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Friday 11 September 2020

Brighton Extinction Rebellion Protesters Among Those Arrested As Police Seize Greta Lightship & Arrest Her Crew

Brighton and Sussex residents have been arrested during Extinction Rebellion protests in London.
Credit Chris Jerrey

During the protest police stopped and impounded a 20 ft red and white model boat on a road in Kennington, London. 

The model lightship, named Greta, had been pushed from Brighton to London by Extinction Rebellion activists to join the organisation's "national rebellion" in the capital.

Claudia Fisher, 58, from West Sussex, was arrested after gluing herself to the model lightship as the police attempted to seize it, a moment which was captured live on BBC news.

Prior to the seizure, she had explained to journalists why the campaigners had built the lightship:

"We're highlighting the climate and ecological emergency that we're already in middle of. 

"We're shining a light with a lightship, it's a beacon of hope on that dark situation." 

Greta Thunberg at Extinction Rebellion protest in London

Jack W Capon, 30, a student from Horsham was also arrested during the seizure of Lightship Greta for refusal to provide information for the police to administer a Fixed Penalty Notice.

Several other local campaigners have been arrested so far during the protest which began in London earlier this month.

Laurence Johnson, 33, a Camera Assistant from central Brighton; Mala Nathan, 47, an environmental consultant and holistic therapist from east Brighton; and Ben Benatt, 53, a chartered environmental engineer from Patcham were all arrested during the first days of the demonstration for sitting in the road in Parliament Square and have been released pending investigation.

Simon Brooks, 43, of Burgess Hill, a father of two was arrested on September 3rd on Lambeth Bridge for obstructing the highway.

The Extinction Rebellion campaigners built the model boat to help sound the alarm about the climate crisis. 

The boat is the combination of a ship and a lighthouse, and is named after Greta Thunberg, the seventeen year-old Swedish activist whose outspoken criticism of governmental climate inaction has inspired people the world over.

Forty Extinction Rebellion campaigners took part in the walk from the south coast to the capital, accompanied by a samba band. 

The group pushed Greta themselves and stopped each day in a different town to speak to local people about the climate and ecological emergency, as well as to raise awareness about climate refugees.

by: Mike Cobley


Environmental activists placed more than two-hundred pairs of shoes outside Hove Town Hall to symbolise the numbers killed or seriously injured every year in Brighton by air pollution and road traffic accidents.

Green councillors joined Brighton residents in Hanover and Elm Grove to create a 'pop-up parklet', a temporary mini-outdoor space with chairs, cushions, a rug, plants and decorations. 

Towner International - Eastbourne's Towner's inaugural contemporary art biennial - hopes to address how artistic communities are recording and responding to the economic, political, cultural, and environmental changes that are unfolding across the world today. 

Two Brighton-born digital companies are celebrating a joint nomination for a national award in recognition of their pioneering support for local loneliness charity, TogetherCo during the COVID-19 pandemic.

A community charity campaign, launched last month to support Sussex charities, not-for-profit groups and services that have felt the devastating financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, received an incredible response from the public who nominated local charities and then voted for the winner.

Paloma Faith wrote most of the songs for her forthcoming fifth album, Infinite Things, before the Covid-19 pandemic swept the world. Then the world went into lockdown, and she ripped them all up and started afresh. 

Death was a subject that had long fascinated Tunng's Sam Genders; a preoccupation not born out of the macabre so much as a curiosity about the fundamental purpose of existence — but also a hesitancy he had noticed around others' grief; a wish to be supportive in the right way, to say the right thing in the face of loss. 

Around one hundred mums, dads, kids and grandparents took part in the colourful family-friendly “bike swarm”, which began at The Level before progressing down the Old Steine, along Madeira Drive, then west to the West Pier.
Credit Magnus Andersen

Rising Icelandic singer-songwriter and one-time Brighton resident, Axel Flóvent, calls Reykjavík home, but also the inspiration behind his upcoming full-length debut, You Stay By The Sea
Credit Pooneh Ghana

Having used the internet as their playground in pioneering ways for the last six months, Glass Animals have decided to reimagine their live show to create a one-time-only virtual gig/experience. 

A cutting-edge series of video masterclasses aimed at demystifying the process of writing music for young people has launched. 
Credit Olivia Rose

Mercury Prize 2020 shortlisted Kiwanuka looks inward and out, across widescreen sonic landscapes constructed in recording studios in London, Los Angeles and New York, and provides a showcase for the honey-poured mahogany of Michael Kiwanuka's voice.

Entrepreneurial theatre performers from Sussex could be among those to benefit from a much needed lifeline to artists whose careers have been left devastated by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Credit Jodie Canwell

"I love where I live," says Teesside-born singer-songwriter Tom Joshua. "It's a rousing group of towns to be from – these songs just wouldn't exist away from home."

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