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Amazon's Black Friday blockade

Sheffield Extinction Rebellion was involved in a blockade of Amazon’s Doncaster “fulfilment centre” on Black Friday, as part of a UK-wide campaign to disrupt, protest and highlight the exploitation of workers and environmental damage carried out by Amazon through the whole supply chain. Although it isn’t disruptive to the general public, XR apologised for any inconvenience caused to Amazon workers.…
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Peace in the Park is coming back!

Peace in the Park is a Sheffield festival that promotes peace and understanding by bringing together communities through artistic, musical and vocal expression. It’s organised by a group of artists, musicians, students, events organisers and other everyday Sheffield folk, working together in a not-for-profit collective. Due to covid-19 it’s been cancelled for a couple of years, but now they are…
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Cycling schemes at risk

Leopold St and Pinstone St were made motor traffic free last year. The change has improved walking and cycling, reduced air pollution and improved bus times in the city centre. The plan was to replace these temporary measures by a larger city centre Transforming Cities Fund scheme to benefit people walking and cycling along with public transport users and deliver much needed…
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Free Green Doctor Energy Advice

Groundwork are running a free energy advice service, helping people save money and energy. They can help with: energy bills and fuel debt support; grants for boilers and insulation; heating systems and controls; reducing energy costs in the home; water bills and debt; damp, condensation or mould advice. You can find out more about this service here.
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Can you help to monitor air quality in Sheffield?

Air pollution is an issue that affects us all, but particularly the most vulnerable communities in Sheffield and the world. Sheffield Climate Alliance and Clean Air Sheffield, are taking steps to monitor air quality across the city, and they are hoping to create a lighting installation with colour-changing bulbs to illuminate the pressing issue. They are looking for places to…
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New Sheffield newspaper launch

The Sheffield Tribune is a new online newspaper created in 2021 responding to the declining quality of local journalism. It promises “quality not quantity. Fewer stories, less noise … a slower, more considered and thoughtful journalism that aims to inform and entertain readers without bombarding them.” It focuses on politics, crime, culture, education, health, history and environmental issues. The plan…
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XR Samba Band appeal

The Extinction Rebellion Samba Band generates lots of interest and new members. They get external requests and will perform as XR and support any fundraising activity for XR. The band needs a few items of replacement equipment and instruments for new members, and also need to balance the instrumentation within the band. They need the following: 6-8 surdo straps –…
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Brambles Housing Co-op seeks new members

  Enthusiastic, communally minded, interested in joining a friendly vegetarian housing co-op? Brambles Housing Co-operative in Burngreave offers secure, affordable housing and a supportive community. They particularly welcome applications from under-represented groups in the co-operative movement. For more information please visit tinyurl.com/BramblesHousingCoop or contact brambles@riseup.net. Current deadline: 11th June 2021.  
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Festival of Debate 2021 announced

Festival of Debate this year will run from 4th May – 6th June 2021, as as series of online events. The full line-up has now been announced. Speakers include Yanis Varoufakis, David Lammy, Jackie Weaver, Maya Goodfellow, Santham Sangera, Natalie Bennett, John McDonnell and many others. Full details here: https://festivalofdebate.com
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Call for Sheffield to declare an Ecological Emergency

Sheffield Friends of the Earth, Sheffield Green Parents and Sheffield Greenpeace are supporting Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust’s call for Sheffield City Council to declare an ecological emergency. The climate crisis is speeding up, some ‘solutions’ to it are actually making ecological and biodiversity issues worse. We need natural climate solutions and nature’s recovery to be a priority in tackling…
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Co-operatives for Climate Action video now online

Co-operative College marked International Day of Co-operatives this year with a special webinar on climate action. Led by Ruth Hayward, an environmental educator, researcher and organiser, the webinar explored the reasons why co-operatives should engage in climate education and how taking climate action can have a positive impact on their local communities. If you weren’t able to join in this,…
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Extinction Rebellion's new must-see booklet

With Covid-19 dominating the news, the oil industry would like governments to forget the climate emergency. Extinction Rebellion has produced an excellent booklet to help people to ‘follow the science’ on climate change, Science, Demands, Politics – an XR Primer. It is 16 pages, easy to read, and available as a free PDF download.  
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Beautiful Loxley Valley in danger

An appeal has gone out opposing a planning application for 300 new homes in the beautiful Loxley Valley, in Sheffield. Please follow the links below and circulate to anyone else who may be willing to do the same because the Council gave just 2 weeks (18th May-1st June) for comments but following publicity the deadline for objections has been extended…
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Sheffield Council use of Monsanto poison opposition grows

Last year it emerged (in response to a freedom of information request) that Sheffield Council uses dangerous Glyphosate herbicide on the city’s pavements and greenery. This substance (the best know brand is Monsanto’s RoundUp) is very dangerous to insects, plant life and humans. Legal cases against Monsanto are now being won, after years of campaigning. It has been banned by…
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