A Very Brit Response to the London Riots – Operation Cup of Tea (Updated)

Operation Cup of Tea, an anti riot campaign is asking Londoners to Stay In and Drink Tea. Started by Sam Pepper, some 15 hrs ago, the campaign very quickly went viral on Facebook and Twitter, with over 150,000 people signed-up on their Facebook page and the hashtag #operationcupoftea has been trending on twitter for quite a while today.

The campaign asks people to stay in and drink a nice cup of tea instead of rioting. You are also expected to post a picture of your cup of tea on their Facebook page.

To learn more vist their Facebook page

(Update) – Since we last wrote about Operation Cup of Tea on the 9th of August, (the day it started) a lot has happened. The movement has gone really big, with over 300,000 people participating on Facebook and an equally large number on Twitter. They now have a formal website and are selling official anti-riot tea through their website, 100% of the proceeds will go towards the London riot clean-up. Sam Pepper, the organizer of the campaign has also made a youtube video explaining the campaign and how it grew from 800 to 100,000 to what it is today.

As the movement grows, I’ll continue to post future developments.

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Deepa Chaudhary

I have extensively worked at grass-roots from working in the slums of Mumbai to being on the frontline of numerous disaster relief efforts. I'm passionate about social entrepreneurship and I love discovering and writing about new trends in the social good space.