1/. On Sunday - the day of the #BrazilianElections & week before the start of #COP27 - a traffic island in front of the Brazilian embassy by Trafalgar Sq, London, will be transformed into a tropical rainforest, the first of many #RainforestIslands to spring up around the world...
2/. #Rainforestisland – a cornucopia of trees, plants & forest creatures – will be a platform for activists to gather throughout the #COP27 & is intended to amplify Indigenous voices who’ve yet again been excluded from their rightful place on the top table beside decision-makers.
3/. Indigenous communities have conserved & sustained our planet for thousands of years & are the true experts at protecting biodiversity

It is time for us to listen to them, not because they need our help, but because we need theirs! #COP27

4/. #RainforestIsland will host a programme of activities: 11am - 6pm

Music, performances & talks by political & cultural figures as well as Indigenous People

A vigil will be held for #DomPhilips & #BrunoPereira, & the 1,733 environmental activists murdered over the last decade
5/. “I’m so sorry for what my nation did to your nation. For what my ancestors did to your ancestors”

At #RainforestIsland we’ll also hold a redemption ceremony

Redemption requires
🌻Acknowledgment of the wrong
🌻Penance (i.e. making amends)
6/. “We have a big problem with deforestation. Factories are being built. Our rivers are being polluted. That is why I have travelled to COP. To ask the leaders of the world to really act.”

Chief Ninawa Huni Kui from the Amazon at COP26, with Mindahi Bastida of @MingaIndigena.
7/.. “Don’t close your eyes. Don’t bite your tongue. Look at what’s happening & raise your voice because each one of us is responsible for looking after our planet”
(Manuela Dahua from Ecuador)

#RainforestIsland is a place to reforest our thoughts, & our hearts & our actions.
8/. Indigenous communities around the world speak 4000+ languages

On the #ClimateEmergency, they speak with one voice

“We’ve come to COP because leaders are here. But these world leaders are not listening to our leaders; to the indigenous leaders”
(Uboye Gaba from Mexico, 2021)
9/. “We are physically kicking out loggers, mining companies & land grabbers every day. We need your support to bring attention to what is happening”

Puyr Tembe, president of @FEPIPA_Oficial in Brazil

With #BrazilElections & #COP27 the future of the Amazon hangs in the balance.
10/. “The wind has carried me here across the ocean like a bird. I’ve brought with me the hearts & souls of my community. I’ve also brought a message: that Indigenous People are the solution to the problem”

Waorani Enqueri, Ecuador, at COP26

#COP27 must embrace these solutions
11/. Indigenous communities have conserved & sustained our planet for thousands of years & are the original “climate scientists”.

Their cultures are inextricably connected to their lands & they have lived sustainably with their ecosystems for generations.

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#RishiSunak was at the heart of the #HerdImmunityScandal

Every epidemiologist, virologist & scientist made clear that - without a vaccine - #HerdImmunity was an “outcome” never a “strategy”

On 21/9/20, Sunak & Johnson skipped a crucial SAGE meeting to meet two lockdown sceptics
At the Sept meeting that Sunak skipped, SAGE had advised a circuit-breaker lockdown

Scientists had also warned against #Sunak's Eat Out to Help Out scheme which is closely linked to rise in #COViD19 cases & likely helped trigger a rise in deaths among ethnic minority populations
After #Sunak & Johnson were briefed by the anti-lockdown sceptics, they ignored SAGE’s advice to:

1. introduce a circuit-breaker lockdown

2. close pubs, restaurants & gyms

3. stop households mixing in each other’s homes

4. stop face-to-face teaching at universities & colleges
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Oct 20
EXCLUSIVE FOOTAGE: #LizTruss resigns as British Prime Minister

She says she will stay for a week until the next PM elected, presumably by MPs.

What chaos!
#LizTrussPM #JeremyHunt #GrantShapps #SuellaBraveman #JacobReesMogg #JamesCleverly #BREAKING
Image of Britain see tonight from the International Space Station
“Actually, if this was a relationship, I think at this point Britain’s friends would be sitting down with it & saying:

‘Look honey, you’ve been through four Prime Ministers in six years. They can’t all be the problem’” @Trevornoah on @TheDailyShow
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Oct 5
1/. In Turkey, parliament will today vote on a bill that could further muzzle free expression & journalism

The “deliberate” publishing of “disinformation & fake news” could be punished with 3 years in jail

Definitions of both are deliberately vague

They must reject this law Image
2/. Turkey’s 'disinformation law' will strike a further blow to media freedom

It will enable the state to further censor & silence critical voices ahead of #Turkey’s upcoming elections and beyond, under the guise of fighting 'fake news' & 'disinformation'
3/. #BREAKING: According to reports, #Turkey’s parliament has approved the first two articles in the anti-disinformation law that could be used to suppress critical journalism & online free speech

@amnesty reaction coming soon
(Report via @gazeteduvar).
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Sep 24
1/. “In the centre of the swirling madness of London traffic there is a sort of sanctuary, a green oasis that his intrigued & aroused the curiosity of Londoners & visitors alike”

Clip from The Queen’s Garden (1977) by James Hill & @willtravers dad, Bill.
2/. On Thursday we’ll unveil our proposal that’s been in a decade in the pipeline

Originally devised to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday in 2016, the idea is to use a sliver of #BuckinghamPalace Gdns to create a new park: the #QueenElizabethMemorialGardens

DM me for a press pack Image
3/. As this period of national mourning comes to an end, our thoughts turn to how we will mark the #Queen’s memory

We hope that the #QueenElizabethMomorialGardens might provide both a living legacy to #QueenElizabethII & as well a welcome new green space in a central London ImageImageImageImage
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Sep 21
1/. “We know fascism is possible because it happened before”

On Sunday, #Italy looks set to elect a right-wing coalition led by the far-right Brothers of Italy (#FratellidItalia)

Giorgia Melloni, may become Italy’s first far-right leader since Mussolini
2/. “After our victory, you can raise your heads & finally say what you always believed” #GiorgiaMeloni

Italy has seen ‘a revisionism of fascism’, fuelled by talkshows & newspapers

Some say that if Mussolini were to return, Italians would re-elect him
3/. “I think Mussolini was a good politician. Everything he did, he did it for Italy. There haven’t been politicians like him in the last 50 years”

Georgia Meloni speaking in 1996 as a 19 year-old far-right activist
#GeorgiaMeloni #italyelections #Fascism
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Sep 16
1/. Not ready for the summer to end?

Want to have one more #Pride2022?

Well you could head off to Serbia for #EuroPride2022 this Saturday...although shamefully, the Serbian authorities have decided to BAN IT!

Why? Because or purported security risks! amnesty.eu/news/serbia-au…
2/. According to Serbian authorities, there is a "danger of violence, destruction of property, & other forms of disruption of public order"

In reality, the only disruption #EuroPride2022
might face is violence against LGBTI people at the hands of far-right groups #Pride2022 Image
3/. “The decision by Serbian authorities to ban #EuroPride2022 is shameful. Instead of giving in to hateful rhetoric towards & threats against LGBTI people, authorities must take all necessary measures to protect #Pride participants.” @evegeddie @amnesty
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