Ver: Entrevista con Defensora Amazónica Alexandra NarváezBeth Pitts

    Beth Pitts entrevista a Alexandra Narváez, una defensora indígena Kofán de la región norte de la Amazonía del Ecuador. La comunidad de Alexandra, Sinangoe, es famosa por ganar una batalla legal histórica contra la minería de oro en 2018, que protegió mas que 30.000 hectáreas de selva primaria megabiodiverso y las cabeceras de […]

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Who Breaks a Butterfly Upon a Wheel?Terry Tempest Williams and Eva Aridjis

  Terry Tempest Williams and Eva Aridjis took part in Writers Rebels’ Insectageddon event on May 24th 2021, at which they both spoke piercingly about the fate of the Monarch Butterfly. In this video, we share Terry’s contribution. Known for her impassioned and lyrical prose, Terry Tempest Williams is the author of the environmental literature […]

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The Puma YearsLaura Coleman

It was last August, at around three in the morning when my phone rang. I lay in bed and listened, the darkness spreading around me. Through the phone, Tania ‘Nena’ Baltazar wept. Our home is on fire. “Nuestra casa se está quemando.” I could hear the crackling of flames. I could smell it, feel the […]

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The prayer of the Common NewtGordon Meade

  The Prayer of the Common Newt   In a muddy pond, in the outskirts  of Clydebank, a mother, with over two  hundred eggs inside her, is beginning the process of giving birth. Over the next few weeks,   each day she will deposit about a dozen  of them not on a folded over leaf, […]

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The shaping of History: THE PEOPLE VERSUS SHELLSimon Bramwell

On 22 April, XR co-founder Simon Bramwell and six other rebels appeared at the Southwark Crown Court, charged with causing 25K worth of criminal damage to Shell’s London headquarters.  In a historic ruling, six of the defendants were found not guilty despite admitting to criminal damage, and the judge indicating that the law pointed to […]

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On behalf of myself and my children…Tom Bullough's Defence Speech: Edit

Tom Bullough was arrested during the September rebellion for failing to comply with a section 14 of the Public Order Act 1986. This is the statement he read in his defence at the City of London magistrates’ court. He received a nine month suspended sentence and was ordered to pay costs.   I would like […]

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The Bravery of Carola RacketeMarina Warner

  In June 2019, Carola Rackete, captain of the boat Sea-Watch 3, entered the port of Lampedusa and thereby defied the new Italian law against entering territorial waters. By doing so, she saved the lives of forty refugees who, in the intense heat, were suffering from thirst and threatening to throw themselves overboard – though […]

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Q & A with Isobel WohlIncluding an extract from her debut novel, Cold New Climate

Katherine Angel has described your new novel, Cold New Climate, as tackling both “personal and global catastrophe”. Can you tell us a bit more about the novel and how you approached these themes? The novel came out of a sense of curiosity about myopia and entitlement. At the outset, Lydia is dissatisfied and bored in […]

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Q & A with Paul Evans, Editor of Poetry RebellionIncluding featured poems

Poetry Rebellion is described as poems and prose to “rewild the spirit.” Can you tell us a little more about the anthology, what brought it about and who is in it? What was your criteria for selecting contributors?  Batsford Books, part of Pavilion Books that published my How To See Nature, asked if I’d like […]

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Read: White Snow, SnowNancy Campbell

  Hau kea white snow, snow (Hawaiian)   In this tropical archipelago, snow is most likely to be found on a simmering crater. In winter the temperature at the summits of Mauna Loa, Haleakala and Mauna Kea – the state’s three tallest volcanoes – drops to below freezing. Mauna Kea means ‘white mountain’ and it […]

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Read: Weather GodsDavid Butler

A black and white photograph of the poet David Butler looking thoughtful.

  Weather Gods   I   Tired of burnings, bulldozers, charred lungs, Chaac the Rain God decamps from Mayan rainforests, rides the bloated trade winds, comes to reign over the Old World. Days on end the swollen earth has  swallowed till it’s soft as blotting-paper. The sun is an aspirin dissolving in a gauze of […]

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Read: Wind ApplauseTerry Tempest Williams

  When the news finally came that the democratic candidate Joe Biden had won the state of Pennsylvania, putting him over the 270 electoral college votes needed to win the United States presidential election, our household cheered! I ran outside – not to the streets because where we live there are none – but because […]

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Read: WHAT HUMBOLDT KNEW Josefine Klougart

  It was the Prussian polymath, scientist and writer Alexander von Humboldt (1767-1835) who paved the way for biogeography – the study of species and ecosystems across space and time – becoming established as an empirical science. The publications that emerged from his many expeditions are recognised as foundational to our present understanding of nature as a single great […]

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Read: Choose Oil / Choose LifeRobert Alcock

  Some thoughts on art, direct action, and addiction  The opinions in this article are mine and don’t represent those of Extinction Rebellion Scotland or anyone else.   You might have seen that last week, three XR activists climbed onto the roof of the Scottish Parliament building and dropped a banner reading “Choose Oil or […]

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Read: Tree Girl – A Short StoryClare Hobba

  Each morning, I file my vlog.  The leaves rustle round me and the squirrels curse at me but I hold up my phone and talk loudly at it. Yesterday, for the first time, I didn’t feel like it.  Not much had changed so it seemed a shame to disturb the tree top talking about […]

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Read: Trafalgar Sq RhapsodySusana Medina

The writer Susana Medina.

  To James ‘Iggy’ Fox   We are nature. We are science. We turn grief into action. We protest and we sing and we play and we dance. We do so for life. We are mourning the earth. We are mourning us. We are re-inventing the city. We are the grief-stricken carnival spirit that marks […]

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Read: Feathers & BonesRebecca Faulkner

  Feathers & Bones     There are many carcasses,  hundreds of thousands falling  out of the sky in a two-mile  stretch inland, just in front  of my house. Over a dozen      flycatchers, swallows and warblers,  a volume of deaths both common  and sensitive, inexplicable. Before  dying to reach winter grounds three billion […]

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Read: Q&A with Diana McCaulayDiana McCaulay and Monique Roffey

Diana McCaulay portrait by Jonathan Chambers

  Diana McCaulay, Jamaican environmentalist and author of Daylight Come, (Peepal Tree Press), spoke with Trinidadian author and Writers Rebel co-founder, Monique Roffey. They talked about about ‘Goatillas’, a carbon Neutral Caribbean, deadly heat, and Climate Change as bedfellow with our Colonial past.     Diana, congratulations on publishing such a relevant book for our […]

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