An August Friday Totnes Devon Market Day
Extinction Rebellion Warm U on Vire Island. Conversation and chair at the market. Red brigade burst onto the market to the XT drums. A wonderful day. Lively, friendly, full of surprises, the day begins with a walk to Vire Island only to discover my first experience of Extinction Rebellion preparing for a march up the High Street to the Market square. 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. At the market I was invited to sit at a table decorated with flowers where my new friend 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 had never heard or seen any photos or information of the Red Brigade due to my time in Asia. I share this post to honor the vibrant community life in Totnes and how enjoyable, kind, dedicated and caring human beings are in the reality of now. 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 minimise the risk of social collapse. EXTINCTION REBELLION "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 RED BRIGADE "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 were created by Bristol street performance group, 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."