Mark Engineer gives a brief guide to the new and increasingly high-profile climate campaign group – and its activities in Lewes

Who are we?
Extinction Rebellion (or XR) is an international movement that’s using non-violent civil disobedience to pressure governments to act in order to avert climate disaster. We’re inspired by past activists like Gandhi and Martin Luther King, and grassroots movements like Occupy.

Picture credit:  Taken from wildlifearticles.co.uk / Louis Shoultz

Our first gathering was on 31st October 2018, in Parliament Square. On 17th November, rebels made national headlines by blocking five London bridges, with dozens arrested. Since then XR has spread to 27 countries and undertaken hundreds of actions. A week of mass action will commence on 15th April 2019.

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