Extinction Rebellion: Creating stoppage to move climate politics forward

Extinction Rebellion (XR) is an international movement founded in the UK in November 2018. Their aim is to evoke social and political change in regards to climate change by means of peaceful civil disobedience. Extinction Rebellion’s protest is centred around three demands: the declaration of a climate emergency, actions to protect biodiversity and reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2025, and the creation of Citizens’ Assemblies.

In early August, Extinction Rebellion Copenhagen brought traffic on Holmens Bro – located between parliament and the climate ministry – to a halt for twenty-four hours.

Two weeks later, Extinction Rebellion Skåne called for a ‘Nordic Uprising’. Activists from several countries came together to ‘flood the streets’ of Malmö in protest. Fourteen activist were taken into custody. They were not charged and the police released them in the morning.

 

by Merle Emrich