Gail Bradbrook and Clare Farrell leverage love and grief to build the Extinction Rebellion, a movement that demands immediate action on climate change.
“There is an emotional component to waking up to our social, political, economic, and climate predicaments, and a mix of anger, shock, exhilaration, and fear. Yet properly integrated, they can all serve us as we attempt to muster the collective fortitude to confront these interconnected challenges.
Playing for Team Human today are two guests who are practicing state-of-the-art activism that acknowledges and leverages these various emotional components. Douglas is joined by molecular biophysics PhD and economic justice campaigner Gail Bradbrook and #bodypolitic fashion designer turned hunger strike activist, Clare Farrell.
They’ve begun a movement centered in London but spreading around the world called Extinction Rebellion. They shut down bridges in London last year and are planning to shut down the whole city of London next week (April 15) until government agrees to engage with them about this global emergency.”
Visit https://rebellion.earth/ to join the movement. For more details on the April 15th action hen Extinction Rebellion shuts down London, visit this link: https://extinctionrebellion.org.uk/event/uk-rebellion-shut-down-london/
Listeners in the US may also want to jump in and get involved with the Sunrise Movement.
Douglas opens today’s show with a monologue looking at the signs that the activist counterculture has claimed victory over mainstream culture. He then questions “gotcha politics” with an argument for embracing the “newly woke” as allies in today’s progressive movement.
Check out Douglas’s regular column on Medium, featuring expanded versions of the monologues you hear each week opening the show.
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On this episode you heard Fugazi’s “Foreman’s Dog” in the intro thanks to the kindness of the band and Dischord Records. Mid-show you heard R.U. Sirius’s President Mussolini Makes the Planes Run On Time and Throbbing Gristle’s “Walkabout” (See Team Human Episode 67 with Genesis Breyer P-Orridge.) We also played Reverand Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir. Our Outro features the Mike Watt’s beak-holding-letter-man.
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A special thanks to Luke Robert Mason who recorded Clare and Gail on site.