If you’re not aware who Extinction Rebellion (XR) are or what they do, there’s a good chance you’ve been living under a rock…or have managed to escape the news (lucky you). However, for those that don’t know who XR is, they’re a nonviolent global environmental movement that uses civil disobedience to oblige government action to avoid tipping points in the climate system, biodiversity loss, and the risk of social and ecological collapse. The volunteers working very closely to fight for what they believe should or should be happening in the U.K. and around the world.
Much like the weather, we receive daily reports on XR’s activity, but with everything else happening in the world today, you might be left with quite a foggy perception of it all. Throughout this blog we will be objectively investigating when Extinction Rebellion began, who they are and what their goals are.
When did Extinction Rebellion begin?
Due to global warming being such a hot topic, Extinction Rebellion have been popping up in the news for a while now. So when did this all start? XR began as an activist group called “Rising up!” From this XR began almost a year ago on the 31st of October 2018 and was founded by Roger Hallam and Gain Bradbrook. The motto for this movement is “Rebel for life”. XR currently protests in around 56 countries around the world. Some of these countries include Australia, North America, Africa and the U.K. Currently in the U.K. campaigning takes place in and around the centre of London.
What exactly are they asking for?
XR is aiming to spread the word and seriousness of climate change through non- violent movements. XR is currently demanding three things through their movements and protesting in the U.K.
- Declare a climate emergency.
- Create a movement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2025.
- The government to be led by decisions of a Citizens’ Assembly. You can read more about what a Citizens’ Assembly is here.
Who can join the Extinction Rebellion?
Extinction Rebellion is a movement made up of people from all walks of life, meaning anyone can join. The website quotes “We are helping to organise many ordinary people who care about the issues to take meaningful action that could elicit change”. Head over to their website to see where they are campaigning near you. You can also listen to live broadcasts and read news articles about the movement and cause.