February 2023, first newsletter

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Hello Exeter Rebels

Last weekend, Rebels held South West Water to account. Read the review of the action from Mary below. We’ve also got a reminder about the forthcoming film event and the talk about our media’s role in tackling the climate emergency from Casper. 


Keep an eye on the local website (now looked after by lewissxr@proton.me) and Facebook page for updates between newsletters. 


End Sewage Action reflection


Over 100 people turned out to shout, sing and protest about the dumping of untreated sewage into our sea and rivers in Exmouth. The facts are truly disgusting; South West Water must be held to account. Local group ESCAPE (End Sewage Convoys and Poollution Exmouth) said:


“The fact that South West Water imports huge volumes of sewage sludge into Exmouth is not helping (43% of all sewage treated in Exmouth is imported).


Over 26 million litres were trucked in during 2020 from 16 locations throughout East Devon in 3008 HGV movements. That’s enough to fill more than 10 Olympic-sized swimming pools! Since 2021 data from South West Water shows that 80 tankers (or Turd Trucks!) a month bring sludge into the town.”


ESCAPE will be holding an open day this month (date tbc) to explain the situation in Exmouth. Details will be on their FB group.


Photos credited to Paula Fernley Photography

Talk about the Media

7pm, Thursday 16 February, Climate Action Hub 60 Bedford St EX1 1GJ.
Caspar Hughes is co-director of the Climate Media Coalition. He says, “Without confronting and tackling the media pillar we won’t be able to meet our climate targets of a safe and peaceful future for our children”. The session is followed by a Q&A and participants will divide into groups to think about what we can do locally and encourage nationally.
Contact for further info: chriswxr@protonmail.com

Read more  or visit the Facebook event page


Anchor Circle Meeting


Thursday 9th February 2023

19:00 – Anchor Circle meeting @ Climate Action Hub


Thursday 23rd February 2023

19:00 – Anchor Circle meeting @ Climate Action Hub

Exeter Climate Cafe

Exeter Phoenix cafe/bar, 10.30 – 12 noon: 8, 15 & 22 February.

Come and talk to others who share your concerns, and maybe have a coffee or two.


The Climate Cafe will also be meeting at the Hub on the first Friday of each month with the next meeting being Friday 3 February, 2023, from 10.30 til 12. 

Film at the Hub – The Oil Machine
Followed by a discussion with Casper Hughes, James Dyke and Sarah Finch. 6.30pm, 17 February, Climate Action Hub 60 Bedford St EX1 1GJ
How can we break our addition to oil? Join us for an inspiring screening and conversation about our energy future. 
The Oil Machine explores our economic, historical and emotional entanglement with fossil fuels by looking at the conflicting imperatives around North Sea oil & gas. This invisible machine at the core of our economy and society now faces an uncertain future as activists and investors demand change. Is this the end of oil?
The film brings together a wide range of voices from oil company executives, economists, young activists, oil workers, pension fund managers, and considers how this machine can be tamed, dismantled or repurposed. climate targets of a safe and peaceful future for our children. Followed by a Q&A and thinking about what we can do locally and encourage nationally. The panel will consist of local climate scientists Tim Lenton and James Dyke and Sarah Finch who have a landmark case being heard shortly at the Supreme Court.
Spaces are limited so access is strictly ticket only.  Tickets are free but we ask people for small donations on the night where they can afford them.
Newsletters go out at the start of the month and mid-month. Please submit copy for the next edition by Monday 13 February 2023.

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