Make the Connections
We are at an intersection of global crises.
Make the Connections is one of the four campaigns of Scotland Rebellion 2020. It will be made up of decentralised but synchronised actions that target and expose the connections between three pillars that support business as usual.
- fossil fuel industry
- big money investment
For decades, these sectors have colluded to prevent a clean, green revolution.
Over consecutive weeks we will target each of the three pillars, beginning with government before parliament dissolves on 10 October. After 10 October, we will focus on big finance and the fossil fuel industry, before targeting all three pillars simultaneously upon parliament’s return on October 26th.
We suggest these dates as guidance only and groups have the flexibility to make plans that suit their circumstances and can operate within Covid-19 restrictions.
5 October to 10 October: Government
12 October to 18 October: Big Finance
19 October 25 October: Fossil fuel
26 October: Simultaneous actions making the connections between the three pillars.
Join our Rebellion
Our Scotland Rebellion 2020 will take place from 5 October to 26 October and is based on four campaigns.
There are lots of ways to be involved in XR without being arrested, our actions would not be possible without many supporting roles.
Over to you
Now it’s up to local groups and affinity groups to plan gallus, humorous or theatrical actions that reflect the theme of Make the Connections. You can plan actions that reflect the pillar of the week, or larger groups could plan simultaneous three pillar actions to take place on 26 October.
It’s really down to you.
For our wider family across the UK, we respect that many will view this as a time for pause and regen. But for those who feel empowered and energised by recent action after months of silence, we invite solidarity actions against these pillars and will aim to create actions that can happen across the country.
Let us know what you’re up to
Please let us know what you are planning by contacting us so we can support and co-ordinate actions across Scotland.
Disruption and disco, creative chaos and education
This is a brief list of actions to spark ideas and creativity
Please plan with Covid-19 restrictions in mind. Please let us know what you’re up to.
Chalk spray ‘dirty money’ and ‘make the connections’ or similar stencils and a line of large dots on the street leading from 1) fossil fuel offices 2) gov offices 3) investors offices – so that in a photo montage the different locations are visually connected by the dots
Craftivism for families
Stickers on ATMS and garage pumps
Die-ins and animal costumes drowning in fake oil slicks
Inter-faith religious or spiritual blessings for healing – especially in parts of Scotland touched by fossil fuel and pollution
Grandparents and elders, grandchildren and wee ones: silent placard protests
Tea parties with dirty money sandwiches and oil tea
Macabre beach party highlighting the increased flooding risk we all face – from sea rise, river flooding, excessive rainfall & flash flooding.
Chalk blue waves on banks, shops, offices marking how high sea levels will reach even if we manage to keep to 1.5 degrees of warming. (In relevant parts of Scotland where there will flooding and rise in sea levels)
Animal costumes and discobedience funk in banks and offices
Poetry readings and vigils on sites of ecological damage and pollution
Cleaning dirty bank scenes
Manure dumps blocking entrances to relevant offices
Crime scene investigations
Symbolic solidarity link-ups with global XR groups – especially those who have suffered from oil and fossil fuel investment.
Political talks – online presentations of Make the Connections as well as pointing the way to COP26.
COP26 and Scottish elections
COP26 is still more than a year away but some groups are thinking of messages, call to actions and actions that look forward to and make the connection to COP26. However, we’re still not certain COP26 will be held so please don’t worry too much about this.
The 2021 Scottish Parliament election is scheduled to be held on 6 May 2021.
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