Together with 60,000 people and 200 organisations, we took part in XR’s The Big One, four days of action 21-24 April, around Parliament to force the UK government to act on the climate emergency. Alongside the big actions, many events were held by groups across a wide range of issues.
Day 1, #Unite to survive
People’s Picket of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)
“Women Care” Speak Out, Downing St
Diverse networks of mothers, grandmothers, other carers and people with disabilities spoke out on refusing poverty, the devaluing of caring and cuts in benefits, and the criminalisation of protests. The government wants to cut mothers’ and disabled people’s benefits, to force us “back to work” regardless of needs, wishes or poverty wages – stealing our survival entitlements to enrich fossil fuel polluters and other destructive industries. Raising children and coping with disability and ill-health is essential work which should be supported not punished.
Women from the Disabled Mothers’ Rights Campaign, East London Unite Community, Judicial Review Implementation and Monitoring Group (Norfolk), Newham Disability Reps Forum and WinVisible took part in discussions to plan the Speak Out and sent voice messages too.
Here are some of the many speakers.
DAY 2, #Earth Day
Then we joined the The Big One for Biodiversity march, which culminated in a symbolic die-in at 3pm to call attention to all the species now extinct or under threat of extinction.
DAY 3, Running out of time
Sunday 23 April was the London Marathon as well as Extinction Rebellion events.
Climate Justice = Migrant Justice
20,000 Small Boats Action
At the Home Office, people made thousands of origami pink paper boats to be posted to MPs and Home Secretary Suella Braverman, printed with a letter against the Illegal Migration Bill and welcoming people seeking asylum in the UK.
Click here for more about the rally co-hosted by Global Women Against Deportations. Refugee and UK-born disabled women who could not get to the event, were thrilled to watch the livestream on The Big One TV YouTube (starts 4:45).
DAY 4, Choose your future
The March to End Fossil Fuels
We were at the Finale around Parliament, but the rain was torrential and we could not stay long!
The Big One was very encouraging and it was great to find out what so many people are doing.