Extinction Rebellion: Direct Action to Save the Planet from Climate Change

About the Extinction Rebellion: Direct Action to Save the Planet from Climate Change Series

Extinction Rebellion is a campaign group demanding governments take urgent action on climate change. Known as ‘XR‘, the group has a direct action approach to protest. The movement calls for mass economic disruption using civil disobedience to halt the destruction of the planet and its wildlife and prevent catastrophic climate change. Unlike many other campaign groups, XR activists are often willing to go to jail as a symbolic act.

The group has become very popular, very fast. There are now XR groups in the US, Ghana, and New Zealand as well as Western Europe. DeSmog has been following XR‘s evolution from its inception in October 2018.

In This Series

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Four Extinction Rebellion activists were arrested on Wednesday night at the end of a demonstration in Westminster against the influence of “right-wing climate sceptic thinktanks” on the UK’s politi...
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Prominent writers and actors gathered outside the offices at 55 Tufton Street on Wednesday evening to highlight the role they say organisations based in and around the Westminster address play in s...
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Climate activists have very visibly taken over central London once again, climbing onto planes and spraying government ministries with red paint. But some are taking a quieter, more legal, approach...
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In less than a year, climate protest movement Extinction Rebellion has become a household name, with its distinctive hourglass logo plastered around as a symbol of the urgent need for action.  But...
Opinion
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Like in so much of public debate, the Prime Minister sets the tone. As a fortnight of peaceful protest started in London, Boris Johnson called the Extinction Rebellion protestors “importunate nose-...
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Extinction Rebellion protestors closed off sections of central London as the group launched two weeks of actions targeting the government's failure to sufficiently address the threat of climate cha...
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For two weeks in April, Extinction Rebellion grabbed the attention of the nation. Protestors blockaded large parts of central London, turned Waterloo Bridge into a community garden and camped out o...