Earth Vigil

FaithVigil candle
United in fierce love for our sacred Earth, XR faith groups and meditators will sit in vigil for the Earth for seven days and nights. We will begin with a multi-faith ceremony at the front of St. John’s church in Waterloo (73 Waterloo Road, SE1 8TY) at 7pm on Monday the 31st of August, to prepare a sacred space for the rebellion. We’ll continue in silence all day and all night, alongside the pavement outside Parliament, until at least Sunday the 6th of September. We will hold a space of peace and hope amongst the chaos, grounded in our faith, our trust in each other, and our love of the Earth. For our virtual vigil for people joining from home, and for local groups (Cardiff etc.) scroll down.

All are welcome to join us, whether you’ve meditated or prayed before or not. Just come along wearing a mask, take a social-distancing ribbon and sit with us. We’ll ring a bell on the hour and half-hour (with five minutes to get up and move around at the end of each session), so feel free to join us for half an hour or for as long as you like. When you leave you can tie an ‘XR Earth Vigil’ ribbon around your wrist and take some of the peace with you.

Our location may change and so please do join our Telegram broadcast here if you’d like to be kept up to date – download the app onto your phone or PC then click here: https://t.me/joinchat/Kb17hhPJjw6vBOHl2p9thQ.

We have a Facebook group which we set up for our previous 40 days and nights vigil, which was interrupted by coronavirus and which continued at home. Do share your photos and stories there.

We are also looking for people who are willing to sign up for our rota to sit: https://signup.zone/xDpiBRsKh67xo6NrC, especially during the nights – please only write your name on the rota if you can definitely come as we want to make sure there are a few people at a time for safety. If you’re willing to be a steward – welcoming new people and answering any questions from members of the public – please put ‘Steward’ after your name on the rota.

If you have questions that aren’t answered by this page, you can email satya@satyarobyn.com or melanie.nazareth@btinternet.com.

This vigil is beautiful in its simplicity and powerful in its intent – to come together as people from different faith communities and from all philosophies, and to sit together in our grief and with our deep love for our planet. During our 40 day and night vigil many people reported having deep experiences as they sat, and many warm relationships were formed. Join us!

Online Vigil

You can join a parallel online vigil from home if you can’t go to London, Cardiff or Malvern and we are looking at setting up a Zoom room for this. More details about this will be on our webpage. In the meantime you can sign up on the rota https://signup.zone/RwXDtpQpqSRnSagit

Vigils in other locations

Cardiff – Telegram group https://t.me/joinchat/MupYARiviEBLlSKs-mzRew
Great Malvern, Worcestershire – Telegram group https://t.me/joinchat/ONI0ElPHf0pUX97VJO2rHQ
Lewes – contact Barbara at barbarakeal@protonmail.com
We hear rumours of other vigils in Hereford and other places – hurray!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the 9-9-9?
The idea is that we’ll pause at 9am and 9pm for 9 minutes of silence – taking a small contemplative space to remember why we’re rebelling and to re-find the ground under our feet. We’ll be encouraging everyone attending the rebellion to do this, and those connecting with the vigil from home can also do this during our vigil, knowing that they’ll be connecting with many others in offering love to our planet. We’re hoping to live-stream this to Facebook.

Where will we be?
We would like to stay as close as we can to Parliament, without putting ourselves in danger of arrest. Last time we sat along the wide pavement outside Parliament (to the right of the entrance, facing Parliament Square) – this is a legal place to protest and so we will start here and move if we have to. Sign up to the Telegram broadcast to find out where we are, or check our Facebook page.

What do I need to bring?
You might want to bring something to sit on – a chair or blanket – suitable clothes (do check the weather for rain!) and something to drink and eat. Please wear a mask at all times. It can get colder than you think during the nights so be prepared! We may or may not have access to toilets – hopefully we’ll have more information on this once we get started.

Are there toilets?
You might want to try www.lockdownloo.com for finding toilets within walking distance – once we’ve got started, we can gather information about the closest ones.

Is this an arrestable action?
This event isn’t intended to be arrestable – we will find a place to sit where we aren’t disrupting the public or blocking roads. There is always a very slight risk of arrest during rebellions – if this is a concern do attend a training or speak to your local group for advice.

Do I have to be a member of Extinction Rebellion to attend?
No! All are welcome, especially those who haven’t joined actions before.

Can I join from home?
Yes! You can join a parallel online vigil from home if you can’t go to London, Cardiff or Malvern and we are looking at setting up a Zoom room for this. More details about this will be posted here. In the meantime you can sign up on the rota https://signup.zone/RwXDtpQpqSRnSagit. Whether we’re sitting or not, we’ll be pausing every day at 9am and 9pm for nine minutes of silence, and so do join us in that. We’d also love it if you sat vigil at home during the rebellion and posted photos onto the Facebook group or let us know by email.

Will there be vigils in other locations?
Yes! We already have groups in Cardiff and Malvern, details below. If you’re interested in being a local organiser do get in touch – it doesn’t have to be complicated, and even very small vigils are effective and powerful. If you’d like help in getting started do contact Melanie or Satya, melanie.nazareth.btinternet.com or satya@satyarobyn.com.

Cardiff – Telegram group https://t.me/joinchat/MupYARiviEBLlSKs-mzRew
Great Malvern, Worcestershire – Telegram group https://t.me/joinchat/ONI0ElPHf0pUX97VJO2rHQ

How can I help?
Apart from signing up to the rota and/or stewarding, organising local vigils and joining us from wherever you are, do let people know about us. The power of these actions always depends on whether they are talked about or not. If you feel inspired by this action, talk to people and share photos etc. on social media.

Will the vigil go on after seven days and nights?
This depends on whether people want it to continue!

If you’ve any other questions email me satya@satyarobyn.com and I’ll add them here too.

With love,
The vigil team

Tamuna