About Us

WATCH: Welcome to the Rebellion

Our Story

On 31st October 2018, we assembled on Parliament Square in London to announce a Declaration of Rebellion against the UK Government. We were expecting a couple of hundred people. Instead, 1500 came to participate in peaceful civil disobedience. The energy was contagious! The next few weeks were a whirlwind. Six thousand of us converged on London to peacefully block five major bridges across the Thames. We planted trees in the middle of Parliament Square, and dug a hole there to bury a coffin representing our future. We super-glued ourselves to the gates of Buckingham Palace as we read a letter to the Queen. Our actions generated huge national and international publicity and, as news spread, our ideas connected with tens of thousands of people around the world. The XR project was resonating with a deeply felt need for community and solidarity. “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for,” we chanted! Dozens of countries now have groups springing up, from the Solomon Islands to Australia, from Spain to South Africa, the US to India.

So what’s next? We are working relentlessly, building our movement in preparation for phase two, an international rebellion that will begin on 15th April 2019. So come and join us. Rebel for life. For the planet. For our children’s children’s futures. There is so much work to be done.

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.

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