Extinction Rebellion is a non-violent direct action movement demanding urgent action in the face of an unprecedented global emergency. Life on Earth is in crisis as we have entered a period of abrupt climate breakdown, and we are in the midst of a mass extinction of our own making. We must act now whilst we still can.
We are an ever-growing group of like-minded people from all walks of life, determined to make a stand on climate change and biodiversity loss.
Extinction Rebellion has national groups all over the world. In the UK, regional groups now exist in nearly every city, including Brighton. These groups are autonomous, so they take on their own actions, as well as participating in larger national actions.
EXTINCTION REBELLION’S CORE MESSAGES
We are in an ecological crisis, mass extinction is already happening, human extinction is a real risk.
The window for change is narrow, a matter of years, and though difficult, many of the necessary changes will make our lives better.
Our Government’s inaction makes them criminally complicit, so it is our right and our duty to follow our conscience and rebel through non-violent civil disobedience.
EXTINCTION REBELLION’S THREE DEMANDS
Government must tell the truth by declaring a climate and ecological emergency, working with other institutions to communicate the urgency for change.
The Government must act now to halt biodiversity loss and reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2025.
We demand a Citizens Assembly to set the policy and oversee the changes, as part of creating a democracy fit for purpose.
Brighton's Extinction Rebellion group
Brighton is one of an international network of Extinction Rebellion Local Groups. A Local Group (LG) is a group of people that gather to create an Extinction Rebellion (XR) community presence in a local area by building support and taking action towards XR’s three demands.
XR Local Groups decentralise into different Working Groups (WG) as much as possible. A WG focuses on a specific area of work and is allowed to decide how that work gets done. For example, if the Inclusion Working Group want to start reaching out to the Muslim community, they can decide it in their group without asking permission from the rest of the local group. If you'd like to join a WG or see which groups exist there is a list on our get involved page.
The Coordination Group is a group of the coordinators from the different WGs which meet to decide key local issues and how the WGs will be strategically focussed. They meet once a week.
Affinity Groups (AGs) are direct action support groups. They are made up of 8-12 people and are autonomous to do the actions they want to in the name of XR as long as they adhere to the Principles and Values. If you'd like to be part of an AG, please get in touch via the sign up form, or read more about our groups on the get involved page.
The Affinity Group Council is where spokespeople from each AG can give debriefs on past actions and take future action plans to their AGs. The Affinity Group Council is supported by the Actions Working Group so that they can suggest action plans based on local/national coordination. The council meets weekly.
Weekly Meetings inform and inspire new people and allow them opportunities to join groups to take on roles and jobs so the movement can grow quickly. The meetings are not primarily there to work out the details of who is doing what and where, etc. This can be done in smaller groups like Affinity Groups or Working Groups. Find your next / nearest meeting.
Is this for me?
XR is for anyone concerned about the climate emergency and biodiversity loss. You don't need to be a seasoned activist (although we welcome those too); people in our group come from all walks of life: doctors, teachers, business owners, trades people, office workers, graphic designers, parents, students, retirees... We welcome everyone, and every part of everyone, meaning that we make every effort to be inclusive and don't judge anyone for actions they are or aren't taking in their own personal lives.
We are strictly non-violent in both our communication and actions, and you can choose how much and what you get involved with, whether that's blocking roads or block printing t-shirts.
How much time do I have to commit?
You can decide which meetings, groups and actions you get involved in, depending on what suits you. We have a group dedicated to regenerative culture to help people be resilient and avoid burn out.
Are events family friendly?
Most of our events are family friendly, and our youngest rebel is just a few months old. Wherever possible, events are dry (alcohol and drugs free). If you’re unsure about a particular event, please get in touch.
Will I get arrested?
We have a strict policy of non-violence so most of the actions we undertake have a very low risk of being arrested. Where this isn’t the case, there are usually some people who are willing to be arrested, and others who are not, and people can act accordingly, although of course this is not an absolute guarantee. If you want more advice, Extinction Rebellion offers legal training and resources. XR Brighton is also setting up a group for local arrestee support.