Climate crisis

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A Summary of Extinction Rebellion’s Approach to the Climate Crisis and Species Destruction


The Truth
We are facing an unprecedented global emergency. Life on Earth is in crisis: scientists agree we have entered a period of abrupt climate breakdown, and we are in the midst of a mass extinction of our own making.

The Emergency
The science is clear: It is understood that we are facing an unprecedented global emergency. We are in a life or death situation of our own making. We must act now.

Our Demands
Extinction Rebellion is an international apolitical network using non-violent direct action to persuade governments to act justly on the Climate and Ecological Emergency.

We have three demands in the UK:

Tell the truth
Government must tell the truth by declaring a climate and ecological emergency, working with other institutions to communicate the urgency for change.

Act Now
Government must act now to halt biodiversity loss and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2025.

Beyond Politics
Government must create and be led by the decisions of a Citizens’ Assembly on climate and ecological justice.


Our Principles and Values
All are welcome who want to adhere to our 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
Mobilising 3.5% of the population to achieve system change – using ideas such as “Momentum-driven organising” to achieve this.

3. We need a regenerative culture
Creating a culture which is healthy, resilient and adaptable.

4. We openly challenge ourselves and our 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 decentralisation
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.



The Emergency

“We are in a planetary emergency”
~ Prof. James Hansen, former Director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies.

Find out more about the emergency here:

There are many scientific and climate research organisations that tell us about human induced climate change and its impacts. Here are just a few of them:

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change


Exeter University

Leeds University

The Met Office

It is time to ACT NOW.