I am a surprise witness to my first experience of Extinction Rebellion when I came upon their warm-up preparations for a march up the High Street to the Market square on small Vire Island on the River Dart.
I enjoyed talking to members of the group and learning about their concern for climate and our human survival as the dynamic parade leader gathered the group with drums to warm up for their march up the High Street. ‘We Want to Live’ is their slogan on placards and signs.
At the market, I was invited to sit at a table decorated with flowers where my new friends presented me a chai and lively conversation surrounded by the community of connection, conversation, and warm greetings.
And then the drums and the Red Brigade burst before us in brilliant passionate magenta red as they entered the market, I felt a thrill rush through me at the beauty and passion of the moment. I had never heard or seen any photos or information of the Red Brigade due to my extensive time in Asia, but have now witnessed their gentle and kind preparations when I met many of the parade participants earlier in the day. I am impressed with the sincerity of their cause.
Extinction Rebellion supporters to the core are not politically affiliated but represent a silent protest to draw attention to the issues surrounding the climate emergency. Extinction Rebellion is an international movement that uses non-violent civil disobedience in an attempt to halt mass extinction and minimize the risk of social collapse.
Extinction Rebellion says: “We are facing an unprecedented global climate emergency. The government has failed to protect us. To survive, it’s going to take everything we’ve got.” Extinction Rebellion (XR for short) wants governments to declare a ‘climate and ecological emergency’ and take immediate action to address climate change. It describes itself as an international ‘non-violent civil disobedience activist movement’.
BBC says: “Red represents all the sentient beings that have passed due to climate change and the sentient beings that we are about to lose, including humankind, through climate change. The Red Brigade was created by a Bristol street performance group called The Invisible Circus. They are draped in red material to portray ‘living statues’. The group often mime in slow-motion or create a series of tableaux during Extinction Rebellion demonstrations.”