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A message from PRSC and Stokes Croft China

During this quiet lockdown period, PRSC and SCC have seized the opportunity to get ourselves reorganised behind the scenes. We've not confirmed a date yet but when the china shop reopens it will be better than ever, with exciting new designs and tweaks to our layout to allow safe distancing for staff and customers. We are also taking this chance to look at ways we can improve our event space and the rest of our rabbit warren of a building so we can host even more interesting projects and events when we come out of this ‘unprecedented’ situation.

We are very grateful to all our loyal customers who continue to support us through our online shop, and we look forward to seeing all your beautiful faces again when we do reopen!

Tomorrow (June 25), the Climate Change Committee is due to publish its annual report assessing the UK’s progress, or lack thereof, in reducing its greenhouse gas emissions. Customarily, the CCC report is ignored by our Parliament, our Government and our Treasury on a yearly basis.

On the day of the report Extinction Rebellion, alongside young people from across the country, will take action to demand that they are protected, and that the government listens to the science and chooses to act now. Find out more about the events here »

A major problem for the environmental movement is the struggle people have to envision a cleaner, healthier future. The problems are increasingly obvious to many of us and the evidence of them can be seen all around, but the solutions can be harder to pin down. The last few months gave us all a glimpse of cleaner, quieter, healthier streets where birdsong rings out louder than the drone of engines. Simple, optimistic symbols like this lead people to start dreaming that a better world is possible. This week PRSC presents some ideas from a variety of thinkers about what kind of future we should be trying to build, and what steps we can take to get there.

A message from
Extinction Rebellion...

In Bristol, the lockdown has cleared our streets and our skies. In normal times, Bristol’s air pollution is over twice the legal limit. Five people die in Bristol each week from air pollution.

From children to the elderly, vulnerable people are the most at risk of developing serious conditions such as asthma, cancer and lung disease - and air pollution is particularly severe in the city’s poorest areas and those with the highest BAME populations. Despite years of warnings, Bristol City Council has failed to take action.

The solution to one public health crisis shouldn’t be another one. As we begin the recovery from coronavirus, we have a chance to do things differently.

We can restart the economy without returning to deadly levels of pollution. We can keep our air clean and healthy and our city green and safe, while protecting jobs and businesses, investing in public transport and taking action to cut greenhouse gas emissions and tackle the climate emergency.

This is XR Bristol’s week of action, calling on the council to make sure Bristol’s air stays clean. We have a programme of beautiful, informative and safe campaign actions to get the whole city involved.

Thursday 25th June, 10am – 2pm – join XR's creative action – on Thursday we will be highlighting our main message: that clean air should be for life, not just for lockdown. Bring an old pair of shoes down to College Green to add to our creative action, which will draw attention to the 296 people who die prematurely each year in Bristol due to air pollution. See more here »

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David Attenborough Mug *
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Greta Thunberg <br>Mug
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* Last chance to buy! The gorgeous vintage ivy print used on these lovely Attenborough mugs is about to run out. Once we have sold the china we already have in stock, there will be no more like this.

Some thoughts about the future from inspirational thinkers around the world

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez gives us an inspirational ‘Message from the future’ (7min). Watch on YouTube »

‘The Art of Survival: Recovering Landscape Architecture’ (82min) is a fascinating lecture from Chinese landscape architect Kongjian Yu about real practical ways we can reimagine our cities to live more harmoniously with nature. We intend to screen this at the School of Activism (originally scheduled for April 2020, coming soon) along with a discussion about envisioning Bristol’s future. Watch on YouTube »

The XR 'Guide to the Impossible' is a toolkit for imagining and creating a better world. This guide contains threads of practical magic which we hope will fire the imagination, focus the thinking and set the intention. Download it here »

UK: The future of farming and food production

The Ecological Land Co-operative (ELC) is already doing inspirational work in order to build a better future. ELC co-founder and director Oli Rodker is also a coordinating group member of The Landworkers Alliance. In their latest blog post, Oli investigates what the Covid-19 virus has unearthed about our food system, and how we can build something better for the future.

Rachel Carson Mug
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Silent Spring
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Eco-emergency in Bristol

Just before the pandemic derailed most of our lives, Bristol's Mayor Marvin Rees and the Avon Wildlife Trust declared an ecological emergency. In this article the wildlife trust suggest what should happen next.

Pesticide-Free Towns Campaign

In January 2019 Bristol City Council voted to phase out the use of glyphosate pesticides by the end of 2021. This was mainly due to the campaigning work of the Pesticide Safe Bristol Alliance (PSBA), an initiative started by two Bristolian parents in 2015 after they grew alarmed at the use of glyphosate in local schools.

What's Your Poison - Royal Worcester Figurine
What's Your Poison - Royal Worcester Figurine
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Current good news: Stoke Park

Since 2018, Bristol City Council has been working with Natural England, Avon Wildlife Trust and others, to improve and conserve the grassland, hedgerows and woodland in Stoke Park. Their work has increased biodiversity in the park as well as conserving the historic sites and keeping the park visitor friendly. Watch on YouTube »

The cultivation of wildflowers on the site has created one of the best views of Bristol, as you can see from this photo by PRSC's own Lisa Furness.


While traffic and plane noise is increasing, it's still possible to hear the bird song that has provided a beautiful soundtrack to the lockdown and reminded us of the wildlife thriving all around us. can help identify the birds you are listening to.

FREE Family Cycle Lessons from Life Cycle UK

Life Cycle UK are delighted to announce that they're offering FREE cycle lessons for families in Bristol! Their qualified instructors will give you the tools to cycle safely with children and help you find safe routes to wherever you want to go. Each session is tailored to the level and goals of the group and they can teach up to five people from the same household (provided at least one person is over 18).

For more information and to book, visit the Life Cycle UK website. Thanks to Bristol City Council for funding this offer - and here's to a wonderful summer of cycling together!

Museums and Art Gallery activities for Families

The Bristol Museums team has been busy during lockdown planning some exciting, creative activities each week, with something for everyone. This week's theme is the World. Visit Lockdown Activities for Families to find out more and how to join in the fun.

COVID_2020 Virtual Exhibition

Congratulations to local artist and friend of PRSC Tom Miller for being featured in this 212 gallery art book & exhibition: COVID_2020 Virtual Exhibition


Along with our pals Colin Moody and Claudio Ahlers, PRSC once again features in the latest edition of uKunst magazine... see if you can spot us? (heavy hint: 12-13, 18)

Women's Resilience Fund

A lot of people have lost any prospect of income in the near future, universal credit isn't always enough, and government support doesn't cover all circumstances. The Smallwood Trust's Women's Resilience Fund can provide grants and support for women on low incomes who have specific needs, and are struggling to make ends meet or trying to overcome financial problems.

On the streets...

Images from the last few weeks' protests & counter protests, by @MADpaintr. If you have good pictures from the Bristol streets this summer, get in touch and we might share them.

Want to understand more about the history of slavery in Bristol? Thanks to Alternative Bristol for reminding us of this brilliant resource from the Bristol Radical History Group.

You might also wanna check out The Felling of Colston by local filmmaker Arthur Cauty, featuring an interview with Lanie, creator of our latest mural wall.

Photo by Alex Hosking

Throughout this crisis our work with rough sleepers continues. Please click on the button below to support this ongoing work.

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