I suggest that local groups are encouraged but, of course not compelled, to do monthly actions that occur within the same week, or if possible even the same day. Ideally these would be in the same week each month - eg the first week of the month - so that groups get into the habit of doing an action, doing some outreach and then taking a rest.
Ideally, local groups would receive some suggestions about possible targets, possible template actions and suggested messaging each month.
For example, if the initial Wave 1 actions are to be in the first week of September, it would be useful for local groups to know about the large action in the UK on September 1 and try to coordinate with that and use similar messaging - ‘We want to live’. See this and this and this great video. There are some international Tell the Truth actions targetting media outlets in that first week of September - including in Australia - and those actions could readily be linked into a narrative about ‘we want to live - and we demand you tell the truth’.
If Wave 1 starts on September 1 then preparation needs to rapidly ramp up starting now! We would start sharing the UK video and alerting the media that Australia will be doing coordinated actions because we want to live too. And possibly preparing for additional Tell the Truth actions.
Alternatively, the September local groups actions could be in the week between the Tomorrow (new youth group) action on 18 September and the School Strike for Climate on September 25 - both of which are focussed on the COVID Commission, gas, and a green recovery. In this case, the actions would be framed as ‘we are helping promote the SS4C action on 25/9’ and the focus would be on the gas-fired ‘recovery plan’ and how our political system is being damaged by vested interests. The actions would involve gas-related targets or the local state or federal politician’s office and the media message would focus on our concern for our kids and gas.
A third option would be the week after the SS4C - starting 26/9 September. In this case, the point would be that the political system is ignoring the SS4C that the media is not saying how serious things are and that politicians are not acting and hence we are being forced to ramp things up.
I like the idea of helping local groups push their councils to declare a climate and ecological emergency and then to follow up with pressure to fully inform the public, pressure to set up People’s Assemblies and Citizen’s Assemblies on Climate and pressure to enact a full (and just) emergency transition- to the extent that this can be achieved at the local level. Resources are here. However, I suggest that September is not a good month for this. Queensland has just had council elections and Victoria will have them in October. In Victoria, the council will be heading into caretaker mode and I’m not sure that trying to intervene in council elections is a good role for XR to take (let others try - our system is broken).
In October we cold stay on a gas/build back better focus or move to fires/weather depending on what is happening. Also happening in late October is the Queensland election with coal likely to be a major issue and the possibility of a hung parliament - with either Greens or Ronnie Katter in the balance of power. The pernicious influence of media monopolies and fossil fuel money will be on display and Tell the Truth actions could be timely, as could broader messaging on existential threat.
Another note-worthy event around then is the US election on 3 November. The US will pull out of the Paris Agreement the next day. There may be internationally coordinated actions around then.
Major events like the Sustainable Living Festival and various music festivals are being cancelled right through to March 2021. I think we will have at least six months of pandemic affected campaigning so let’s make our Wave 1 local actions count, not just to build the movement but also to gain media coverage of our message and to win victories at the local level.
So … [if I knew how to make this into a poll, I’d do that. Can anyone help? @ManicMax? @ageorge?]
Question 1: do you agree that Wave 1 consists of monthly local group actions?
Question 2: do you agree that we aim to coordinate the monthly actions so they occur mostly in a particular week of a month?
Question 3: do you agree that we aim for one or more shared themes for the actions in a particular month?
: Question 4: if we are doing coordinated local group actions in September should the date be:
(a) the week starting Sept 1 (or possibly August 28 - that’s when the UK starts)?
(b) the week 19-24 Sept approx - before SS4C?
© the week starting 26 Sept - after SS4C?
Question 5: for your chosen date, should we aim for a shared theme and similar targets and if so, what should that shared theme and targets be?