - http://www.se-ed.co.uk/sites/default/files/resources/climate_chaos_info_pack.pdf). A good example of such brainwashing is Greta Thunberg (see sub-section A6.3)

3.1.8 Stephen Reid

In 2014 Stephen Reid founded The Psychedelic Society, which believes " .. that the conscious use of psychedelics can help create a more compassionate and joyful world .. " (http://psychedelicsociety.org.uk/).

In his Psychedelic Societ profile he says " .. I'm Stephen Reid, born and raised in London. I attained an undergraduate degree in Physics at Oxford, and then a Masters in Complexity Sciences at Bristol.
I had funding to continue to PhD but at the last minute I dropped out and went to live in Strasbourg, France. After 4 months I returned to the UK and immersed myself in the world of climate activism with the Camp for Climate Action ('Climate Camp').
In October 2010, with friends from Climate Camp, I set up UK Uncut, an anti-austerity direct action group focusing on the issue of corporate tax dodging.
In 2011, I started working for the New Economics Foundation (NEF), a people-and-planet focused thinktank. There I co-founded the New Economy Organisers Network (NEON), a network bringing together campaigners, academics, activists, trade unionists, politicians and others working to bring about a new economic system.
In the summer of 2011 I had my first major drug experience with MDMA at Glastonbury Festival. A year later, I had my first psychedelic experience with 2C-B at Shambala Festival, which inspired a fascination with psychedelics.
In December 2012, I became the youngest ever board member of Greenpeace UK. In 2013 I left NEF and started working as a freelance digital consultant/developer for organisations including 38 Degrees, the Labour Party, the Green Party, 350.org, the Living Wage Foundation, Positive Money, SumOfUs, 10:10 and Brandalism.
In 2014, having just returned from Nowhere (the largest of the European Burning Man events), I founded the Psychedelic Society, which continues to be my main project.
Since 2017 I have been fascinated with metamodern/Teal thinking. In mid-2018, the Psychedelic Society started making the transition to becoming a Teal organisation .. " (http://psychedelicsociety.org.uk/about).

3.1.9 Robin Boardman-Pattison

Robin Boardman-Pattison (21), a former language student at Bristol University, is a co-founder of XR (https://rebellion.earth/the-truth/faqs/) and one of its campaign organisers. On 31st October in Parliament Square he read XR's formal declaration of non-violent rebellion against the British government for " .. criminal inaction in the face of climate change catastrophe and ecological collapse .. " (see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6LUGxqeqjs).

He is best known for stomping out of a Sky News interview after being told by host Adam Boulton “ .. You are just a load of incompetent, middle class, self indulgent people who want to tell us how to live our lives. That's what you are .. “ (https://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/bristol-news/sky-news-extinction-rebellion-boulton-2772153.
During that interview he expressed the opinion that aeroplanes " .. should only be used in emergencies .. " (https://metro.co.uk/2019/04/19/emma-thompson-flew-5400-miles-join-climate-change-protest-9262552/) yet apparently “ .. his Instagram tells a different story, showing him on luxurious foreign holidays awash with palm trees, ski slopes, and historic landmarks .. ” (https://order-order.com/people/robin-boardman-pattison/). If that is correct then the word “hypocrisy” again springs to mind (see sub-section 3.1). 

In this futile fight against climate change he declared at Easter that “ .. For the Bank Holiday, we are .. turning our focus onto the aviation industry .. ”. This was a failed XR attempt to halt operations at Heathrow airport during the Easter holidays (https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6939195/Climate-protesters-arrive-Heathrow-airport-threatening-cause-chaos.html).
It would be interesting to know on what he spent the £935 in charitable donations that he had raised (https://uk.gofundme.com/votenoheathrow).

The sincerity of these demonstrators is hardly credible considering how they themselves travel (including Dame Emma Thompson, who had to fly 1000's of miles in order to join the XR demonstrations in Oxford Street - https://www.itv.com/news/2019-04-19/dame-emma-thompson-rallies-climate-activists-at-oxford-circus/) .

Little else is available on the Internet about the achievements or motivations of Robin Boardman-Pattison 
(see also https://thetab.com/uk/bristol/2019/04/18/who-is-robin-boardman-bristol-grad-and-face-of-extinction-rebellion-36748).

American Meteorologist Anthony Watts has an interesting article on Robin Boardman-Pattison (https://wattsupwiththat.com/2019/04/18/the-extinction-rebellion-leaders-jet-setter-robin-boardman-a-buddhist-teacher-and-a-yoga-instructor/) which also makes mention of Roger Hallam. The numerous subsequent comments make interesting reading too.

3.1.10 Cathy Eastburn

Cathy Eastburn (51) of Lambeth, London is " .. a mother of two teenage girls, have a longstanding interest in environmental issues in particular the psychology of climate change,  and I work as a volunteer Legal Observer for the Green & Black Cross network, supporting protests and direct action in London. .." (https://mobile.twitter.com/cathyeastburn?lang=en and https://www.sarasasound.com/about).

She is a Gamelin musician (Indonesian bronze percussion), singer, gong player and founder of the charity Good Vibrations, registered in 2008 (https://www.good-vibrations.org.

A graduate of Cambridge, " .. In 2003, Cathy started attending gamelan classes at London’s Southbank Centre, as a hobby. She was struck by the transformative potential of this ..  and so decided to take it to some of the most marginalised people in the UK; prisoners .. Cathy delivered week-long gamelan pilots in HMP Brixton, HMP Glen Parva, HMP Wakefield, HMP The Wolds and HMP Nottingham .. 53 more prison gamelan projects .. " (https://www.good-vibrations.org.uk/who-we-are/).

In April she had a different kind of experience of prison " .. Cathy was one of three activists who glued themselves to a DLR train in east London during the International Rebellion. But unlike hundreds of other arrestees, Cathy was denied bail and sent to prison .. " (https://socialistworker.co.uk/art/48501/Stopping+climate+chaos+++an+activists+guide+to+changing+the+world - see also https://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/extinction-rebellion-dlr-protester-freed-from-highsecurity-jail-after-seven-days-and-is-banned-from-a4127191.html).

What a shame that the courts didn't jail all of the arrestees!!

FOOTNOTE
The other two infamous Extinction Rebellion supporters were Mark Ovland and Luke Watson - see 3.1.12 and 3.1.13). The three were imprisoned, accused of obstructing the railway as part of the Extinction Rebellion protests (https://www.somersetcountygazette.co.uk/news/17583336.somerset-man-mark-ovland-accused-of-gluing-himself-to-a-train-during-extinction-rebellion-protests/).


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3.1.11 Yanai Postelnik

Buddhist priest  (54) Yanai Postelnik was " .. Born in Switzerland, of mixed European and Asian parentage, he grew up in New Zealand. Deeply concerned by what he saw around him, and in the world,  he became involved in activism as a teenager .. he left his home in 1988 .. and spent a few years travelling internationally as a way of exploring himself.
Yanai encountered the teachings of the Buddha and the practice of Insight Meditation while in Asia in 1989, and sat his first Insight Meditation retreat in 1990. It was clear to him that these practices offered something truly beneficial and powerfully transformative, and so he has been engaged in the study, practice and service of the Buddha’s teachings on a full time basis, ever since .. Yanai began teaching at Gaia House, in Devon, in 1992, and moved to the USA to be the Resident Teacher at Insight Meditation Society, in Barre, Massachusetts in 1995-1996. He then returned to England and has been based in Devon since then. He lives in Ashburton, with his wife and teaching partner, Catherine McGee .. " (http://yanaipostelnik.com/about-yanai/).

" .. He has practised and studied Insight Meditation and Buddhism since 1990 and has been teaching internationally for over 20 years. He is much inspired by the Thai forest tradition and the transformative power of the natural world. Yanai is a Core Faculty member of Insight Meditation Society, Massachusetts .. (http://www.oxfordinsightmeditation.org/attending-retreats/retreat-programme-2018/).

He said of his involvement with Extinction Rebellion " .. “We face an undeclared emergency and I feel compelled by my conscience to stand up for our sacred, fragile planetary ecology, on behalf of our children and all living things who have no voice. I am called to risk my comfort, my privilege, and even my liberty, in responding to the ecological and spiritual devastation that confronts us, if we do not act together and act now, with courageous hearts .. ” (http://www.thedancewebsite.org/networks/dharma-and-civil-disobedience/).

FOOTNOTE:

This November many Dharma practitioners from the Gaia House community (including Yanai Postelnik, his wife, Rob Burbea, and Kirsten Kratz) participated in the Extinction Rebellion disruption in London. Yanai Postelnik was one of those arrested, along with other senior Dharma practitioners. (see
http://www.oxfordinsightmeditation.org/dharma-and-civil-disobedience-extinction-rebellion-a-response-to-climate-change/).

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3.1.12 Mark Ovland

Trainee Buddhist teacher Mark Ovland (35) of Totness, Devon (a member of the Totnes Meditation Group) " .. is training to teach in the Insight Meditation tradition .. has been devoted to the Dharma, to study, service, and practice, since his mid-twenties. His passion and curiosity led him first to India, where he lived briefly as a monk of the Ramakrishna Order, and later to Devon .. He is socially and environmentally engaged, and in 2013 co-created the Dharma Action Network for Climate Engagement (DANCE) .. " (http://www.oxfordinsightmeditation.org/attending-retreats/retreat-programme-2018/ and http://totnes-meditation-group.org/our-teachers/).

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3.1.13 Luke Watson

Luke Watson (29), of Manuden, Essex is one of the three Extinction Rebellion supporters (with Cathy Eastburn  and Mark Ovland - see 3.1.10 and 3.1.12) charged with obstructing trains or carriages on the railway by an unlawful act. He is understood to be a Philosophy student at Bristol University (https://epigram.org.uk/2019/04/18/bristol-student-arrested-in-extinction-rebellion-protests/).

TO BE UPDATED

3.1.14 Poh-Eng San

Poh-Eng San is a " .. Practitioner in Buqi healing and Plant Spirit Healing .. Contact Poh-Eng San at pohengsoundbuqi@yahoo.co.uk 07980 562 113 or 01453 297847 (https://fulcrumhouse.co.uk/therapists/poh-eng-san/).

" .. As a young girl Poh Eng was known as Anna Kenrick .. " (http://www.clevelandpools.org.uk/archive/picture.php?/1964).

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3.1.15 Joziet Khimba

Psychologist Joziet Khimba - aka Jo (Woolley)Khimba - is a " .. Counsellor with the Foundation for Emotional Therapeutic Counselling .. " (https://www.linkedin.com/in/jo-khimba-7638ba28/?originalSubdomain=uk). " .. I am also a certified Laughter Facilitator, and have started to run a laughter club in Stroud .. ". 



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3.1.16 Andrew Medhurst

Andrew Medhurst (53) of Wandsworth' London says " .. I was a seasoned professional in financial services for over 30 years working for NEST Corporation, Smart Pension, Lloyds Bank Corporate Markets and HSBC Group. In January 2019 I resigned from NEST because helping to build long term financial products for a world facing a climate and ecological catastrophe didn't seem like a productive use of my time .. "

He goes on to describe himself as a " .. a Rebel (Climate activist - XR Business, London Dev Team and Local Group Coordinator (Wandsworth) .. Mar 2019 .. present .. a full-time volunteer for XR, working out of their London Office near Regents Place (NW1). Coordinator and spokesperson for XR Business (launching w/c 22 April) www.XRbusiness.org .. and budget holder for the XR London Office. I am the coordinator for a local group which is growing our support base in the London Borough of Wandsworth .. ".

Andrew Medhurst " .. had taken a job in a government-backed workplace pension provider at the start of 2018 .. In November, he joined the Extinction Rebellion bridge-blocking protest at Waterloo .. in February Medhurdst gave up his job to join Extinction Rebellion where he helps manage the budget - provided by a mix of foundations, individuals, crowdfunding and corporate donations .. " (https://www.ft.com/content/9bcb1bf8-5b20-11e9-9dde-7aedca0a081a).

In a Medium article explaining why he gave up his job at Nest in order to volunteer with XR, he pontificated about the predicted disaster claimed to be a result of our use of fossil fuels (the CACC fantasy). This former investment banker who decided the climate and ecological disaster demanded he volunteer full-time with Extinction Rebellion acknowledged that his understanding of climate change was less than expert (https://medium.com/age-of-awareness/climate-change-why-it-made-me-quit-my-job-316532b0e330). From what he says in that article it appears that he has no expertise whatsoever about the processes and drivers of the different global climates.

Despite that apparent lack of expertise Andrew Medhurst seems to consider himself qualified to " .. deliver the XR talk "Heading for extinction (and what to do about it)" .. " (https://www.linkedin.com/in/medhursta/?originalSubdomain=uk). " .. In his talk, Andrew aims to share the latest climate science on where our planet is heading .. " (https://londonfuturists.com/2019/03/22/london-futurists-news-22-mar-2019/).

He is standing as a Climate & Ecological Emergency independent candidate for the European Elections on 23rd May.


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3.1.17 Alison Green

Alison Green (50+) earned a PhD in Psychology from Aberdeen University. " .. Whilst in Aberdeen, I co-founded a small consultancy company and carried out work in the oil industry, which included a fascinating stint on an oil platform in the North Sea .. " (https://connections.kmi.open.ac.uk/biography/alison-green). After over a decade with the Open University she joined Arden University, Coventry as Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic). After only 10 months she left to become " .. National Director (UK) at Scientists Warning, Chesterton, Cambridgeshire .. an experienced senior academic leader who swapped academia for environmental activism. I now work with Scientists Warning and I lead the Extinction Rebellion Academic partnership team .. " (https://www.linkedin.com/in/alison-green-7228748/?originalSubdomain=uk).

That impressive-sounding title on her LinkedIN page of " .. National Director (UK) at Scientists Warning .. " might mislead some into believing that she was the academic lead of the UK branch of some significant international science organisation. ScientistsWarning.org appears to be simply a blog that invites individuals and organisations to become members by adding their names to a list of supporters (see Footnote 1 of this sub-section).

The blog’s main purpose seems to be to repeat from other sources the doom-mongering news stories of ecological catastrophe. 

Of the 10 Advisory Board members (http://www.scientistswarning.org/advisory-board/), only one appears to have qualifications, training and experience in the relevant physical sciences (see Section 2.0, Footnote 2). The physical sciences are essential for an understanding of the inappropriately named “greenhouse effect” that underpins the CACC fantasy, which the climate hysteria that she supports is all about.

Individual members of the blog range from a “ .. Mother, Grandmother And Planter Of Trees. .. ” , through “ .. Writer (Ex-Lawyer) ”, “ .. Massage Therapist .. ” and “ .. A Contractor Hoping To Become More Of A Earth Warrior For Positivity And Sustained Decency .. ” to Alison Green's “ .. Psychology PhD .. ” “(http://www.scientistswarning.org/members/individual-endorsements/).
She supports the belief of that organisation's diverse range of members that " .. We are in the midst of the sixth mass extinction, with about 200 species becoming extinct each day .. we will not tolerate the failure of this or any other government to take robust and emergency action in respect of the worsening ecological crisis .. We therefore declare our support for Extinction Rebellion .. " (http://www.scientistswarning.org/we-must-take-action/).

" .. Dr Alison Green was one of the early members of the civil disobedience group making a stand on climate change .. " (https://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/news/local-news/extinction-rebellion-protest-london-alisongreen-16144466).

In her opinion " .. the system is the cause of the problem. Either we dismantle this edifice that we’ve built, or it’s going to crumble .. " (https://www.ft.com/content/9bcb1bf8-5b20-11e9-9dde-7aedca0a081a).

She says " .. “ .. I have no formal background in environmental issues .. But .. I have taken the time to look properly at the evidence and have come to the clear conclusion that we are facing an imminent and potentially catastrophic climate emergency .. .. If you understand the science, and I would put myself in that category .. " (https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/oct/26/we-have-a-duty-to-act-hundreds-ready-to-go-to-jail-over-climate-crisis). It appears that she has none of the relevant scientific qualifications or experience that are required in order to understand the highly complex processes and drivers of the different global climates.

Alison Green believes that " .. Children should be taught about the connection between our way of life – including the economic and political factors – and the impact it has on the ecosystem .. the consequences of this way of life for us and the planet. Climate and Ecology should be taught as a discrete subject and embedded throughout the curriculum .. Lessons in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics and the Social Sciences need to be based on up-to-date evidence from reliable sources. While the curriculum needs to reflect the concerns raised in the IPCC reports, it must acknowledge that the IPCC, as a consensual body (including both scientists and politicians), has consistently underestimated the rate at which climate change is happening .. ” (https://rebellion.earth/2019/02/22/breaking-teacher-spray-paints-teach-the-truth-on-wall-of-dept-for-education-demanding-climate-truth/).
Note again that issue of " .. economic and political factors .. " - the real motivator for XR's founding members. As for her proposals for school curricula, replacing "taught" with "brainwashed" appears more appropriate. What children should be taught is real science and the value of scepticism and critical thinking, not the politicised science that appears in the IPCC's Summary for Policy Makers (SPM).

In 2018 the ScientistsWarning organisation posted a scary letter “Facts about our ecological crisis are incontrovertible. We must take action
We are in the midst of the sixth mass extinction, with about 200 species becoming extinct each day, say 94 signatories including Dr Alison Green” (http://www.scientistswarning.org/we-must-take-action/). The letter gave enthusiastic support to the Extinction Rebellion organisation.

In May 2019 Alison was challenged regarding the relevance of her area of expertise (Psychology) to the scientific issue of the processes and drivers of the different global climates. Her response included the claim that the letter was signed by some of the world's most distinguished climate scientists. She also appeared to think it worthwhile mentioning that ScientistsWarning was supported by James Hansen and ecologist William Ripple.
(see Footnote 2 for those LinkedIN exchanges)

Of those 21 co-authors of the letter there are only two who have significance in the Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Change (CACC) debate, Michael Mann (with his highly questionable hockey stick) and Stefan Rahmstorf (with his extreme concerns about sea levels - see https://climatesanity.wordpress.com/2011/02/13/rahmstorf-2009-off-the-mark-again-part-12-a-mathematical-comedy/ see also sub-section 3.1.50 Footnote 8).

A random check of other authors shows:
- Philippe Thalmann, Economics professor!!!
- Raven Cretney
, political science and human geography.!!!
With Alison, that's three of them who are hardly " .. some of the world's most distinguished climate scientists .. ". It would be interesting to hear which among the remainder Alison considers to fit the description “the world's most distinguished climate scientists”.

CACC sceptics are very aware of the contribution to the CACC debate made by James Hansen since his elevation from obscurity on 23rd June 1988 with the aid of Al Gore, Tim Worth and a sabotaged Senate air conditioning system (read and learn - https://wattsupwiththat.com/2018/07/15/global-warming-today-is-now-haunted-by-an-almost-unbelievable-deceptive-beginning/). 
As for William Ripple, he's an ecologist specialising in wolves, including " .. how the far-reaching impacts of wolves are affecting the ecosystem in Yellowstone National Park .. " (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_J._Ripple), again hardly fitting the above description.

Comments relating to this, including copies of the LinkedIN exchanges, were posted to http://www.scientistswarning.org/we-must-take-action/ but went straight to moderation and have still not been published. In those comments she was also invited to review this sub-section and advise if she disagrees with any of it. Even if the comments are not published it will be interesting to see if they are passed on to Alison and if she responds.

FOOTNOTES

1) The Scientists Warning blog was founded by Stuart Scott, M.Sc. (Computer and Information Science – see http://www.scientistswarning.org/chronology/).

2) May/June 2019 LinkedIN exchanges

******message from pete ridley*********May 2019

I respectfully suggest that Alison Green concentrates on what she does best - Psychology - and leaves Climate Science to those qualified in the hard scientific disciplines behind the processes and drivers of the different global climates (see Section 2.0, Footnote 2).  As well as leading the psuedo-scientific scaremongering organisation ScientistsWarning (http://www.scientistswarning.org/we-must-take-action/) she actively supports the rabble-rousing anarchists who co-founded Extinction Rebellion.  Extinction Rebellion co-founders Gail Bradbrook, Roger Hallam and Stuart Basden have commented: " .. I don't think that Extinction Rebellion is really about the environment, it's just about democracy .. " " .. Through mass civil resistance, we’re going to create a new global regime that takes our responsibilities seriously towards the next generation .. ". " .. This is a call to the XR community to never say we’re a climate movement. Because we’re not. We’re a Rebellion .. "  For more on those closely involved with XR see the article "SpotlighON- Extinction Rebellion/RisingUp" at http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.com/2019/04/spotlighton-extinction-rebellion.html 

***********response from Alison Green*****June 2019

” .. This is a rather strange and off-topic comment on my post, and something of a personal attack on me, which I do not welcome at all. That I am a co-author on a letter signed by some of the world's most distinguished climate scientists suggests that I have more credibility than you care to acknowledge. Scientists Warning in turn is supported by William Ripple, lead author of the Second Warning Humanity journal article, and by many eminent scientists, including James Hansen. It might pay you to acquaint yourself with the facts in relation to climate breakdown and the ecological crisis, and could help you to have a constructive dialogue on the matter .. “.
(see Footnote 3)

3) None of those comments were intended to insult or hurt Alison or anyone else. Being just as passionate about the Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Change (CACC) issue as she appears to be, but from the opposite side of the debate, the comments were to the point, as Alison might consider hers to be. This is the norm when discussing this vexed CACC issue (a la Michael Mann v Tim Ball). The respectful suggestion that she concentrate on her area of expertise, psychology, and leave science to the scientists was not an attack but a perfectly reasonable suggestion, unless she has indeed learnt sufficient relevant science (which she appears to believe but appears to have not yet demonstrated).

How she could regard the comment to be off-topic is hard to understand, since the letter to which she linked (and which she co-authored) was talking about youngsters demonstrating against climate change " .. The world's youth have begun to persistently demonstrate for the protection of the climate .. we call for our colleagues across all disciplines and from the entire world to support these young climate protesters .. Their concerns are justified and supported by the best available science. The current measures for protecting the climate and biosphere are deeply inadequate .. (https://lnkd.in/dxr6pXg).

Added to that is her enthusiastic support for "Extinction Rebellion" . As was reported in the Cambridge News " .. Alison Green .. has been involved from the beginning .. " (https://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/news/local-news/extinction-rebellion-protest-london-alisongreen-16144466).


TO BE UPDATED

3.1.18 Alanna Byrne

Alanna Byrne (30+) from West Byfleet is a Press Cordinator for XR. She earned a degree in English and Art History from Roehampton College in 2010 (https://www.linkedin.com/in/alanna-byrne-0ab943127/?originalSubdomain=uk - see also the Footnote 1 to this sub-section.

It appears t
hat after graduating she spent several years in Toronto, Canada before moving on to South America. In 2015 she travelled to Peru, being Communications Manager with Seeds of Hope, the mission being " .. to support children living in extreme poverty in Huaráz, Perú .. " (http://www.seedsofhope.pe/). She also became a freelance writer with student travel provider Evolve Inc. (https://evolvetours.com/about-us-evolve-tours-school-trips/), " .. a writer and NGO coordinator .. in deepest, darkest Peru. Originally from London, UK, she has travelled from a young age and lived for two years in Toronto. She’s about to embark on more backpacking adventures, first across South America and then onto New Zealand and Australia ..  Follow her adventures here: http://web.archive.org/web/20160409045300/http://www.awritetoroam.com/ .. " (https://evolvetours.com/machupicchu/).

In 2016 Alanna Byrne became a Communications Officer with Project Cordillera, a " ..SOCIAL ENTERPRISE Promoting the Andes .. Having recently left Huaraz after almost a year there, I had already made my way across South America, New Zealand and Australia when I spoke with .. PC about helping out .. I can’t wait to visit again, hopefully on a Project Cordillera expedition! .. " (https://www.projectcordillera.org/2017/01/13/project-cordillera-team-stories-from-2016/).
Later in the year she added to her list of jobs the position Digital Communications Coordinator with a charity Action for Stammering Children (https://actionforstammeringchildren.org/about-asc/meet-the-team/).

The countries that she has lived in or visited are  " ..  Belgium, Bolivia, Canada, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Peru, Poland, Spain, Tunisia, United Kingdom, United States .. " (https://www.couchsurfing.com/people/alanna-byrne).
Her profile on that blog says " .. I am .. currently making my way around the World .. ".

Her enjoyment of all of that global travelling and the numerous other benefits of a modern lifestyle must involve the consumption of lots and lots of fossil fuel. On the other hand, the disruptive action in London by Extinction Rebellion that she is supporting is supposed to be fighting against our burgeoning use of fossil fuels. Her job at XR and her "Rebellion for Life" action in London does make Alanna Byrne look somewhat hypocritical, like Dame Emma Thompson (see 3.1).

FOOTNOTES

1) While a student at Roehampton she was a member of the Gt. Britain ladies ice hockey team in 2009, travelling to the World University Winter Games in Harbin, China (http://c1593.r93.cf3.rackcdn.com/WWUG_handbook.pdf) and the World Women Championship, Div. 2 in Torre Pellice, Italy (http://www.internationalhockey.net/forums/archive/index.php/t-7784.html). In 2014 she was still playing with Guildford Lightning (https://strikethepuck.wordpress.com/page/11/).


2) When reporting on her travels Alanna Byrne also used the alias Alannadunabyrne,

3.1.19 Cecily Lane Bedner

Cecily Bedner (20) is a student of film, etc. (see Footnote 1) and is an enthusiastic Extinction Rebellion supporter. She said recently that " .. I'm currently working on: A crowdfunded experimental documentary on climate action in the UK .. documents people taking action in the UK against the climate emergency - here is some info about it: www.gofundme.com/home-sick-a-documentary .. " (https://filmfreeway.com/CecilyBedner). That gofundme link is to the 14th January appeal made by Cecily and Harley Sample (the producer of the documentary - see sub-section 3.1.20) for charitable donations towards their documentary. It will promote the activities of the Extinction Rebellion organisation, focussing on the disgusting (and often illegal) disruptive action inflicted on London in early 2019.The targeted release date of the documentary is Autumn 2019.

Cecily said in her appeal for money that " .. there are groups of people who are gravely concerned for our future. Extinction Rebellion is one of the most prominent groups; surfacing in late 018 with marches, road blockages, and creative works to express their passion for preventing the future devastating impacts of climate change .. " (https://www.gofundme.com/f/home-sick-a-documentary).

Cecily advised in update 2 to that appeal that " .. With this funding, we're able to go to events leading up to April's Week of Rebellion, and capture some of the week itself. .. we're also able to dedicate some money .. so we can share the message with as many people as possible .. ". She concluded " .. We are a couple of very happy treehuggers .. " (showing a photo' of an enthusiastic tree-hugger (https://d2g8igdw686xgo.cloudfront.net/36205898_1547635610955594_r.jpeg).
NB: Cecily has been - and may still be - involved in fundraising for the "Tree by Tree" organisation (see sub-section 3.1.22).

In update #4 of that appeal she boasted about having attended the " .. XR Hackney Street Party - Sat 9th Feb 2019 .. and experienced such an incredible energy from everyone .. We spent the day talking to XR members old and new, including those who were getting involved for the first time. There were songs, debates, discussions, and loads of passion. Safe to say myself and my crew traveled home with weary eyes and aching backs, but also with a great feeling of energy, motivation, and excitement for future events .. ".

Cecily also said of that disruptive action (or "party" in her view) " .. What an amazing weekend of music and rebellion! Extinction Rebellion are making important things happen, and documenting the energy and voices of events like this is my favourite thing to do at the moment. If you haven’t already, you can find info on the documentary I’m directing at the link in my bio. Please donate to the project .. " (http://picdeer.com/media/1976336802593514095_1942740126).

In their 9th April call-to-arms and further appeal for charitable donations Cecily and Harley Sample begged " .. Our film needs your help one more time. This is the week it has all built up to. London will be rising up for our planet .. The rebels are gathering in the streets and are coming to stay for .. as long as it takes to be heard .. but unfortunately we don't have quite enough budget to stay in London .. for any longer than 3 DAYS. So we're reaching out one more time .. please support us however you can to keep us in London for the rebellion. We are desperate to stay .. DONATE here: https://www.gofundme.com/home-sick-a-documentary .. " (see Footnote 2).

Cecily boasted on 20th April about being " .. at Oxford Circus, after my first 'lock in'. with my friends .. we chained our arms together in metal pipes to hold the site overnight .. unfortunately this was only to swarmed by police officers just as we were waking up .. Extinction Rebellion is very much alive and kicking and dancing in our streets - check out what we're doing and support if you can .. " (https://m.facebook.com/cecily.bedner).

In update #5 of that Gofundme appeal (on 21st June) she declared that " .. Extinction Rebellion's April occupation of the streets of London was incredible to experience .. it was also incredibly draining .. Tension and exhaustion built up over six days until the Saturday evening when I was arrested at Parliament Sq (Section 14 Public Order Act) .. and spent 19 hours at Belgravia Police Station .. but I was very happy that I was able to make this choice in aid of something that I feel passionate about .. " (update 5 of www.gofundme.com/home-sick-a-documentary or https://m.facebook.com/story.php_story_fbid=2782697018413084&id=2502390549777067&anchor_composer=false).

It is doubtful that many Londoners share Cecily's happy memory of the shameful disruptive actions promoted by Extinction Rebellion during early 2019. They'd likely have been desperate for the XR-supporting rabble to be dragged off to jail as quickly as possible. That action not only caused considerable unnecessary nuisance to London workers, visitors and residents but also diverted 1000s of policemen from more important law enforcement work.

According to a BBC article, this disgraceful and unruly action cost the Metropolitan Police about £7.5M (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-48269042). " .. Met Commissioner Cressida Dick said overtime payments and the cost of bringing officers in from other forces contributed to a rise in the expense .. the offences that they may have been charged with are summary only and not serious and therefore the deterrent is not strong .. there should be a stronger deterrent.". Added to that is the cost inflicted on those innocent individuals and businesses affected by the disruption.

Would not justice be better served if the Extinction Rebellion organisation and the 1100 anarchists who were arrested were made to pay the cost of their actions, which were an unnecessary drain on the Met's funds, provided by mainly hard working and law-abiding tax-payers.
What a shame that any supporters of XR who have donated funds to the "cause" can't be charged with aiding and abetting the criminals who imposed such disruption on law-abiding citizens.

FOOTNOTES

1) Cecily Lane Bedner studied Film, Animation and Media Production at Plymouth College of Art (https://uk.linkedin.com/in/cecily-bedner-34b6ba108 and https://www.plymouthart.ac.uk/blog/creative-media-production-student-learns-from-the-best-at-bfi-academy). Since 2018 she has been pursuing her studies at the University of Creative Arts, Farnham, Surrey, UK. (see Sat. 17th Nov. 2018 events at http://www.transitionfilmfestival.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/TTTFF18_A5-Booklet_eVer.pdf , https://filmfreeway.com/CecilyBedner ).

In May 2017, while at Plymouth College of Art, she and fellow student Rose Lovegrove (https://www.plymouthart.ac.uk/blog/inhale-exhale-filmmakers-and-animators-to-look-out-for) published an award-winning annimation " A day in the life of the boy who plants trees". This is about how " .. The earth gets louder and dirtier and messier everyday, with litter covering its surface. Meanwhile no-one appears to notice except a young boy who travels everyday with his whale friend to plant a tree. Winner of the over 13 category of Into Film's 2017 The Animation Challenge .. ".
Rose commented " .. This character in our animation is inspired by the determination and patience of my friends at Tree by Tree .. " (https://www.intofilm.org/news-and-views/articles/animation-challenge-winners).

For more on the Tree by Tree organisation see sub-section 3.1.22 Tino Rawnsley..

In 2019 Cecily and fellow student Harley Sample (see Sub-section 3.1.20) received the UCA Student Union's award for "Outstanding Achievement in Sustainability" (https://ucasu.com/awards/).

2) This Comment can be seen athttps://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=270110337276842&id=2502390549777067&refsrc=https%3A%2F%2Fm.facebook.com%2Fhomesickdoc%2Fvideos%2F270110337276842%2F&_rdr .

3.1.20 Harley Sample

Harley Sample (20?) studies film production at Farnham University, Surrey, receiving the Student Union's 2019 award for "Outstanding Achievement in Sustainability" (see http://harleysample-dfsa.blogspot.com/ and https://ucasu.com/awards/) with fellow student Cecily Bedner (see sub-section 3.1.19).

Like Cecily, she is a staunch supporter of Extinction Rebellion, working alongside her on their project, a documentary (https://m.facebook.com/pg/homesickdoc/posts/). This focuses on the disruptive action taken in Spring 2019 by XR supporters in London. In May she said " .. I wanted to create a piece of work .. to show the effects of climate change on non-western climates within a recognizable western landscape. We are desensitized with the devastating effects that climate change can have so .. i am hoping to create a living drawing sequence which will display drought, flash floods and super storms .. " (http://harleysample-dfsa.blogspot.com/2019/05/fields-frames-presentation-submission.html#more).

She has worked with Cecily on at least one other project (http://harleysample-dfsa.blogspot.com/2018/11/studio-shoot-draft.html).

Harley's beliefs regarding climate change (and the CACC fantasy) are clearly illustrated by her Facebook entries (https://www.facebook.com/harley.sample). They are expressed in her grossly unscientific ramblings relating to her limited and one-sided research into the subject (see Footnote 1 one such ramble).

The essence of what she says there is that she believes that CACC is a very serious issue so it is her duty to create art about its effects. This underpins the objective of her and Cecily's documentary - to promote the activities of Extinction Rebellion and its supporters.
She said in her 18th April comment on Facebook “ .. Hi everyone, we have been having such a fantastic time filming the week of rebellion which is STILL happening in London RIGHT NOW and hopefully will be throughout the rest of the week, I urge you to go and see for yourself the emotional, powerful and courageous people there and speak with them.
Cecily and myself are SO very lucky and greatful to announce that our GoFundMe has busted through our goal with a huge £1,055!!!! THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH.
This means we can now create the documentary with NO limitations and we are so excited to show you our film being released in late August/September time .. ”.

It is doubtful that many Londoners were as happy about that disruption (see sub-section 3.1.19, para. 9).

Hayley appears to accept on face value all of the scaremongering propaganda from the usual UK sources. It is worthwhile having a critical look at her unsubstantiated beliefs/predictions and recognising the biased nature of her sources, eg:
- the UK's BBC (see Andrew Montford's booklet "The Propaganda Bureau" exposing the BBC's climate reporting shenanigans and the March article "BBC Retract Fake IPPR Extreme Weather Claims"
- BBC nature program presenter David Attenborough (with his BA Natural Sciences after studying geology and zoology), who happily conflates the CACC issue with genuine environmental concerns such as biodiversity and waste mismanagement (e.g. plastics),
- Environmental campaigner and CACC scaremonger George Marshall (see Dr. Judith Curry's article "Why Climate Disasters Might Not Increase Concern About Climate Change"  (https://judithcurry.com/2012/11/23/why-climate-disasters-might-not-increase-concern-about-climate-change/).

None of these sources provides any convincing evidence that the extreme weather events that different parts of the world experience from time-to-time (and always have done) has anything to do with our burgeoning use of fossil fuels.

Internet searches have so far revealed little else about Harley's education or lifestyle. She appears to have sensibly refrained from revealing too much about herself on social media and appears not yet to have had any newsworthy achievements.


Once again we have another of XR's CACC evangelists without any apparent education, training or experience in those essential physical sciences (see Section 2.0, Footnote 2).

To be updated

3.1.21 Avena Valentina Rawnsley

Avena Rawnsley (20?) has been studying literature, film and theatre at Essex University since October 2017. She is an environmental activist (see Footnote 1) and manages the "Environmental and Sustainability Society" which she started at the University in 2018 (https://m.facebook.com/essexsu/posts/hey-everyone-i-am-planning-on-starting-an-environmental-and-sustainability-socie/10155590655596517/ and https://m.facebook.com/pg/EnvironmentalAndSustainabilitySociety/about/#!/profile.php?id=100000095105043) although there appear to be few members.

Avena is an enthusiastic member of Extinction Rebellion Colchester (https://m.facebook.com/xrcolchester/posts/hello-for-one-of-my-assignments-at-the-university-of-essex-i-wrote-a-piece-based/667679707017146/). In May she posted on her "Oatly's Guide to Life" blog an extremely emotional article "Reasons to Rebel: A personal account of.civil disobedience" (https://avenarawnsley.wordpress.com/2019/05/28/reasons-to-rebel-a-personal-account-of-civil-disobedience/). It talks about the change, love, courage, determination and grief that she experienced as a participant in Extinction Rebellion's disgraceful and illegal disruptive actions in April 2019 on London's streets, etc.

She describes XR's activities in Trafalgar Square and on Waterloo Bridge, in which she and her siblings (sister Silva and brother Kai, who were both arrested (see Footnote 1) had participated. Avena (who had elected to be a "nonarrestable") was possibly searching for sympathy when describing what she seems to perceive as unreasonable action of those hordes of horrible policemen and women (who were simply doing their job of enforcing the law to protect innocent Londoners from the XR-supporting rabble).

Avena describes joining the rabble in Oxford Circus where " .. my brave friends made the decision to join a lock on .. I was led to where the lock on tubes were kept .. a policeman .. was watching us. I gathered the metal tube into my arms and walked away .. my back firmly to the police, to hide the tube ..The rest of the tubes arrived .. and my friends slipped their hands through the chains and into the metal casings and they all locked together .. Even though the next afternoon Oxford Circus was officially lost, even though some of my friends were arrested after hours of holding the site, even though it felt like a loss, it was a success .. ".

A success no doubt for the rabble-rousing founders of XR, however, it is highly likely that many, if not most, of the Londoners who suffered from that disruption would feel the same about it as the man who " .. shouted abuse, apologising for it as he did so .. ".

One of those friends who was arrested at the lock-on could well have been Cecily Bedner (see sub-section 3.1.19).

It is interesting that Avena appeared impressed by the words of renowned American anarchist Noam Chomsky, quoting his “ .. The activists of Extinction Rebellion are leading the way in confronting this immense challenge, with courage and integrity, an achievement of historic significance that must be amplified with urgency .. " (Footnote 2). Changing "activists" to "anarchists"  says it all really!

Avena is also a member of the "Goddess" religious sect, Glastonbury Temple (see also sub-section 3.1.23 Katinka Elvira Soetens, sub-section 3.1.22 Tino (David) Rawnsley and Footnote 3,).


FOOTNOTES

1) Avena and her younger sister Silva (19) are scheduled to attended the July/August  2019 Glastonbury Goddess Conference (see Footnote 3) to describe XR's activities in Trafalgar Square and on Waterloo Bridge during April 2019. The Conference's "Welcome" document includes " .. Presentations from .. AVENA, GABRIELLE, INDRA, MARISA and; SILVA EXTINCTION REBELLION .. will share with you their thoughts about the way they experience their activism. A talk about fearless fire, fierce courage, love in action, sacred acts, sacrice, privilege and of solidarity with a call to arms to protect our sacred earth .. Avena Rawnsley is an environmental activist, sacred writer, story teller and nature lover. She is passionate about the earth, how we live on it and the stories we tell about it. She has been active in the goddess conference for many years, and she loves it .. Silva Rawnsley has been involved in the conference since 2001 when she was just six months old. Being brought up in a Goddess loving family, the Glastonbury Goddess Conference has been hugely important throughout Silva’s life. A performer, temple dancer, environmental activist and artist Silva is dedicated into the sisterhood of Rhiannon and last year was part of the moon maiden ceremonial group. In the past Silva has served as a Melissa, dancer, story teller and priestess within the conference. This year Silva will be speaking as part of an environmental call to stand, creating and moving ceremonial puppets and assisting with the Malisse team during and leading up to the conference .. "  (https://goddessconference.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Goddess-Conference-Programme-2019-web.pdf - page 22 and 14). 

(Avena's brother Kai (18) is studying Environmental Science at the University of East Anglia and is another fan of appealing to the public for charitable donations - see  https://m.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000212378069 and https://uk.gofundme.com/research-trip-to-honduras)

2) Avram Naom Chomsky (https://southerncrossreview.org/38/chomsky-interview.htm) is a controversial academic who aligns with anarchists (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noam_Chomsky). It is hardly surprising that he would support  this experiment in anarchy and mob psychology being undertaken by the founders of Extinction Rebellion.

3) For a desciription of the Goddess Conference see https://goddessconference.com/about-the-goddess-conference/, The "Welcome" document for the Moon Goddess Conference in 2018 says " .. AVENA RAWNSLEY was raised in the Goddess tradition, learning about ceremony and sustainable living. She is a writer, artist, nature lover and student of the world. She attended her first Goddess Conference in Glastonbury at six years old and since then she has travelled extensively visiting alternative and Goddess based communities and broadening her skills and world view. She has co-organised seasonal ceremonies within the community of Glastonbury and abroad, participating in public ceremonies as well as private ones. In the 2014 Goddess Conference she contributed her art to an exhibition titled ‘Old woman through the eyes of young woman’ that held  a sacred gateway space for the death road. In 2017 she travelled to America and co-facilitated a creative writing journey workshop. Inviting people to study their inner landscape and express it in writing. She finds peace and connection when on the land and believes that respect for nature and care for all living beings is vital. This is her first Conference as a ceremonialist but Goddess and the Glastonbury conference are an integral part of her life. .. ".

The 2018 Goddess Conference was " .. Celebrating the great Moon Goddess in Her Maiden aspect, the 13 original Moon Maidens, 13 Maiden faces of the Moon Goddess and reclaiming Her radiance in the world .. " (https://goddessconference.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Goddess-Conference-Programme-2018-low-res.pdf)

The 2019 Goddess Conference is " .. the second of a five-year cycle around the great wheel of life, which will recognise, honour and celebrate different Archetypical Elemental Goddesses. Our Conference themes in this cycle are: Moon Maiden, Sun Lover, Earth Mother, Star Queen and Otherworld Crone. In 2019, we celebrate the Sun Lover Goddess, and warmly welcome you to Her Great Solar Temple in Avalon. .. " (https://goddessconference.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Goddess-Conference-Programme-2019-web.pdf).

See sub-section 3.1.23, Footnote 3 for information about the Conference's Pagan origins.


3.1.22 Tino (David) Rawnsley

Tino Rawnsley (61) is a keen supporter of Extinction Rebellion, frequently promoting its message on his Facebook page before he ceased using it in December 2018 (https://m.facebook.com/tino.rawnsley?fref=nf). On 12th November 2018 alongside a picture of a banner promoting XR’s 24th November Rebellion Day 2 in Trafalgar Square he declared,  “ .. Wherever you are it is time to rebel against apathy. Rise up now! .. ”. 9 Days later he commented “ ,, I just don’t understand. Most people I know are thoughtful, intelligent, Love their kids and are looking forward to a ripe old age. How are they not terrified about the global crisis we are in? .. What is wrong with people. How can we motivate their power, skills and energy to see and address the Elephant in the room? .. ” (https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1551791584920456&id=100002688880407).

(Daughter Silva - see sub-section 3.1.23 - dutifully responded “ .. Act now! We are out of time! .. ”).

He is a woodworker and woodsman who has worked as a forester, saw-miller and shipwright, running his company Rawnsley Woodland Products since 1996. Along with his partner Katinka Soetens (see sub-section 3.1.23) Tino has been associated with several companies (Footnote 1 to this sub-section). He was also a prominent member of the West Country Woodsmen network in 2005/6 (see Footnote 2 to this sub-section).

As well as running his woodworking company Tino operates a tree planting charity called "Tree by Tree" (see Appendix A2) through which he organises an annual tree-planting festival -  "treefest". The "Tree by Tree" web-site was taken down by hackers in early 2019 but is being restored, although to date (19th Aug 2019) it says only " .. New website coming soon! We are an environmental and social charity whose aim is to plant trees and celebrate, creating diverse and lasting habitats for wildlife and humans. Support us via Golden Giving .. " (http://www.treebytree.org/) with a link to their Goldengiving crowd-funding appeal for charitable donations (see https://www.goldengiving.com/wall/tree-by-tree)


FOOTNOTES

1) Rawnsley Woodland Products Limited (05615038), Waverley Burlawn Wadebridge PL27 7LD, was incorporated in November 2005, changed its name to Sustimco Ltd in October 2007 but was dissolved in 2008. Its previous directors David and Katinka Soetens continue operating it as a partnership.
Sea Blade Services Limited (03818493), 50 Fore Street, Bodmin, Cornwall was incorporated in August 1999 and dissolved in May 2001. Directors were David and Katinka.


2) More about Tino can be found on Pages 5/6 of the West Country Woodsman Winter Letter 2005 (http://www.westcountrywoodsmen.org.uk/docs/newsletter-01.pdf)

3.1.23 Katinka Elvira Soetens

Katinka Soetens (55) is apparently the partner of David (Tino) Rawnsley (see sub-section 3.1.22) and mother of Avena (see sub-section 3.1.21), Silva and Kai Rawnsley.

For 13 years she has been a Director (Teacher) of The Glastonbury Goddess Temple (see sub-section 3.1.21 Avena Valentina Rawnsley, Footnote 3).
According to the "Welcome" to the annual Glastonbury Goddess Conference (see Footnote 1) of 2018, which was " .. Celebrating the great Moon Goddess in Her Maiden aspect .. Katinka Soetens is a Ceremonialist of the Goddess and co-organiser of the Goddess Conference, Priestess of Avalon and a Sacred Sexual Priestess of Rhiannon .. teaching empowerment through Goddess ceremonies, trainings and workshops to honour the spiral of life grounded in the indigenous spirituality of Avalon and the European lands. She runs the Sacred Sexual Priestess of Rhiannon training for the Magdalene Mystery School in the U.K. .. also teaches a year long men’s soul quest journey : Path of the Lover – Brotherhood of Rhiannon .. as Priestess, Katinka facilitates healing of the wounding between the masculine and feminine .. Katinka works with movement, shadow hunting, touch, breath, sound, intimacy, embodiment and meditation .. Particularly interested in the sacredness of love .. Katinka facilitates sacred intimacy as a Priestess and sexual healer. This year, she is particularly excited to be Goddess Ceremonialist with her two daughters Avena and Silva Rawnsley. Her website is www.herpathoflove.com .. " (https://goddessconference.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Goddess-Conference-Programme-2018-low-res.pdf - see also Footnotes 1, 2 and 3).

Amongst the services that Katinka offers are " .. resources and freebies to let you enter into the mysteries of the Goddess and let you walk into Her path of Love .. ". She  even offers training courses for men " .. A Soul-quest into authentic masculinity and deep connection to both Goddess and Horned God .. "  (https://herpathoflove.com/).

She has significant control also at THE GODDESS CONFERENCE LLP which she runs with Maria van Eupen (https://www.companydirectorcheck.com/maria-antonette-johanna-francisca-van-eupen). " .. More specifically, Ms Katinka Elvira Soetens has right to appoint and remove directors from THE GODDESS CONFERENCE LLP since 2017-08-07 .. " when it was incorporated (https://suite.endole.co.uk/insight/company/OC418469-the-goddess-conference-llp). 
Since 2013 she has also been Director of Her Path of Love Limited, with Avena Rawnsley named as its Secretary (https://companycheck.co.uk/company/08818020/HER-PATH-OF-LOVE-LIMITED/companies-house-data).
(see Footnote 4 for more on these companies).


FOOTNOTES

1) " .. The Goddess Conference .. is a six-day journey into the mystery of the Divine Feminine as experienced in all of Nature and the shifting seasons of our lives, and celebrates a different aspect of Goddess each year .. envisioned as a spiritually transformative pilgrimage journey .. each day is carefully designed to take participants to a different place within themselves and to shift energy each day .. entering into Goddess space .. to open new pathways for Goddess to work in our lives .. " (https://goddessconference.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Goddess-Conference-Programme-2019-web.pdf and https://goddessconference.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Goddess-Conference-Programme-2018-low-res.pdf .

At the 2019 conference " .. we celebrate the Sun Lover Goddess, and warmly welcome you to Her Great Solar Temple .. on the sacred land of Avalon / Glaston- bury .. ".

2) " .. Avalon was associated from an early date with mystical practices .. It is traditionally identified as the former island of Glastonbury Tor ..  " (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avalon) - see also the article "The UK's Somerset Levels Floods and Crocodile Tears" (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.com/2014/02/the-uks-somerset-levels-floods-and.html).

3) In the "Pagan Goddesses" section of her "Simply Mystic Miracles" blog Rose Ariadne says " .. Let's look at Wiccan deities first, and then delve into the Pagan origins. The "Moon Goddess" is one of the most important deities in Wicca. It changes form from maid (the waxing moon), to Mother (the full moon), to Crone (the waning moon) .. " (https://www.simplemysticmiracles.com/).

4) Companies with which Katinka is actively involved include:
The Goddess Conference LLP  (OC418469)36 Selwood Road, Glastonbury, Somerset, BA6 8HW. .. LLP Designated Member Appointed on 7 August 2017,
- Her Path of Love Limited (08818020), 36 Selwood Road, Glastonbury, England, BA6 8HW, Director Appointed on 17 December 2013,
- The Glastonbury Goddess Temple (05824913), 13 St. Edmunds Road, Glastonbury, Somerset, England, BA6 9HX, Director Appointed on 9 July 2006.

Nationality: Dutchm Country of residence: United Kingdom, Occupation: Teacher
Rawnsley Woodland Products since 1996 along with partner Tino Rawnsley (see sub-section 3.1.22).

3.1.24 Andrew Basden

Andrew Basden (Footnote 1) is the father of Extinction Rebellion founding member Stuart Jeffrey Basden (see sub- section 3.1.5).

He is an evangelical Christian, enthusiastic environmental activist (see Footnote 2) and an active supporter of Extinction  Rebellion and the CACC fantasy. This is clearly illustrated by:
- his participation in Extinction Rebellion’s demonstration in London,
- his comments about climate change/greenhouse gasses and 
-  the title of his 26th March 2011 talk "Green Activism with Christ: Is spiritual regeneration needed for effective change?" to the Christian Ecology organisation (http://www.christian-ecology.org.uk/p1103A4.doc).

He has stated that " .. I firmly believe we should spend our effort, resources and money on preserving and indeed revitalising the declining populations of other species, by curbing our destruction of their habitats, and re-installing those habitats .. we should take immediate, and sacrificial, action to immediately cease climate change emissions, to reverse the bad example we have set for the rest of the world .. " (http://www.basden.demon.co.uk/G/).

His participation in Extinction Rebellion's disgraceful Spring 2019 disruptive action against Londoners was reported by Hollie Geraghty QUOTE: .. 
We also spoke to veteran activist Andrew Basden, 70, .. He’s been involved in environmental activism since 1980, but felt the Extinction Rebellion was creating a new phase in the climate change debate. “At last somebody is talking about climate change and environmental responsibility,” he said. “I’ve been waiting 30 years for this .. ” .. UNQUOTE (https://www.nme.com/features/extinction-rebellion-intergenerational-activists-awareness-2483848).

Andrew says in his article "Extinction Rebellion: Why I took part" that " ..  I .. did so as an evangelical Christian .. I felt it right, before God, to do so .. we must act urgently ..  to bring UK climate emissions to net zero by 2025 .. As an evangelical Christian .. I have had to work out whether this is acceptable in God's sight .. climate action and environmental responsibility is God's positive will for His people and humanity as a whole at this time in history, and .. I tentatively believe that this XR coincidence has been of God .. Even though the organisers of XR might not know God, nor even outwardly profess Christianity, does this matter in the eyes of Him .. I find that concern for God's creation, and to get God's people to act on this concern is burning in my heart .. I cannot keep it in. That is the main reason I joined Extinction Rebellion for a short time .. (http://www.abxn.org/ccge/xr.html).

FOOTNOTES

1) Dr. Basden, semi-retired Professor of Human Factors and Philosophy in Information Systems at the University of Salford, is an "information technology educator" (https://prabook.com/web/andrew.basden/541645).

2) Andrew is a member of the Green Party and was a candidate for Parliament in 1987 .. " (https://prabook.com/web/andrews.basden/541645 and 
http://www.basden.demon.co.uk/andrew.html). He had the support of less than 2% of the Eddisbury, Cheshire vote (https://green-history.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=124&catid=26).

" .. my confusion was I was a member of the Green Party in the 1980’s, I still am actually [although I don’t like it]. I came across lots of different factions fighting against each other. There were the deep ecologists who emphasised species and so on, there were the green economists, there were the new agers and spirituality. There were people who were emphasising decentralisation, and so on, and I couldn’t understand what is sustainability. I wanted to understand what is sustainability .. " (http://mauricem.net/c-a-n-/website/2017/06/22/two-provocatives-part-1/).

3.1.25 Farhana Yamin

Farhana Yamin (53) is a staunch environmentalist and XR supporter who believes that " .. Fossil fuels are the main drivers of the climate crisis .. " (https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jun/09/national-portrait-gallery-royal-opera-house-bp-extinction-rebellion-climate-breakdown). At an XR press conference in March 2019 she declared “ .. We can’t just leave it to the COP, we can’t just leave it to the Climate Change Committee’s review of the UK’s long-term target to sort it out .. the entire system is out of kilter, out of touch, and it is certainly not working fast enough .. " (https://xrblog.org/2019/03/09/vice-what-radical-climate-protesters-xr-are-planning-next/).

She is " .. a lawyer who helped negotiate the Paris climate agreement and now coordinates XR’s International Solidarity Network .. " (https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/jun/09/artists-national-portrait-gallery-bp-oil).

It is claimed that Farhana is " .. a leading international environmental lawyer .. Climate change lawyer and Extinction Rebellion activist .. with goal of social justice and zero emissions in line with 1.5 C .. " (https://www.festivalrepublic.com/news/creative-green-awards-2019 and https://mobile.twitter.com/farhanaclimate?lang=en#). She certainly is active at an international level regarding the UN-inspired CACC issue (see Footnote 1).

She was prominent at Extinction Rebellion's March 2019 press conference in their temporary Euston HQ. At that conference she declared “ .. We can’t just leave it to the COP, we can’t just leave it to the Climate Change Committee’s review of the UK’s long-term target to sort it out .. the entire system is out of kilter, out of touch, and it is certainly not working fast enough .. " (https://xrblog.org/2019/03/09/vice-what-radical-climate-protesters-xr-are-planning-next/).

During XR’s April disruption in London this Internationally-renowned lawyer surprisingly declared that “ .. We’re having to break law rather than make law .. ” (https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/04/20/clim-a20.html). It is to be hoped that any lawyer or law enforcer involved in breaking the law and committing a criminal offence or encouraging/helping others so to do would face no less serious consequences than anyone else so doing.

Blogger Iain Davis has a somewhat different take on this " .. As activists go, Farhana is exceptionally powerful .. played a part in drawing up the Paris Climate Agreement .. Greenpeace board trustee (Greenpeace being the wealthiest environmental pressure group on Earth,) .. advisor to the World Wildlife Fund and World Economic Forum .. a lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change .. a lawyer not a scientist, but you don’t need to be a scientist to become one of the ‘world’s leading climate experts’ as far as the IPCC are concerned .. A woman of many talents .. the founder and CEO of Track0 who aim to assist governments, businesses, investors and philanthropists to transition towards a decarbonised global economy. Her company partners with the Rockefeller Foundation, among other globalist heavyweights .. " (https://in-this-together.com/a-climate-emergency-fit-for-a-parasite-economy-part-2/).

Footnote 2 takes a look at what her organisation Track0 is involved in. 


Farhana's profiles can be viewed at hotbeds of CACC alarmism, Chatham House (https://www.chathamhouse.org/expert/farhana-yamin) and Climate Strategies at https://climatestrategies.org/team/farhana-yamin/. This shows her to have been closely involved with the Childrens' Investment Fund Foundation (an XR donor) and with the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, Brighton (as Research Fellow). 



(It appears that on the 30th April 2019 Yamin, Claire Farrell (see 3.1.29) and London actor/writer Sam Knights attended a meeting with Michael Gove, discussing CACC, citizens' assemblies, etc.)

FOOTNOTES

1) The UN's Framework Convention on Climate Change says" .. Founder and CEO, Track 0 Farhana Yamin is a leading international environmental lawyer and climate change and development policy expert. She has provided legal and policy advice to many different countries and constituencies over the last 20 years working as an adviser to developing countries especially the Alliance of Small Island States and least developed countries.
She has worked with the Children's Investment Fund Foundation from 2009 to 2012 leading on work relating to development of low emissions development strategies in developing countries and the development of progressive coalitions in the international negotiations. She was a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex from 2003 to 2009 and published numerous books and articles on the climate/development nexus. She was Director of the Climate Change and Energy Programme of the Foundation for International Environmental Law and Development from 1992 to 2002. She has been a Lead Author for Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change for three assessment reports and was Director of the Basic Project which brought together experts and government representatives from Brazil, South Africa, India and China for the very first time in 2004 to 2008 to discuss climate policy issues.
Ms Yamin has worked as a consultant to the European Commission from 1998-2002 providing advice on the EU Emissions Trading Directive. She was Special Adviser to Connie Hedegaard, EU Commissioner for Climate Action for 2012-2013, on issues relating to the international negotiations. She is a visiting professor at University College London, teaching international environmental law and climate change policy and an Associate Fellow at Chatham House .. " (https://unfccc.int/climate-action/momentum-for-change/advisory-panel-members/farhana-yamin).

2) Farhana’s Track0 organisation actively supports the CACC fantasy and provides assistance to numerous organisations who are pushing for the UK to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions to net-zero. Track0 has some very powerful partners:
- The Rockerfeller Organisation “ .. By year-end 2016 assets were tallied at $4.1 billion (unchanged from 2015), with annual grants of $173 million. .. “ (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rockefeller_Foundation),
- E3G (Third Generation Environmentalism) founded by Nick Mabey (ex-Greenpeace), Tom Burke, (ex-WWF) and John Ashton, (ex- Special Representative for Climate Change at the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office),
- numerous organisations supportive of the CACC fantasy.
(see http://track0.org/)

In 2017 “ .. Track 0 and Climate International Network (CAN International), held a major side-event at COP23 ..The event launched a major new publication by Track 0 and CAN International called ‘“A Compendium of Solutions for Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and Staying Below 1.5 0 C’ .. “ (http://track0.org/2017/11/launch-achieving-the-sustainable-development-goals-staying-below-1-5c/).

3.1.26 Robin Ellis-Cockcroft

Robin Ellis-Cockcroft (24) is an XR youth organiser who is " .. a huge believer in the power of young voices and find it scary how little representation we have in issues like climate change, decolonisation and economic reform. I'll be writing about lots of social justice issues, though mainly climate change, and sharing both my journey to become a full-time activist .. " (https://www.facebook.com/robin.ec.10). 

According to Robin " .. The world of today is breaking. We have built the modern world on the back of white supremacist, patriarchal and inequality-centric ideologies - it is a world of rampant racism, runaway climate change, massive gender inequity and falling living standards. My generation's future is on the line, it's time we stood up! .. ". (https://www.truthjusticeandpeanutbutter.com/about?fbclid=IwAR3vQx-KMy6PyLnZf8NmgCtj-QduDrp0rl-GMXT29B6ktQqK2yZM76p0iOQ). The word "grew" rather than "stood" appears more appropriate.

His "What I am reading" page shows nothing about the physical sciences necessary for an understanding of the processes and drivers of the different global climates, which perhaps explains why he is so supportive of CACC scaremongering. 

Robin is another of the XR activists who comes from Stroud, in Gloucestershire. Perhaps there is something special in West-country water.


To be updated


3.1.27 Paolo Enoch

Paolo Enoch (62) is a translator.and XR activist.who was charged with criminal damage in Westminster (see 3.1). He appears to have achieved little else that is noteworthy.


To be updated

3.1.28 Tiana Jacout

Tiana Jacout (32) of Bath, Somerset is another of those dedicated XR crusaders from the West Country with a keen interest in the spiritual. She is a five-element acupuncturist and Emotional Freedom Technique practitioner, having studied how to engage with Trauma and how to let it go. She also joined the conscious movement camp at Burning Man (https://burningman.org/network/about-us/), an organisation/culture/community which is " .. devoted to acts of gift giving .. " (https://burningman.org/culture/philosophical-center/10-principles/). Unsurprisingly it was founded in California, that hotbed of extremism, be it environmentalism, flower power or communal living (https://www.messynessychic.com/2019/04/23/the-last-great-california-hippie-commune-is-still-going-strong/).

Following a rather traumatic childhood Tiana travelled the world, spending two years in her early 20's at an Indian ashram. Somewhat enlightened but still searching, she returned to the UK and attended the Hoffman Institute (see Footnote 1 of this sub-section) and ended the 7-day process as a " .. transformed young woman .. She qualified in acupuncture and founded WomanFest .. " (Footnote 2 of this sub-section).

Tiana is a staunch XR and environmental activist and XR's festival organiser. She is considered to have been the “brains behind the bridges occupation”, i.e. the action in November of 2018 when thousands of XR members illegally disrupted the lives of law-abiding UK residents by blockading five bridges in central London .. " (https://xrblog.org/2019/03/09/vice-what-radical-climate-protesters-xr-are-planning-next/).

In January 2019 Tiana warned Glastonbury and other festival organisers " .. "Join us or you're going to be rebelled against .. There has to be civil disobedience if people won't accept the truth .. She urges activists to come to London on International Rebellion Day and to take two weeks off from April 15th, one week to be in the streets and the second in prison .. to deal with the urgency of climate breakdown .. " (https://campfireconvention.uk/bugle/spotlight/tianas-extinction-rebellion-challenge-glastonbury). In the associated video of her talk she said " .. we are creating a separate, true, fundamental democracy .. " (around 19+ seconds)

She appears to have totally accepted the scare-mongering about CACC. When talking about Brexit in February 2019 at that XR press conference she said " .. It’s phenomenal that while your house is on fire, all the government can do is squabble about getting a slightly shittier trade deal with their closest allies .. People are squabbling over how food will get to England and not looking at the larger picture of whether there is food available to come to here in the first place .. ”. 

In the invitation to her 2019 WomanFest (see Footnote 2 to this sub-section) Tiana ranted " .. we need women in their full power, to take leadership into a new world .. 
I had the honour this year to be one of the co-ordinators of Extinction Rebellion .. we were not just blocking roads - we were using that space to occupy it with a vision of the world our hearts knew was possible .. we cried with each other as we were taken away one-by-one by the police. I remain so humbled by everyone who KEEPS SHOWING UP .. in the face of overwhelming adversity. In their own life, in the struggles for freedom and justice .. 
Woman Fest 2019 .. is a call to .. all those who wish to step into their power and purpose - to find your place in the new world we HAVE to build, for the sake of all living beings and for ourselves .. The rebellion is indigenous and female centred - it is not just about climate change - it is a reconnection to the world around us and a defiant NO to the ties that bind us to the old paradigm of Scarcity, division and control.We reclaim our Sovereignty as Women .. " (https://www.womanfest.co.uk/blog/bring-on-2019)

Tiana believes that " .. if things continue as is, we face an extinction greater than the one that killed the dinosaurs ., “ (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-46252619). During an interview with Watkins Books about WomanFest which she had set up with Katherine Jordan (see Footnote 3 of this sub-section) Tania said " .. we women flow so differently to the way society is constructed, and that leads to such an imbalance. We had both traced back almost all the world’s problems to that. Climate Change, the poverty gap, the pharmaceutical drug crisis: they could all be solved if we as women not only recognised our strength and wisdom, but stood up for ourselves, each other and the Earth .. "  (https://watkinsbooks.com/woman-fest-2018/).

Despite appearing to have NO relevant education, training or experience in the physical sciences needed for any kind of understanding of the process and drivers of the different global climates (see Section 2.0, Footnote 2), Tiana is able to disprove the CACC fantasy after only a few minutes chat with Katherine Jordan. Environmental activists, politicians, the IPCC, David Attenborough, etc. try to persuade us that climate change was caused by our use of fossil fuels, but really it is just a matter of reconstructing society so that it flows like women!! Maybe that is with what Extinction Rebellion's founding members intend to replace the world's economic and political systems!

Tiana also said " .. I am happy to give up my freedom for the idea .. that others can see a better world .. " .. " https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-46172661). XR members conspire to incite others to break the law and try to get imprisoned, however, there are other ways of giving up one's freedom, such as getting hooked into certain religions or cultures or even being certified as of unsound mind.

FOOTNOTES

1) The Hoffman Institute was  founded in 1967 by a Californian tailor with no formal education or training in psychotherapy, Bob Hoffman. Designed to help troubled individuals to identify the negative behaviours that developed during their childhood, the Hoffman Process is " .. a 7-day soul searching, healing retreat of transformation and development for people who feel stuck in one or more important areas of their life.
Outcomes:
- Make peace with your past
- Release from negative behaviors
- Emotional healing and forgiveness
- Discovering your authentic self 
- Improved relationships .. "

Tiana Jacout, her three sisters (Lalie, Noemie and Chloe) and Mother Rikki have all undergone this process.

Tiana reveals some interesting information about herself in her Hoffman Institute article "My Journey Back to Earth". She admits to having been " .. a miserable child, and a worse teenager. The one your mother would shake her head at the mention of and tell you not to hang around with, muttering things like ‘bad influence’ and ‘will be found lying dead in a ditch somewhere’ .. ” ((https://www.hoffmaninstitute.co.uk/my-journey-back-to-earth-with-tiana-jacout-of-womanfest/).

She goes on to say that she “ .. was adrift in a sea of adult hypocrisy and cycles of abuse, and all the drugs, sex and suicide attempts couldn’t numb me enough to avoid the monsters that chased me .. So I ran .. Country to country, job to job, .. And then, to my utter astonishment, I ran into something .. Miraculous .. an ashram in India .. I had found something real for the first time in my life, I had found peace. I stayed there .. for two years .. of unwavering and unimaginable bliss. I stopped talking to my father – the perceived root of all my troubles! .. ”.

Tiana then describes how " .. The cracks began to show slowly .. I was doing everything right! .. vegetarian, meditating .. practicing yoga, filling my mind with untold wisdom .. I felt so strong spiritually, and yet .. I still had the same inexplicable rage, self-doubt and self-sabotage in me. I still had my shadows .. The gap between my emotional self-awareness and my spiritual understanding had grown too wide to ignore, and I knew it needed to be addressed. So back to England I went, bound for the Hoffman Process .. ".

Describing that experience, she says " .. something extraordinary happens. I find choice. I learn that my actions are my own .. I find autonomy. I find compassion for the people that raised me and for the mistakes they made .. I find forgiveness .. I’ve discovered that the world is not as it is, but as I am .. ".

Next she describes what may well have sewn the seeds of WomanFest " .. Best of all I find my body .. with its cornucopia of feelings and passions and nuances. What had first been numbed by narcotics then disowned with philosophy came back to me. I rediscovered my connection to my womanness too, and the surprising, extraordinary and delightful gifts that had to give me, in connection to the feminine, to the Earth .. ".

Tiana then discloses her earth-shattering explanation of the cause of many global crises " .. A glaring consistency seems to be at the root of so many of our troubles; the disempowerment, oppression and even subjugation of the feminine. Climate change, violence, war, the opioid crisis, mass incarceration, industrialised animal farming – all can all be traced back to this in one way or another.
She appears to reject the notion that we would all be living happily together in a "Garden of Eden" if it hadn't been for the mischief of that first woman on Earth (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adam_and_Eve). Was it not Eve who exposed society to evil??!!??

Her concluding statement is " .. one thing Hoffman taught me .. If you don’t like a culture, change it .. ".  That may explain her allegiance to the founding members of the XR/RU/CRLtd organisation. Remember their prime objective - to replace our well-established global political and economic systems with that wishy-washy "people power" alternative.

Perhaps Tiana would prefer the established global political and economic systems to be replaced by "women power". Many of us would scream "no thanks" to that!!. Maybe when Extinction Rebellion is just an unpleasant distant memory Roger Hallam will try to inspire a "religion rebellion" with the prime objective of  replacing the well-established different global religions with "Goddess" worship (see sub-section 3.1.21). He appears daft enough for anything.

In Feb. 2015 Tiana revealed that " .. The Hoffman Process has blown open the doors to connecting and understanding people and what drives them. It has made me much more patient. I’ve become such a believer that everyone is fundamentally good, and trying their best; they just need a little sympathy and empathy. The phrase “Oh God, I think I’m turning into my mother” is something I hear all the time. What I think the Process can teach people is that .. If you are in full control of yourself, you can have more of an ‘opt in/opt out’ attitude to inheriting things from your ancestors. That attitude would create a world of present and self-possessed individuals. What a world that would be! .. " (https://www.hoffmaninstitute.co.uk/an-emotional-dynasty-meet-the-jacout-family/).

2) Tiana is a founding member of WomanFest " .. an intention, a prayer .. a reimagining of an ancient women’s gathering where we come together, we step up for ourselves and each other, we learn, we share, we dance. We reconnect to and celebrate the Earth. We reimagine the world a little brighter and we heal. We burst out of our conditioning into our power; free, wild and mysterious – and a greater force for good than we could ever imagine .. " (https://www.hoffmaninstitute.co.uk/my-journey-back-to-earth-with-tiana-jacout-of-womanfest/). Shades of "Goddess" there (see sub-section 3.1.21 Avena Valentina Rawnsley, etc.).

Tiana is owner, sole director and secretary of Woman Fest UK Ltd. (https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/company/11306829/officers), registered in April 2018 by Tiana and Katherine Jordan (see Footnote 3 of this sub-section) a year after they met (https://watkinsbooks.com/woman-fest-2018/). Three months later Katherine handed her share to Tiana and resigned.

In that Watkins Books article Tiana said of WomanFest " .. " .. It came from our instant love of one another, that led to conversations about how we, as a global sisterhood are so fractured, so competitive .. ".
For more on the strange activities that go on at the Womanfest see the Mail article "Womb wisdom and Shamanic bee smoking... no, we've no clue either!" in which reporter Jan Moir " .. describes her gloriously bonkers weekend at Britain's first women only festival .. ". Jan tells us much more than simply that Tiana is " .. a five-element acupuncturist (based on Fire, Earth, Metal, Water and Wood) and an Emotional Freedom Technique practitioner .. " (https://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-6096365/JAN-MOIR-describes-gloriously-bonkers-weekend-Britains-women-festival.html).

3) Katherine Louise Jordan (40) is a self-employed trainee Psychotherapist from Paignton, Devon, who offers " .. 8-week courses in Mindful Contact .. " (https://uk.linkedin.com/in/katherine-jordan-3041a639). Her passion is " .. the healing potential of embodied mindfulness in contact work .. ". She is also " .. personally passion about being of service in this time of great transition and helping us to find a better way to live together, rooted in deep care and respect for one another, and for our suffering Earth .. ". 

3.1.29 Clare Farrell

Clare Farrell  (36?) is an XR founding member (see Iain Davis's blog article https://in-this-together.com/a-climate-emergency-fit-for-a-parasite-economy-part-2/), enthusiastic supporter of the CACC fantasy and environmental activist. She is a fashion designer who earned a BA in Fashion Design (Womenswear) from Middlesex University in 2004/5 (https://uk.linkedin.com/in/clare-farrell-52839b41).

On 17th April 2019 Clare said “ .. carbon emissions are still going up. They’re set to go up again this year. So, globally, the facts are quite clear that we’re on a catastrophic course, .. carbon emissions are still going up. They’re set to go up again this year. So, globally, the facts are quite clear that we’re on a catastrophic course .. The second demand for net-zero carbon emissions by 2025 has been amended. I believe it also now includes a rapid addressing of the biodiversity crisis .. the third demand .. is for a citizens’ assembly on climate change and the extinction crisis .. ” (https://www.democracynow.org/2019/4/17/extinction_rebellion_climate_activists_glue_themselves). 

It would be interesting to know to what “facts” this fashion designer is referring - certainly  not scientific facts. It is highly unlikely that during her fashion course at Middlesex Clare studied any of the physical sciences that are contributing to improving our poor understanding of the processes and drivers of the different global climates. 


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3.1.30 Margaret Klein Salamon

Clinical Psychologist Margaret Salamon (33) is the ‘fundraising director’ of XR. She co-founded (and is Executive Director of) the US grassroot group Climate Mobilisation in 2014 with Ezra Silk. She  describes herself as a ‘climate psychologist', whatever that might be.

“ .. Margaret felt called to apply her psychological and anthropological knowledge to solving climate change .. ” (https://www.theclimatemobilization.org/overview-and-team). That could be difficult for her, since a sound understanding of the physical sciences is required before even some understanding of the issue can be developed. Expertise in psychology can make no contribution to improving our limited understandiong of the processes and drivers of the different global climates.   She will have to look beyond her co-founder Ezra, whose area of expertise is history! 

She is an advisor to the board of the recently formed Climate Emergency Fund started by Trevor Neilson, filmmaker Rory Kennedy, and Aileen Getty (https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/07/12/bolster-grassroots-groups-demands-climate-action-philanthropists-raise-600000) so there should be no problem for XR getting there hands onto some of that £500,000 (and rising) fund (https://philanthropynewsdigest.org/news/climate-emergency-fund-for-grassroots-climate-activists-launched).

Margaret’s blog “The Climate Psychologist” is very revealing (http://theclimatepsychologist.com/category/human-climate-movement/). She says “ .. I know that climate change poses an imminent threat to our civilization, our species, and each of us individually. I know that the only possible solution to the problem is a waging a WWII-level war on climate change .. ” (my emphasis). Even honest scientists admit that they don’t KNOW anything of the sort, they can only speculate until they have an adequate understanding of the science behind the CACC issue . She should perhaps stick to what she KNOWS best - Psychology - and leave the climate science to those scientists who understand the relevant physical sciences!!

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3.1.31 Sibi Moore

In Nov. 2016 Sibi Moore (24) was charged with wilfull obstruction of the highway, along with Simon Bramwell, Ian Bray and 13 other law-breakers, who sat in the road to block access to Heathrow airport (https://www.cityam.com/fifteen-people-charged-over-heathrow-expansion-protest/).

Those others charged were Isabelle Anderson (33) of Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire, Graham Lewis (56) of Wells, Somerset, Thomas Harford (29), of Bristol, Madeleine Allis-Petersen (27) of Ealing, Margaret Charnley (70) of Bristol, Antoine Thalmann (28) of Oxford, Henry Owen (26) of Oxford, Ian Bray (49) of Kirklees, West Yorkshire, Joanne Louise Bodimeade (28) of Lambeth, Alexis Delage (28), of Lewisham, Sophia Lysaczanko (31) of Haringey in London, Tom Venner-Woodcock (32) of Southwark and Tess Lotter (33) of Camden.


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3.1.32 Sarah Lunnon 

Sarah Lunnon (54) is another of those active Extinction Rebellion supporters from Stroud (see Footnote 1) and is a member of its Political Strategy Team. She was a social worker for Gloucester County Council and has been an active Green local politician for years (see Footnote 2),

In the run up to the 2017 election she said " .. I’d like to move our energy supplies towards zero carbon energy, so basing our whole economy and energy on a zero carbon basis. The most important issue is protecting our natural world .. " (https://www.stroudnewsandjournal.co.uk/news/15311345.election-interview-greens-sarah-lunnon-we-must-protect-the-natural-world/).

Sarah has possibly accepted on good faith the propaganda promoted by supporters of the unfounded CACC fantasy (see Footnote 3). Alternatively, she is simply playing politics and jumped on the CACC bandwagon in order to promote her Green agenda (at the expense of the most important form of life on Earth - HUMANS). Her areas of expertise are social work and politics, not the physical sciences necessary for any hope of understanding the processes and drivers of the different global climates.

FOOTNOTES

1) Both Sarah Lunnon and Gail Bradbrook are friends of the Green MEP for SouthWest England, Molly Scott Cato (see sub-section 3.1.37), another active supporter of .

2) Sarah Lunnon was a Green party councillor for years (Stroud  District Council since at least 2005 and Stroud County Council since 2009. She stood as the Green Party parliamentary candidate for Stroud in the May 2015 and June 2017 general elections, attracting just over 2% of the total votes in 2017 (just ahead of UKIP).

3) “ .. A prominent member of the Stoud-based environmental campaign group Extinction Rebellion has called .. announcement for zero UK carbon emissions by 2050 ‘too late’.
Sarah Lunnon .. said that .. proposals were .. welcomed .. we've really got to ratchet it up .. The commitment that the government has made gives us a 50/50 chance to limited temperature rise to 1.5 degrees .. You wouldn't put your children in a car if it had a 50/50 chance of getting to the destination .. It's simply immoral and it's condemning our children to a bleak future .. We should have done this 30 years ago. We've squandered our carbon budget and 30 years is too late to head for zero carbon .. Scientists have warned that a two degree temperature rise would signal a 'point of no return' and the world would face 'catastrophic' environmental changes as a result.
.. We have to aim .. for zero carbon by 2025 .. through the means of a 'Citizens Assembly' - where we ask the people to determine how we would do it .. There's been a remarkable transformation in public opinion since the school strikes, since the April rebellion by Extinction Rebellion .. People now note that the environment is second or third in terms of the most important issues facing the country .. that actually does allow the government .. to take much more radical action .. ” (https://www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk/news/cheltenham-news/extinction-rebellion-member-calls-theresa-2972750).
Once again we have an XR member expressing a plethora of emotive propaganda without a hint of scientific understanding.


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3.1.33 Skeena Finebaum-Rathor

Skeena Rathor (42) is a Labour councillor with Stroud District Council and member of the Extinction Rebellion Political Strategy/Visioning Team and “ .. Vision Coordinator for the Extinction Rebellion International movement .. She is on a mission to bring kindness, ethics and honesty to politics .. ” (see Footnote 1).

Although she currently lives in Stroud her home town is London where, in April 2019 she was one of four XR extremist Labour party members who glued themselves to Jeremy Corbyn's garden fence (https://www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk/news/gloucester-news/embarrassed-sad-how-stroud-groups-2772758).

Before venturing into politics and moving to Stroud, Keena qualified as a pilates instructor when she was 24 and taught in Wimbledon (https://www.pilates-works.com/our-instructors/). She continues with this as part of her movement and medutation teaching activities (see Footnote 2) in association with the St. Ethelburga's charity (see Footnote 3).


On 27th July 2019 at the Womad festival (see Footnote 2 to sub-section 3.1.38) in Marlmesbury, Wilts XR made another exhibition of itself. Contributing to the farce, Skeena opined that " .. Solving the Climate and Ecological Crisis is the greatest and most complex challenge that we have ever faced, and we need to work together in order to do so .. " (https://rebellion.earth/2019/07/27/saturday-27-july-extinction-rebellion-hold-celebration-of-life-and-rebel-roar-at-womad-festival/).

So, here's another of those XR supporters enthusiastically promoting the CACC propaganda without having any expertise in the physical sciences relevant to understanding anything about the processes and drivers of the different global climates - but having a plethora of expertise in things emotional.

FOOTNOTES

1) “ .. Skeena .. lives in Stroud, where she runs the Politics Kitchen and is a co-founder of Compassionate Stroud. She is also a .. mental health champion at Stroud Council .. ‘In this age of misinformation, there is power in telling the truth. We all need to look within, recognise our own power, and face what is happening together. This movement is not about symbolic actions, but about building the necessary resilient and regenerative culture that the world needs now. It’s all about taking activists into becoming activators and igniting heart intelligence’.
Skeena sees the Extinction Rebellion Visioning Group’s role as finding ways to bring people together, breaking down the “them” and “us” and finding a way to the “heart” of rebellion and a new evolutionary politics .. ”
(http://compassionatementalhealth.co.uk/speaker/skeena-rathor)

2) " .. Skeena Rathor .. spends time as a movement (Pilates, Yoga, Feldenkrais, Garuda and Energy Medicine) and heart-math meditation teacher. A Teacher Trainer and Trauma Release therapist, a Raviv brain development teacher, Montessori Teacher, Metamorphic practitioner and ‘Listening and Thinking’ Facilitator. Skeena is also a political change maker and leader, excited about discovering; the evolutionary aspects of politics, feminine leadership and systems change, she is .. a member of the Labour Party National Policy Board. Founder of The Politics Kitchen and Co-founder of The Compassionate Stroud Project. In the odd spare moment Skeena sits, sings and dances as; A trustee of; St Luke’s Health and Wellness practice and The Sacred Music Festival. Her spiritual practice resounds in Sufism but she heartily borrows from many other traditions and contemplative practices. Since September 2018 Skeena has been committed to growing the ‘love-force’ of the Global Movement Extinction Rebellion with a particular passion for developing; deep collaboration, the mothering instinct, heart intelligence and soul presence within and around the work of Ex R. .. " (https://stethelburgas.org/event/generation-y-spirituality-and-social-change-a-one-day-gathering/).

3) St. Ethelburga's charity claims to be " .. a ‘maker of peace-makers’. We inspire and equip individuals and communities to contribute, in their own particular contexts, to activating a global culture of peace .. " (https://stethelburgas.org/).


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3.1.34 Savannah May Lovelock

Savannah Lovelock (19) studied performing arts and dance at Carmarthenshire College, Llanelli from 2014-18 then dance and choreography at Falmouth University (for a BA), dropping out after less than one year (see Footnote 1). She is now an Extinction Rebellion Youth coordinator and Manager of its South-West Britain coven (see Footnote 2).

Savannah participated in XR's illegal disruption in April 2019 at Marble Arch. During that rabble-rousing event she declared that " .. I'm dropping out of university for this because there is nothing is more important than this .. " (https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/uk-news/2019/04/22/climate-change-protest-arrests-top-1000-as-last-roadblock-finally-cleared/).

At the April Heathrow disruption she moaned that " ..  “We are consistently being punched in the face by the truth, but nobody is doing anything .. ” (https://blog.gogreenr12.org/extinction-rebellion-stages-youth-protest-at-heathrow-airport/). If she would only spend some time learning about the motives of the main XR rabble rousers instead of disrupting people's lives she might cotton on to the fact that she is being suckered by them.


 FOOTNOTES

1) It is noteworthy that Savannah still claims to be studying at Falmouth University (https://m.facebook.com/may.autumn.52?fref=nf&__tn__=-R) but was recently seeking accommodation in Bristol for herself and 6 or 7 other XR youth coordinators. Presumably she needs a base there for her role as Manager of Extinction Rebellion South-West Britain. Likely she is another of those recipients of those Volunteer Living Expenses, etc. from the Bank of RisingUP!

It appears that Savannah considered that joining the extremist organisation Extinction Rebellion was a more attractive proposition than a future career in performing art and dance. That would have involved the hard work of completing another two+ years of study at University then struggling to find work in a highly competitive environment. Perhaps the founding members of XR/RisingUP!/Compassionate Revolution Ltd. made her an offer that she couldn't resist. 

2) In January 2018 the Carmarthenshire College official Facebook page posted its congratulations to Savannah for being accepted by Falmouth University. Maybe they’ll post similar for her fine achievement of becoming a manager for such an Internationally renowned organisation as Extinction Rebellion without even having to complete a single year of study towards a worthwhile qualification


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3.1.35 David (Dave) Peter Nicks

Dave Nicks (60?) is a member of the Compassionate Revolution organisation's finance team " .. For financial queries contact Dave Nicks (dave.nicks@btinternet.com) .. " (https://rebellion.earth/2019/07/10/newsletter-25-love-in-the-time-of-teargas/), having been associated with XR’s parent organisation Compassionate Revolution Ltd. since shortly after its incorporation. He appears to be the nominated contact for anyone wanting further information about the Compassionate Revolution organisation and its subsidiaries RisingUP and Extinction Rebellion.

Dave is a trustee of the "Slough And District Community Fund" a registered charity which aims to provide " .. the relief of persons who are in conditions of need, hardship or distress and who are living in and around the Borough of Slough .. " (https://beta.charitycommission.gov.uk/charity-details/?regid=201598&subid=0). In 2011 he set up Slough "street angels" and was a regular volunteer at the Slough Foodbank (https://www.sloughexpress.co.uk/news/slough/5461/Community-Champions-rewarded-with-Olympics-tickets.html). 

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3.1.36 Liam Geary Baulch

Liam Geary Baulch (25?) of Lewisham is Creative Actions Coordinator at Extinction Rebellion (https://www.nathalienahai.com/12-climate-crisis-civil-disobedience-the-rise-of-extinction-rebellion-liam-geary-baulch/).

He earned a BA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths College, University of London in 2015 and has been a political activist for years (https://liamgb.co.uk/work/). There is not a lot of science taught there, yet he is an " .. Artist and Activist taking creative action to stop climate change .. " (https://twitter.com/gearybaulch?lang=en). That says it all really!

Here's a sample of Liam's wise pronouncements " .. we have been talking to people about the real science that we’re seeing now, not in an alarmist way, but in a realistic way. We are now facing what could be the next mass extinction. We’re already grieving over the lives lost, both human and otherwise, to climate change. And we’re seeing and talking to people about the fact that we might now be facing human extinction. And so we’re asking people to face that grief and feel that emotional response to this crisis, what we’re calling an emergency crisis—we want to shift the language to that emergency crisis—and to respond to that and move through that into action .. " (https://www.democracynow.org/2018/12/14/extinction_rebellion_uk_protesters_are_supergluing).

Liam seems to think that science can be seen when in fact it needs to be understood. That is something that he will almost certainly find very difficult until he studies and understands physical scientific disciplines (see Section 2.0, Footnote 2). these are all necessary before there is a hope of "seeing" the science about the processes and drivers of the different global climates. Even the "climate scientists" still have an enormous amount to learn and even then will not be able to stop whatever changes to climates Mother Nature decides to throw at us.

Once again we have an XR spokesperson uttering not a word of science (because it is beyond his ken?) but a plethora of emotive nonsense.

Once again we have someone spouting support for the CACC fantasy about our burgeoning use of fossil fuels powering a charge towards climate catastrophe. On the other hand he apparently traveled thousands of miles to Poland in the process and has traveled extensively in the UK and overseas.  I doubt that he walked or cycled to any of those places.

He appears to be one of those volunteers who have received living expenses and other payments from the Rising Up bank account – quite considerable amounts at times, e.g. £800 in May 2019, £1290 in April, £800 in Feb, £800 in Jan. £4400 in Nov. £1250 in Oct. (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1UqQmzcXNnN9SD0AAHrH7EegwyxIdt7FMVJNslZVLr6s/edit#gid=521830536).
Nice work if you can get it! Perhaps Dave Nicks will shed some light on what those payments were for.

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3.1.37 Molly Scott Cato

Molly Scott Cato is a Green MEP representing the South West of England and Gibraltar who considers " .. the dubious forces behind the Brexit campaign – an alliance of far-right ideologues, climate change deniers, tax-dodging foreign billionaires and specialists in voter manipulation .. " (https://mollymep.org.uk/brexit/). She is an XR supporter who " .. pledged to swap lawmaking for lawbreaking in defence of the planet when and where necessary .. ". (https://inews.co.uk/opinion/comment/im-an-mep-who-helped-block-londons-central-bridges-to-protest-climate-change-there-is-more-civil-disobedience-to-come/).

".. She says stopping flying, or cutting back on flights considerably, is the ‘most important single thing we can do individually to protect our climate .. " (https://mollymep.org.uk/2019/07/11/flight-free-2020/).
" .. extreme weather patterns and events are now becoming the new norm, not just here but across the globe, driven by climate change .. " (https://mollymep.org.uk/2019/07/09/net-zero-why-wait-until-2050/).

Molly frequently rants on like this yet  her area of expertise is economics, not in the physicalsciences required for any understanding of the processes and drivers of the different global climates. It appears that she hasn't a clue what she is talking about when pontificating on CACC - typical of politicians.


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3.1.38 Chris Smith

Chris Smith (56/7) runs Extinction Rebellion Kingston (Footnote 1 of this sub-section) but is best known as the director of the WOMAD festival (Footnote 2 of this sub-section). On 27th July 2019 he allowed Extinction Rebellion to hold a "Celebration of Life" on one of the stages " .. culminating in a Rebel Roar of defiance in defence of the planet .. " (https://rebellion.earth/2019/07/27/saturday-27-july-extinction-rebellion-hold-celebration-of-life-and-rebel-roar-at-womad-festival/)

Ahead of the event he declared that “ .. It’s exciting that our two organisations will be able to come together this weekend to both celebrate the global cultures that form the core of our humanity, and inspire people to act to help preserve our species, our planet, and with them the global music art and culture we’re celebrating this weekend .. ”.
Despite this enthusiasm for supporting XR in its use of CACC propaganda to further its anarchistic objectives, Chris exhibits no expertise in the physical sciences necessary for even a basic understanding of the processes and drivers of the different global climates. Never mind - he does organise a very fine annual WOMAD festival.


FOOTNOTES

1) One Chris Smith was responsible for organising a very emotional petition for submission to Kingston upon Thames Council. His "Declare a Climate Emergency" petition inspired 31 people out of a local population of 175,000!! So, does that mean that less that 0.02% of the Kingston population believe that our burgeoning use of fossil fuels will lead to a climate catastrophe - let's hope so.


His petition read " .. Declare a Climate Emergency

We the undersigned petition the council to Immediately and publicly declare a state of Climate Emergency in line with the demands laid out below.

The air is becoming unbreathable.
The oceans are acidifying.
 The ice is melting.
 The temperatures and seas are rising. 
Wildlife is dying and ecosystems are collapsing. 
Climate forecasts are now truly horrific, we are already witnessing the 6th mass extinction. 
Unless radical action is taken without delay we are dooming ourselves, our children and all other species on this planet to a terrible fate beyond imagination.

As local residents and active supporters of Extinction Rebellion Kingston, we therefore demand that you:
Immediately and publicly declare a Climate Emergency.
Commit to going carbon neutral by 2025.
 This would be consistent with the world keeping within 1.5 degrees warming limit as committed to in the Paris Climate Agreement,  thereby securing our children's futures along with most remaining natural habitats and ecosystems.
Publish the Council's new Climate strategy as soon as possible as well as a binding deadline for doing so.
Publish content on the Council's website outlining its Climate Strategy and carbon reduction commitments, along with suitable carbon reduction information, advice and support for residents. This must be inline with meeting the 2025 deadline as outlined above.
Agree to a timetable for reporting publicly the progress being made on the commitments made in the new Climate Strategy.
Extinction Rebellion aims to raise awareness about this urgent crisis, spurring ordinary people to do whatever they can to help address this issue.
As councillors you have a responsibility to do the same! .. ".

Plenty of emotion there but not a bit of science to back up those terrifying claims.

Of course, there are lots of Chris Smiths around, even in Kingston, so that petition may not have been instigated by the WOMAD one.

2) The WOMAD festival, which moved from Reading to Malmesbury, Wiltshire in 2007, claims to be " .. a glorious melting pot of music, dance, food, art, spoken-word, poetry, science and more .. ". It is hard to see what science relevant to CACC is offered at the festival but there has been a Physics Pavillion there since 2016. "This year WOMAD has gone where no festival has gone before by launching itself into the realms of science fact and science fiction." (https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/14642309.amp/).

That Argos report does mention that Dr. Who's " .. Lead writer and executive producer .. Steven Moffat .. will include a Q&A session, to discuss how science fact blends with science fiction .. ". The blending of science fact with science fiction certainly aligns well with the CACC fantasy so enthusiastically adopted by the Extinction Rebellion founding members to further their real objective - anarchy. As far as science relating to the different global climates is concerned XR and its supporters appear to have none, but they do compensate with a plethora of emotional propaganda - just what Stephen Schneider ordered (Appendix A6.1) - "what's new pussycat, yea yea yea yea yea".(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFcRDLRvY8E).


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3.1.39 Jenny and Derek Langley

Jenny and Derek Langley (both 63) are enthusiastic supporters of XR, running regular Non-Violent Direct Action (NVDA) courses taking between 3 and 6 hours each, often several times a week. These can be in their home area of Cambridge or beyond. " .. They prepare people for what to expect when they get arrested, how to treat the police, politicians and motorists with respect, and how to de-escalate angry situations .. As well as travelling to London for demonstrations in the capital, we organise smaller local actions in and around Cambridge, such as blockading petrol stations and swarming — holding up traffic at the lights .. " (https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/do-extinction-rebellion-activists-practise-what-they-preach-at-home-bsg722z9q).

Derek appears to be proud of the fact that he has been arrested twice " .. once on the street and once for putting graffiti on the wall of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with blue paint .. ".

He also appears to be proud that they do their best to minimise their "carbon footprint", including recycling aluminium cans that others have cast aside in the street. " .. Eight aluminium cans have the same carbon footprint as a loaf of bread .. " - would you believe it!!! - " .. which is why we volunteer our time — it’s for our grandchildren’s future .. ".

Jenny and Derek both fully support the CACC fantasy, saying " .. We .. have been aware of the science behind climate change since evidence started emerging in the late 1970s and 1980s .. " and the Times article misleadingly suggests that both are scientists.
Decades ago Derek did earn a degree in Theoretical Physics, then spent 15 years working on Computer Aided Design. In 1991 he chose to focus on his beloved hobby, photography and a crafts/publishing business (https://www.globalgallery.com/knowledgecenter/artist_biography/derek+langley and https://www.darknessandlight.co.uk/cambridge_mists_intro.html).

Jenny earned a degree in Chemistry decades ago (https://arbpublicart.wordpress.com/category/exhibitions-events-archive/page/3/) but settled for using her City & Guilds diploma in embroidery,  choosing to be a reclaimed textile artist (http://circularcambridge.org/blog/the-people-behind-circular-cambridge-qa/qa-for-circular-cambridge-with-jenny-langley-reclaimed-textiles-artist-and-founder-of-circulart/). She joined Derek's business full time in 1998, handling the publishing/crafts side. 

Jenny actively supports the Cambridge Carbon Front, a small local charity trying to " .. Promote public engagement with the problem of climate change .. ".
Jenny believes that " ..  The science is so convincing; the planet is in terrible trouble .. beautiful countryside .. birds and animals and all that is threatened .. " (http://circularcambridge.org/blog/the-people-behind-circular-cambridge-qa/qa-for-circular-cambridge-with-jenny-langley-reclaimed-textiles-artist-and-founder-of-circulart/).


3.1.40 Mina Jaf

Mina Jaff (??) is a member of of Extinction Rebellion’s International Solidarity Network.


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3.1.41 Ronan McNern

Ronan McNern (43/4), is a Media and Messaging Coordinator for XR, one of those privileged "volunteers" who get paid "living expenses" (£8500 from Nov 18 to May 19 - see sub-section 5.1.2). He has been an activist for many years, having been a press officer and spokesman in 2011/12 with Occupy London, the copy-cat movement following the lead of the USA's Occupy Wall Street. 
" .. 'We’re the beginning of something' said Ronan McNern, a member of U.K. rights group Queer Resistance who has a background in public relations. 'People are not stakeholders in democracy, in the workings of the nation anymore. This [movement] gives a lot of hope for the future' .. ” (https://www.commondreams.org/news/2011/10/10/occupy-wall-street-style-protests-spread-britain?amp - see Footnote 1) of this sub-section).

During XR's  London disruption in Nov 2018 " .. Ronan McNern .. said the plan was to cause major disruption with a number of small teams .. moving around London. ' .. The lights go red. They go into and sit down in the road, wait seven minutes .. Come off .. let the angry drivers at the front go, then the light goes red and you go on again. This is about causing economic disruption by slowing things down, bringing things to a gridlock. This is an experiment, really. I think that’s the most important word.' .. " (https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/uknews/swarming-sit-down-protests-disrupt-london-traffic/ar-BBPW8ib).


FOOTNOTES

1) " .. Queer Resistance is an independent collective of queers and allies across the UK coming together to fight the cuts.  Our members include lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex and queer folk as well as many friends and allies .. " (http://falseeconomy.org.uk/campaigns/item/queer-resistance).


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3.1.42 Dr. Emily Spry 

Medical doctor Emily Spry of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical medicine is a CACC evangelist who appears to believe that " .. we have 12 years to limit the coming climate catastrophe .. more extreme weather events, sea rises, food shortages, mass extinctions and large areas of our planet becoming literally uninhabitable .. there is a tipping point, where feedback loops .. kick in and cannot be stopped by reducing fossil fuel use.  In other words, not just polar bear extinction but human extinction is very much on the table .. when my eldest daughter turns 18, it will already be too late to limit the worst of the climate catastrophe.  By that point, human extinction may already be inevitable .. " (see https://sustainablestalbans.org/2019/03/09/heading-for-extinction-and-what-to-do-about-it/). 

This is the theme of the presentation that she and Dr. Kate Jeffery give on behalf of XR - see Appendix A1.

See also sub-section 6.2 "XR ST Albans"

3.1.43 Dr. Catherine Jane Jeffery

Professor Kate Jeffery (57?) works at the Department of Psychology and Language Sciences, University College London). She " .. is the director of the Institute of Behavioural Neuroscience at UCL. Her focus is on the “cognitive map”, which underlies our sense of direction and sense of place. This map is also used to organise memories of life experiences. She studies neurons and behaviour to understand how we use our brains to navigate complex environments .. " (https://www.pechakucha.com/users/kate-jeffrey).

Dr. Jeffery originates from New Zealand where she earned her under and post graduate degrees in Medicine before earning her PhD from Edinburgh University in 1993. She has spent the last 32 years in the UK (see https://www.ucl.ac.uk/jefferylab/miscellany/Jeffery_CV.pdf) 

She is a significant member of the XR organisation, presenting its "Heading for Extinction (and what to do about it)" (see Appendix A1) with fellow medical doctor Emily Spry (sub-section 1.3.42). 

Like most other significant XR members (and its followers), Dr. Jeffery appears to lack the relevant education, experience or expertise required for any kind of understanding of the highly complex issue of the processes and drivers of the different global climates (see Section 2.0, Footnote 2), Regardless, she (like the others) is happy to function as a CACC evangelists and demonise that essential life-supporting substance carbon dioxide..

3.1.44 Victoria Katherine Mistry  

Environmental/Sustainability consultant and CACC evangelist Vicki Mistry (45) is a member of XR's Chesham Branch (see sub-section 6.1 ) She appears to believe that " .. There is a climate emergency .. We only have 12 years to limit climate catastrophe .. It is likely we will see global mass starvation in my lifetime and that is only the tip of the iceberg .. " (https://xrchesham.co.uk/_iserv/dlfiles/dl.php?ddl=xr-article.pdf).

At the end of that “A reluctant rebel – an urgent cause” call-to-arms Vicky gives 11 references to the work of others, such as:
- David Attenborough, broadcaster and natural historian,
- Paul Erlich specialist in the structure, dynamics, and genetics of natural butterfly populations,
- Ban Ki-moon and Antonio Guterres, politicians/diplomats, etc.
but NOT ONE to any publication relating to sound science about the processes and drivers of the different global climates.


As for many XR members and other CACC supporters, Vicky appears to have inadequate education/training/experience required for any understanding of the processes and drivers of the different global climates (see Section 2.0, Footnote 2).     

Her background gives a hint as to why she is so supportive of the CACC fantasy and considered it worthwhile getting involved with an organisation like XR. She has been a "sustainabilty" consultant for years. Vicky and her partner Naresh Ratilal Mistry own the Sustainability and IT Project Management consultancy Springfield Partners Ltd. (https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/company/05526017/filing-history). " .. The company is owned and managed by Directors Victoria and Naresh Mistry. Victoria actively manages the business providing sustainability advice to clients.
Victoria is a qualified Chartered Civil Engineer with a wide range of construction experience both in the design office and as a contractor. She has also worked as a sustainability consultant for BRE for over five years. Services offered by Victoria include;- Sustainability consultancy- Sustainability training development and delivery (General and particularly BREEAM) Development and facilitation of sustainability workshops .. Victoria is deputy chair of the Chesham Fairtrade Steering Group and is on the steering group for Chesham to become a Transition Town. .. " (http://www.springfieldpartners.co.uk/index.php?page=about-us).


3.1.45 Dr. Lyn Jenkins 

Dr Lyn Jenkins, a retired NHS ophthalmologist, is a significant participant in the Chesham faction of the XR organisation (see sub-section 6.1 "XR Chesham"). A Guardian article on 1st Sept 2019 said that " .. Lyn Jenkins was visited by police after being reported to counter-terrorism programme .. police declined to discuss why two of its officers had visited Jenkins at his home in Chesham .. " (https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/sep/01/nhs-reports-protester-to-prevent-extinction-rebellion).

That Guardian article provides some interesting information relating to terrorism and the Prevent program (see also Section 1.0 Footnote 2).

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3.1.46 Elizabeth Bella Kitchiner Haughton

Elizabeth (Lizzy) Haughton (24) is another environmental activist and XR member from the West country (Bristol). After completing a 3-year course in English with History of Art in 2018 she became a trustee and Activities and Development Officer with the Manchester University Student Union charity (https://en-gb.facebook.com/lizzy.haughtonsu). She was also closely involved with the University students' People and Planet Society established in 2017.

Lizzy is also " .. heavily involved with Extinction Rebellion .. I also want to support any students and staff members to go on the climate strikes, so I will be campaigning for no sanctions to those who want to strike" (https://manchesterstudentsunion.com/sustainability/your-sustainable-union). So, like others who are heavily involved with Extinction Rebellion, Lizzie appears to be happy to encourage others to follow her in breaking our laws and getting arrested (see Footnote 1 of this sub-section). Let's hope that she experiences the full force of the law for any future obstruction of the highway or incitement or conspiracy to do so, rather than the minor inconvenience that she experienced for her allegedly illegal activities in Manchester and London in November 2018 (https://camdencyclists.org.uk/2019/01/extinction-rebellion-activists-in-court-after-manchester-protest/ and https://www.eastlondonadvertiser.co.uk/news/crime-court/tower-hamlets-member-of-extinction-rebellion-appears-in-court-1-5978988).

The XR blog says of Lizzy QUOTE: .. Identifying a 12-year estimate for dealing with climate breakdown before facing human extinction, Haughton was clear that the issue was not whether “they [students] care enough”, but “telling them that they have to care” .. UNQUOTE (https://xrblog.org/category/news/). Here's another significant XR member with no apparent relevant education, training or experience in the hard scientific disciplines (see Section 2.0, Footnote 2) pushing CACC propaganda with impunity. Our Universities appear to be complicit in this nonsense instead of encouraging their students to think for themselves and form opinions based upon fact, not fantasy. 

In September 2019 Lizzie was appointed a Director of Climate Emergency Action Ltd. (see Footnote 2 of this sub-section).

FOOTNOTES

1) " .. Shortly after 3pm on Saturday 24 November 2018, police responded after a number of people were reported to be wilfully obstructing the highway on Oxford Street, Manchester.
The following were charged with Wilful Obstruction of the Highway contrary to section 137(1) of the Highways Act 1980:- ..Elizabeth Haughton (09/09/1995) of Ducie Street, Manchester .. ".

2) Climate Emergency Action Limited (by guarantee) was incorporated on 27th July 2019, with Catherine Lois Sayer (63) as its first Director (see Footnote 3 of this sub-section) and "person with significant control .. (with) 75% or more of the voting rights .. " (and guaranteeing all of £1 if the company is wound up), followed in September/October by Sarah Elizabeth Greenfield Clark (36) - sub-section 3.1.47 - , Elizabeth Bella Kitchiner Haughton (24), Adaeze Aghaji (19) - sub-section  3.1.48 -, and Gail Bradbrook (sub-section 3.1.1), 
Sayer became its Secretary in September (https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/company/12125792/officers).

The purpose of the company is to provide services to anyone or anything campaigning for actions on the fantasised climate and ecological emergency, including fundraising, merchandising, expenses, grants, employment - funding, expenses and grants are just what Gail Bradbrook and other XR founding members need. 

3) Catherine (Kate) Lois Sayer is a chartered accountant focussing on advising charities and social enterprises. She earned a BA in German and Russian from Reading University in 1979 then trained as an accountant, becoming Chartered in 1983. There is no reason to believe that she has any worthwhile understanding of the processes and drivers of the different global climates.

" .. After qualifying as a chartered accountant, Kate helped found Sayer Vincent, an auditing and consultancy firm dedicated to working with not-for-profit organisations .. " (https://www.britishasiantrust.org/about/governance/kate-sayer/). Kate was with Sayer Vincent LLP (https://www.sayervincent.co.uk/about-us/our-people/our-people-detail/?m_id=123) from 1984 until Dec 2016 (https://uk.linkedin.com/in/katesayer). Sayer Vincent's " .. work is dedicated to charities and social enterprises .. ".

Kate's involvement in setting up Climate Emergency Action Limited and bringing members of Extinction Rebellion onto its board is somewhat puzzling (although it appears that she, like so many other XR activists, has close links to  Stroud - https://vat-search.co.uk/o-5*F_Catherine+Lois+Sayer+%7C+Kate+Sayer). The XR/RU?/CRLtd organisation is not a charity and is perhaps more of a disruptive than social enterprise. As for being a "not-for-profit", it certainly is very wealthy and has an income that exceeds its outgoings, even after paying its "volunteers" - i.e. it makes a profit.

Kate has no apparent history of direct involvement in the CACC issue or any relevant expertise. Her twitter account gives the impression that she only recently became interested, retweeting an item on the 8th October. On the 11th October in response to a comment in the Economist Kate complained that " .. the article contains fundamental errors. Not anarchists. It isn’t controlled by cliques - it isn’t controlled by anyone. It has a self-organising system - unfortunate that Economist relies on a deeply flawed report by Policy Exchange .. " (https://twitter.com/KateSayer1).

In recent correspondence she was invited to read this article in the hope that she would recognise how wrong she is about how XR is organised and how the Policy Exchange is spot on with its assessment (see Section 1.0 Footnotes). Unfortunately she appears to prefer to keep her blinkers firmly in position.


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3.1.47 Sarah Elizabeth Greenfield Clark  

Sarah Clark earned a BS in English, History, Education and Science from the Open University in 2017 and an MSc in Sustainability from Anglia Ruskin University in 2018 (https://uk.linkedin.com/in/sarahelizabethgreenfieldclark).

She declares " .. a relentless passion for climate action. Currently supporting Extinction Rebellion partner and fundraising projects .. " and has supported campaigns for Chelmsford Council to declare a climate emergency, anti-fracking and divestment from fossil fuels by her university.

She also does Fundraising, Partnerships and Creative Messaging at Extinction Rebellion, as well as being happy to break the law in order to get arrested (http://xrchelmsford.org/october-rebellion-day-3). What a shame that those arrested were quickly released rather than being flung into goal.

That's another CACC propagandist with no apparent education, training or experience in any of the hard scientific disciplines required for any hope of understanding the processes and drivers of the different global climates  (see Section 2.0, Footnote 2).


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3.1.48 Adaeze Chiamaka Nkemakonam Whitney Aghaji

Adaeze (Daze) Aghali (20) is an active member of XRYouth who spoke at Extinction Rebellion's London disruption in April 2019. As well as her XRYouth outreach activities she is a second-year student of history and politics at Goldsmiths University, South London (no worthwhile science there, so what is the likelihood of her understanding the processes and drivers of the different global climates?).

Despite her ignorance of the essential physical science disciplines required for any hope of understandng the processes and drivers of the different global climates (see Section 2.0, Footnote 2) Adaeze insists that:
QUOTE: .. “We are at a turning point .. This generation can take leadership and make this change happen or we are facing a genuinely terrible future – so I am trying to do something, to be part of a new politics, part of the new world I want to see”. 
Aghaji .. is standing as a Climate and Ecological Emergency Independent (CEEI) in Thursday’s European elections. The teenager .. is one of nine Extinction Rebellion activists who are standing as independents under the CEEI banner .. 
UNQUOTE (https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/may/20/extinction-rebellion-activist-european-elections-daze-aghaji - see Footnote 1) of this sub-section for the other nine CEEI candidates).

As an MEP candidate In the run up to the May 2019 European elections (see Footnote 1 of this sub-section) Daze commented that " .. Being such an eco-head, people think I’m crazy or overreacting, but finally we’ve seen from the Rebellion and the Youth Strikes that young people get it. Finally, I’m not the only person saying 'Look, climate change is going to kill us' It’s given me so much reassurance that I’m not just a crazy eco woman .. " (https://www.eastlondonlines.co.uk/2019/05/meet-the-goldsmiths-student-and-xr-activist-running-in-the-european-elections/).
The real problem with the fantasised climate emergency/chaos/crisis/tragedy is that young people like Daze (along with older supporters of XR's anarchists) are only capable of parroting what CACC scaremongers a saying because they don't have the education, training or experience in those essential physical sciences (see Section 2.0, Footnote 2).

In that pre-election rant she also said " .. the likelihood of me getting elected is absolutely nothing. I’m not delusional, or even saying vote for me! But it’s important to vote for people that are trying to make a change and to help our climate. My only policies are about the environment because that is the only conversation that needs to be happening in politics right now. Political activists aren’t on the fringe or the street, I’m invading your home .. ”. 
The protection of a healthy environment is essential for sustaining life on Earth as we know it, a fact recognised by UK and other governments for decades. The benefits to humans of our careful use of fossil fuels in as CLEAN a manner as possible far exceed any harm.

Daze is understandably concerned about air pollution, especially as she suffers particularly badly from its effects (https://www.dazeddigital.com/politics/article/44398/1/young-activists-air-pollution-clean-air-now-xr-youth). What she perhaps fails to appreciate is that long before she was born Londoners used to suffer from even worse pollution due to the use of coal for heating. That was sorted by the Governments passing of the Clean Air Act in 1956 (yes, that's 62 years before the anarchistic rabble-rousing organisation XR reared its ugly head.

The reason it is so bad in cities like London these days is that EU environmental extremists like she and other XR supporters forced a change from petrol to diesel vehicles. That was in the misguided belief that it would reduce the emissions of that essential life-supporting substance carbon dioxide, hence reduce global warming. Diesel vehicles emit far far more of those nasty nitrogen oxides that she finds so objectionable than do modern clean petrol vehicles.

During a Chatham House meeting in July 2019, chaired by Fiona Harvey (Environment Correspondent with The Guardian) Daze made numerous ludicrous statements that included " ..  the climate crisis is literally a life and death situation .. we are in, like, immediate danger now .. " (https://chathamhouse.soutron.net/Portal/DownloadImageFile.ashx?objectId=3160). The extremist comments made by Daze and fellow-XR extremists Farhana Yamin (see sub-section 3.1.25) are typical XR propaganda.

Daze certainly has a awful lot to learn about the CACC Issue and even her history lessons could be useful, however, if she wants a proper understanding then she really does need to study the hard disciplines mentioned above. I doubt very much that she would notice that the eight industrial chimneys pictured in the "Tomorrow's World" air pollution video shown in that dazeddigital article are emitting nothing but WATER VAPOUR, another essential life-supporting substance. That's a common trick used by CACC propagandists such as the BBC, Greenpeace, etc.

FOOTNOTES

1) According to the Hammersmith and Fulham district result (typical of other London Region districts) XR's  7 CEEI hopefuls for election as MEPs attracted the following votes of the 50,000 cast:
Adaeze Chiamaka Nkemakonam Whitney Aghaji (20 - student of 68 Wilbury Way, Edmonton, N18 1BZ) - 12 votes,
- Claudia Caitlin McDowell (21 - actress/singer? of  131A Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, London, SE5 9NU) - 17 voyes, 
- Jonathan Henry Muss BSc. MSc (working for the Public Health team at London borough) of 63 Mildenhall Rd, Hackney, London, E5 0RT)- 6 votes,
Andrew Medhurst (see sub-section 3.1.16) of The Studio, 66-68 Vanderbilt Road, London, SW18 3BQ) -  8 votes,
Zoe Delemere Lafferty (theatre director) of 59 Linden Gardens, W2 4HJ) - 10 votes, 
Roger Hallam (see sub-section 3.1.2) of Wern Dolau, Golden Grove, Carmarthen, SA32 8NE!!!!!!!!!!!!), achieved 20 votes,
Kofi Mawuli Klu (self-employed jurisconsult, eco-pedagogy global citizenship educationist and researcher!!! of 23C Foxley Road, London, SW9 6EX), achieved 18 votes./ 

According to the results of the Mendips and Bristol districts (typical of other South West Region districts) XR's 2 CEEI hopefuls for election as MEPs attracted the following votes of the 38,000 cast:
- Dr Larch Ian Albert Frank Maxey (see sub-section 3.1.49), of The Flat, 101 High Street, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 5PF - 38 votes,
- Mothiur Rahman (co-founded the Community Chartering Network) of 7 Lower Meddon Street, Bideford, EX39 2BJ achieved 11 votes.

So, of 88000 votes cast in those selected districts of the EU two regions, XR extremists attracted support from all of 140 individuals. That is representative of the results in other parts of the two regions (the overall London Region results are available at https://lewisham.gov.uk/mayorandcouncil/elections/results/election-results-2019/european-election-2019-results/european-election-2019---london-wide-results) - that <0 .1="" all="" b="" it="" really="" says="" support="">

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3.1.49 Dr. Larch Ian Albert Frank Maxey LLB. MSc. PhD. FRGS.

XR member Larch Maxey (also known as Larch Juckes-Maxey - 46) has a fine string of letters after his name, but what do they signify? He graduated in Law from The University of Manchester (1993) then earned his Masters in European Environmental Policy and Regulation from Lancaster University (1995).

His Geography PhD from Swansea University (2002) did not focus on the study of the physical features of the earth and its atmosphere, topics related to helping him understand the causes of climate change. Instead he studied sustainable communities. That was followed by lecturing and researching sustainability (see Footnote 1 of this sub-section).

So, here's another XR member and enthusiastic CACC supporter who appears to have inadequate education, training or experience in the physical sciences required for any hope of understanding the processes and drivers of the different global climates (see Section 2.0, Footnote 2).

Larch and his Canadian wife Emily (see Footnote 2 of this sub-section) are veteran climate change extremists (Footnote 3), with Larch being obsessed about his "carbon emissions" (Footnote 4). He has taken a year's sabbatical throughout 2019 to be a full-time volunteer with XR after joining the organisation in August 2018 (the second time that Larch has taken a long sabbatical in order to pursue his environmental extremism - Footnote 3). For his efforts he hopes to get paid £600 per month of those lovely "VOLUNTEERS' LIVING EXPENSES". 

During an interview with freelance journalist Suzanne Bearne (https://www.theguardian.com/money/2019/aug/10/extinction-rebellion-volunteer-how-i-spend-it) Larch had the following to say about himself and XR. " .. For me that was all about the climate and ecological emergency; I’ve waited 25 years for a movement like Extinction Rebellion (XR) that uses the science of social change so effectively .. and was won over by their focus on system change .. I took two weeks’ annual leave to volunteer full time with XR in November, but the turning point came when I was unexpectedly arrested for obstruction of the highway on Southwark bridge on 17 November and spent nine hours in a police cell .. I work about 14 hours, six days a week with Extinction Rebellion .. I have just applied for living expenses through XR and requested £600 a month. No one gets a salary with XR .. " (but some XR workers do get PAID those "VLEs" !! - see sub-section 5.1.2).

" .. I live for free with my best friend Toby in Brixton. As well as joining XR for our big rebellions and actions, he supports XR by giving me a free room .. I have a flat in Totnes, where I rent a couple of rooms. My mortgage is £850 a month and is mostly covered by two lodgers. Travel sets me back about £250 a month, with most of it spent on trains to and from Totnes .. I do have a car .. XR are going to use it for a tour of Europe .. " (that word "hypocrisy" once again springs to mind!!).

" .. We’re in an emergency and we need system change urgently. Far more important than how we vote or live is that we work together for system change and that requires mass peaceful civil disobedience. Join us. .. " (hopefully Larch will enjoy a much longer period in prison for conspiring with and inciting others to participate in XR's lawbreaking activities than the 7 hours he had for obstructing Southwark bridge).

Anyone wanting a good laugh should watch Larch's comedy act, available in Anthony Watts's 10th May 2019 "Friday Funny" post (https://wattsupwiththat.com/2019/05/10/last-minute-friday-funny/). It shows Larch trying to work out how to glue himself to a pair of automatic doorsThe 100 comments that it attracted express pertinent opinions, such as:
- " .. My God, how long did it take him to catch on? How well would he fair in the wild?
If these idiots are anything to go by the human race does face extinction, but not from atmospheric CO2 .. ",
- " .. Not once, not twice, but three times that twit approached those doors, clearly confused by their operation. How did he get a doctoral degree?! .. ",
- " .. Just remember, this guy is in the intellectual vanguard of the climate hysteria movement – now want to talk about actresses, fashion designers and television presenters? You should be worried, very worried at the influence these loons have on public policy .. ",
- " .. Automatic sliding doors are obviously not the only thing that Dr Larch Maxey is unaware of. To look at him, he would be lucky to survive a crossing of the road, let alone a day in the Wild .. ",
- " .. It would have been interesting to see what happened if he had managed to glue one hand to each door! .. ",
- " .. I would like to see him glue himself to a revolving door .. ".

Some might argue that those comments are unkind, but - hhhmmm!!

On 7th October Larch was a member of the Extinction Rebellion rabble causing a nuisancse near Trafalgar Square. He claims that a policeman snapped his finger "like a carrot" as he was trying to prevent fellow protesters from damaging scaffolding on the back of a truck that was being used in the protest, before officers "jumped on him" (https://metro.co.uk/2019/10/08/extinction-rebellion-protester-says-police-snapped-finger-like-carrot-10884588/). After watching his antics with that automatic door it wouldn't surprise me at all if Larch snapped his own finger and is using it as a bit of anti-police propaganda instead of praising their tolerance. Perhaps he accidentally super-glued himself to a large lump of that scaffolding.


FOOTNOTES

1) " .. I am a Research Fellow at the Centre for Sustainable Futures and a member of the Management Team of the Institute for Sustainable Solutions Research, both with Plymouth University. I am Project Manager with the Network of Wellbeing and co- founder of the Royal Geographical Society-IBG Participatory Geographies Research Group, co-founder and director of Bumble Bee Woodland Trust and founding director of Plymouth Growing Futures. I co-founded several organisations responsible for shaping national and local sustainable development planning policies and was a founding director and Director of Research at Lammas Low Impact Living Initiatives Ltd. I have recently completed research into Low/Zero Carbon Building and the UK’s Code for Sustainable Homes .. " (https://ecologicalland.coop/sites/ecologicalland.coop/files/LMProof.pdf).


3) A 2004 publication advised that " .. LARCH JUKES MAXEY has been negotiating critical geographies since returning to academic geography from a year ‘out’ on a non-violent direct action anti-road camp from 1994-5. .. He lives in a low impact chalet community with his partner

A November 2004 article advised that " .. Larch Juckes-Maxey and his Canadian born wife Emily, 30, with their children Sage, four, and Rowan, six, do not have TV, do not use supermarkets and power their home via solar panels. They are so environmentally aware that they only flush their toilets, 'if there are solids', and they refuse to have a refrigerator .. The Juckes-Maxeys have been involved in the past in campaigning against the expansion of Swansea Airport and have also been heavily involved in fighting to save a threatened plot of woodland .. " (https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/bit-strange-you-dont-choose-2416404)

There's an interesting comment from Larch about his and Emily's "Wifeswap" experience at https://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/cgi-bin/webadmin?A2=crit-geog-forum;1a89c16.0506.

4) Like most CACC propagandists, Larch insists in referring to human emissions of carbon dioxide as our CARBON emissions (e.g. see "Carbon man shuns Washington trip" (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/south_west/8120638.stm). After all, when most people think of carbon they picture that dirty stuff coal, charcoal or soot - much better for propaganda purposes than that essential, life-supporting, odourless, invisible substance CO2!!


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3.1.50 Dr. Jem Bendell

Sociologist Jem Bendell (45?) is a Professor of Sustainability Leadership and Founder of the Institute for Leadership and Sustainability (IFLAS) at the University of Cumbria.
" .. He focuses on leadership and communications for social change, as well as approaches that may help humanity face climate-induced disruption .. The World Economic Forum (WEF) recognised Professor Bendell as a Young Global Leader for his work on sustainable business alliances .. " (https://jembendell.com/about/).

XR member Jem (https://jembendell.com/tag/extinction-rebellion/) is a staunch CACC evangelist, as made clear from his IFLAS posts, e.g. see his scaremongering July 2019 "Compendium of Research Reports on Climate Chaos and Impacts" (http://iflas.blogspot.com/2019/07/compendium-of-research-reports-on.html).

He studied at Cambridge University during 1992-1995, earning a BA in geography, followed by a PhD from the University of Bristol in 2002. His undergraduate studies included oceanography with Dr Tom Spencer (see Footnote 1 of this sub-section) " .. and climate change was a key topic. But I dont claim to be a scientist. As a sociologist I find the evolution of climate scepticism interesting. As a person I find that scepticism tragic as people with a useful critical approach waste their and others time on shoddy scepticism, and ultimately I now find it rather boring .. " (https://jembendell.com/about/#comment-8207 see also Footnote 3).

Jem gave a CACC propaganda presentation on "Deep Adaptation - Crisis Just Ahead" (https://www.climatepsychologyalliance.org/events/328-deep-adaptation-jem-bendell-and-toni-spencer-14-feb-2019) to an audience of 300 Climate Psychology Alliance members  (see also Footnote 2 of this sub-section). It was organised by Momentum Bristol and Labour Party Bristol (see also Footnote 4 of this sub-section). In it Jem opined that " .. people are ready for a new conversation, which starts with an acceptance of what the scientists are telling us .. " (https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=daRrbSl1yvY#. from 2mins. 5secs. into his sermon).
See also Appendix A7 “Deep Adaptation: A Map for Navigating Climate Tragedy” for comments on Jem’s concept of Deep Adaptation.

Sustainability guru Jem may well be prepared to accept on face value the scaremongering claims of scientists who try to carry out Professor Stephen Schneider's wishes (see Appendix A6.1). Discerning individuals will prefer to seek verification of what is claimed, paying due regard to the counter-claims made by CACC sceptics.

Jem's sources of scientific guidance about climate change appear to be limited to CACC scaremongering organisations like the Arctic Methane Emergency Group (but see https://wattsupwiththat.com/2015/08/19/the-arctic-methane-emergency-appears-canceled-due-to-methane-eating-bacteria/), the WWF and the Guardian - oooppps, nearly forgot to mention that internationally renowned climate scientist Leonardo di Caprio, to whom Jem has made reference.

It appears that Jem did not learn an awful lot from Dr. Spencer (see Footnote 1 of this sub-section) about the need to adopt a scientific approach to the CACC issue rather than simply accepting unquestioningly what others claim then forming an emotional opinion. As a sociologist, perhaps Jem finds "rather boring" (or simply beyond his ken) the physical scientific disciplines (see Section 2, Footnote 2) so essential to understanding the processes and drivers of the different global climates.

When asked in 2014 to clarify what he meant by shoddy climate scepticism he proceeded to accuse 5 highly qualified CACC sceptics of being funded by the oil industry (Jem denied doing so, but see Footnote 3 of this sub-section).

In a 14th November 2019 E-mail sociologist Jem acknowledged that he " .. is aware of his limited expertise, in either inner or outer processes for deep adaptation .. ". What he appears not to be aware of is his limited expertise in any of the processes and drivers of the different global climates. That requires appropriate education, training and experience in relevant physical scientific disciplines, rather than his area of expertise in that small sub-set of the social sciences - Sustainability 
(see Section 2.0, Footnote 2).

A prime example of the unscientific nonsense from sociologist Jem when discussing his concept of "deep adaptation" to his fanticised climate change emergency appears in his April 2018 interview with Dougald Hine. Jem opined on weather events that " .. once-in-a-century events will be happening every five years (https://dark-mountain.net/extending-the-glide/). There is absolutely no convincing scientific evidence to support such wild speculation.



During his participation in XR's anti-fracking disrution in April 2019 Jem spoke at length about "truth" and offered his version of truth about CACC " .. The truth is that climate change is unfolding faster and harder than we were told was likely. Seventeen of the eighteen hottest years ever recorded have occurred since the year 2000. We have woken up to the warm dawn of dangerously hot century. The colourless blanket of carbon gases wrapping our planet is trapping so much heat that forests are catching fire and harvests failing. Already there have been more forest fires in the UK in 2019 than ever recorded. The last highest year was 2018. Also last year we saw how chaotic weather could begin to threaten our own lives. In the UK and in many European countries the production of grains and open-air vegetables fell by over twenty percent. The climate emergency is therefore about all of us, and the future of our food and water. Yet humanity is heading in the wrong direction, with carbon emissions rising last year faster than ever .. the IPCC report in October .. said we have to make massive cuts right now, each year for the next 12 years to have a chance of avoiding catastrophe .. climate change is now a matter of national security. It is disrupting food production and water supplies. It threatens the future of Britain as a stable and prosperous country " (https://jembendell.com/2019/04/29/come-clean-or-step-down-speech-at-the-fracking-shale-gas-site-of-cuadrilla-lancashire/).

This is not science, but unadulterated scaremongering CACC propaganda!


In March 2019 Ronald Bailey (the science correspondent for Reason magazine) wrote an excellent article "Good News! No Need to Have a Mental Breakdown Over 'Climate Collapse'" about Jem's "Deep Adaptation" report. It included the pertinent comment that " .. I must conclude, that .. Bendell is engaging in "apocalypse abuse." Like earlier practitioners of that suspect craft, Bendell operates chiefly by extrapolating only the most horrendous trends, while systematically ignoring any ameliorating or optimistic ones, offering worst-case scenarios in the guise of balanced presentations .. " (https://reason.com/2019/03/29/good-news-no-need-to-have-a-mental-break/).
In 2017 Ronald wrote another excellent article, that time on "Apocalypse Abuse and 'Climate Doomism'" (https://reason.com/2017/07/13/apocalypse-abuse-and-climate-doomism/). Jem, his "Deep Adaptation" associates and other CACC supporters could derive enormous benefit from carefully reading it and his several books on CACC alarmism.

It is puzzling why an obviously intelligent individual like Jem Bendell is such an enthusiastic supporter of the CACC fantasy. His apparent unreasonable faith in the CACC fantasy and fear of the consequences relate to the views on fear and ignorance expressed by former professors James Lovelock and William Mayer (see Section 2.0, Footnote 2). Jem Bendell appears to have an inadequate understanding of the necessary physical sciences essential for any hope of understanding the complex processes and drivers of the different global climates.

In situations like this it is often helpful to "follow the money" when trying to ascertain someone's real motivation (see Footnote 4 of this sub-section). Recall the admission by Gail Bradbrook (the "Mother" of Extinction Rebellion, of which Jem is a significant member) that " .. it's mostly about securing your own salary .. " (see Footnote 5 of section 1.0).

Despite Jem's apparent blind acceptance of the CACC fantasy, one thing that he properly focusses on is the need for us to adapt to climate change. After all, that is what all forms of life have had to do since life began here on Earth, adapt locally to whatever Mother Nature decides to throw at us, rather than expending scarce resources undertaking the futile task of trying to mitigate globally against it.


FOOTNOTES

1) In stark contrast with Jem's wild CACC scaremongering, Dr. Spencer appears to prefer a more scientific approach based upon evidence rather than emotion. An example is the response to the horrific December 2015 UK floods during storm Desmond. The Guardian (apparently one of Jem's preferred sources of information about CACC) reported how " .. Environmental campaigners say Storm Desmond is a sign of things to come .. Friends of the Earth .. said .. Climate change is increasing the frequency of extreme rainfall and floods in the UK and around the world .. the UK government is failing to protect us by not investing enough in .. the clean energy needed to tackle climate change' .. " (https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/dec/06/environmental-campaigners-say-storm-desmond-is-a-sign-of-things-to-come). On the other hand, scientist Dr. Spencer preferred a level-headed " .. the Environment Secretary called the flooding in north-west England ‘unprecedented’ and ‘consistent with climate change trends’ .. In fact, recent careful scientific analysis .. shows that 21st-century floods are not unprecedented in terms of both their frequency (they were more frequent before 1960) and magnitude (the biggest events occurred during the 17th–19th centuries .. " (https://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/unprecedented-storms-and-floods-are-more-common-than-we-think).

2) The Climate Psychology Alliance is led by a group of psychotherapists who, like Jem, appear to have accepted the CACC fantasy without having any adequate education, training or experience in the hard scientific disciplines needed for any hope of understanding the processes and drivers of the different global climates (see Section 2.0, Footnote 2). The CPA's brief on climate change begins " .. What is climate change and what lies behind it? .. " but its author (psychoanalyst Sally Weintrobe - a Member of CPA Advisory Group https://www.climatepsychologyalliance.org/about/climate-change) is not a relevant scientist.

3) The climate sceptical scientists against whom Jem Bendell made the unfounded claim to be funded by the oil industry are:
- Dr. Judith Curry, a climatologist, formerly chair of the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Georgia Institute of Technology,
- Dr. Robert G Brown, Professor of Physics at Duke University, North Carolina,

- Dr. Jack Barrett, a physical chemist who has lectured at the Universities of Hertfordshire, London - Chelsea, London - Queen Elizabeth, London - King's and London - Imperial),

- Dr. Roy Spencer, a meteorologist and Principal Research Scientist at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. He is a Senior Scientist for Climate Studies at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, where he and Dr. John Christy received NASA’s Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal for their global temperature monitoring work with satellites.

- Dr. Jinan Cao, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne physicist specialising in thermodynamics and spectrometry,

- Dr. John Nichol, electromagnetic radiation research scientist. While based at James Cook University, Queensland, Dr Nicol worked at various times in the research laboratories of University College, London and for about three years at the Clarendon Laboratory Oxford. (John is a member of the international .Climate Exit Committee of CACC sceptics - http://clexit.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/clexit-members.pdf).

Of course, there is no convincing evidence that any of these five CACC sceptics are funded by the oil industry, just as there is none concerning the CACC fantasy.

After reviewing this article recently Jem made the unfounded complaint that “ ..  That is a mistake from you or your source. I have not said anything about the people you list .. ”.
In fact the source is Jem's own blog, on which three October 2014 comments indicate otherwise (see https://jembendell.com/about/#comment-8207 https://jembendell.com/about/#comment-8225 and https://jembendell.com/about/#comment-8256). Jem's unfounded comment about those appropriately qualified CACC-sceptical scientists is typical of CACC supporters who, like Jem, have inadequate education, training or experience in the physical sciences relevant to understanding the processes and drivers of the different global climates.

It is noteworthy that all of the CACC-sceptical scientists listed above are highly qualified and experienced in relevant hard disciplines (see Section 2.0, Footnote 2 - see also Footnote 8 of this sub-section) unlike Jem's own qualifications and experience in "Sustainability Leadership". A close associate of mine with a Masters in Leadership for Sustainable Development has held a leading position with a respected UK organisation for 10 years. Like Jem, she is a staunch CACC supporter yet devoid of any clue about relevant scientific disciplines.

4) As well as his lucrative part-time position at the University of Cumbria, Jem has several other roles, including running the "Deep Adaptation Retreat" business with partner Katie Carr.
(Both Jem and Katie are closely involved in the notions of Sustainability, "Deep Adaptation" and "Global Citizenship" and "Development Education" - see Footnotes 5  and 6 of this sub-section). They sell periods of several days away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life at several international locations (e.g see https://www.kalikalos.com/community/x/deep-adaptation-jem-bendell/ and https://jembendell.com/2019/02/08/deep-adaptation-retreat-uk-2019/).

Jem and Katie offer the opportunity to " .. Take time out to pause, and give space and time to reflect – with others – on what is being asked of us in these extraordinary times. The emerging realisation that climate change is becoming a destructive tragedy .. is profoundly disorientating for many people .. What might become the purpose of our lives and work in the face of imminent societal breakdown from climate chaos? .. we aim to explore the possibilities for meaning, purpose, acceptance and joy amidst the climate tragedy .. This retreat is for you if you .. are accepting the premise of Deep Adaptation, that near-term social collapse due to climate change is inevitable or very likely .. ".

A three day retreat experience in Cumbria will cost typically £350 without accomodation and £500 with a shared tent - as long as you help with donestic chores. Alternatively, it's about £650 to stay in their retreat in Greece (see https://www.kalikalos.com/community/x/deep-adaptation-jem-bendell/). Travel there and back is extra cost (including any cost to the environment due to those dirty "carbon" emissions - oops, sorry, its just that odourless, tasteless gas carbon dioxide, essential to life on Earth as we know it!).
Anyone interested in going should apply quickly, as it appears they are soon booked up! - even at those prices.

It would be very interesting to see the annual accounts for their business but there is nothing available on the Companies House or Charity Commission web-pages. That makes "follow the money" w.r.t. the Deep Adaptation Retreat business difficult. Jem and Katie's close associate and general assistant (blog name matslats) on the "Deep Adaptation Forum" is "community currency" software specialist Matthew Slater (https://2018.open.coop/speakers/matthew-slater/). Matthew complained in a recent E-mail that " .. the follow the money comment was an unsubstantiated slur .. ". To help decide whether the opinion that money might be a motive behind Jem's position on CACC is justified or should be discarded, his partner Katie Carr was asked in November 2019 if the business is prepared to disclose its financial information. (There is no intention on this blog to mislead anyone or misrepresent facts, only to determine - if possible - what real "truth" is.)

Matthew did provide a copy of 2019 finances dated 2nd December 2019 (http://deepadaptation.info/financialstatement.html) but that was for the Deep Adaptation FORUM. The Deep Adaptation RETREAT business is a different (although related) operation. Included in that DA FORUM information is the comment that " ..All three DA retreats organised so far were non-profit, with Jem receiving a total of GBP1,100 to cover his costs of attendance .. ". That leaves a lot undisclosed about the DA RETREAT businesses accounts.

Jem is also " .. Advisor, Office of the Leader of the Opposition, London .. " (https://www.cumbria.ac.uk/study/academic-staff/all-staff-members/iflas/professor-jem-bendell.php). " .. In the 2017 United Kingdom general election, he provided strategic communication advice to the Labour Party .. writing speeches for Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonald .. " (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jem_Bendell and https://dark-mountain.net/extending-the-glide/) ".
He has also been a Senior Strategic Advisor to the WWF (https://uk.linkedin.com/in/jembendell).

5) The CACC fantasy is a common thread linking XR, Sustainability, Deep Adaptation, Global Citizenship, Development Education and CACC, covered in Appendix A8. 


6) Indoctrination of UK students (in breach of the Education Act 2002) about the UN-inspired notion of catastrophic anthropogenic global warming (the forerunner of CACC until the 21st century hiatus) became a legal issue in 2007 (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dimmock_v_Secretary_of_State_for_Education_and_Skills - see also Footnote 7 of this sub-section).

Following the Labour government's declaration that 2006/07 would be a "Sustainable Schools Year of Action", USA politician Al Gore's flawed and misleading film "An Inconvenient Truth" was promoted in UK schools. High Court action was taken claiming that the use of that film was political indoctrination, contrary to the Education Act 2002 (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/7015723.stm).

CACC sceptic atmospheric scientist Dr. Judith Curry (who was initially a supporter of the notion that our use of fossil fuels could cause significant and potentially damaging global warming) posted a related article "Education versus Indoctrination" on her "Climate etc" blog (https://judithcurry.com/2010/12/04/education-versusindoctrination/).

7) 2007 was a significant year for CACC supporters. It was a time of significant political and media promotion of the CACC issue, with Gordon Brown's Labour government pushing the notion that climate change was the greatest threat to life on Earth. The usual CACC-promoting media sources such as the BBC and Guardian were prominent. The UNFCCC's upcoming annual global warming shindig, held that year in Copenhagen (CoP17) was hoped to be a significant milestone in getting global support for cutting the use of fossil fuels and redistributing wealth from developed to other nations. 
Despite the enormous amounts of money (and fossil fuels) used to set up and attend these shindigs, CoP17, like most of them) was a miserable failure.

The CACC issue and the breakthrough for its sceptics came in 2009, due to the release of revealing E-mails between climate scientists in the USA and UK. This episode became known as Climategate (https://www.thegwpf.org/images/stories/gwpf-reports/Climategate-Inquiries.pdf) and inspired the start of this blog in 2010.

8) Another highly qualified, trained and experienced CACC sceptic is geologist Dr. Roger Higgs, who earned his relevant DPhil from Oxford University (https://uk.linkedin.com/in/roger-higgs-9216548). Roger's April 2019 technical note (https://www.researchgate.net/publication/332245803_27_bullet_points_prove_global_warming_by_the_sun_not_CO2_by_a_GEOLOGIST_for_a_change) will be of interest to any researcher of the processes and drivers of the different global climates who has an open mind. That would appear to rule out Jem Bendell, who is likely to respond with "You just added another to your bunch of people funded by the oil industry".

Although Dr. Higgs has previously provided consultancy services to the oil industry, for the past four years he has been undertaking full-time, self-funded climate and sea level research (http://www.geoclastica.com/). In Dec. 2019 he " .. returned from a 3.5-week field trip to Pacific islands and Australia, studying clear evidence that sea level was recently (just 3,000-5,000 years ago) at least 1 metre higher than today, contrary to IPCC's claim that sea level today is the highest in at least 10,000 years .. ".

Dr. Higgs undertook a similar Pacific field trip In 2018 and has presented his preliminary findings at major geoscience conferences in Cape Town (2016), Denver (2016) and Vienna (2017), all self-funded (see https://www.researchgate.net/project/Imminent-metre-scale-non-anthropogenic-sea-level-rise).

Like other open-minded sceptics of the CACC fantasy, such as Dr. Judith Curry (see Footnote 3 of this sub-section), Dr. Higgs started his 4-year quest for truth assuming that the government, BBC, Attenborough, etc. must know what they were talking about regarding CO2.

With regard to genuine pollution (which excludes CO2 emissions) caused by our use of fossil fuels, Dr. Higgs recommends abandoning the use of oil, gas and coal as fuels via the rather drastic solutions of:
- freezing fossil-fuel usage at 2020 levels (no new fossil-fuel burning power stations, industry, vehicles or aircraft,
- ban petrol/diesel vehicles from cities and towns immediately;
- rapid expansion of nuclear power,
- urgently developing clean nuclear fusion,
- banning plastics (see 
This is hardly the statement of a person in the pay of the "wicked" oil industry, as Professor Bendell might suggest

Regarding the IPCC's total disregard for geology, see Dr. Higgs's report at
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/331974185_IPCC_Intergovernmental_Panel_On_Climate_Change_next_report_AR6_due_2022_-_784_authors_yes_784_but_again_NO_geologists

3.1.51 Toni Spencer

Toni Spencer (49?) earned a BA in art from John Moores University, Liverpool in 1991 and an MSc. in Responsibility and Business Practice from the University of Bath in 2004 (https://uk.linkedin.com/in/toni-spencer-1437b130).
No physical science there, yet happy to promote the CACC propaganda!!!
" .. Toni is a Curator with the Emergence Network leading on ‘Vulture: Courting the Otherwise in a Time of Breakdown’. In 2018 she co-lead a Deep Adaptation Deep Dive and is part of the Deep Adaptation Forum. Toni initiated ‘the pause’ as part of Extinction Rebellion: an invitation to bear witness and to lean in to the liminal in the midst of action: part of an ongoing inquiry in to ‘A Politics of Wonder’.
As a lecturer and course leader Toni has taught on the faculty of Schumacher College (Educational Practice, Ecological Facilitation as Leadership, Embodied Eco-literacy) at Embercombe and at Goldsmiths (Eco Design), University of London. As a participatory artist and facilitator she has worked with Encounters Arts, Embercombe, the Transition movement, St Ethelburgas, The Feral Kitchen and others, taking ‘The Work That Reconnects’ to activist communities at Occupy London and elsewhere. She is on the team for Call of The Wild with Wildwise /Schumacher College. She has an Action Research based MSc in Responsibility and Business Practice and is trained in a range of facilitation modalities; awakening, deep ecology and embodiment practices; grief tending and activism.. Toni is an educator, mentor and artist working with questions of deep ecology and ‘a politics of wonder’. She is a Trustee at ProcessworkUK and was on the Embercombe Council for 8 years .. ” (https://jembendell.com/2019/06/30/kissing-the-void-deep-adaptation-retreat-in-devon-uk/).

" .. Toni brings a varied basket of skills and practices from many years of studying, dancing, foraging and ‘living life as inquiry’. She is a mentor and teacher for Call of The Wild with Wildwise / Schumacher College .. " (https://wildwise.co.uk/short-course-details/ecofacilitation-skills-lab/22/0/0).
Among her basket of skills Toni also writes poetry. She offered two of her poems to the audience at that Climate Psychology Alliance meeting in Bristol to which Jem Bendell (see sub-section 3.1.50) gave a presentation on his "Deep Adaptation" theme. Those poems were apparently considered necessary in order to calm the audience down after suffering Jem's scary CACC propaganda (hear the poems from 31mins 10secs into the video).

Between presenting those poems she plugged her contribution to XR's efforts to mobilise the gullible masses - her innovative "PAUSE" retreat at the St. Ethelburgas Centre for Reconcilliation and Peace. This "Sacred Rebellion: Inner life, activism and our future" one-day gathering was to " .. explore the role of spirituality in community, activism, and ecology. Together we will delve into the inquiry of how our social movements can unite spirituality with action for deeper, more essential change .. " (https://stethelburgas.org/event/generation-y-spirituality-and-social-change-a-one-day-gathering/). 
The invitation said of Toni  " .. Following her instinct for the margins and the magical, Toni initiated the pause as part of Extinction Rebellion: an invitation to bear witness and to lean into the liminal in the midst of action .. " . That says it all really!!

Toni and her fellow CACC evangellists/propagandists/disciples/supporters at XR are invited to take a much more useful PAUSE from their illegal and disruptive activities. Instead they should spend a lot of time (it takes years) studying some of the hard scientific disciplines (see Section 2.0, Footnote 2) that they need to learn about before they can hope to understand anything about the processes and drivers of the different global climates. Even the experts are struggling!!

TO BE UPDATED

3.1.52 Rupert Read

Philosopher and Green activist Dr Rupert Read (53) is Associate Professor of Philosophy in the School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies at one of the UK's CACC hotbeds, the University of East Anglia. " .. Rupert .. works closely with environmental scientists .. at UEA, .. He was a Norwich Green Party Councillor from 2004-2011. He blogs on environmental reframing at www.greenwordsworkshop.org .. " (https://www.uea.ac.uk/documents/483130/801686/Guardians_inside_final.pdf/c29b3985-31db-446d-9c9c-e95f643771ff).

He earned ​a First Class B.A.Honours in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from Balliol College, Oxford University in 1987 and a Ph.D in Philosophy from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, USA in 1995 (https://archive.uea.ac.uk/~j339/Rupert%20Read%20cv%202007.doc). No sign there of education, training or experience in the hard scientific disciplines required for any hope of understanding the processes and drivers of the different global climates (see Section 2.0, Footnote 2). Despite that Rupert is an enthusiastic CACC supporter and member of Extinction Rebellion - par for the course really. ​" .. Most recently, I have been a frequent spokesperson for Extinction Rebellion and I am a member of their political liaison team .. We need action, and soon, against the values of greed and materialism that have placed us upon the precipice of catastrophic climate and ecological collapse .. " (https://rupertread.net/).

" .. Three citizens assemblies: one on democratic and constitutional reform, one on the climate and ecological emergency, one on Brexit. This is how the UK could heal itself .. " (https://rupertread.net/writings/2019/britain%E2%80%99s-democratic-structures-are-broken-citizens-assemblies-could-fix-them-%E2%80%94-and).

For some of political/climate/environmental activist Rupert's rants on climate change see:- https://rupertread.net/writings/tags/climate-change - https://rupertread.net/writings/tags/climate-change?page=1 - https://rupertread.net/writings/tags/climate-change?page=2 and - https://rupertread.net/writings/tags/climate-change?page=3 .

On 20th August 2018 the Irish Sun newspaper published an article entitled "Time to forget climate 'debate'" by comedian Oliver Callan (38), In it he told one of his funniest satirical jokes yet, referring to politics/economics philosopher Rupert as an " .. ENVIRONMENTAL expert .. " (https://www.thesun.ie/news/2941777/brexit-ticking-timebomb-10-weeks/). Callan then mentioned how " .. Rupert Read hit the headlines in Britain this week after refusing an interview on BBC radio because they wanted to “balance” his views with a climate change denier .. ".

"Environmental expert" Rupert argued that " .. the BBC should be ashamed of its nonsenical idea of balance when the scientific debate is as settled as the “debate” about whether smoking causes cancer .. " (https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/aug/02/bbc-climate-change-deniers-balance) - another example of "The arrogance of Ignorance" (see Section 2.0, Footnote 2).

One of his most disgusting rants relates to the 2020 Covid19 pandemic (see also Section 8.0 "XR and Pestilence"), about which he appears to see a silver lining to that global black cloud - an opportunity for Extinction Rebellion's anarchistic leaders to achieve their fantasized objective " .. to create a new global regime .. " (see the introductory "Nitty gritty" remarks)

Once again we have someone with apparently inadequate education, training and experience in any of the hard scientific disciplines (again see Section 2.0, Footnote 2) necessary for any kind of understanding of the processes and drivers of the different global climates pontificating on the CACC issue. This is archetypal of Extinction Rebellion members and its supporters.



TO BE UPDATED

3.1.53 Susan Jennifer Breen

Sue Breen (36), of County Wexford, is a leading member of XR's Republic of Ireland operation (https://m.facebook.com/338321693311717/posts/as-dublin-basked-in-warm-easter-sunshine-sue-breen-climbed-onto-a-makeshift-stag/631874457289771/). In July 2019 she played a prominent roll in XR's Dublin protest (https://www.pressreader.com/ireland/gorey-guardian/20191008/282187947768599).

“ .. living in Dunganstown with her partner ..  Sue says she wants a better society for her children .. to grow up in. She is the international coordinator for extinction rebellion and has been involved in environmental awareness campaigns .. ” (https://www.independent.ie/regionals/newrossstandard/news/activist-sue-running-in-local-election-37758013.html).

Sue stood as a "People Before Profit Alliance" revolutionary socialist worker candidate (https://ansionnachfionn.com/2017/02/27/the-people-before-profit-alliance-made-in-britain/) for New Ross in the Irish local elections of June 2019, attracting less than 3% of the total votes (see https://wexfordtoday.com/2019/05/25/counting-of-wexford-votes-will-commence-shortly/ and https://new-ross.com/people-before-profit-marginalise-themselves-even-further-by-claiming-there-are-wildfires-in-the-arctic-the-commie-circus-comes-to-dublin/ - see also Footnote 1 of this sub-section).

As well as being a leading XR activist in the Irish Republic, Sue is an European co-ordinator for the American-based anti-civilisation movement Deep Green Resistance (see Appendix A9.1). Surprisingly she also functions as the focal point for the Deep Green Resistance organisation’s UK chapter (see sub-section A9.1.2).

FOOTNOTES

1) Sue Breen's partner was previously a PBP councillor in Ballybrack (https://irishelectionliterature.com/2011/12/09/leaflet-from-hugh-lewis-people-before-profit-2009-local-elections-ballybrack/). Hugh was also elected in 2019 as a councillor under its new name Killiney-Shankill (https://www.pbp.ie/representatives/cllr-hugh-lewis/).

3.1.60 ++++ 

The following individuals will be added subsequently. All of these XR supporters were reported on " .. 24th July - Criminal damage charges for obstructing the Petroleum Conference in London
" .. The nine defendants are:
Sam Knights, 23, actor and writer, lives in London, Jack Harries, 26, film-maker and Instagram influencer, lives in London Cathy Eastburn, 52, musician and mum, originally from Cornwall, now lives in South London Joel Instone, 29, workers’ co-op cafe worker, Lancashire, Mark Ovland 36, Buddhist teacher, Somerset, Jeremy Parker, 51, IT consultant, originally from Birmingham, now lives in London, Yaani Postelnik, 54, Buddhist teacher/minister, from New Zealand, now lives in Devon, Serena Schellenberg, 58, TV producer and animal welfare charity worker, originally from Yorkshire, now lives in London, Trudi Warner, 64, retired social worker, London


To be updated

4.0 PRIMARY OBJECTIVES


It is worthwhile repeating what the XR founding members say on their RisingUp blog " .. The existing political and economic system is set to destroy civilisation and much if not all life on earth if allowed to continue .. the whole system .. is out of control to the extent that it necessitates nonviolent civil disobedience as a means to prevent disaster and create the sane and equitable society we all desire and require for ourselves and future generations .. " (see 3.0).



They go on to say " .. it is our duty to uphold the mission of the Compassionate Revolution company to enable people power, in the face of the corruption of our democracy by vested interests. We understand that people may be willing to undertake acts of defiance (some of which could be illegal) in the pursuit of social and environmental justice .. " (see section 3.0, Para 3).



It also says " .. WE ACTIVELY MITIGATE FOR POWER Breaking down hierarchies of power for more equitable participation .. We live in a toxic system .. We collectively create the structures we need to challenge power. ." (see section 3.0, para. 5).



Underpinning all of that are the words of Roger Hallam, the revolutionary who inspired his XR co-founder Gail Bradbrook following her brain rewiring by psychedelic drugs in Costa Rica (see sub-section 3.3). " .. Through mass civil resistance, we’re going to create a new global regime .. ".



Summarising, the XR founding members aim to use mass civil resistance in order to grab and redistribute power, tearing down existing political and economic systems and replacing them with - global anarchy.



The Rising Up blog says of its offspring “ .. Extinction Rebellion is an international apolitical network .. ”. International it may well be but It is hard to fathom how it can claim XR to have " .. no interest or involvement in political affairs .. " (https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/apolitical) when the aim is to replace one political system with another of its own making.



XR's inspirational co-founder, Political Scientist Roger Hallam, said in a May 2019 interview that " .. our primary goal is to create a political space through which people of various countries can come together .. we're coming together through .. mass political action that breaks the law. It's the most effective way .. to actually create a crisis in society .. There's no way that's going to be brought about by incremental, conventional political action .. we need to focus on is the practicality of rapid political change .. the most effective way to change society – actually to do something about these people and to do something about the power of the rich and powerful to destroy our children – is to engage in mass-participation civil disobedience. This is a fundamental point about Extinction Rebellion .. to engage in the most effective mechanism to bring about change, which is to break the law on a mass scale in order to create a political crisis .. in society .. and in the government and the political class .. " (http://m.koreatimes.co.kr/pages/article.asp?newsIdx=267234).



Let's take a closer look at what they consider to be the flaws in the UK's political and economic system, comparing these with what they propose as replacements " ..in order to minimise the risk of human extinction and ecological collapse .. " (see section 2.0).



The Rising Up! organisation supports those who may be willing to undertake acts of defiance (legal or otherwise) in the pursuit of what it believes are environmental and social justice.



According to Stroud Community TV, XR founding member Gail Bradbrook " .. is an economic justice campaigner and compassionate revolutionary .. " (http://stroudcommunity.tv/compassionate-revolution-gail/).



XR founding member George Bada is one of the members of the Board of Occupy Faith UK, who " .. raise awareness of issues of social, economic and environmental justice as they affect communities across the UK .. " (http://www.occupyfaith.org.uk/2015/02/27/welcome-to-the-occupy-faith-uk-website-2/).



So, they claim to be fighting social, economic and environmental injustice on a global scale (https://rebellion.earth/2019/04/14/monday-15-april-extinction-rebellions-international-rebellion-to-begin-in-over-80-cities-across-at-least-33-countries%EF%BB%BF/), all of which are exacerbated by anarchy.



What the supporters of Extinction Rebellion (school-children, their parents and teachers, etc) who have been demonstrating across the world seem to prefer is the chaos of anarchy rather than the structure provided by democracy - hhhhmmmm!!!! Perhaps they really do not have a clue what Extinction Rebellion is all about.



No doubt there is much room for improvement of social, economic and political systems across the world, but as Tom Bromwich said recently “ .. These reforms require the boring administrative aspects and cannot simply come about through banging a couple of drums in Westminster, or carrying a placard saying ‘capitalism is costing the Earth’ whilst atonally singing ‘We Shall Overcome’ .. “ (https://www.perspectives.news/single-post/2019/04/24/The-Hypocrisy-and-Left-Wing-Nature-of-the-Extinction-Rebellion).


TO BE UPDATED*

4.1 Social Justice!

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4.2 Economic Justice!

TO BE UPDATED*

4.3 Environmental Justice!

Prime examples of Rising Up!'s idea of environmental justice are its support of:
-  that pledge by Michael Dinesh (see 3.1.6),
-

TO BE UPDATED*

TO BE UPDATED AS SOON AS EXTINCTION REBELLION/RISINGUP! PROVIDES DOCUMENTS WHICH SUCCINCTLY DESCRIBE THE EXISTING DEFICIENCIES IN THE UK'S ECONOMIC POLITICAL SYSTEMS AND THEIR PROPOSED ALTERNATIVE. THESE WERE REQUESTED IN MAY 2019.


5.0 XR's GOVERNANCE


Before getting involved with or supporting Extinction Rebellion there are vital questions that we should all ask of the organisation and its members. The following is a sample of those that have been anticipated by XR's founders, with the unsatisfactory answers provided (see https://rebellion.earth/the-truth/faqs/):

- Q "Are you really grassroots?"
- A " .. We are ordinary people who .. want to do whatever we can peacefully to stop the destruction of Life on Earth and .. push for the better, fairer and more beautiful world .. ".
Further question yet to be answered "How does destroying established economic and political systems such as we have in the UK, that have progressively improved our well-being and replacing them with anarchy lead to a better, fairer and more beautiful world"?

- Q “Who is behind Extinction Rebellion?
- A “Extinction Rebellion .. started in response to the IPCC report that we only have 12 years to stop catastrophic climate change and our understanding that we have entered the 6th mass extinction event .. ”.
Further questions yet to be answered “Where is the convincing evidence that:
- we are heading for a climate catastrophe because of our past, present and burgeoning use of fossil fuels?
-  replacing our political and economic systems with anarchy will reduce any species extinctions that may be occurring?”.
NB: The real answer to the original question is given in response to the questions “Where did the idea come from?”, “What is the relationship between Rising Up and Extinction Rebellion? (and Compassionate Revolution)” and “Who are your founders?”.

- Q "Most of your workers are volunteers. Aren’t you just relying on unpaid labour?"
- A " .. We give money to vital members of the team who require assistance to pay living expenses like rent and bills. This isn’t ideal but hopefully means that we can spread our funds between the work we do and paying people .. ".
- Q "Are you professional lifestyle activists?"
A " .. Professional implies someone is paying us to do this. No one is paid as “staff” 3% of us receive what we call Volunteer Living Expenses .. ".
Further questions yet to be answered "Who are those 'vital members' and '3%' who receive money for their 'living expenses'?" (see Footnote 1), "Who decides how much each of these should receive, for what and how often?". "Who audits this to ensure that there is no fraudulent activity?".

- Q “Are you a charity?
- A “No, charities are limited by law in both what they can campaign for, and the strategies permitted them; such as civil disobedience .. “.

Further question yet to be answered "Is XR unwilling to call itself a charity because, whether registered with the Charities Commission or not, it would have to comply with the Charities Act and be subject to regulation by the Charities Commission. That includes having trustees and maintaining proper accounts?"
NB: Trustees cannot be paid, other than claiming expenses for expenditures incurred on behalf of the charity.                    

Looking more closely at XR's governance, let's first focus on a  fundamental area, XR's income (its lifeblood) and expenditure, then delve into other areas of its operations.


FOOTNOTES

1) In April 2019 the XR-supporting Guardian newspaper reported that " .. the number of people who had signed up to support future demonstrations had risen from 10,000 before the protest to 40,000 by Wednesday morning .. " (https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/apr/24/support-for-extinction-rebellion-soars-in-wake-of-easter-protests). If when XR talks about volunteers it means those volunteering to demonstrate, then there could be 1200 or more recipients of those "Volunteer Living Expenses"! - see sub-section 5.1.2 for further details.



To be updated..

5.1 XR's Financial Accounting

While looking at this, keep in mind the words in 2016 of XR's "mother" Gail Bradbrook “ .. Hands up, I run a charity and it's mostly about securing your own salary .. ". Also, remember these comments on XR's "Rebellion Earth" web-site " .. we give money to vital members of the team who require assistance to pay living expenses like rent and bills .. 3% of us receive what we call Volunteer Living Expenses .. " (https://rebellion.earth/the-truth/faqs/).

XR appears to be very shy about precisely from where its funds come and to where they get disbursed. Parent RisingUP! has made available a somewhat cumbersome and less than transparent spreadsheet of its accounts for 2018/19 (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1UqQmzcXNnN9SD0AAHrH7EegwyxIdt7FMVJNslZVLr6s/edit#gid=521830536). This shows XR being gifted many many thousands by the Bank of RisingUP! and members of XR receiving £1000s in Volunteers Living Expenses - lolly, loverly lolly!! (see spreadsheet entries #569-840 and sub-section 3.1.1 Footnote 2, etc. etc, etc.) .. ".

No explanatory notes are provided with those accounts and no information appears to be provided about who are RU/XR's "trustees"/principal managers.



5.1.1 XR's Income

Crowd-funding is one of XR's sources of income, along with donations from foundations, individuals and corporates (see sub-section 3.1.16).
Rising UP! and Extinction Rebellion have enjoyed some success with their crowdfunding appeals for charitable donations. " .. Our first crowd funder raised over £115k .. " (https://rebellion.earth/donate/). They have used the following crowd-funding appeals:

Numerous appeals have also been made through the gofundme facility, often asking for funds to help pay legal costs for XR supporters who have fallen foul of the law in their various countries, e.g. see appeals by:
- Toronto XR appeal $880 (https://www.gofundme.com/f/XR-toronto)
- etc. etc. etc.


Then there are a couple of web-site appeals:
https://xrebellion.org/donate " .. Support Extinction Rebellion Monthly!
 .. £25, £100, £250 .. Help us Grow .. " (the bank balances of RU/XR and its primary members. !??!),
https://rebellion.earth/donate/ " .. You have the choice between 2 crowdfunders .. 
.. Main .. Our mere existence relies on .. " (fools with more money than sense?!!?). 

.. Legal Costs .. Many brave rebels are being charged and put on trial. They need .. " (locking up for a long time!??!),

Unfortunately, in many walks of life gullible people are prepared to hand over their hard-earned money without doing any due diligence research into who and what is behind an appeal for charitable donations. Most of those appealing and donating appear to have accepted without question the CACC fantasy that our burgeoning use of fossil fuels is leading to a global climate catastrophe (see the 2010 article "Politicization of Climate Change and CO2" at http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.com/p/sundry-papers.html).
There's a cautionary tail at https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/world/woman-admits-raising-money-for-homeless-man-then-keeping-it/ar-BBW1ho8?li=BBqrVLO . 

The RisingUP! spreadsheet of accounts for 2018/19 shows that the Childrens' Investment Fund Foundation has been a significant donor, possibly due to the past involvement in CIFF of Fahana Yamin.


To be updated


5.1.2 Expenditure

Let's first take a close look at the special 3% of XR members who benefit from that perk of Volunteer Living Expenses (VLE) from the Bank of RisingUP! and try to figure out why they are so blessed (see Footnote 1 to this sub-section).

RU's spreadsheet of accounts for 2018/19 tell us that of the £1M + that came into the Bank of RisingUP?, £65k were paid out as "Living Expenses" to the following " .. vital members of the team who require assistance to pay living expenses like rent and bills .. "

£8500 in Nov 2018-May 2019 to Ronan McNern (??)
£7000 from Oct 2018-Apr 2019 to Liam Geary Baulch (3.1.36)
£6900 in Dec 2018-May 2019 to Roger Hallam (3.1.2)
£6150 to Raphael/Rapharl Coleman (??)
- £5700 in Jan-May 2019 to Jamie Lowe (??)
£5487 in Dec 2018 - May 2019 to Sophie Cowan (??)
£3199 in Dec 2018-May 2019 to Roman Paluch/Paulch Mauhnick (??)
- £5100 in Jan-May 2019 to Howard Rees
- £4710  in Nov/Jan/Feb/Mar/Apr/May to Gail Bradbrook (3.1.1)
- £4600 in Dec 2018-May 2019 to George Barda (3.1.3)
£4240 in Nov 2018 - May 2019 to Tasmin Osmond (??)
- £4000 in Jan/Feb/March/April 2019 to CJ and Claire Farrell (??)
- £3600 in Feb-May 2019 to Jasmine Salter (??)
- £3440 in Nov/Dec 2018/Jan/Mar 2019 to Annie Randall (see 3.1.2!!)
£3311 in Apr/May/Jun 2019 to Laura Reeves (??)
- £3060 in March/April/May 2019 to Adam Mitchell (??),
- £3048 in April/May/June 2019 to Chris Smith (3.1.138)
£2800 in Jan-May 2019 to Sarah (Greenfield) Clark (??)
- £2670 in Dec 2018/Jan/Feb/Mar/Apr/May 2019 to Francesca Harris (??)
£2670 in Nov2018-May 2019 to Sam Knights (??)
- £2665 in Mar/April 2019 to Eva Arnold (??)
£2520 in Feb-May 2019 to Phil Edmundson (??)
£2420 in Apr/May 2019 to Stuart Basden (3.1.5) - see extra Nov 2018 payment in Footnote 2)
£2400 in Apr/May to Julian/Julie Thompson (??)
- £2234 in Mar/May 2019 to James Moulding (??)
- £2100 in Apr/May 2019 to Irene Sinu (??)
£1940 in Mar/Apr 2019 to Michael Lynch White (??)
- £1900 in Dec2018-Mar2019 to Jessica Townsend (??)
- £1860 in Apr - Jun 2019 to Jason Stewart (??)
- £1600 in Apr 2019 to Miles Glyn (??)
- £1600 in Nov 2018-May 2019 to Peter Barry (??)
- £1500 in Dec2018-May2019 to Hannah Cousins (??)
£1400 in Apr/May 2019 to Stephanie Kent (??)
- £1300 in Mar/Apr 2019 to Sam Appleton (??)
- £1200 in April/May 2019 to Clarissa Carlyon (??) 
£1200 in Dec 2018 to Tiana Jacoult (??)
£1200 in Mar-May 2019 to Zephyr Blofeld (??)
- £1000 in April 2019 to Jessica Brinton (??)
- £1000 in Nov/Dec 2018 to Sibi Moore (3.1.31)
£  950 in Dec 2019-Mar 2019 to Phoenix Barry (??)
- £  900 in Mar 2019 to Jamie Kelssey Fry (??)
- £  900 in Mar 2019 to Guy Bowden (??)
£  900 in May 2019 to Richard Dent (??)
- £  850 in April/May to Alexi Phillips (??)
£  808 in May 2019 to Tom Clarke (??)
- £  800 in April 2019 to Alanna Byrne (31.18),
- £  800 in May 2019 to Jonathan Milton (??)
£  800 in May 2019 to Jonathan Milton (??)
£  800 in May 2019 to Kinda Doyle (??)
£  800 in Mar 2019 to NM Gahercolehan (??)
- £  720 in April/May to Douglas Rogers (??)
- £  700 in Apr/May 2019 to Greg Frey (??)
- £  600 in April/May 2919 to Alana Hyde Bloom (??)
£  600 in June 2019 to Josephine Holt (??)
£. 600 in May to Kev Boon (??)
£  600 in Apr 2019 to Lindford Lowe (??)
- £  600 in Mar/Apr 2019 to Robin Ellis Cockcroft/Cockett (??)
£  600 in Mar/May 2019 to William Franks (??)
- £  500 in April/May to Ella Crowley (??)
- £  500 in May 2019 to Fray Milton (??)
- £  500 in June 2019 to Cathryn Jiggens (??)
£  500 in May 2019 to Kay Michael (??)
£  500 in May 2019 to Nick Osborne (??)
£  500 in Dec 2018 to Simon Bramwell (3.1.4)
£. 450 in Mar 2019 to Paul Lichenstein (??)
- £  400 in Apr 2019 to Hannah van den Brul (??)
- £  400 in April 2019 to David Stitch (??)
- £  400 in May 2019 to Jaie Cooper (??)
£  400 in Apr 2019 to Tom Morton (??)
- £  350 in Nov 2018 to Elizabeth Orchard (??)
- £  300 in May 2019 to Jack Goodwin (??)
- £  300 in May 2019 to Christopher Maunder (??)
£. 300 in June 2019 to Joseph O'Malley (??)
£  290 in Dec 2018 to Thomas Katan (??)
- £  285 in May 2019 to Felix Reeves Whymark (??)
£  200 in Dec 2018 to Josh Bullock (??)
- £  200 in April 2019 to Franks William (??)
- £  200 in Mar 2019 to Hollie Andrews (??)
- £  200 in May 2019 to Charlotte Fraser (??)
- £  200 in May 2019 to Alice Brown (??)
£  160 in May 2019 to Joseph Goodman (??)
£  150 in Apr 2019 to Peta Hoskins (??)
- £    77 in Feb. 2019 to Amy Caitlin Pritchard (??)

FOOTNOTES

1) XR's "Rebellion Earth" blog advises that " .. We are experimenting with a system where we give money to vital members of the team who require assistance to pay living expenses like rent and bills .. No one is paid as “staff” 3% of us receive what we call Volunteer Living Expenses .. " (https://rebellion.earth/the-truth/faqs/) is different from employing people. Certainly some lucky members of XR are obtaining at least part of their income from its parent organisation, the Bank of RisingUP!
It will be interesting to see if the Inland Revenue agrees with XR that no-one is being paid as staff!

2) Stuart Basden also had a "wellbeing/office" payment of £840 in Nov 2018 (account item 822)

TO BE UPDATED

6.0 XR BRANCHES


It is claimed that there are about 150 branches of the XR/RUP/CRLtd organisation in the UK, no doubt all promoting the CACC propaganda used by XR founding members to further their various interests. As an example, XRChesham members Vicki Mistry (3.1.44) and Dr Lyn Jenkins (3.1.45) issued an invitation to an 11th June 2019 talk at the Chiltern Chamber of Commerce about “Heading for Extinction (and what to do about it)”. XR speakers were Dr. Emily Spry (3.1.42) and Professor Kate Jeffrey (3.1.43).

Their invitation promised that the talk would present " .. the truth about climate change, extinction rates and the predicted impacts .. the facts around climate change, based on scientific data .. ". It went on to promoted the UN's speculative scare-mongering claim that " .. we have 11 years before climate catastrophe (3) (which includes food shortages here in the UK) and we have until 2020 to change course, so we need to act now .. " (https://chilternchamber.org/climate-emergency-talk-invitation/).

That UN link (3) which these XR representatives provided was not to any sound science about the processes and drivers of the different global climates, but to an UN propaganda bulletin. This includes among its questionable claims that " .. after more than a century and a half of industrialization, deforestation, and large scale agriculture, quantities of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere have risen to record levels not seen in three million years .. The most abundant GHG, accounting for about two-thirds of GHGs, carbon dioxide (CO2), is largely the product of burning fossil fuels .. " (https://www.un.org/en/sections/issues-depth/climate-change/).

The claim about record levels of atmospheric CO2 is based primarily on measurements of air allegedly "trapped" unchanged in deposits of ice or sediment for millennia (but see http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.com/2010/12/smogbound-on-molecular-fractionation-in.html).

The claim that CO2 is the most abundant greenhouse gas is misleading, since it only accounts for 0.04% of the dry atmosphere. Water vapour is the most significant greenhouse gas by far and has a variable presence in the atmosphere, ranging from zero to several %.. Other claims in that scaremongering bulletin are equally misleading, just as Dr. Stephen Schneider ordered (Appendix A6.1).

It appears that Emily Spry and Kate Jeffrey are happy to preseny XR's “Heading for Extinction (and what to do about it)” propaganda wherever they can find a gullible audience, being scheduled for presentation to XR Nottingham (see sub-section 6.3) in late September 2019.

6.1 XR Chesham

The web-site of XR's Chesham branch is at http://www.xrchesham.co.uk/.
Current membership appears to be limited to Dr Lyn Jenkins (see sub-section 3.1.45) and Vicki Mistry (sub-section 3.1.44)

Despite his lack of expertise in the physical sciences required for any kind of understanding of the processes and drivers of the different global climates, Dr. Jenkins is happy to pontificate on the CACC issue. In response to an irate Chesham resident's complaint about XR disruption he offered typical XR nonsense, a fictional analogy - an asteroid predicted to hit the Earth in 50 years time, wiping out 90% of life, with only 10 years to do anything about it. " .. I suspect the world would take necessary steps to avert  disaster. We are in a similar situation with the climate crisis .. "(http://www.xrchesham.co.uk/letters.html) due to our use of fossil fuels and disregard for the environment.

Closing his response, he said " .. We are not a political party and do not want to take over the decision-making process .. ". Maybe he is unaware of the prime objective set by XR's leading lights, to replace the well-developed (albeit imperfect) political and economic systems (through which he is able to enjoy his retirement) with anarchy. Dr. Jenkins  should have a read of this article.

When questioned about the structure of XR Chesham branch's (see Appendix A5.2 for E-mail exchanges) anonymous representatives simply advised that it was self-organising, structured along the lines of the parent organisation. When it was pointed out that XRUK has a relatively clear hierarchical structure (with significant members (like Gail Bradbrook, Geirge Barda, etc. being paid for their services - see 5.1.2) the CheshamXR response has been - Zero, Zilch, Nothing, Nada. The anonymous contacts have now been asked if they would remove the shroud of secrecy under which they appear to be hiding and reveal the branch structure and individuals that it must have, otherwise it could not function - but don't hold your breath.

The XR Chesham web-site comments " .. This is a good read about the think tank report that has been widely quoted in the press labling Extinction Rebellion as a "EXTREMISTS" Organization ,, " and links to an article "Group That Called Extinction Rebellion 'Extremist' Is Funded By Big Energy". This article complains about the refusal of the Policy Exchange to revel its funding sources. It's somewhat hypocritical of Chesham XR to support criticism of the Policy Exchange organisation (see Section 1,0, Footnote 2) for refusing to disclose details of its source of funds when XR branches are so opaque about their members and structure.

 TO BE UPDATED

6.2 XR St Albans

Founded in Feb/Mar 2019 by medical doctor Emily Spry (see sub-section 3.1.42), the St Albans branch of XR (AKA SAXR) has a web-site at http://www.xr-stalbans.org.uk/ which says little about its structure.

SAXR appears to have a membership of about 10 individuals, including contact Alison Gale, her husband, and possibly Kate Jeffery, Suzie Hope, Tania Leon, Hermione Leon (13), and Craig Scudder.

It would be prudent for anyone considering joining SAXR to first ask what are the precise roles undertaken by Emily, Alison and her husband? Does Kate Jeffery have a defined SAXR role? Are Tania Leon, Hermione Leon and Craig Scudder classed as members or just supporters? 

Alison was a member of SAXR's Anchor Group and its external co-ordinator before resigning from that role recently, but  she continues to deal with the SAXR inbox until the co-ordinator role has been filled. What is the job specification? Who can apply? Who chooses the successful applicant? How does a rejected applicant appeal the choice?

All of these questions relate not only to the structure and governance of the St Albans branch of XR but to the entire organisation. When asked about this Alison advised that XR’s local, regional and national (XRUK) groups “ .. are structured along the lines of a self-organizing system, as described in general by Frederic Laloux. The St Albans group includes several functional groupings (eg Actions, Outreach, Wellbeing) and Affinity Groups (comprising around 10 people who collectively have the skills to enable the group to operate somewhat autonomously during disruptive actions), with an Anchor Group that has a co-ordinating/organizing function.  'Governance' is a concept that is inconsistent with a self-organizing system.  Each grouping has one or two facilitators or co-ordinators, but these are (or can be) rotating roles and are not 'group leaders' in the conventional sense .. ”.

It is difficult to see how any ORGANISATION can function without there being some form of structure and governance - in the sense of " .. a process whereby elements in society wield power, authority and influence and enact policies and decisions concerning public life .. "(http://www.gdrc.org/u-gov/governance-understand.html).

That definition appears to fit the XR elements in our society, who are organising people-power to try to replace our existing economic and political structures with " .. People's assemblies .. to discuss issues or make decisions collectively .. " (https://rebellion.earth/act-now/resources/peoples-assemblies/).

The theory that a society as complex as ours can be run effectively by citizens' assemblies may be fine but anyone with much experience of our real world knows that this does not work in practice. People differ on what they consider to be important issues, how they should be resolved and how to prevent their recurrence. On top of that, there are always some in society who are driven by their own vested, not common, interest, often along the lines of " .. it's mostly about securing your own salary .. " (see sub-section 3.1.1).

Despite claiming that no one person or group can dominate the process, XRUK strategists then go on to provide a manual about how to run a peoples' assembly.

That XR is " .. structured along the lines of a self-ORGANIZING SYSTEM .. " itself implies some form of governance. The fact that it was Alison who responded to my queries suggests that people in the St. Albans branch of the XR organisation have defined roles. The fact that she directed me to the RebellionEarth web pages demonstrates that a heirarchical structure exists. The fact that the founders of XR have imposed a "non-violence" rule indicates that governance exists. The fact that SAXR has a structure of sections such as Actions, Outreach, Wellbeing, etc. shows that defined responsibilities have been assigned within the group.

Other than Founding Member Emily Spry and Alison it would be appreciated if SAXR was transparent about who are the other members of the group and who defined their roles/constraints on their activities (other than non-violent disruption) imposed by XRUK's founding members Gail, Roger, George, Simon, etc?

Surely these all relate to governance, without which no organisation can function effectively.


TO BE UPDATED

6.3 XR Nottingam

In August 2019 XR Nottingham was involved in obstructive demonstrations against Barclays Bank, claiming that " .. the bank’s ecocidal ‘Business as Usual’ bankrolling of the huge fossil fuel corporations means they are knowingly and recklessly driving the climate emergency and environmental devastation that we face .. this situation threatens the future stability and survival of human civilisation and much of life on Earth through negative impacts on food and water production and the breakdown of social and ecological systems.. " (https://westbridgfordwire.com/video-extinction-rebellion-stop-business-as-usual-at-barclays-nottingham/).

During those demonstrations Extinction Rebellion Nottingham member John Curran, a Former Metropolitan Police Detective Sergeant said " .. Business as Usual means financing dirty coal, the worst greenhouse polluter there is. For our children’s future, say no to Barclays and no to coal .. ". Fellow member Dr Tom Barber said " .. We are disrupting business as usual today at Barclays to focus a spotlight on how the continued bankrolling of fossil fuel expansion is driving us all over a cliff, risking the future of all life on earth .. ".

These XR members appear to have little doubt about the validity of the CACC fantasy and it would be beneficial if they would share the sources of convincing science that they are privy to - or are they simply following the line propounded by Stephen Schneider (Appendix A6.1). 

7.0 ASSOCIATED ORGANISATIONS

7.1 XRbusiness

On 22nd April 2019 a letter appeared in the Times newspaper (see Footnote 1 to this sub-section) expressing the support of 20 business enterprise leaders for XR and its disruptive tactics. 
That letter included " .. We welcome the news that Extinction Rebellion is evolving a new platform, XR Business, to engage business leaders, investors and advisers. To drive things forward, the idea is to convene a meeting of XR activists and experts with business leaders and influencers .. ". 

Quite clearly, the letter announced the formation by Extinction Rebellion of XRbusiness, with the penultimate signatory being no less that XR co-founder Gail Bradbrook (see sub-section 3,1,1), 

On 27th May Gail Bradbrook issued a letter to the Extinction Rebellion community disowning XRbusiness. It was headed "Mistaken Identity: XR Business is no more" which included " .. I have been supporting a group of people associated with the business sector to think about what Extinction Rebellion means to them .. The entity, formerly known as ‘XR Business’, will now be more clearly communicated and branded: it is not part of Extinction Rebellion .. therefore no longer be called ‘XR Business’ .. I sincerely apologise for the confusion and anxiety this has caused .. “    .. " (see https://rebellion.earth/2019/05/27/xr-business-public-correction/ and https://rebellion.earth/act-now/resources/communities/mistaken-identity-xr-business-is-no-more/).

It appears that XR founding member Gail was very confused when she signed the announcement that " .. Extinction Rebellion is evolving a new platform, XR Business .. ". Maybe she had been on another Iboga trip in Costa Rica (see sub-section 3.1.1)..

Whatever she might have wanted us to believe from her May declaration, full-time XR volunteer Andrew Medhurst (see sub-section 3.1.16) understood something quite the opposite. This professional with a successful 30-year career in Financial Services appeared to clearly understand in March that XRbusiness was more than just an informal group of people associated with the business sector. 

As its spokesman he described XRbusiness as being an integral part of XR, still describing on LinkedIN his recent work experience as being " - XR Business .. Mar 2019 .. present .. a full-time volunteer for XR .. and spokesperson for XR Business (launching w/c 22 April) www.XRbusiness.org .. " (https://www.linkedin.com/in/medhursta/?originalSubdomain=uk).

SEE ALSO https://www.businessgreen.com/bg/news-analysis/3074451/xr-business-green-business-leaders-rally-in-support-of-extinction-rebellion for more on this and on the impact of the April disruption.

Those signatories (Gail included) had the cheek to begin their Times Letter " .. The multi million-pound costs that the Extinction Rebellion protests have imposed on business are regrettable, as is the inconvenience to Londoners .. ". On top of that they showed no concern for the multi-million pounds that the Met. Police had to spend in enforcing the law  (see sub-section 3.2).

It is interesting to take a look at those business leaders who appear to have such disregard for wasting others' money, starting with Jeremy Leggett (proud to be a supporter of XR) and John Elkington  (who pulled the letter together) - see also Footnote 2 to this sub-section). Could there be any vested interest behind their support for XR? Does promoting all things relating to  "sustainability" feature in their income streams? (see Footnote 3 of this sub-section)

FOOTNOTES

1) Times Letter of 22nd April 2019

QUOTE: ..
The letter to the Times by business leaders that follows was pulled together by the inestimable John Elkington at short notice .. LETTER TO THE TIMES:
Sir, Contrary to belief, there is business support for the Extinction Rebellion (XR) agenda. The multi million-pound costs that the Extinction Rebellion protests have imposed on business are regrettable, as is the inconvenience to Londoners. But future costs imposed on our economies by the climate emergency will be many orders of magnitude greater.
Hard pressure drives change, but even the most committed businesses will need time to respond. We welcome the news that Extinction Rebellion is evolving a new platform, XR Business, to engage business leaders, investors and advisers. To drive things forward, the idea is to convene a meeting of XR activists and experts with business leaders and influencers.
Most businesses were not designed in the context of the developing climate emergency. Hence  we must urgently redesign entire industries and businesses, using science-based targets. 
To kick start the process, businesses should make a declaration that we face a climate emergency and organise a session at a full board meeting to consider the case for urgent action. We will encourage the senior management teams of which we are part to do likewise.
Signed
Seb Beloe, partner at WHEB

Thomas Bourne, CEO and co-founder, Greenheart Business Ltd

Amy Clarke, co-founder, Tribe Impact Capital LLC

Chris Davis, CSO, The Body Shop International Ltd

John Elkington co-founder and Louise Kjellerup Roper, CEO, Volans Ventures Ltd

Brad Frankel, CEO and co-founder, Flooglebinder Ltd

Jake Hayman, CEO, Ten Years’ Time

Jeremy Leggett, founder and director, Solarcentury Ltd

Charmian Love and Amanda Feldman, co-founders, Heliotropy Ltd

Andy Middleton, founder and chief exploration officer, TYF Group

Safia Minney, founder and Former CEO, People Tree Fair Trade group.

James Perry, partner, Snowball LLP

Paul Polman, former CEO, Unilever plc

Samer Salty, co-founder and managing partner, Zouk Capital LLP

Sir Tim Smit, founder of The Eden Project, executive chairman of Eden Regeneration Ltd

Hermione Taylor, CEO and founder, The Do Nation Enterprise Ltd

Diana Verde Nieto, CEO and co-founder, Positive Luxury Ltd

Dale Vince OBE, founder, The Ecotricity Group

Bevis Watts, managing director, Triodos Bank UK

Tim Westwell, co-founder and former CEO, Pukka

Gail Bradbrook (co-founder)  Extinction Rebellion

Fiona Ellis (XR Business)
.. UNQUOTE

2) "Using Extinction Rebellion for free marketing" on 23rd April 2019"

This very interesting Contrarian Marketplace article about the Letter to the Times (above) begins " .. How one should take a letter written to the Times with a pinch of salt. When estimates of lost business caused by the Extinction Rebellion (XR) were purported to be in the millions of pounds, the following executives put their names to the following letter saying it was for the greater good. Given that most co-signatories aren’t retail stores that are being inconvenienced in the thick of the protest, the letter appears far more about free publicity than environmental heroics.

We attach their own published business models in brackets below. We also attach the distance of each HQ from the protest epicenter. It’s easy to say how woke you are about impacting local businesses when you’re nowhere near it .. " (https://contrarian.live/2019/04/23/using-extinction-rebellion-for-free-publicity/)

3) A sample of signatories to the Times Letter of 22nd April 2019
Jeremy Leggett is founder and director of Solarcentury Ltd
. " .. one of the world's leading solar energy companies, developing, installing and operating solar PV systems for businesses and solar farms .. " (https://www.solarcentury.com/) - no vested interest there then!!
John Elkington - To be updated
Seb Beloe is a partner at SWEB " .. a positive impact investor focused on the opportunities created by the transition to a low carbon and sustainable global economy .. " (http://www.whebgroup.com/) - no vested interest there then!!
Fiona Ellis is closely involved with XRBusiness and claims her top professional skills are " .. Change management, facilitation, design and development , interest in climate change and sustainability (https://www.amed.org.uk/profile/FionaEllis). 'nuff said!!
Dale Vince, founder of Ecotricity says " .. We use our customers’ energy bills to fund the building of new sources of green energy .. turning ‘bills into mills’ – energy bills into windmillssunmills and - soon - gasmills .. " (https://www.ecotricity.co.uk/about-ecotricity- no vested interest there then!!.

To be updated


8.0 XR and PESTILENCE

The references in Seciton 1.0 to pestilence and locusts - intended purely as sarcasm - were made long before the world was hit by the 2020 Covid19 pandemic. David Rose's 4th April 2020 Spectator exposee "Revealed, Extinction Rebellion's plan to exploit the Covid crisis" begins with
" .. As we contemplate the havoc being wrought by coronavirus, most of us see mainly sickness, death and economic ruin. Dr Rupert Read, spokesman for the climate protest group Extinction Rebellion .. has rather a different view. In this pandemic, he writes, ‘there is a huge opportunity for XR… It is essential that we do not let this crisis go to waste.’
Read’s thoughts are set out in a paper entitled ‘Some strategic scenario-scoping of the coronavirus-XR nexus.’ The paper is not meant to be widely read. ‘NB, this is a confidential document for internal XR use, NOT for publication!’ he writes at the head .. " (https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/revealed-extinction-rebellion-s-plans-to-exploit-the-Covid-crisis).
More on XR spokesman Dr. Rupert Read can be found in sub-section 3.1.52 but he is not the only member of the Extinction Rebellion leadership to surprise or even to disgust decent citizens.

Sociologist and sustainability guru Jem Bendell is another of those XR scaremongers who appears to have an inadequate understanding of the necessary sciences to pontificate on CACC (or Covid19?) - see sub-section 3.1.50 of http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.com/2019/04/spotlighton-extinction-rebellion.html for much more on Jem, who has acknowledged that he is not a scientist.

Extinction Rebellion's rabble rousing leaders have used the CACC scaremongering as an aid to achieving their anarchistic objective. Now they have jumped onto what they appear to see as a new bandwagon, the Covid196 pandemic

The revealing 28th March 2020 Bloomberg article "Climate Adaptation Professor Sees Climate Mayhem Lurking Behind Covid19 Outbreak" advised QUOTE: .. “In modern industrial societies, the fallout from Covid-19 feels like a dress rehearsal for the kind of collapse that climate change threatens,” Bendell said in an interview. “This crisis reveals how fragile our current way of life has become .. Keeping the most polluting industries afloat will increase the likelihood of future pandemics ..” .. UNQUOTE (https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-03-28/professor-sees-climate-mayhem-lurking-behind-covid-19-outbreak).

XR's opportunistic web-page "Alone Together - Regenerative resources in a time of Coronavirus" claims " .. This is a world-changing moment. As coronavirus takes hold of our day to day lives, the way we organise and support each other will change .. This calls for an evolution .. of our rebellion. ... as part of the response to coronavirus, Extinction Rebellion UK is offering AloneTogether, a Regenerative Rebellion .. We are living through an emergency response that shows us things can be done differently .. to make the necessary and urgent changes to respond to the intersecting global crises – financial, health, climate and ecological – creating a world where life can thrive.
We can be part of this emergency response, holding to our goals, demands and strategy... " (https://rebellion.earth/alone-together/).

All very emotive and no doubt appealing to the gullible - but a reminder of the earlier warning.  It is prudent to be sceptical of ANYTHING that comes out of the XR stable (especially if it relates to the CACC issue). XR's page footer on "Copyright Info"again includes the declaration that " .. We do not endorse or create any merchandise and we will pursue and prosecute anyone who does .. ". On the other hand its anarchy handbook "This is not a Drill" is still being merchandised (e.g. see https://www.amazon.co.uk/This-Not-Drill-Extinction-Rebellion/dp/0141991445/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8).


That word "hypocrisy" again springs to mind.


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