jane’s tiny revolution

  • date: 3 october 2020
  • challenge category: climate crisis
  • selected tactic: tiny flash mob
  • difficulty rating: doable
  • current status: completed

the doing: a pigeon flashmob for jane

the rebels talked through how climate is intrinsically linked to social justice and devised a solar panel installation-themed flash mob outside the minerals council in sydney with pigeons replacing humans.

the submission:

what overwhelms you?

“The complete denial and inaction by our political leaders, our elected representatives in parliament, to act in our best interests and take effective and immediate action to stop global warming and climate change. They faff about and constantly avoid doing anything concrete or effective and it is not ok. These people are in power because we put them there but they are not acting in our best interests they are fobbing us off and pretending everything is ok when it is clearly far from ok.”


“Because I don’t know how to overcome it. I don’t know the best course of action to take to actually get a result, and I feel that most people are just carrying on as usual because they mistakenly believe that if there really was a problem that our Government would do something about it, or warn us, which they have done very swiftly and effectively with COVID. Why can’t they act as they have done when dealing with Corona virus, take the same immediate and national action and actually do something to bring down our C02 emissions. And stop investing in fossil fuels, stop destroying the natural environment, stop pretending that we can have unlimited economic growth. They are like ostriches with their heads in the sand, in fact that would be a good image for the flash mob, lots of ostriches on fire with their heads buried in the ground.”

jane, 3.10.20.

the thinking:

what is the idea we are moving forward with?

people who’ve contributed the least to climate change are dealing with more severe effects already
climate is intrinsically linked to social justice
covid has brought in the kind of radical localism that’s needed to deal with climate, but there’s nothing
on a federal level that supports local governance in these issues
only carbon neutral bodies are local governments
covid response gas-led recovery (gaslit recovery) – so bold, there was no need to call it gas-led, such a
knowing decision
localism and local governance/community action and agency – eg. australia’s leading the world in
rooftop solar with little help from government

earth overshoot hour (time in the day that matches earth overshoot day) 3:23pm

how can we do it?

a solar panel installation-themed flash mob that marks the time of the day that reflects earth
overshoot day in the year (3:23), over a 2-3 days

where does it need to take place?

relevant governance building

are there any legal implications to the activity?

if we get asked to move on, we’ll move on