November 24, 2020
From Extinction Rebellion (UK)
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Credit: Kelly Hill | No More Climate Lies: Writers target secretive Tufton Street lobby groups, September 02, 2020. Featuring Jessica Townsend, Writers Rebel co-founder, Mark Rylance, Juliet Stevenson, Caroline Lucas, George Monbiot, Laline Paull, Carmen Callil, Esther Standford-Xosei, Rupert Read, Zadie Smith, Anouchka Grose, Rachel Edwards, William Davies, Charlotte Du Cann, Chidi Oti Obihara, Nick Laird, Marina Warner, Paul Hilder, Jay Griffith, Josh Appignanesi, and Devorah Baum.

Where is the heart of climate denial in the UK? Who are the main individuals & organisations coming between the people and the policy progress we need to address the climate & ecological emergency?

Questions like this led Writers Rebel to organize an action in a quiet, privileged street in the heart of London’s parliamentary district.

The Writers Rebel action in Tufton Street, No More Lies About Climate Change, has now gone down in Extinction Rebellion history. This episode chronicles that historic event. Compered by Mark Rylance and Juliet Stevensen, the line up was starry and included so many top literary and journalistic writers and thinkers that the podcast can only provide a selection.

It includes speeches by Zadie Smith, George Monbiot, Jay Griffiths, Caroline Lucas, Chloe Aridjis, Toby Litt and Charlotte DuCann.

This episode also includes the arrests of podcast presenter & Writers Rebel co-founder Jessica Townsend alongside philosopher Rupert Read for spraying ‘Lies Lies Lies’ on the white pillars of Tufton Street and pouring blood down the steps.

The Tufton Street protest was organised in conjunction with Money Rebellion, which launches November 2020. Writers Rebel is organising its next event on the Remembrance of Lost Species Day. Tickets and more information about On The Brink can be found here: writersrebel.com/act.

To read the full text of Jay Griffith’s speech Regina vs. Me, visit: writersrebel.com/read-regina-vs-me.

Correction: In the podcast Jessica refers to scaffolding poles. They were actually bamboo poles.

Presenters – Jessica Townsend and James Miller
Producers – Phil Smith and Jessica Townsend
Editor – Phil Smith
Theme Music – Mark Richards at Mutiny Studios with music by Punch Deck
Additional Music – Phil Smith




Source: Extinctionrebellion.uk