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Extinction Rebellion (XR) is a global environmental movement with the stated aim of using nonviolent civil disobedience to compel government action to avert a sixth extinction from climate change. XR is acting on the scientific evidence presented by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change advocating radical reduction in greenhouse gas emissions as well as active removal of excess levels of carbon already in the atmosphere. Extinction Rebellion was established in the United Kingdom in mid-2018 by activists from the campaign group Rising Up. XR cites as inspiration grassroots movements such as Occupy, Gandhi's Satyagraha, the suffragettes, the Committee of 100, Martin Luther King and the civil rights movement. In November 2018 XR blockaded five bridges across the River Thames in London. In April 2019, XR occupied five prominent sites in central London. Since then XR has spread across the globe with chapters forming from Australia to India including the United States. While Extinction Rebellion rejects violent action (many members participate through planning, promotional and support roles), XR members do regularly accept arrest for high-visibility acts of civil disobedience such as blocking traffic arteries, hanging banners on public structures, staging mock die-ins, gluing themselves to infrastructure, climbing high-visibility structures, painting statures, etc.
-------EXTINCTION REBELLION (XR) US DEMANDS------- 1 That the Government must tell the truth about the climate and wider ecological emergency, it must reverse all policies not in alignment with that position and must work alongside the media to communicate the urgency for change including what individuals, communities and businesses need to do. 2 The Government must enact legally-binding policies to reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2025 and take further action to remove the excess of atmospheric greenhouse gases. It must cooperate internationally so that the global economy runs on no more than half a planet’s worth of resources per year. 3 We do not trust our Government to make the bold, swift and long-term changes necessary to achieve these changes and we do not intend to hand further power to our politicians. Instead we demand a Citizens’ Assembly to oversee the changes, as we rise from the wreckage, creating a democracy fit for purpose. 4 We demand a just transition that prioritizes the most vulnerable people and indigenous sovereignty; establishes reparations and remediation led by and for Black people, Indigenous people, people of color and poor communities for years of environmental injustice, establishes legal rights for ecosystems to thrive and regenerate in perpetuity, and repairs the effects of ongoing ecocide to prevent extinction of human and all species, in order to maintain a livable, just planet for all.
-------PRINCIPLES AND VALUES-------
1 WE HAVE A SHARED VISION OF CHANGE
Creating a world that is fit for generations to come.
2 WE SET OUR MISSION ON WHAT IS NECESSARY
Mobilizing 3.5% of the population to achieve system change – using ideas such as “Momentum-driven organizing” to achieve this.
3 WE NEED A REGENERATIVE CULTURE
Creating a culture which is healthy, resilient and adaptable.
4 WE OPENLY CHALLENGE OURSELVES AND THIS TOXIC SYSTEM
Leaving our comfort zones to take action for change.
5 WE VALUE REFLECTING AND LEARNING
Following a cycle of action, reflection, learning, and planning for more action. Learning from other movements and contexts as well as our own experiences.
6 WE WELCOME EVERYONE AND EVERY PART OF EVERYONE
Working actively to create safer and more accessible spaces.
7 WE ACTIVELY MITIGATE FOR POWER
Breaking down hierarchies of power for more equitable participation.
8 WE AVOID BLAMING AND SHAMING
We live in a toxic system, but no one individual is to blame.
9 WE ARE A NON-VIOLENT NETWORK
Using non-violent strategy and tactics as the most effective way to bring about change.
10 WE ARE BASED ON AUTONOMY AND DECENTRALIZATION
We collectively create the structures we need to challenge power. Anyone who follows these core principles and values can take action in the name of Extinction Rebellion.
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 prioritized, and where our diversity of gifts are recognized, celebrated and flourish.
To spark and sustain a spirit of creative rebellion, which will enable much needed changes in our political, economic and social landscape. We endeavor to mobilize and train organizers to skillfully open up space, so that communities can develop the tools they need to address the deeply rooted problems of the United States. We work to transform our society into one that is compassionate, inclusive, sustainable, equitable and connected.