André S. Clements: An Artist’s Journey to Extinction Rebellion.

To understand Extinction Rebellion (XR), you must start with its value system, or “axiology,” says André S. Clements, of South Africa. The ten principles give rise to an ethos of autonomy, André says, which allows individuals to connect to the organization and deliver whatever particular skills and energy they have.

The third principle – “We need a regenerative culture,” with its emphasis on “care” – is particularly meaningful to André, because it relates to his practice as a visual artist.

“The crux of caring is about, in the first place, paying attention,” he says. As an artist, “I’m paying attention, and there’s a quality of relationship in that. … And that caring expands out into the audience and into the world.”

Extinction Rebellion showed André a route from capturing images of the world to taking action. He serves Extinction Rebellion South Africa on their media and message team, as part of their strategy circle, and on the International Support Team working on regenerative culture.

André is also an incisive and original thinker, examining the “cybernetic construct” of XR through the lens of Nietzsche’s “will to power” and the Enneagram, to reach for alternative perspectives on humanity’s dire predicament.

You can see some of André’s art – which involves the superposition of photographic images – on his artist’s Facebook page.


Find Extinction Rebellion at https://rebellion.earth/.

Phoebe Barnard: We Know How to Save the World (Audio)

Phoebe Barnard was one of five co-authors of the recently published paper Scientists’ Warning to Humanity of a Climate Emergency (BioScience, November 2019), which has gathered more than 12,000 signatures from scientists around the world.

Phoebe is fully informed about the dangers to humanity and to the planet posed by climate change. And yet, she sounds cheerful! In this interview, she shares her solutions to our dire predicament, and her optimism that human beings can act fearlessly to implement them.Read More »