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Royal Shakespeare Company threatened with boycott over BP sponsor

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School climate strike activists call on theatre group to sever ties with oil firm

School climate protesters who took to the streets in huge numbers across the UK last week are threatening to boycott the Royal Shakespeare Company over its sponsorship deal with BP.

In a letter being sent to the RSC on Thursday, a group representing young people in towns and cities across the UK, says it will launch a boycott campaign unless the theatre company severs its ties with big oil.

Related: Global climate strike: millions protest worldwide – in pictures

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Greta Thunberg's 495-word UN speech points us to a future of hope – or despair

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The speech draws the battle lines between those of us who want action on climate change and those, like Trump, who only mock it

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Greta Thunberg’s address to the UN’s Climate Action Summit on Monday may well prove to be the climate change movement’s Gettysburg Address. Like Abraham Lincoln’s revered speech, which ran to 273 words, Thunberg’s was also very short, only 495 words long.

Lincoln famously spoke at the dedication of the Gettysburg Cemetery, following the leading orator of the day, Edward Everett, who took two hours to deliver the official address, a 13,000 word oration. Lincoln’s speech, simply described in the day’s official program as Dedicatory Remarks, lasted less than three minutes.

Related: Greta Thunberg showed the world what it means to lead | Michael H Fuchs

Will you recognise the necessity of the enormous task which must start now, or will you say nothing, do nothing?

Related: Morrison responds to Greta Thunberg by warning children against 'needless' climate anxiety

If the world continues on its trajectory, much of mainland Australia is predicted to be uninhabitable within 80 years

Related: We are talking about 'drought-proofing' again – they are simplistic solutions that will destroy Australia | John Williams

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Generation Greta: the 27 September edition of Guardian Weekly

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Last Friday, in the biggest climate protest in history, millions of people took to the streets across the world to demand urgent action against global heating. The demonstrations, which came as the UN met in New York this week, were again dominated by young people following the movement started by the Swedish school striker Greta Thunberg just over 12 months ago. From the Pacific islands, through Australia, across south-east Asia and Africa into Europe and onwards to the Americas, a darkening mood was evident at politicians’ failure to adequately address the climate crisis. Global environment editor Jonathan Watts looks at the global climate issues troubling young people and hears why they are standing up in ever-growing numbers.

As we went to press, Britain’s supreme court ruled that prime minister Boris Johnson had acted unlawfully in suspending parliament for five weeks at the height of the Brexit crisis – we’ll have more on the ramifications of this next week. It came as timely news for the Labour party, which had been struggling to contain its bitter divisions at the party’s conference, not least over a botched attempt to unseat deputy leader Tom Watson. Heather Stewart and Rowena Mason look back on a tumultuous week in which Labour almost tore itself apart.

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Contractor, actor … protest leader? The Egyptian exile driving rare dissent

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Mohamed Ali is unlikely source of viral videos about corruption that have stirred resentment

Hundreds of protesters have taken to the streets across Egypt since Friday in a rare show of public dissent against Abdel-Fatah al-Sisi’s rule. But the call for demonstrations came from an unlikely source: a contractor and part-time actor living in exile in Barcelona, who has made bold corruption claims in a string of viral videos.

Mohamed Ali is a former military contractor who addresses Egyptians from his apartment, shirt often unbuttoned and cigarette in hand. His colloquial style of speech, sometimes swearing in an accent more working class than his own, is intended to present a man-of-the-people appeal. Ali has called for a million Egyptians to march on Friday.

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Cynthia Cockburn obituary

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Academic, feminist and peace activist who explored the themes of masculinity and war, and gender and technology

Known for her research and activism in the field of gender, war and peace-making, Cynthia Cockburn, who has died aged 85, worked closely with female peace activists in countries experiencing acute conflict.

Her publications included The Space Between Us: Negotiating Gender and National Identities in Conflict (1999), based on research of women’s organisations working across ethno-national lines in Northern Ireland, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Israel/Palestine; The Line: Women, Partition and the Gender Order in Cyprus (2004); From Where We Stand: War, Women’s Activism and Feminist Analysis (2007); and Antimilitarism: The Political and Gender Dynamics of Peace Movements (2012), mainly featuring peace movements in South Korea, Japan, Spain, and the UK.

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Thousands protest against new criminal code in Indonesia

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At least 40 injured in student protests over plans that include outlawing extramarital sex

Thousands of students have taken to the streets in Indonesia to protest against a “disastrous” draft criminal code that would include outlawing extramarital sex and a controversial new law that could weaken the nation’s anti-corruption body.

On Tuesday, the second consecutive day of protests, thousands of students gathered outside the parliament building in Jakarta, calling for the government to suspend its plans to ratify the draft code. Police fired teargas and water cannon to disperse the demonstrators.

Related: At least 20 killed and 70 injured in day of violence in West Papua

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If world leaders choose to fail us, my generation will never forgive them | Greta Thunberg

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We are in the middle of a climate breakdown, and all they can talk about is money and fairytales of eternal economic growth

This is all wrong. I shouldn’t be standing here. I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean. Yet you all come to me for hope? How dare you! You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words. And yet I’m one of the lucky ones. People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction. And all you can talk about is money and fairytales of eternal economic growth. How dare you!

For more than 30 years the science has been crystal clear. How dare you continue to look away, and come here saying that you are doing enough, when the politics and solutions needed are still nowhere in sight.

With today’s emissions levels, our remaining CO2 budget will be gone in less than 8.5 years

Related: The climate crisis explained in 10 charts

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Extinction Rebellion plans new London climate crisis shutdowns

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Action on capital’s bridges and roads from 7 October expected to be bigger than April protests

Thousands of Extinction Rebellion (XR) activists are planning to shut down parts of central London for at least two weeks in October to demand governments take urgent action to tackle the climate crisis.

Organisers say the next round of protests, centred around parliament and surrounding government departments, will be bigger than those in April, when Extinction Rebellion activists brought key sites across the capital to a standstill for two weeks and more than 1,000 people were arrested.

Related: When our planet is under attack we have to stand up and fight back | Luke Buckmaster

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Teargas, flames and barricades: Hong Kong's weekend of protest – in pictures

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Protests in Hong Kong show no signs of abating as demonstrators took to the streets in the 16th consecutive weekend of unrest. Tensions are escalating in the run-up to a significant political anniversary for Beijing, and riot police fired teargas, pepper spray and bean bag rounds on protesters who vandalised metro stations and set improvised barricades ablaze.

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UN secretary general hails 'turning point' in climate crisis fight

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  • United Nations hosts climate summit in New York on Monday
  • New data shows 2014-19 warmest five-year period on record

The world may have hit a hopeful “turning point” in the struggle to tackle the climate crisis despite escalating greenhouse gas emissions and the recalcitrance of major emitters Brazil and the US, according to the United Nations secretary general.

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I feel that we are still running late and we need to accelerate. The next few years are absolutely crucial

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Queensland premier refuses to offer evidence to back claims of 'sinister' climate activists

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Annastacia Palaszczuk won’t provide any details after accusing protesters of using devices ‘laced with traps’

The Queensland premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, has formally refused to provide any evidence to support her claims to parliament that climate change activists are using devices “laced with traps”.

Last month, Palaszczuk made the comments – along with social media posts saying protesters were using “sinister tactics” and intended to cause harm – as she announced new laws cracking down on escalating climate and anti-coal demonstrations in Queensland.

Related: Queensland government sought mining industry input on laws targeting protesters

Related: Some ‘sinister tactics’ those brave protesters in Queensland could have used but also didn’t | First Dog on the Moon

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Hong Kong protesters trample Chinese flag as protests continue – video

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Protesters in Hong Kong trampled on a Chinese flag in a shopping mall and lit a fire on a main street as pro-democracy demonstrations took a violent turn once again.

The day’s action began peacefully as protesters filled a mall in the Sha Tin district but police ended up firing teargas at protesters who used umbrellas to protect themselves.

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Hundreds of Egyptians arrested in latest wave of protests against Sisi

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Younger generation takes to the streets in defiance of six-year ban on demonstrations

Hundreds of Egyptians have been swept up in a campaign of arrests targeting protesters, as demonstrations against president Abdel-Fatah al-Sisi’s rule continued.

The Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms (ECRF), a Cairo-based NGO, reported on Sunday that at least 220 people had been arrested since protests began on Friday night. The organisation said it had set up “an emergency room,” to deal with the arrest spike, anticipating that at least 100 more people would be detained at protests in Suez, Alexandria and Giza on Saturday night. On Sunday another NGO, the Egyptian Centre for Economic & Social Rights stated it had also recorded at least 274 arrests since demonstrations began.

Related: UN postpones anti-torture conference in Cairo after backlash

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Hong Kong pro-democracy protests turn violent again

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Police fire teargas at protesters after they deface a Chinese flag, set fires and vandalise a station

Protesters in Hong Kong trampled a Chinese flag, vandalised a subway station and set a fire across a wide street on Sunday as pro-democracy demonstrations took a violent turn once again.

The day’s action began peacefully as protesters filled a shopping mall in the Sha Tin district and made a large display of folded paper origami cranes.

Related: Riot police fire teargas at Hong Kong protesters as unrest escalates

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Tiny changes might seem insignificant. But they are how we save the planet | Peter Beaumont

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Greta Thunberg and her Extinction Rebellion peers remind us that activism is not just about lobbying for change, but doing it ourselves

There is a celebrated line in Jared Diamond’s Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Survive, his bestselling study of ecocide and sudden social implosion. Referring to the “self-inflicted environmental damage” on Easter Island by deforestation, Diamond asked: “What did the Easter islander who cut down the last palm tree say while he was doing it?”

While there has been much academic controversy about the accuracy of his shorthand for what happened on Easter Island, what remains, however, is a powerful and affecting metaphor, one ever more resonant in the midst of the escalating global climate emergency.

In the heat of political debate, we forget sometimes the importance of individual acts

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'Never surrender': Hong Kong's protest graffiti – in pictures

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It has been more than 100 days since anti-government protesters took to the streets of Hong Kong, calling for the complete withdrawal of a controversial extradition bill, an independent inquiry into police brutality, the retraction of the word ‘riot’ to describe the rallies, and genuine universal suffrage. Even though the Hong Kong government formally withdrew the controversial bill this month, many protesters have vowed to continue the fight until all their demands are met. Expressing their opinions on the streets, many young protesters have left their imprints on the roads, walls and buildings by spray-painting slogans and symbols that resonate with their discontent against the government

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Extinction Rebellion: 10 arrested at Dover protest

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Video showed handful of protesters sitting and lying down in front of long line of cars on A20

Ten people have been arrested during an Extinction Rebellion climate change protest in Dover aimed at “blockading” the port.

Activists were reported to have glued themselves to streets and were told they could face arrest if they left a designated area.

Well then, definitely in the right place as I have just been issued a Section 14 breach of public order warning by police. Just for walking with my camera. If I leave the designated area, I can be arrested. #ExtinctionRebellion #Dover #Blockade

Related: When our planet is under attack we have to stand up and fight back | Luke Buckmaster

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Hong Kong riot police fire teargas at protesters as unrest continues

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Police action comes as pro-China supporters rip anti-government protest messages from ‘Lennon Walls’ across city

Hong Kong riot police have fired teargas and charged towards protesters at an out-of-town district in Hong Kong as groups of pro-China supporters ripped anti-government protest messages from “Lennon Walls” across the city, raising the curtain for another weekend of unrest in the three-month political crisis.

The police-sanctioned demonstration attended by thousands in Tuen Mun on Saturday afternoon was mostly peaceful but erupted into violent conflicts between protesters and riot police officers armed with teargas, pepper spray and long shields.

Police fired teargas at protesters and dismantled makeshift barricades set up by protesters with plastic and metal roadside barriers while protesters threw petrol bombs in retaliation.

Police said in Twitter posts that “radical protesters threw petrol bombs” and possessed “offensive weapons including metal rods, slingshots and laser guns” during the confrontations.

Related: Hong Kong protests: tech war opens up with doxxing of protesters and police

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This isn't extinction, it's extermination: the people killing nature know what they're doing | Jeff Sparrow

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The climate strike must be a beginning and not an end. Warming won’t be stopped by symbolism

During the carnage of the first world war, the poet Wilfred Owen revisited the biblical story in which God tests Abraham by commanding the sacrifice of Isaac, his son. In Genesis, Abraham dutifully prepares the lad for slaughter before God relents and tells him to offer a ram instead.

Owen’s bitter poem rewrites the ending:

But the old man would not so, but slew his son,

And half the seed of Europe, one by one.

Related: Global climate strikes: Don’t say you’re sorry. We need people who can take action to TAKE ACTUAL ACTION | First Dog on the Moon

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Jeff Sparrow is a Guardian Australia columnist

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