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.

Our Demands

0. Just Transition

We demand a just transition to a zero-carbon society that prioritises and collaborates with oppressed peoples, and fights against the root causes of all injustices.

XRYork recognises that the climate crisis is caused by the same forces that oppress and exploit people and the planet, such as capitalism, neo-colonialism and neoliberalism.

We also acknowledge climate injustice, where those who have contributed least to warm the planet will suffer first and the most, particularly in the Global South. We affirm that environmental justice cannot be separated from social justice.

As XRYork, we promise to proactively build relationships with marginalised communities by centring their voices and being accountable to ourselves and them. We believe we are responsible for listening, self-educating and not assuming ownership of the dialogue.

We advocate for a just and inclusive transition to a zero-carbon society, which will prioritise the needs of oppressed and exploited peoples. Inequalities of all kinds must be addressed within and between communities at the local, national and international levels.

This demand is the precondition for the other three demands. When we tell the truth, we demand justice. When we act now, we act justly. When the Citizens’ Assembly convenes, it will be guided by justice.

1. Tell the Truth

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

2. Act Now

The government must act now to halt biodiversity loss and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2025.

3. Beyond Politics

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

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.

Read more: Autonomy and Decentralisation: How is XR structured?

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