Who Are Extinction Rebellion And What Do They Want?

Who Are Extinction Rebellion And What Do They Want?

Extinction Rebellion has launched a two-week protest in London.

The environmental campaign group plan to "peacefully occupy the centres of power and shut them down” with protests planned all around the world in cities like Amsterdam, Berlin, New York and Sydney.

WHO ARE EXTINCTION REBELLION?

Extinction Rebellion want governments to declare a "climate and ecological emergency" and take immediate action to address climate change. The organisers say it now has groups willing to take action in dozens of countries.

Their symbol is an hourglass in a circle to highlight that time is rapidly running out for many species.

WHAT DO THEY WANT?

In the UK, Extinction Rebellion has three main demands:

  • The government must declare a climate "emergency"

  • The UK must legally commit to reducing carbon emissions to net zero by 2025

  • A citizens' assembly must be formed to "oversee the changes"

Want to know what you can do to help the environment? Check out our article on how to reduce your plastic usage.

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