Who We Are
Extinction Rebellion York is one part of the international movement called Extinction Rebellion that uses non-violent civil disobedience in an attempt to halt mass extinction and minimise the risk of social collapse.
Extinction Rebellion York is one of many local groups across the UK that acts independently in line with Extinction Rebellion’s ten core principles. This movement strives to be participatory, decentralised and inclusive.
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.
What we do
XR York meets regularly and organises actions, talks, events and training. We take action locally in York and the surrounding area, as well as getting involved in larger protests in cities like Leeds, Manchester and London.
In June 2019, we organised Demand A Future: Night Forum on Climate Emergency. This event at York Explore brought together over 400 people from across the city to learn more about the climate and ecological crisis and propose local solutions as part of a People’s Assembly.
Other local actions have included die-ins, marches and a Funeral for our Future.
Thanks to pressure from XR York, City of York Council declared a climate emergency on 21st March 2019 and pledged to cut the city’s carbon emissions to net zero by 2030.
XR York also organises regular training sessions for rebels, including non-violent direct action, regenerative culture, arrestee support and de-escalation training.
Read more about our actions on the blog.
How we are organised
One of the crucial insights of Extinction Rebellion is that it’s not just what you do, it’s how you do it. At the same time as fighting for the system change necessary to mitigate the climate and ecological crisis, we also need to be modelling a different, more sustainable culture. With this in mind, XR is a movement that strives to be participatory, decentralised and inclusive. This is an ongoing process: we’re constantly reflecting, learning and evolving.
One way that we do this is through how we organise ourselves. XR operates through a self-organising system that aims to decentralise power, avoid hierarchies and ensure that all areas of the movement are transparent and accountable.