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First Silent Rebellion staged in Cambridge

The first silent rebellion took place in Cambridge on Saturday – a voiceless expression of concern at the pace of modern life and the speed with which we are heading towards ecological catastrophe.

Silent rebellion is a new way of protesting developed by a group of Cambridge Extinction Rebellion supporters including Matt Howard, Leigh Raoulings, Monica Hone, Darragh Murphy, Annie White, Cameron Ford, Yoga Ratna and Jeremy Peters.

“Nearly 50 people took part in a Silent Rebellion on Christ’s Pieces on Saturday morning,” Jeremy says.

“There was a special atmosphere in the mottled sunshine, lots of people from different walks of life sitting under the trees meditating together alongside the path, as shoppers walked by between The Grafton and the city centre.

“A couple of us stood at either end, offering conversations with people about their responses to the climate emergency.

“As the climate and ecological emergency becomes clearer to us, and maybe we are involved in rebelling, our stress and adrenaline may be rising. It is vital that we stay calm and connected to our inner well-being. Sometimes this means pausing the treadmill of activity and simply resting in silence. Coming together to do this was a powerful experience, and even more so in a busy public space, where passers-by witnessed a beautiful and meaningful expression of our love for the Earth and all life.”

Silent Rebellion is the latest in a series of increasingly inventive protests by climate campaigners in the city, including the Cambridge Tech Climate Action Network, Cambridge Eco Schools Council, the school strikers, Red Rebels and the Cambridge Medical Students Group.

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