28>31-8-20 Local actions preceding XR national rebellion

We wish the best to all those Extinction Rebels who will be taking in action in London, Cardiff and Manchester over the next two weeks. For our part, as a group we have focussed our efforts on the call to local action preceding this. For us this was mainly concentrated on Friday 28th, when we joined with a national incentive to get banners seen on roadways and Monday 31st, when we highlighted the role of our major banks in funding continuing fossil fuel extraction.

We have by now a series of beautiful Planet Shaftesbury/XR banners, hand-painted by Phyllis Wolff. If you’ve not seen them during some of our previous outings, check out some of the blogs below or the PS and XR Facebook pages. Two of them were set up on the Ivy Cross roundabout, and three more down the A350 at Royal Chase, watched over by a rota of volunteers. Our thanks to all who turned up for a socially distanced stint of this, even through the flash mid afternoon thunder storm. From occasional honks and thumbs-up signs it seems there was a fair bit of support for our efforts. Later in the morning, Phyllis joined us herself, with two more banners for the Royal Chase – one highlighting the renewed attempts by Dorset Council to remove trees at Dinah’s Hollow (see forum posts).