WHO WE ARE
LEAFLETING - XR group in Wales is successfully distributing 20,000 leaflets a day by selling them for £1 for 100, saving time, energy, and funds. Cover Sheffield population in 1 month this way.
Add printables to this website (leaflets, stickers, etc) as accessible word files and PDFs.
Ask all XR Sheffield members to print 500 leaflets each at home. Each member can sell 5 packs of 100 to the public. This covers all printing costs. The population of Sheffield leafleted in one day! A Canadian city has done this already with great success.
One year ago, Greta Thunberg sat alone in protest in Sweden. Recently, she led 500,000 people in protest in Montreal. The Metro and all public transport was free on that day. Why not ask Sheffield buses and trams to provide free public transport during all future local XR climate strike events to show their symbolic support for the Mother Earth.
Resources are running out, so in some countries, shoppers are only supporting shops which switch off all their lights after closing (installing shutters and cameras increases security, but leaving lights on reduces security). Buildings which have unnecessary outdoor illuminated signs and unnecessary lighting on the outside of their premises are also being asked to switch off at night.
Please encourage local shops, universities, and offices etc to follow suit. Ask the council to support this.
Some shops in the UK have escalators which only move when a customer approaches it.
"Network" Movie – “I'm as mad as hell” speech - 5 min
Network is a 1976 film about a TV network that cynically exploits a mentally ill but enlightened ex-TV anchor's epiphany and subsequent revelations about the media for its own profit. It is an Academy Award winning film and #66 on the AFI's 100 Movies list. Directed by Sidney Lumet. Written by Paddy Chayefsky.
The last "XR Mad As Hell Protest" was in Australia
It was very noisy and well-attended!
28 March at 8.30pm
HELP PLACE THE SPOTLIGHT ON NATURE - THE WORLD IS WATCHING.
Started in Sydney in 2007, Earth Hour is now one of the world's largest grassroots movements for the environment, engaging millions of people in more than 180 countries and territories.
It has become a catalyst for positive environmental impact, driving major legislative changes by harnessing the power of the people.
Resources are running out.
We must now switch off all unnecessary lights every night.
Ask all shops, the council, universities, businesses, banks, schools, churches, etc, to cooperate in this;
And then switch off permanently every night thereafter, where not essential.
Just how serious and committed are councils, businesses, shops, the public, universities, banks, schools, and the church, etc?!
Cooperation and communication are essential.
Homes and businesses etc can save money, resources, pollution, and help to prevent further extinction.
Shop at supermarkets which cooperate and switch off every night.
Loyalty to each other and the living, breathing, Mother Earth, benefits everyone.
Use green energy. Go vegan. Switch off. Open your heart. Love and respect all life. Forgive self and everyone immediately, and move forward. Be humble.
Place candles or preferably solar or rechargeable torches or lanterns or other lights in the shape of a large XR symbol in city centre streets and other areas of Sheffield to highlight this event. (£land solar lights?)
Use rechargeable battery torches at home, not candles, for safety and the environment and health.
Paraffin candles give off very toxic fumes.
Use natural vegan soya wax candles.
JOIN US ON SATURDAY MARCH 28, 2020, 8:30 PM YOUR LOCAL TIME!
Quant water powered car – the same technology can be used to run homes, businesses, etc
Solar and wind power can provide the energy needs of every country.
Excess energy can be stored in the batteries of electric cars.
See - https://www.netflix.com/gb/title/80135587
Ask supermarkets to give away cloth shopping bags instead of plastic carrier bags for one month.
Then stop plastic carrier bags permanently.
It’s more profitable for supermarkets to do this.
Cloth bags can be printed with the supermarket’s website and home delivery details, plus helpful websites, to show their commitment to the Mother Earth and all life.
Switch Off Your Lights Campaign
Excellent Vegan Recipes!
DIY Steel Can Solar Air Heater - 140F+ - Simple Easy Instructions
Solar panels turn air into drinking water
How to Make a Cooler That Runs on Solar Power
Simple, practical, creative, ideas are the best. If you have no compost heap, start one. Otherwise, wrap household food waste in sheets of newspaper and put into your black wheelie bin to save plastic bin liners at home. Avoid smells and flies in your home bin and black wheelie bin by wrapping food waste in newspaper. Plastic is made from oil which is running out. Fracking pollutes Mother Earth, water, air, soil, plants, and all nature, with chemical and radioactive substances. Wind power, solar power (electrical and thermal), and water powered car technologies, are simple energy solutions. Green energy, veganism, and mass tree-planting, are simple, cheap, effective, urgent, solutions that need to be implemented immediately. Open your heart, and all else follows.
“To love means loving the unlovable. To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable. Faith means believing the unbelievable. Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless”
Gilbert Keith Chesterton. 1874 - 1936
“The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult; and left untried”
Gilbert Keith Chesterton
“If all the animals were gone, men would die from a great loneliness of spirit; for whatever happens to animals, also happens to man.
All things are connected”
Chief Seattle - c. 1786 - 1866
What the Health – 2017 – Trailer – Full film is on Netflix and DVD
Film maker Kip Andersen uncovers the secret to preventing and even reversing chronic diseases, and he investigates why the nation's leading health organizations don't want people to know about it.
Cowspiracy - 2014 - Also on DVD and Netflix
Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret is a documentary film produced and directed by Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn. The film explores the devastating impact of animal agriculture on the environment, and investigates the policies of environmental organizations on this issue. Environmental organizations investigated in the film include Greenpeace, Sierra Club, Surfrider Foundation, Rainforest Action Network, and many more.
"If you wouldn't like such experiments to be performed on YOU, why heartlessly and selfishly inflict pain and suffering upon billions of other sentient beings, just because they cannot defend themselves? Animals have more compassion for humans, than humans have for animals. We have come to depend upon their love and healing for balance and comfort. What happens when it is gone?! Why not open our hearts and follow the good example of animals, and through that, evolve into the spiritual beings that we are meant to be, and thereby rescue the Planet from certain extinction. Look where our 'science' and greed has got us! We now have mass extinction, immense cumulative pollution, mass fires, floods, and drought, 22,000 new diseases and rising, and huge increases in cancer, autism, diabetes, and heart disease. Toxicity and nutritional deficiencies cause disease. The Planet, Sacred Nature, humans, and all living beings, can no longer cope with the toxic overload that unthinking, unfeeling, man has created through his limitless greed. Love is the only way forward. New personal and cultural habits and patterns based on compassion and respect for all life need to be created and maintained immediately that will live on into the future"
“If all the animals were gone, man would die from a great loneliness
of spirit, for whatever happens to animals, also happens to the man.
“Until he extends the circle of compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace.”
“Philosophers...have been emotionally stroked for their intellects. They often think that logical debate is the highest mode of living. It boils down to an ego problem. I'm so glad I no longer think that the intellect is what matters most. I'm very clear that compassion is a far better quality to cultivate than intellectual acumen. The latter can be used to make life, all life, worse for the entire planet. Compassion cannot be misused in such a harmful way.”
Judy Barad, Professor of Philosophy, Indiana State U.
“As long as humans continue to be the ruthless destroyer of other beings, we will never know health or peace. For as long as people massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, those who sow the seed of murder and pain will never reap joy or love.”
Pythagoras of Samos, ca. 530 BC
“Men dig their graves with their own teeth, and die more by those instruments than by all weapons of their enemies.”
“All beings tremble before violence. All fear death. All love life. See yourself in others. Then whom can you hurt? What harm can you do?”
Prince Siddhartha Gautama the Buddha (563 to 483 B.C.E.)
“But for the sake of some little mouthful of flesh, we deprive a soul of the sun, and light, and of that proportion of life and time they had been born into the world to enjoy.”
Plutarch of Chaeronea, Greek biographer. 200 BC
“When I look at animals held captive by circuses, I think of slavery. Animals in circuses represent the domination and oppression we have fought against for so long. They wear the same chains and shackles.”
Dick Gregory, comedian, civil rights activist, humanitarian, vegan
“Kindness and compassion towards all living beings is a mark of a civilized society. Racism, economic deprival, dog fighting and cock fighting, bullfighting and rodeos are all cut from the same defective fabric: violence. Only when we have become nonviolent towards all life will we have learned to live well ourselves.”
Cesar Chavez (1927-1993)
“People ask me how I look so young; I tell them I look my age. It is other people who look older; what do you expect from people who eat corpses?”
George Bernard Shaw, British playwright (1856-1950)
“Animals are my friends. And I do not eat my friends.”
George Bernard Shaw
“If a group of beings from another planet were to land on Earth—beings who considered themselves as superior to you as you feel yourself to be to other animals—would you concede them the rights over you that you assume over other animals?”
George Bernard Shaw
"Humans are a very backward race. Beings from other planets are more advanced spiritually and scientifically, and, in having love and respect for all life, they do not eat, wear, or experiment on animals, but live on plant foods or prana, the universal life force"
“Custom will reconcile people to any atrocity”
George Bernard Shaw
“Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.”
“People must have renounced, it seems to me, all natural intelligence to dare to advance that animals are but animated machines. ...It appears to me, besides, that such people can never have observed with attention the character of animals, not to have distinguished among them the different voices of need, of suffering, of joy, of pain, of love, of anger, and of all their affections. It would be very strange that they should express so well what they could not feel.”
Voltaire, Treatise on Tolerance
“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948)
“It ill becomes us to invoke in our daily prayers the blessings of God, the compassionate, if we in turn will not practice elementary compassion towards our fellow creatures.”
“Veganism acknowledges the intrinsic legitimacy of all life. It recognizes no hierarchy of acceptable suffering among sentient creatures. It is no more acceptable to kill creatures with primitive nervous systems than those with highly developed nervous systems. The value of life to its possessor is the same, whether it's the life of a clam, a crayfish, a carp, a cow, a chicken, or a child.”
Stanley Sapon, Ph.D.
“As long as there are slaughterhouses, there will be battlefields.”
Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910)
“A man can live and be healthy without killing animals for food; therefore, if he eats meat, he participates in taking animal life for the sake of his appetite. And to act so is immoral.”
“Truly man is the king of beasts, for his brutality exceeds theirs. We live by the death of others: we are burial places!”
Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
“As long as people will shed the blood of innocent creatures, there can be no peace, no liberty, no harmony between people. Slaughter and justice cannot dwell together.”
Isaac Bashevis Singer (1904-1991)
“Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.”
Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
“If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow man.”
St. Francis of Assisi (1181-1226)
“You have just dined, and however scrupulously the slaughterhouse is concealed in the graceful distance of miles, there is complicity.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson, writer, philosopher (1803-1882)
“Animals have done us no harm and they have no power of resistance. Cruelty to animals is as if man did not love God. There is something so very dreadful, so Satanic, in tormenting those who have never harmed us, who cannot defend themselves, who are utterly in our power.”
Cardinal John Henry Newman (1801-1890)
“We have enslaved the rest of animal creation, and have treated our distant cousins in fur and feathers so badly that beyond doubt, if they were to formulate a religion, they would depict the Devil in human form.”
William Ralph Inge, Deacon and Professor of Divinity, Cambridge (1860-1954)
“...the very fact that an animal is going to be eaten seems to remove it from the category of intelligent beings, and causes it to be regarded as mere animated ‘meat.’ ”
Henry Stephens Salt, British social reformer, animal rights activist (1851-1939)
“The victim feels the suffering in his own mind and body, whereas the victimizer...can be quite unaware of that suffering. The sword does not feel the pain that it inflicts.”
Philip Hallie, From Cruelty to Goodness
“A missionary was walking in Africa when he heard the ominous padding of a lion behind him. ‘Oh Lord,’ prayed the missionary, ‘Grant in Thy goodness that the lion walking behind me is a good Christian lion.’ And then in the silence that followed, the missionary heard the lion praying too: ‘Oh Lord,’ he prayed. ‘We thank thee for the food which we are about to receive.’ ”
“The assumption that animals are without rights, and the illusion that our treatment of them has no moral significance, is a positively outrageous example of Western crudity and barbarity. Universal compassion is the only guarantee of morality.”
Arthur Schopenhauer, German philosopher (1788-1860)
“Compassion for animals is intimately associated with goodness of character, and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man.”
“Those who won't hesitate to vivisect, won't hesitate to lie about it as well.”
George Bernard Shaw
“Atrocities are no less atrocities when they occur in laboratories and are called ‘medical research’.”
George Bernard Shaw
“The reason why I am against animal research is because it doesn't work. It has no scientific value. One cannot extrapolate the results of animal research to human beings, and every good scientist knows that.”
Robert Mendelsohn, MD, late Professor of Pediatrics, U. of Illinois College of Medicine
“The cruel experimenter cannot be allowed to have it both ways. He cannot, in the same breath, defend the scientific validity of vivisection on the grounds of the physical similarities between man and the other animals, and then defend the morality of vivisection on the grounds that men and animals are physically different. The only logical alternatives for him are to admit he is either pre-Darwinian or immoral.”
Richard Ryder, former vivisectionist
“It is difficult to entertain a warm feeling for a ‘medical man’ who straps dogs to a table, cuts their vocal cords, and spends an interesting day or week slowly vivisecting or dismembering them.”
Clare Booth Luce, author, publisher, former Ambassador to Italy (1902-1987)
“My own conviction is that the study of human physiology by way of experiments on animals is the most grotesque and fantastic error ever committed in the whole range of human intellectual activity.”
Dr. G. F. Walker, Medical World, Dec. 8, 1933
“Veganism, by its very definition, excludes vivisection, which we all know is wrong. Vivisection is unscientific, due to species differences. Vivisectors routinely falsify the results of animal experiments. Vivisection is as barbaric as it is unscientific. Big pharma and vivisectors suppress safe effective natural medical cures, due to greed. They put profit before life. Vivisection is the worst form of selfishness”
Dr. James Williams, vegan, researcher, inventor.
“The question was: “Can we give up animal experiments without halting medical progress?”. My answer is: not only can we give up vivisection, but that we must give up animal experiments in order to NOT halt medical progress. The more we experiment on animals, the less we know about human health. Today's rebellion against vivisection should no longer be based purely on animal rights and compassion. We have to appeal to human selfishness and campaign on scientific grounds in order to benefit human health. The majority of humans are totally and absolutely selfish. The Planet and all life will therefore remain endangered until man, only after self-imposed suffering, opens his heart. By then, will it be too late?”.
Pietro Croce, MD, College of American Pathologists
“There will come a time when the world will look back to modern vivisection in the name of Science, as they do now to burning people at the stake in the name of religion.”
Henry J. Bigelow, MD
“I am not interested to know whether vivisection produces results that are profitable to the human race. The pain which it inflicts upon unconsenting animals is the basis of my enmity toward it, and it is to me sufficient justification of the enmity without looking further.”
Mark Twain (1835-1910)
“What I think about vivisection is that if people admit that they have the right to take or endanger the life of living beings for the benefit of many, there will be no limit for their cruelty.”
Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910)
“I abhor vivisection. It should at least be curbed. Better, it should be abolished. The whole thing is evil.”
Charles Mayo, MD, founder of Mayo Clinic (1865-1939)
“It seems to me of great importance to teach children respect for life. Towards this end, experiments on living animals in classrooms should be stopped. To encourage cruelty in the name of science can only destroy the finer emotions of affection and sympathy, and breed an unfeeling callousness in the young towards suffering in all living creatures.”
Eleanor Roosevelt, writer, diplomat, former First Lady (1884-1962)
“I abhor vivisection with my whole soul. All the scientific discoveries stained with innocent blood I count as of no consequence.”
"Vivisection is the blackest of all the black crimes that man is at present committing against God and his fair creation. It ill becomes us to invoke in our daily prayers the blessings of God, the
Compassionate, if we in turn will not practice elementary compassion towards our fellow creatures."