It’s just a few weeks now since the XR movement was first launched and conducted various acts of civil disobedience in order to raise awareness of the urgency for action against climate change. These early acts have been documented in an earlier blog on this site and included sit-ins on five of London’s bridges, where 85 people were arrested, as well as demonstrations at the BBC for their failure to tell the truth about the climate emergency that faces us. This latter included a demonstration outside Birmingham’s Mailbox, where the BBC has its offices.
Demonstration outside the Birmingham Mailbox on December 21st 2018
The XR movement (Rising Up) is rapidly gaining momentum, both globally and nationally. The Birmingham group has already grown four-fold, with most of their new members coming from young people; similar groups are being set up in most of Britain’s cities and many towns. Further information, as it becomes available, will be posted on this page.
The core group (London) has also set up various websites and produced material and training for those who wish to demonstrate to the government about climate change.
Most information can be found by searching the above website, or
or through linking with other groups via Facebook. For Birmingham group see:
The British XR movement has a mission statement and three demands for government, as follows:
Fight For Life
We are facing an unprecedented global emergency. The government has failed to protect us. To survive, it’s going to take everything we’ve got.
- The Government must tell the truth about the climate and wider ecological emergency, reverse inconsistent policies and work alongside the media to communicate with citizens.
- The Government must enact legally binding policy measures to reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2025 and to reduce consumption levels.
- A national Citizen’s Assembly to oversee the changes, as part of creating a democracy fit for purpose.