Who We Are

Extinction Rebellion York (XR York) is part of the international environmental pressure group Extinction Rebellion. . We use non-violent direct action and civil disobedience to urge decision makers and leaders to act now to reduce the impact of climate change. Our campaigns led to the City of York Council declaring a climate emergency in 2019 and pledging to reach Net Zero by 2030.

We have 3 key demands:

  1. Tell the Truth: The government must declare a climate emergency.
  2. Act Now: The government needs to act now to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to Net Zero by 2025.
  3. Beyond Politics: The government should create and be led by the decisions of a Citizens’ Assembly on climate and ecological justice.

Our core principles include non-violence, building a regenerative culture, challenging the toxic system we live in, breaking down power hierarchies, and achieving climate justice.

Our Principles

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

We work together to plan actions, talks, events and training. We also join larger protests and demonstrations. You can find pictures of our most recent demonstrations here. 

We’re always looking for new ideas and skills to create effective actions. To find out how you can get involved, visit our Join Us page.

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