We stand in solidarity and stunned horror at the images and stories coming to us from Australia. Communities have been obliterated, hundreds of millions of animals are dead, first nation lands and sites have been razed, dozens people have died and many are missing, homeless and traumatised by the enormous wildfires. The political leadership seems to be silent at best, grossly negligent and deliberately deceptive about the links between the fires, climate change and government policy at worst.

There are individuals and groups who are much better placed then us to comment on the communities, politics, ecosystems and impacts of the current crisis facing Australia and we will seek to listen to them.

As part of that we are proud to be supporting Extinction Rebellion Western Australia (https://www.facebook.com/ausrebellionwa/) who are staging a 10 hour reading of 1.5 Degrees Live! in protest of the fossil fuel links between Woodside Energy (https://www.woodside.com.au/) and the Fringe World Festival. (https://fringeworld.com.au/)

We will be encouraging artists and activists, as well as members of the public to join with XRWA during this event.

Extinction Rebellion Western Australia will host an engaging series of performances this Fringe Festival, taking on a mass reading titled 1.5 Degrees Live! of the 2018 IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) Report. These series of performances take place during Perth’s Fringe World Festival outside the Woodside Pleasure Gardens (located in Perth city’s cultural precinct) from the 18th January to the 9th February. International and local Fringe artists and performers (including the likes of UK’s Kate Smurthwaite, Michelle Aitken, Selfless Orchestra, Felicity Groom & more) plus local activists, scientists, students and people are encouraged to take part in a 10-hour (over 10 evenings) reading. We aim to carry the 1.5 Degree Live! themes of creating space for viewers and participants to understand and democratise the science, create emotional connections to the readings and spread the reach of climate action in our state of Western Australia. We aim to take up space outside the gardens to challenge the social license of one of Australia’s biggest polluters – Woodside, a partner of the Fringe Festival.