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We're #DreamingofaGreenChristmas ... and today it's about #Christmasfood. Vegans and vegetarians, what are you cooking for Christmas lunch? If you haven't yet decided, Cranks has lots of great recipes. Their Mushroom Wellington could be a lovely centrepiece for a #meatfree Christmas dinner. Do tell us your favourites in the comments! https://cranks.co.uk/recipes/ https://cranks.co.uk/recipes/mushroom-wellington/ #ChristmasDinner #crueltyfree #plantbased #GreenChristmas #vegan #vegetarian

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We're #DreamingofaGreenChristmas - and today is about #giftwrap. Will you be scrunching this Christmas? When you have opened any presents that you receive, what do you do with the waste wrapping paper? The first thing should probably be to see if it can be reused. After that you can separate out anything that has glitter or is shiny - this needs to go to landfill. Then any paper that passes the "scrunch" test can be recycled. By simply scrunching up wrapping paper into a tight ball and seeing if it springs back or not, you can tell how to dispose of the waste correctly. Wrapping paper which passes the scrunch test by staying in a tight ball and does not contain foil or glitter can be recycled (remove any tape first). It's estimated that 17,444 tonnes of wrapping paper is discarded in the UK - so if you can, have a happy scrunching time. Here's a link: details of recycling in North Oxfordshire can be found in the comments. https://www.cherwell.gov.uk/info/10/rubbish-and-recycling #GreenChristmas #zerowaste #reuse #recycle

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We're #DreamingofaGreenChristmas with helpful information from Oxfordshire CC on how to Reduce, Reuse, ReGift or Recycle all sorts of materials. You simply enter your postcode and the material you want to know about. https://news.oxfordshire.gov.uk/christmas-waste-recycling/

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Dreaming of a green planet? @Barclays and @HSBC are destroying the planet’s wildlife and driving the #ClimateEmergency with their #toxicinvestments. Please have a look at: https://switchit.money/ #switch #FossilBanks #MoneyRebellion @money_rebellion, @sharklays, @Barclays, @HSBC

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We're #DreamingofaGreenChristmas - and today is about the #wintersolstice. The solstice, or Yule, has been marked and celebrated for far longer and more widely than Christmas - the point when the day is the shortest in the year, the night the longest, and the year turns towards spring and longer days. Did you know that the solstice is not a day, but a precise time? This year it's at 10.02 am - the exact moment when the sun sits above the Tropic of Capricorn. So by this evening, the Earth is already beginning its tilt back towards the light. Perhaps this year more than ever we will appreciate that. And, thankfully, the winter solstice is untainted by commercialism! It's a good day to be outdoors if you can, to pause, observe and appreciate this special point in the year. The significance of holly, ivy and mistletoe are older than Christmas, springing from the pagan custom of collecting greenery to symbolise the continuation of life and regrowth. Even in midwinter we can see signs of spring - tree buds, and maybe the first spears of snowdrops and other bulbs beginning to show above ground. This year something special is happening in the sky, too, if we're lucky enough to have a clear night - the conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn, seen in the south-west at about 6.30 pm, and you may glimpse the Ursid meteor showers, too. Solstice greetings! #midwinter #GreenChristmas #starwatching #outdoors #solstice #theyearsturning #Yule #shortestday

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We're #DreamingofaGreenChristmas - and today is about looking forward to #Veganuary! (But why wait till then?) It’s becoming ever more clear that the planet can’t sustain meat-eating as the norm in affluent countries. If you do eat meat and dairy produce, are you thinking of cutting down (or out)? Could you take the Veganuary pledge to eat only plant-based foods for a month? A recent Oxford study said that becoming vegan is the single biggest thing you can do to reduce your environmental impact; but if that’s too big a step to take, you could cut down. Mike Berners-Lee says in his book HOW BAD ARE BANANAS? that the average person in the UK could cut his or her personal carbon footprint by 25% simply by reducing meat and dairy in their diet. If you want to carry on eating meat, you could reduce your impact by eating less of it, but buying locally-produced meat to support farmers and reduce transport emissions. Here are some favourite vegan and vegetarian recipe books. Tell us your recommendations, too! See Veganuary or Meat Free Monday (meatfreemondays.com) for recipes, advice and inspiration. https://veganuary.com/ https://www.meatfreemondays.com/ #meatfree #plantbased #EatForThePlanet #greenChristmas #sustainable #MeatFreeMonday #crueltyfree #meatfree #meatfreemeals

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We're #DreamingofaGreenChristmas - and today it's about choosing #crueltyfree when buying cosmetics or toiletries as gifts or for yourself. To be sure of buying cruelty-free products, check the labelling for one or more of these symbols. The Leaping Bunny is best-known, and is internationally-recognised - you'll see this on products from Marks and Spencer (own brand - beware though, they sell products that AREN'T their own brand, too), Boots and Superdrug. The Vegan symbol is reliable, too, denoting a product that contains no animal ingredients such as lanolin or milk. NatureWatch has rigorous standards and produces its own Compassionate Shopping Guide: naturewatch.org/index.php?/compassionate-shopping/compassionate-shopping-guide Another useful place to check online is Cruelty Free Kitty - which, as well as listing cruelty-free products, tells you which brands to avoid if you don't want to support animal testing. https://www.crueltyfreekitty.com/ (Continues 👇🏽👇🏽👇🏽)

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We're #DreamingofaGreenChristmas - and today, more ideas for gifts that don't mean Stuff or waste. A subscription or membership could be a lovely gift - providing pleasure, opportunities and stimulation throughout the year. It could be for a favourite hobby magazine on cooking, gardening or photography, for instance. Or membership to an organisation like Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, the Woodland Trust, the Wildlife Trusts or World Wildlife Fund. A gift that carries on giving all year! Some links here, but of course there are infinite possibilities! https://www.rspb.org.uk/ https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/ https://www.greenpeace.org.uk/challenges/climate-change/ https://friendsoftheearth.uk/ https://friendsoftheearth.uk/ https://www.worldwildlife.org/ #GreenChristmas #gitsthatkeepgiving #subscription #zerowaste #stuff #protectnature Photograph by Linda Newbery

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We’re #DreamingofaGreenChristmas – and today is about biodegradable and eco-friendly gifts. It seems many are now more conscious of the urgency of the Climate Crisis — and our need to look out for gifts and goods that are ‘Green’! The following tags/labels are becoming more common: #sustainable #biodegradable #ethical #zero waste #recycled, etc. It’s good to search them out to help you with your choice. We are indeed fortunate here in Banbury to have Dan and Vi’s award-winning Zero Waste shop, Nothing But Footprints, in Castle Quay. There’s a lot to find there, and now we can also browse the amazing Orinoco shop recently arrived in Broad Street! Both are great places to find gifts. Ethical and eco-friendly goods can now be found in many other retail stores too, if you look carefully. If you’re buying online there are many more sites that are committed to trading in a way that is kind to our planet. Many interesting smaller producers can find a place to market their goods through them. Here are just a few! https://www.protecttheplanet.co.uk/eco-friendly-gifts https://www.thekindstoreonline.co.uk/collections/small-indie-brands https://www.friendlyturtle.com/gifts/ https://www.wearthlondon.com/ecofriendly-ethical-gifts https://www.etsy.com/uk/market/zero_waste_gifts #zerowaste #GreenChristmas #greengiving #greengifts #ecofriendly

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We're #DreamingofaGreenChristmas - and today it's all about being outdoors. During the time of lockdown earlier in the year, many of us became more aware of nature and our connection to it. As the amount of traffic in towns and cities reduced, we may have started to notice the bird song and explored our localities on foot more. As Christmas approaches, perhaps we can take a couple of things we learned from that experience and apply them to how we celebrate Christmas this year. Maybe turning them into family traditions which we celebrate every Christmas. Here are a couple of ideas:

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We're #DreamingofaGreenChristmas - and today is about choosing climate-friendly gifts. Contribute to tree-planting projects in various parts of the world, with Ecologi. "Our tree planting partner The Eden Reforestation Projects plant millions of trees around the world each month. We are currently supporting their incredible work in Madagascar." Give someone a gift that helps with one with one of these vital projects! You can read more here about Ecologi's ethos, partnerships and many projects: https://ecologi.com/about #climatefriendly #climatefriendlygifts #GiftsThatGiveTwice #trees #treeplanting #greenchristmas #zerowaste

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We’re #DreamingofaGreenChristmas – and today is about gift-wrap. Single-use wrapping paper (as most of it is) is a major contributor to landfill over Christmas. In the UK we use 227,000 miles of it each year – and the amount thrown away at Christmas alone would stretch to the moon, according to estimates by recycling advisors WRAP. Add to this a billion cards and enough tin foil to cover Suffolk – that’s a lot of rubbish generated over the festive period. Some paper wrap can be recycled – but the shiny-coated wraps, the ones that don’t retain creases – can’t, so they go into landfill. Anything with glitter can’t be recycled, either. But there are various ways in which you can be creative while wasting nothing. Brown paper, or even newsprint, can look festive if tied with colourful ribbon, printed with holly leaves or decorated with real sprigs. You can use paper tape too, rather than Sellotape. (Continues 👇🏽👇🏽👇🏽)

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We're #DreamingofaGreenChristmas - and today it's about avoiding Stuff, by finding different ways of giving. Can you give something really valuable to someone who needs it - time, attention or consideration? Good ideas here ... do you know someone who'd appreciate a home-cooked meal, a coffee and cake outing or an offer of baby-sitting? #zerowaste #greenChristmas #givetime #stuff

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We're #DreamingofagreenChristmas takes you shopping today - to Orinoco, home of recycled materials for crafts and decorating. Orinoco has opened a pop-up shop in Banbury at 56 Broad St, in the former bike shop opposite British Heart Foundation. The aim of the shop is to save materials from landfill, and find a new home for them. They stock paper, card, tools, buttons, ribbons, fabric, pencils, fancy dress - and a weird and wonderful selection of other things besides. Check out the photos. Prices are much lower than you would pay for these items new, and you have the added satisfaction of knowing you are saving them from landfill. It's a great place to browse for with kids, who will collect treasures like magpies. Orinoco need more long-term premises after Christmas - if you can suggest anywhere in Banbury where they could be housed, please get in touch with Lisa on Banbury@Oxorinoco.org @orinoco_banbury_scrapstore ♻️🎄🌟🤖😉

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We're #DreamingofaGreenChristmas - and today it's about #GiftsThatGiveTwice. Wouldn't it be lovely to give or receive these gifts for refugees? At Choose Love, for a modest amount, you could buy a warm coat for a child, or survival necessities such as blankets and sleeping bags; you could buy useful tools, educational materials or a hot meal. Choose love and help people in desperate need this Christmas! See more at https://choose.love/ #GreenChristmas #charity #refugees #survivalneeds #chooselove #zerowaste #christmasgiving

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We’re #DreamingofaGreenChristmas — Reduce, Reuse and Recycle! Approaching Christmas and New Year this year, green thinking is ever more important. Most of us know we must do as much as we can to save life on our Earth, to save the biosphere. We know we can all do more, and perhaps remembering and applying the 3Rs more fully is one of the best ways to help. The 3Rs motto is especially useful for remembering what we can do to ensure that anything we do or buy is beneficial for the environment and our health. Globally, locally and individually we can all do this - and while saving energy and resources, we can also save money. Why not make a poster of the 3Rs over Christmas to remind you of the task ahead in 2021 — the UN top priority! We can’t stop waste production entirely, but we can all make a significant contribution. Think before you bin! It saves energy and natural resources, helps to reduce pollution and reduces the need for landfill. REDUCING is the first way to help the environment — • cutting back on the amount of waste (including energy) you generate. • watching what and how much you buy • avoiding excess and non-recyclable packaging. By reducing, you stop the problem at the source. Making less waste to begin with means there’s less waste to clean up. (Continues 👇🏽)

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We're #Dreamingofagreenchristmas today harnesses your kids' creative talents, to make decorations out of twigs and recycled bits and bobs. You can adapt the decorations, depending on what's in your recycling bin, but these are the materials we used: twigs gathered from Spiceball park left-over white emulsion paint old coffee bags old christmas cards cardboard packaging from Sainsbury's fresh pears plus glue and poster paints and cotton for hanging 1. Paint twigs white and leave to dry overnight 2. wipe last grains from coffee bags, turn inside out and glue together inside, so that you have a double-sided shiny piece of material to cut into whatever shape you like. We made stars and spirals. Use a hole punch to make one hole, thread cotton through and hang from twigs. 3. cut an image you like from an old Christmas card, then draw around it on top of another similar-sized image. cut out the second image, glue it to the back of the first, so you have a double-sided decoration. hole punch, cotton, hang. 4. make a bauble from an old pear box: cut out 2 pear shapes and paint them. Stick them together (we needed tape as well as glue for this) and punch a hole, thread cotton and hang. 5. keep going until your twigs look good! It took us about an hour, though we had to leave the painted things to dry before we hung them. @extinction.rebellion.families #xrbanburykidsactivities #christmasdecor

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We're #DreamingofaGreenChristmas - another foodie post today! Green Christmas Dinners: We know that changing to a plant-based diet is one of the best ways of reducing our personal carbon footprint, and for many that equates to adopting a vegan lifestyle. But for those who can’t quite manage that – especially at a time when traditions and treats abound - there are plenty of ways to make your festive eating more sustainable. a) Don’t eat so much – common sense really, no-one enjoys post-Christmas dinner indigestion b) If you do like meat, maybe aim to eat one meaty meal on the day, and indulge yourself in veggie treats for the rest of your menu c) Buy as much food as you can fresh and local d) Reconfigure your Christmas Day so it’s not all about the main meal. One of the best family celebration meals I had recently was a feast of home-made pizzas. Once the dough had proved, we all chose our own mix of toppings and made a pizza each. As each one came out of the oven everyone had a piece, and some friendly family competition ensued! Here is a short list of ingredients to consider: Tomato sauce, passata, fresh plum or cherry tomatoes, toasted pine-nuts, hazelnuts, cashews or walnuts, vegan mozzarella and/or parmesan, mushrooms, spinach, kale or chard, pineapple, marinated tofu pieces, butternut squash, avocado, olives, peppers, red onions, herbs, beetroot (to mimic the pepperoni), pesto … Find more recipes here: https://www.mydarlingvegan.com/vegan-pizza-recipes/ #zerowaste #pizza #sharing #vegan #vegetarian #avoidfoodwaste #Christmasdinner #greenChristmas

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🎄 DYI Book Advent Calendar for children 💡🗓 📚 Wrap as many books as you can get hold of: repurposed, borrowed, second hand, and if you can perhaps a few new ones with an environmental message. 🦊 For example, “Greta and the Giants” which was printed sustainably in the UK on 100% recycled paper: https://uk.bookshop.org/books/greta-and-the-giants-inspired-by-greta-thunberg-s-stand-to-save-the-world/9780711253759 🗞 If you can please use repurposed paper and biodegradable tape. 🍁 Decorate with leaves and pine cones. 🎉 Ask your child to open one book every night. 🤓 Spend time reading and describing the illustrations together. ⏳ Your time, love, and attention are the real present you are giving your child this Christmas! 💞 Thank you to the lovely mummy Kathy from Grimsbury Banbury, who inspired us to make the Book Advent Calendar pictured here. 🌜One of XR Banbury youngest rebels is sure enjoying practicing readings every night. #dreamingofawhitechristmas #adventcalendar #xrbanburykidsactivities @extinction.rebellion.families #christmas #books #readingtogether

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We're #DreamingofaGreenChristmas Do some good with a special Christmas card. At Little Difference: @little_difference ”It's happening, for every single product sold one tree will be planted in Africa towards permanent reforestation! That's 1 tree planted for every single greeting card, art print, notebook or perpetual calendar sold. This was our goal from the first conception of this brand and we are so proud to say that we are achieving it thanks to our fantastic customers and reforestation partners! These are not just any old trees to be chopped down again willy nilly, these are native forests being re-established in areas where they are needed most. We have now paid for the planting of 2,500 trees in Ethiopia and 97,500 more in Madagascar - 100,000 trees in total!" https://uk.littledifference.org/ #trees #reforestation #forests #Africa #giftsthatgivetwice #greenChristmas

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We're #DreamingofaGreenChristmas Sprouts ….. love them or hate them, they somehow end up on our Christmas dinner plates each year. Last Christmas it was estimated that we would throw away 130m sprouts. In 2015, research showed that so much food gets wasted during our festive period that it’s the equivalent of scraping more than 4.2 million Christmas dinners into the bin! There is no doubt that this Christmas will be harder than most. With restrictions around who and where we can meet our family and friends it might be tempting to pile our tables high – especially as a leading supermarket is telling us to “Have all the treats you want”. Not only is the wasted food a huge problem for landfill sites, but the production of these items and their packaging produce vast amounts of carbon emissions and greenhouse gases, as well as creating tonnes of packaging rubbish. So what can we do? Some suggestions: plan, make a list, think about what you can make with leftovers - and if you don’t eat sprouts you don’t have to buy them! #christmascooking #greenchristmas #ZeroWaste #foodwaste #avoidwaste

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We're #DreamingofaGreenChristmas In Banbury we're so lucky to have our lovely zero-waste shop, Nothing But Footprints. Today we welcome Dan as our guest: @refill_not_landfill After the year we have all just had, you might be wondering if you have the energy to launch yourself into the festive season! And for the environmentally aware it can be a torrid time of over-consumption and sensory overload. Shopping ethically needn't be so difficult, and as more and more people are starting to understand the needs of our planet and the real cost of its resources, options for sustainable gifts are becoming much more widely available. It goes without saying that the best gift you can give is something money can't buy. Love, and time are precious, and I would hope that after this year, at least a few more people will have learned the lesson that stuff doesn't bring happiness, only stress, but that connection will get us through darker times. This year, we wanted to bring in some gift ideas that fit in with our ethics, in terms of sourcing, but that are also gifts of time and comfort during such transitional times. Some of us are likely rather enjoying the slower pace of life that a pandemic has brought. It has after all helped to achieve much of what the planet needs seemingly overnight: less traffic, more interaction with nature, and time to develop other skills such as making and baking. Others may be finding it much more difficult, especially those who may have rather enjoyed the fast-paced lifestyle we had created, so we have brought in a few ideas to help those who are struggling to fill the time they now have and (hopefully) learn skills and find joy in those moments. In our DIY range we have sought some small businesses to support, with make your own beeswax wrap kits from a carbon neutral honey beekeeper in Scotland, to DIY recycled yarn macrame planters from Brighton, and our make-it-yourself Christmas wreaths from just down the road in Culworth, using all locally-sourced and home-grown materials. Alongside these we have hand-made bath bombs, soap gift sets and all our usual eco goodies for use around the home, and books.... (continues 👇🏽)

Oxfordshire

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Please write to your councillor, to ask them to support Oxfordshire County Council's motion to support the #ceebill ✍🏼✍🏼✍🏼✍🏼✍🏼 Banbury Councillors are Hannah Banfield Grimsbury), Mark Cherry (Ruscote), Eddie Reeves (Calthorpe) and Tony Ilott (Hardwick). Model letter attached 👇🏽👇🏽👇🏽👇🏽👇🏽 Model letter to Oxfordshire County Councillors on CEE motion to County Council, 8th December 2020 👇🏽 continues...👇🏽

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We're #DreamingOfAGreenChristmas Dedicate a tree to someone as a present, via the @WoodlandTrust "It’s the season of #giving, so give a gift that supports #woods and #wildlife as well as showing a loved one you care.” https://shop.woodlandtrust.org.uk/christmas

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We're #DreamingOfAGreenChristmas Every year, people in the UK spend more than 370 million on toys. Greenpeace does not class plastic toys as single-use plastic, saying that most toys are used for 10+ years by a family and the majority are passed on – to family, friends and charity shops. Toy libraries and recycling schemes like Toys4Life and TerraCycle’s toy recycling schemes are also helping. But toy packaging is the biggest problem. In 2007, more than 800 000 tonnes of toy packaging waste went to landfill. Many parents are horrified at the excessive plastic packaging surrounding the latest must-have toy, much of which cannot be recycled. The good news is that just by swapping one toy per household for one that has no, or very minimal packaging, the waste saved this festive season would equate to the weight of 1325 double decker buses. So what zero waste or minimal packaging options can you get the children in your life instead? Here are some alternatives: Younger children: subscription to nature-based experience boxes such as mud+bloom’s highlights box – suits age 3-8, or green kid crafts kits, low waste magazine subscriptions like National Geographic’s kids magazine with plastic-free gifts on the front, a cute wooden stool for reaching the table, a wooden stamping set, brilliant board or picture books, an e-reader, a hot chocolate mug and home-made dry hot chocolate kit, or cookie-making home-made premade jar mix, home made fudge – with a new bamboo toothbrush tied on the jar with a ribbon!, homemade playdough in recycled, decorated pots, knitted blankets, hats or scarves, seed-bombs and wooden gardening sets, bee, badger or bird homes, butterfly feeders, a den kit (original, pirate, cottage or forest school), recycled pen and notebook sets. ⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️ continues.... ⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️

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We're #DreamingOfAGreenChristmas Re-use your #Christmastree! A real Christmas tree is a lot more #sustainable than artificial alternatives. AND there’s no need to kill it. #Potted trees can be #reused over and over. If you still find the urgency to buy a tree, you could always donate an #avocado tree to a family in Uganda: @sendacow https://sendacow.org/product/amazing-avocados/

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We're #DreamingOfAGreenChristmas. Why not look at this competition and eco-inventor ideas for the children? https://education.theiet.org/campaigns/santa-loves-stem/ #SantaLovesSTEM #IET Competition: Design Santa a new super sleigh The IET have teamed up with Kids Invent Stuff so that you can discover your inner eco-inventor. One lucky winner will win an amazing prize this Christmas. They are looking for an inspired design idea for Santa’s super sleigh to help him travel the earth in a more eco-friendly way. The winner will have their creative design made in real life and put to the test on film! They will also receive a pack of goodies from the inventors at Kids Invent Stuff, so join in the fun, be inspired and get designing your exciting ideas now. Enter the competition https://education.theiet.org/campaigns/santa-loves-stem/kids-competition/ #SaveTheNorthPole #santalovesstem

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Rachel's bank protest appeared in the Banbury Guardian - 23 Nov 2029 - Here go some screenshots 📸 https://www.banburyguardian.co.uk/news/environment/extinction-rebellion-banbury-holds-vigil-objection-funding-fossil-fuels-3044515 😵😵😵😵😵😵😵😵😵😵😵😵😵😵😵😵😵😵😵😵😵😵 HSBC pours billions into gas extraction violating human rights destroying land... AND displacing families #fossilbanks #climatecolonialism #climatejustice @xrsoutheastuk @moneyrebellion @Barclays @HSBC @BarclaysUK @hsbc_uk

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‘I put these posters together for eye-catching and inviting conversations with interested passers by. But on a wet afternoon in lockdown, there was very little footfall. To start with I was meditating (like DearEarth XR Buddhists), sitting holding my poster of the world. I got up soon when someone offered me cash! I was right outside the bank and spoke with a few people going in/out or to the cash point. I was also able to speak to some HSBC employees coming out at 4. People need to understand that the climate emergency is real, and will have a terrible impact on our children’s lives. Fossil fuels will destroy their future.’ -Rachel 20 Nov 2020 - outside @HSBC Banbury At #HSBC #BiodiversityLoss and #FundingFossil fuel is not a crime, it is their business. They thrive on #BankingOnClimateChange and #HumanRightsViolations are not spared. #ClimateCrisis @HSBC @HSBC_UK #FossilBanks #MoneyRebellion @moneyrebellion https://fundourfuture.uk/2020/10/19/revealed-hsbc-signed-off-fossil-fuel-deals-in-run-up-to-net-zero/

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"I pleaded guilty and was convicted on 23 October 2020 of willful obstruction of the highway at Whitehall on 8 October 2019. This was my statement to the court: We have a beautiful world, and it is filled with such amazing people. For all its faults and failings, this world is our home. From our failure to understand the boundaries of the planet that we're on and act accordingly, we are at great risk. The UN Climate Change reports make it clear that we have treated our atmosphere and oceans as a dumping ground for CO2 and other climate changing gases and pollutants, and explains how that is warming the planet. Our industrial civilization, and our farming methods, and our consumption, so many choices we've made about the way we live, points us towards a planet that will become virtually uninhabitable if we continue as we are. We already see the impact of this. I have lost track of the number of "once in a hundred years" events by way of storms that we are experiencing, like the rain last week. We've got rising sea levels and warmer seas. Our planet is burning in so many places. We know why - the science is clear. We are in a place of immense danger, from reducing harvests, water shortages, significant areas of the world soon to become uninhabitable, and all the pain and suffering that this will bring to so many. In the middle of this, I would have thought that the Government, our elected Government would have been far more concerned with how they could best care for us as citizens, how they could care for us as a nation, how they could be part of the world's nations acting together on this, but no. The government isn't listening and acting in a way which is appropriate to the level of risks we're facing. 2050 is too late. I have been on countless marches, campaigns, written to my MP, attended council meetings, and very little actually happens... ⬇️

Banbury, Oxfordshire

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On Thursday it was #CleanAirDay, and Banbury XR supported Friends of the Earth's Oxfordshire campaign with our poster competition and our invitations to make pledges. Our protest on Thursday morning focused on Hennef Way, one of the most polluted roads in the county, busy all day with heavy vehicles and often with slow and stationary traffic. #CleanAirEverywhere #cleanairbanbury #airquality #particulates #pollution #Banbury #HennefWay #CherwellDistrictCouncil #BanburyTownCouncil #OxfordshireCountyCouncil #Oxfordshire #roads #traffic #airpollution

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We're running an awareness campaign for primary schools. There's a Clean Air poster competition, to be judged by Tim Smedley, author of CLEARING THE AIR. Children and families are encouraged to walk to school, not just on October 8th but as often as possible. Let's clear the air in Banbury! Posters can be painted, drawn, collaged - anything really. A photo should be sent to XRBanbury@protonmail.com by 5pm on the 5th of October. Winners will appear in the Banbury Guardian. Please help spread the word! #CleanAirDay #WalkToSchoolDay

Banbury, Oxfordshire

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Dear @Victoria_Prentis, Please support the Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill. Our future depends on it! #CEEBill #BackTheBill #actnow

Banbury, Oxfordshire

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A few Banbury rebels are already planning on coming to collect these. We hope you can too. Please read the details below carefully, shared by Banbury Trees: FREE TREE PLANTING HOME KITS available Due to the most recent coronavirus measures - i.e. the Rule of Six - Banbury Trees’ planting event scheduled to take place on 17th October 2020 12 pm to 2:30 pm at Bridge Street Community Garden, Banbury OX16 5QF is changing format: Free tree planting home kits will be available for you to collect independently that day (same time and place), please read carefully below. We hope you can still help us make Banbury greener by turning up on the day while ensuring everyone’s wellbeing and safety. Instead of an interactive, socially engaging, and hands-on workshop (like the one we had last year), we kindly ask all participants to turn up on the day of the workshop, any time between 12 - 2:30 pm to simply, swiftly, and mindfully collect all the materials and printed instructions required to plant a set of tree seeds in the safety of your own home. ⬇️ [text continues in comments] ⬇️

Banbury, Oxfordshire

@xrbanbury

🍃🌎🥚🍂🌍🌺 🐝🌏 Enter our CLEAN AIR POSTER COMPETITION now! Here's a poster by a 9 year old, who was trying to only use natural materials in her poster. There are eggshells and feathers here, as well as leaves and flowers. We're running an awareness campaign for primary schools. There's a Clean Air poster competition, to be judged by Tim Smedley, author of CLEARING THE AIR. #Children and #families are encouraged to walk to #school, not just on October 8th but as often as possible. Let's clear the air in #Banbury! ——————————— Posters can be painted, drawn, collaged - anything really. A photo should be sent to XRBanbury@protonmail.com by 5pm on 2nd October. Winners will appear in the Banbury Guardian. Please help spread the word! #CleanAirDay #walktoschoolday @extinction.rebellion.families

Banbury, Oxfordshire

@xrbanbury

A few letters written by XR Banbury members were recently published in the Banbury Guardian. The letters address the immediacy of the climate crisis and urge local politicians to act with the seriousness it deserves. Thank you Carol, Jane, Dan & Judith for your wise words. It goes to show that we should all continue to address the press and politicians directly. #actnow

@xrbanbury

💥 XR Banbury is on the front cover of this week’s Banbury Guardian (first photo)💥 The article in question is about various first-hand accounts written by brave XR Banbury rebels including Rachel Payne (second photo) who was arrested during the peaceful protest in London. The article didn’t include Rachel’s full account so we decided to share it here (see below). Photos 3-10 were taken by Rachel herself during the September rebellion in London. [text continues in comments]

Banbury, Oxfordshire

@xrbanbury

A year ago TODAY: Extinction Rebellion Banbury Funeral March ☠️⚰️ “We grieve the loss of habitats around the world 🔥😞 We slowed down traffic in order to demand urgent action on the climate crisis.” #xrbanbury #RebelForLife #NonviolentCivilDisobedience #extinctionrebellion

London, United Kingdom

@xrbanbury

🔥💓Fantastic work throughout by the TAKE NOTICE crew, and a great finale with the pink boat - thank you all for your energy and dedication! 🎆💘🚤 ‼️💚🥁 video by Michael Taylor 🎥 #extinctionrebellion #xrbanbury #ActNow #WeWantToLive #TellTheTruth #ClimateJustice #BlackLivesMatter #ChangeIsNow #London #LoveRageRebel #CivilDisobedience #climatejusticeissocialjustice #lovenothate