Who are Extinction Rebellion? Explainer on climate change protesters

Climate change activist group Extinction Rebellion have been shutting down roads and bridges all over the world on Monday in protest for climate justice.

Here’s a take a look at the group and what they hope to perform.

WHO ARE EXTINCTION REBELLION?

The environmental campaigners, referred to as XR, search to attract consideration to the “climate emergency” and need to obtain internet zero carbon emissions by 2025. The group boasts to have chapters in round 50 nations.

During protests, XR activists have been recognized to decorate in white masks, facepaint and purple costumes. Demonstrators have splattered statutes, buildings and different public areas with pretend blood as a part of the group’s protests.

According to XR’s web site, the loose-knit, socio-political group launched on Oct. 31, 2018 and makes use of sit-ins, mass protests and non-violent, civil disobedience to attract consideration to their causes. The group was spearheaded by U.K. environmental activists Roger Hallam and Gail Bradbrook.

Last November, XR cited inspiration from different grassroots actions such because the Occupy protests, the U.S. Civil Rights motion, Gandhi’s Satyagraha and suffragettes, in response to The Guardian.


WHAT SPECIFICALLY ARE THEY PROTESTING

The group’s main aim is to rally worldwide assist for pressing motion on climate change and to decrease greenhouse gases.

According to Extinction Rebellion’s web site, the activists’ core calls for to worldwide governments and different establishments are:

  • Tell the reality and declare a climate and ecological emergency.
  • Halt biodiversity loss and cut back greenhouse fuel emissions to internet zero by 2025 and be “led by the decisions of citizens’ assemblies on climate and ecological justice”


WHAT ARE THEY DOING?

On Monday, the group organized dozens of simultaneous protests all over the world — largely by sit-ins, flooding busy streets, and stopping site visitors in main thoroughfares and bridges.

The protests in Canada had been on a number of the nation’s busiest bridges together with Angus L. Macdonald Bridge over Halifax Harbour, the Burrard Street bridge in Vancouver and the Prince Edward Viaduct in Toronto the place protesters sprawled out on the roadway, in response to The Canadian Press.

Meanwhile, demonstrators stopped site visitors in European cities together with Berlin, London, Paris and Amsterdam. In New York, activists smeared themselves — and different emblems of Wall Street — in pretend blood and equally laid on the street.

In some cities, activists occupied public areas and even took to chaining themselves to automobiles and tent camps saying they’d be unwilling to maneuver.

The group largely makes use of arrests as a tactic of civil disobedience with many activists eager to get taken in by police to attract consideration to their trigger.


WHAT DOES EXTINCTION REBELLION’S SYMBOL MEAN?

The group and their supporters have taken to utilizing a easy design of a circle with a stylized hourglass as their rallying image, with the emblem showing on posters, flags and banners.

Although the precise origins of the “extinction symbol” is one thing of a thriller, one U.K. report traced it again to an east London-based artist ESP or Goldfrog ESP who has a big Twitter and social media presence.

According to The Guardian and Ecohustler, the image is supposed to symbolize the sixth mass extinction on earth with the circle representing the planet and the hourglass warning time is operating out for numerous species.

The image echoes the normal peace signal with the ‘A’ within a circle image historically utilized by anarchists.

With recordsdata from CTVNews.ca author Cillian O’Brien, The Canadian Press and The Associated Press

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