Climate Concerns

- news from Bristol EarthQuakes

Who are Bristol EarthQuakes?

Earthquakes are an affinity group of Extinction Rebellion (XR) formed by members of Redland Quaker Meeting. XR is an international campaigning organisation that is demanding that governments tell the truth about, and enact legally binding policies to address, the global climate emergency that the world currently faces. Earthquakes has set in motion some events to inform and encourage other groups to form and pursue these aims.

Events coming up


Week of Direct Action

beginning Monday 15 April 2019

organised by Extinction Rebellion Bristol

Find out more from XR website and Facebook

George Monbiot writes "Climate breakdown could be rapid and unpredictable. We can no longer tinker around the edges and hope minor changes will avert collapse"

Recent events

Titanic Performance Action for Climate Change

Friday, 12 April 2019 from 15:00-16:30

Using a giant painting of the sinking of The Titanic as a metaphor for the imminent crisis we are all facing this was an XR Performance Action led by the EarthQuakes and Evergreens XR Affinity Groups together with Insight Ensemble (see: )

The performance included actors dressed as national and international politicians re-arranging the deckchairs whilst a flash mob of musicians play 1912 music as the Titanic/Earth sank. The stage was flanked by placards carrying messages concerning the climate emergency and moves that need to made to halt the destruction of our planet



Quaker Peace Lecture: Science for a Secure & Sustainable Future

Saturday 9 March 2019  11:00 am – 12:30 pm

given by Dr Stuart Parkinson, Executive Director of Scientists for Global Responsibility in the Reception Room, Wills Memorial Building, Queens Rd, Clifton, Bristol BS8 1RJ

Audio of the lecture is available on the Bristol Quakers website


Non Violent Direct Action training

This “open to all ” event took place at Redland Meeting House on Friday 1st March 19. 

What is Extinction Rebellion? Why a normally law-abiding Bristol Professor got himself arrested - a talk by Professor Colin Davies

You may vaguely have heard of Extinction Rebellion following their successful blocking of 5 London bridges in November. They are quickly gaining supporters across the globe. Their call to “be part of the 3.5%” relates to this short TED talk which explores the power of non-violent, direct action.

On Friday 8.2.19, Professor Colin Davis of Bristol University gave an introductory talk about Extinction Rebellion and the importance of non-violent direct action to a packed audience at Redland Quaker Meeting House. It was a whistle-stop tour of the latest science on accelerating climate change and why he supports Extinction Rebellion and their rapidly-growing movement. 

In support of the wake-up call represented by the UN’s IPCC Report on Climate Change in October 2018, David Attenborough has said that we are running out of time to deal with “our greatest threat in thousands of years”. Governments and corporations need people to push them to act – and act fast. 

In the second part of the talk, Tom Dalton, from Extinction Rebellion, told us more about this growing movement and what can be done.

You can watch the talk on YouTube here.