Extinction Rebellion flags by Thomas Katan

About Extinction Rebellion

The science is clear: It is understood that we are facing an unprecedented global emergency. We are in a life or death situation of our own making. We must act now.

Extinction Rebellion is an international apolitical network using non-violent direct action to persuade governments to act on the Climate and Ecological Emergency. 

We have four demands in XR London:

1. Tell the Truth

All institutions must communicate the danger we are in. We must be clear about the extreme cascading risks humanity now faces, the injustice this represents, its historic roots, and the urgent need for rapid political, social and economic change.

2. Act Now

Every part of society must act now to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2025 and begin protecting and repairing nature immediately. The whole of society must move into a new precautionary paradigm, where life is sacred and all are in service to ensuring its future.

3. Be The Change

We demand a culture of participation, fairness and transparency. The government must create and be led by a Citizens’ Assembly on climate and ecological justice. Only the common sense of ordinary people will help us navigate the challenging decisions ahead.

4. Climate Justice Demand

We demand a just transition to a regenerative society, prioritising the needs and voices of the most vulnerable and those on the environmental frontline, redressing past and present global inequalities caused by centuries of colonial, race, gender, social and class exploitation and discrimination; and upholding all species right to life.

Read more about our plan for 2022 and beyond in the XR UK Strategy 2022

What Is a Citizens’ Assembly?

A citizens’ assembly brings people together to learn, deliberate and make recommendations on an issue of public concern. Similar to jury service, members are randomly selected from the population by a process called sortition. Quotas are used to ensure that the assembly is representative in terms of key characteristics such as gender, age, ethnicity, education level and geography.

Assembly members learn about critical thinking before they hear balanced information from experts and stakeholders. The members spend time deliberating in small, facilitated groups and then they draft and vote on recommendations.

Citizens’ assemblies are conducted by non-partisan organisations under independent oversight. They are transparent, inclusive and effective.

The UK Parliament already uses deliberative democracy processes such as citizens’ assemblies. For example, the Citizens’ Assembly on Social Care worked with House of Commons Select Committees. There are three deliberative democracy projects currently running as part of the Innovation in Democracy project.