56 countries.
639 branches.
Thousands of rebels.

Why we exist

People worldwide are suffering from extreme weather events and failing crops. All across the globe we see forest fires, ice sheets melting faster than expected, and the collapse of entire ecosystems. We are in the middle of an unprecedented crisis. And we only have a few years left to do anything about it.

We exist because our government is refusing to introduce the necessary policies to keep its citizens safe. Instead, they are still funding and helping the very industries that are putting our lives in danger. We take creative, peaceful and sometimes disruptive action, to compel our government to take the necessary measures against the climate and ecological crisis. Why? Because history has shown time and time again that civil disobedience is a very effective way to bring about radical and fast-paced change.

We demand from the Dutch government:
  1. TELL THE TRUTH about the climate and ecological crisis that threatens our existence and communicate the urgency for change.
  2. ACT NOW to halt biodiversity loss and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2025 in a just and fair manner.
  3. LET CITIZENS DECIDE by establishing a Citizen’s Assembly which takes the lead on climate and ecological justice.

Who we are

We are a diverse group of ordinary friendly people who are deeply concerned about the climate and ecological crises. We are mothers defending our children, we are children aspiring to have a future and we are grandparents rebelling for life. In less than a year, we have grown from a small group of people to a competent, powerful and fun social movement with hundreds of local groups in almost sixty countries.

Our movement

  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 THIS 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.

We are organised as a decentralised structure of small autonomous groups. This structure aims to distribute authority to individuals in roles with clear mandates, empowering those individuals to make decisions and take actions on matters specified in their mandate—without the necessary consensus of a group. We use group decision making only when it’s necessary and not by default because it can be drastically slower. Despite our decentralised structure, we are highly cooperative and always ask for the input of a diverse set of people from different groups before making important decisions.

This structure enables us to act quickly in response to fast-changing situations while still institutionalising the valuable lessons we learn along the way. The success of our structure is evidenced by the fact that thousands of people have successfully created, developed and strengthened local Extinction Rebellion groups all around the world.

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Join the thousands of people that are already taking real meaningful action with Extinction Rebellion. Whoever you are or however much time you have, there is a place for you within our movement.

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