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Hundreds expected at Extinction Rebellion Festival to combat climate breakdown in Wales

09 Sep 2019 2 minutes Read
Extinction Rebellion’s boat closes a street in Cardiff. Picture by Haydn Blackley. (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Extinction Rebellion groups in Wales will be holding a 3-day festival in Ceredigion this Friday and Saturday.

The Festival at Tŷ Gwyn Farm, Borth on 13-15 September will highlight the dangers and threats posed by climate and ecological breakdown and offer positive solutions for combating it.

XR Cymru said that the festival would be an opportunity for people from all over Wales to learn about the issues surrounding climate breakdown and what they can do to deal with them.


The talks, training and workshops, are intended partly to prepare supporters for the next wave of UK-level action in October.

“The Welsh Government was the first in the UK to declare a climate emergency,” a spokesperson for the movement said.

“To ensure that words become actions, we need more people to join the movement in Wales to show the public support required for radical but necessary policy changes. Welsh rebels, we need you!

We welcome anyone concerned about the climate and ecological crisis into our midst and we invite people to become involved in any way they feel most comfortable, such as helping to steer XR Cymru strategy through People’s Assemblies, behind-the-scenes support, or through artistic and creative input.”

Tickets start at £10 (concessions) for the whole weekend of activities and include:

  • a shuttle bus between the train station and the site
  • a tent pitch and campsite facilities
  • entertainment from numerous performers including Welsh band Regime, and a ceilidh

Extinction Rebellion describes itself as an international movement that uses non-violent civil disobedience to force governments to act to halt mass extinction, avert catastrophic climate breakdown and prevent otherwise inevitable social collapse.

Extinction Rebellion’s three demands are:

  •     Our governments must tell the truth by declaring a climate and ecological emergency, working with other institutions to communicate the urgency for change.
  •     Our governments must act now to halt biodiversity loss and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2025.
  •     Our governments must create and be led by the decisions of citizens’ assemblies on climate and ecological justice.

Tŷ Gwyn Farm, Borth is located at SY24 5LA.

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Nic Dafis
1 year ago

Sorry, just been told that ticket sales have moved from Eventbrite- new link here https://rebelrising.co.uk/event/wales

Siôn
Siôn
1 year ago

Somewhere in Meirionnydd, “Jac o’ the North” is having a meltdown

Royston Jones
1 year ago
Reply to  Siôn

Having a good laugh, actually. Though if self-righteousness could be captured and canned Wales would have enough supplies to see us through any future shortage. (Not that I envision one, for it seems to be all around.)

Huw Davies
Huw Davies
1 year ago

I just hope these good people clean up after themselves. Take your rubbish home, or better still don’t create it !

Alice
Alice
1 year ago
Reply to  Huw Davies

You’ll be super pleased to hear that there is a ‘leave no trace’ policy at the festival, everyone is required to take their own waste with them or as you say better still they won’t create any! X

Huw Davies
Huw Davies
1 year ago
Reply to  Alice

Excellent !

Izzy Stokes
Izzy Stokes
1 year ago
Reply to  Huw Davies

The ticket is sold under a zero-waste policy, compost bins and toilets and all food providers are using re-usable kitchenware! We do our best.

Mel
Mel
1 year ago

Fantastic! What a great idea , for anyone mildly curious to passionate about environmental stuff

Gwenan Jenkins-Jones
Gwenan Jenkins-Jones
1 year ago

This is great! Nice to hear that the group are so open and inclusive. Loads more information about it on the ticket website https://www.tickettailor.com/events/extinctionrebellioncymru/300176/

Dorothy Jenkins
Dorothy Jenkins
1 year ago

Really not a fan of these social justice warriors, directing there cause to do nothing more than disrupt the public/every day civilians. Who have no power on climate law changes government should be your focus not the everyday working man/woman. So india,China and Russia next for extinction rebellion?
Good Luck

Nic Dafis
1 year ago

Thanks for this. You may have more power than you think. Why not come to Borth for a chat? 😉 XR are already active in India (https://twitter.com/indiarebellion). Russia and China are both states where Non-violent Direct Action can lead to extreme reprisals by the security forces. But we don’t live in India, Russia or China – we live in Wales. If we accept the truth of climate change, that it’s going to lead to mass extinction of species, the deaths of millions of humans within the lifetimes of all but the oldest of us, and the displacement of millions more,… Read more »

Simon Gruffydd
Simon Gruffydd
1 year ago

I find the whole (latest) climate change emergency agenda creepy, and a little unhinged. It also has a globalist, authoritarian streak to it, as do most other “emergency” alarms. As an environmental activist of the 20th century, I can state that there is something very cultish in the behaviors and dialogues of Extinction Rebellion. Good critical science based on evidence is being ditched in favour of emotions and identification with a ’cause’. Hopefully this “rebellion” will become extinct before too long.

Nic Dafis
1 year ago
Reply to  Simon Gruffydd

> As an environmental activist of the 20th century Have you read any of the science published in the 21st century? Things have got worse. Your scare quotes notwithstanding, this really is an emergency – or do you not think that the IPCC do “good, critical science”? What about NASA? What about every single university on the planet? Please show me the good critical science that proves if we can just encourage enough people to change their lightbulbs it’ll all be fine. I understand your concerns about the “cultish” aspect of XR, and share them to some extent, but we… Read more »

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