Could Extinction Rebellion be one of the greatest environmental movements of all time? Since its launch in London last year, the movement has grown across the world, amplifying the voices of people who are asking for radical action against the climate breakdown we are facing.
“Right now, our children are not safe. Climate change is not something that’s going to happen to somebody else, somewhere else, in the future. Especially if you’re a parent, you have a responsibility to the future” says Dr Gail Bradbook, one of the founders.
What makes Extinction Rebellion stand out is its acts of civil disobedience. XRebels have blocked bridges, closed roads, glued themselves to the gates of Downing Street, ready to get arrested in the name of our planet.
Greenhouse delves into this breakthrough campaign and uncovers how we can all get involved.
Who is behind Extinction Rebellion?
The movement was initiated by Rising Up!, a network formed in 2016 by activists including former members of groups ranging from Earth First! environmentalists to the anti-corporate Occupy movement formed during the global financial crisis. Their aim is to promote fundamental change of our political and economic system to one which maximises well-being and minimises harm.
Most importantly, today thousands of people throughout the world are behind Extinction Rebellion.
Vision & mission
Extinction Rebellion wants a world where we build thriving connections within our society and environment, bringing hope and enabling us to decide the direction of our lives and futures. An inclusive world, where we work consciously to ensure fair processes of collective decision-making, where creativity is prioritised, and where our diversity of gifts are recognised, celebrated and flourish.
The movement works to spark and sustain a spirit of creative rebellion, which will enable much needed changes in our political, economic and social landscape. The team endeavours to mobilise and train organisers to skilfully open up space, so that communities can develop the tools they need to address Britain’s deeply rooted problems. XR works to transform our society into one that is compassionate, inclusive, sustainable, equitable and connected.
Extinction Rebellion has three key demands:
- Governments must tell the truth about the climate and wider ecological emergency, reverse inconsistent policies and work alongside the media to communicate with citizens.
- Governments must enact legally-binding policy measures to reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2025 and to reduce consumption levels.
- A national Citizen’s Assembly must be formed to oversee the changes, as part of creating a democracy fit for purpose.
There are many ways you can support the XR movement:
- Attend one of their events – find one near you here.
- Volunteer with them – apply for one of their exciting roles and you could become an Admin Support, a Well-being coordinator or even a Spider.
- Take part in International Rebellion Week on 15th– 28thApril
- Donate money through their fundraiser.
- Spread the word on social media using #ExtinctionRebellion.
- Get involved by joining a local group – find one near you on the map below or start one yourself.
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