What is Extinction Rebellion?

Extinction Rebellion (XR) is an international movement using non-violent direct action to persuade governments to act on the Climate and Ecological Emergency.

On 31st October 2018, Extinction Rebellion UK announced a Declaration of Rebellion against the UK government. 94 academics supporting this declaration signed a first open letter to the Guardian saying:

When a government willfully abrogates its responsibility to protect its citizens from harm and to secure the future for generations to come, it has failed in its most essential duty of stewardship. The ‘social contract’ has been broken, and it is therefore not only our right, but our moral duty to bypass the government’s inaction and flagrant dereliction of duty, and to rebel to defend life itself.

A second open letter soon followed on December 9th of the same year. These letters did not only resonate in the UK. Within a few weeks XR had spread to lots of other countries, and in January 2019 XR Belgium was formed. Extinction Rebellion is now active in over 60 countries, with over 350 local groups working relentlessly to build this global movement.

So what is next?

Starting on Monday 7th October, Extinction Rebellion groups across the world will gather in key cities to rebel. As part of this international rebellion, XR Belgium is organizing its very first national mass mobilisation action on Saturday 12th October. Everyone, old or new rebel, is invited to join. Fill in this form if you plan to take part.

Come and join us. Rebel for life. For the planet. For our children’s futures. There is so much work to be done!