I met Fergus at a Non-Violent Direct Action training session. We were both in attendance because we cared about the planet and felt that joining Extinction Rebellion was probably the most useful thing we could do in this moment. We were both out of our depth but over the Rebellion, Fergus had some extraordinary experiences and re-tells these with great passion and clarity. This episode finishes with his new song NVDA. We're hoping to write more together.
The Extinction March on the middle Saturday of the October Rebellion was really joyous for me because of the energy and the people I met. There was such a profound and strong sense that everyone there felt strongly and passionately about why they were there, knew a lot about it and cared deeply. I met an early music player, a builder, a retired couple from Henley-on-Thames on their first protest, a climate policy adviser, a government environmental employee... "Extinction! Rebellion!"
Lucy Neal leads us, with her collaborators, on a 'Walking Forest' journey through the City of London, starting at the Women's Social and Political Union HQ. We visited sites of justice, power, nature and rebellion and listened, shared, spoke and drew with chalk to explore themes of protest both historical and contemporary. We ended near the XR Bank action, so there are lots of sirens heard throughout our journey.
On Sat 12th of the Extinction Rebellion protests in London, I trailed the Stroud Fringe Choir around Trafalgar Square, starting with Culture Declares & meeting a diverse range of people: a museum worker, a banker, a young man on his second ever protest, a man who'd brought a ‘barn’ from Somerset, a playwright, a mum, all mixed with music by Emily Hall (So Far), Blythe Pepino (Emergency) and Sophie Sterckx (The Last Tree).
On Day 1 of the Extinction Rebellion, I met a lot of mothers and grandmothers, several very committed protestors (one in a D-lock), two people who'd experienced the same Amazon rainforest school project 30 years ago, XR Baroque who were giving a concert by the Treasury and Rupert Read (XR Spokesperson).
Inika Taylor is in the MET Office Climate Impacts team. She was a wonderful early mentor for me in understanding more about climate. The conversation ranges from climate science, to how it is being a parent of young children and a climate scientist. Inika says "I hope as scientists we can draw on our emotions more" and her gentle but determined approach comes through, as she navigates what she knows and what she hopes for.
In Episode 1, I talk to Julia Steinberger, a Professor of Social Ecology who I met on Twitter and who has written a persuasive and emotionally direct blog. I hope you enjoy listening. PLEASE read the references here: http://sarahnicolls.com/musical-activist-episode-1/. Thanks!