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

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

Lawyers Declare Extinction Rebellion protest
Climate activists have very visibly taken over central London once again, climbing onto planes and...
By Isabella Kaminski, 14 Oct, 2019
Animal Rebellion at Smithfield market
In less than a year, climate protest movement Extinction Rebellion has become a household name,...
By Richard Collett..., 9 Oct, 2019
Extinction Rebellion protester and police van
Like in so much of public debate, the Prime Minister sets the tone. As a fortnight of peaceful...
By Mike Small, 8 Oct, 2019
Extinction Rebellion protestors closed off sections of central London as the group launched two...
By Richard Collett..., 7 Oct, 2019
Extinction Rebellion protestor being arrested
For two weeks in April, Extinction Rebellion grabbed the attention of the nation. Protestors...
By Isabella Kaminski, 5 Jun, 2019
Extinction Rebellion protest Oxford Circus
After weeks of mass demonstration, Extinction Rebellion’s demand that the government “tell the...
By Chloe Farand, 1 May, 2019
Extinction Rebellion in parliament square
For a sunny fortnight in Spring 2019, you couldn’t scroll through a newsfeed without seeing the...
By Mat Hope, 25 Apr, 2019
Extinction Rebellion London
High above Parliament Square, a small group of people swing from hammocks between the trees. They...
By Soila Apparicio, 25 Apr, 2019
Extinction Rebellion London protest
The Extinction Rebellion protest movement has grown in scale and impact in recent weeks, bringing...
By Mike Small, 17 Apr, 2019
Extinction Rebellion banner
Miles from the river Thames, a boat brought central London to a standstill on Monday as campaign...
By Soila Apparicio, 15 Apr, 2019
Extinction Rebellion protest
Two climate change protestors have been found guilty of criminal damage after digging a hole...
By Isabella Kaminski, 1 Apr, 2019
Extinction Rebellion protestors outside Downing Street
‘Blood’ was spilled outside Downing Street on Saturday as campaign group Extinction Rebellion...
By Soila Apparicio, 10 Mar, 2019
Extinction Rebellion protestor at London Fashion Week
Wearing black to mourn for “the hundreds of species that daily go extinct,” protesters from...
By Soila Apparicio, 17 Feb, 2019
Many newspapers this morning have speculated that the current chaos at Gatwick airport is down to...
By Mat Hope, 21 Dec, 2018
Energy minister Claire Perry apologised to international observers after being repeatedly...
By Chloe Farand, 13 Dec, 2018
The UN climate talks are often portrayed as an exclusive and inaccessible place in which ordinary...
By Chloe Farand, 5 Dec, 2018
More than 100 people were arrested during a week of action across the UK as protesters demanded the...
By Chloe Farand, 20 Nov, 2018
Extinction Rebellion protest at parliament
Hundreds of people staged a peaceful sit-in and blocked the road in front of the UK Parliament in a...
By Chloe Farand, 31 Oct, 2018