Photo by Peter Barnes from Swarm Down Under Action

Greetings rebels,

Welcome to the Extinction Rebellion South Australia Newsletter. If you’ve recently signed up, then thank you. It’s great to have you aboard.

Next Steps for New Rebels:

Bushfire Rebellion

It has a been a traumatic and devastating past few months for Australians, with unprecedented fires induced by our changing climate resulting in loss of human life and an estimated billion animals being killed. Extinction Rebellion, as an international apolitical network, has sought to address some of the systemic issues that have contributed over the last half century or so to the current crisis. Most significantly, this involved protests at Australian Embassies around the world in solidarity with protests here in Australia. The world is watching Australia, with Extinction Rebellion actions contributing to the growing international pressure being put on our elected leaders to take the climate and extinction crisis seriously.

It can be demoralising if we contemplate how we may solve such an enormous and seemingly intractable crisis as the one our species is currently in the midst of by merely acting locally. However, internationally coordinated action can dramatically increase our efficacy as a movement and our ability to produce real and profound systemic change on a planetary scale. In the coming year we at Extinction Rebellion hope to escalate this pressure, demanding governments be honest about the severity of the crisis we face as a species – and then to take appropriate action.

Here are some of the highlights from the various actions around the world – top from Argentina; bottom The Hague in the Netherlands and London.

Upcoming Actions

Welcome to Parliament

Wednesday, February 5th at 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Parliament of South Australia
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Join us as we welcome politicians back to parliament.

We will be performing a mock ‘Welcome to Parliament’ ritual on the steps of Parliament House. Last September, the state government declared a climate emergency. We are calling on them to ACT NOW (and not at a snails pace) and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2025.

You’re welcome to bring placards that are in alignment with our principles/values and not affiliated with political parties or other organisations.

This action was organised by the Kadnu Affinity Group.

Governments fiddle. Our country burns.

Wednesday, February 12th at 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Parliament of South Australia
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Australia is burning. The impacts of the climate and ecological crisis become more obvious every day. Yet the federal government have not declared climate emergency and we are still waiting for policies that would address climate as a key driver of the bushfire disaster.

At this symbolic action, players of the violin, erhu, viola, cello and double bass will perform as we ask the question: ‘Why are our governments fiddling while our country, our home, is burning?’ and demand climate action NOW.

We are drawing on the image of the Emperor Nero who is said to have fiddled while Rome burned (though needless to say, history is more complicated). Please bring water and your instrument if you have one. All ages are welcome to attend and to play.

Upcoming Events

Festival of Civil Disobedience

The Joinery, 111 Franklin St, Adelaide­
Sunday, February 23rd at 10 AM – 5 PM
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Nonviolent civil disobedience is a key strategy of Extinction Rebellion globally. Come to this interactive event and meet people who have used civil disobedience in other campaigns, connecting us to our history. Build your skills for participating in and supporting nonviolent civil disobedience. Prepare for the April Rebellion and be inspired!

Heading for Extinction Talk

Cafe Outside the Square, 34 Whitmore Square, Adelaide
Saturday, February 1st at 10 AM – 11 AM
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Saturday, February 15th at 11 AM – 12 PM
Mount Barker Community Centre, 3 Dumas St, Mt Barker
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We are facing a climate and ecological emergency. We must act.

Come and hear about the situation facing us and about the potential for using nonviolent civil disobedience to move our governments to action. Meet local people who share your concerns for the future of life on earth and discuss what we can do together.

This event has attracted a lot of interest so please RSVP via Action Network to confirm seating.

Extinction Cafe – Meet and Greet

Saturday, February 1st at 11 AM – 1 PM
Cafe Outside the Square, 34 Whitmore Square, Adelaide
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Saturday, February 8th at 11 AM – 1 PM
CO-OP Fresh Cafe, 1 Murray St, Nuriootpa
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Every Monday (except public holidays) at 3 PM – 5 PM
The Green Room, 2 High St, Willunga
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Come and join us for a chat about Extinction Rebellion and the climate crisis. This is an informal get together to share our ideas, thoughts and feelings about climate issues and what it’s like to be living through the 6th mass extinction.

Conscientious Protector Training

Saturday, February 8th at 12:30 PM – 5 PM
Adelaide, Venue provided on RSVP
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Sunday, February 16th at 12:30 PM – 5 PM
Mount Barker, Venue provided on RSVP
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Extinction Rebellion conducts training for new and aspiring activists concerned about the lack of action on the ecological emergency, widespread extinctions, and rising global temperatures. Based on the principles of non-violent direct action (NVDA), this training will give you the skills to engage in civil resistance, a peaceful and disruptive form of direct action.

Extinction Rebellion DNA Workshop

Saturday, February 1st at 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Bray Room of State Library of South Australia
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Online Training Sessions
Monday 10th and 17th February at 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
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The growth of Extinction Rebellion has been explosive across the globe. Following from natural processes, Extinction Rebellion has a core ‘DNA’. This acts as the base for all our activities. The DNA includes: our demands, 10 principles and values, and our organisation structure. In this workshop you will learn more about these key characteristics of Extinction Rebellion and how you might fit into the growing Extinction Rebellion organism.

This workshop is the next step for those who’ve seen our Heading for Extinction talk and wish to contribute their skills and passion to the movement.

Activist Wellbeing Day

Sunday, February 9th at 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM
St Peters Youth Centre, Cornish Street, Stepney
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Join us in quiet contemplation and joyful play.

The Activist Wellbeing Circle invites you to join us for a day of reconnecting and restorative practices including meditation, relaxation and movement.

  • Share experiences and thinking on a ‘middle way’ between overwhelming empathy and fierce compassion
  • Connect with what needs to be expressed and heard using the Joanna Macy’s “work that reconnects”
  • Experience deep relaxation
  • Celebrate in community with the rhythm & flow of Circle Dance
  • No prior mediation or dance experience is necessary


Sunday, February 2nd at 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
The Adelaide Remakery, 18-28 Young St
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Come join us for an afternoon of crafting fun. We’ll be painting placards, stencilling flags and crafting pieces for our upcoming actions and events.

No crafting skills or experience required, just enthusiasm! Tell your kids and your friends!

This venue is wheelchair accessible. Cups of tea will be available. Bring a plate of afternoon tea to share if you wish!

XR Up North Monthly Meeting

Saturday, February 1st at 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Natural Resource Centre, 132 Melrose St, Mount Pleasant SA 5235
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Monthly meeting for organising with XR Up North branch. Come along to help organise upcoming actions, events and more.

Meetings are held on the first Saturday of each month.

The venue for this event is the Natural Resource Centre. Parking is available and venue has wheelchair access.