About Us

Our Principles and Values

XR York welcomes anyone who supports our principles and values. We hope our blog demonstrates the ways in which these values play a role in our experiences of being a part of the XR community.

For the original principles and values of XR, visit the official international Extinction Rebellion site. As we are a branch of the same movement, we haven’t digressed from these values – we’ve just tweaked the explanations to show what each means for York specifically.

1 We have a shared vision of change

Creating a world that is revived for the current generation’s future, and sustained for generations to come.

2 We focus our mission on what is necessary

We strive to change the system through the power of people working together, understanding it is crucial to ensure that York council live up to its declaration of the climate emergency.

3 We need a regenerative culture

Creating a culture which is healthy, resilient and adaptable. This is grounded in a community of compassion and creativity.

4 We openly challenge ourselves and our toxic system

Leaving our comfort zone, and/or the discomfort of doubting that we can make a difference, to take action for change.

5 We value reflecting and learning

Following a cycle of action, reflection, learning, and planning for more action. Learning from other movements and contexts as well as our own experiences. [Read about XR York’s actions here]

6 We welcome everyone, and every part of everyone

Working actively to create safer, more equal, and more accessible spaces. The Love and Rage Blog aims to show this in a community of shared perspectives and creativity, as a reflection of XR’s wider culture of inclusivity.

7 We actively challenge power

Confronting the flaws of a system that is biased towards a minority, whilst aiming for more equitable participation.

8 We avoid blaming and shaming

We live in a toxic system, which we accept that we are also a part of, but no one individual is to blame for this.

9 We are a non-violent network

Using nonviolent civil disobedience strategy is the most effective way to bring about change.

10 We are based on autonomy and decentralisation

We collectively create the structures we need to challenge power. Anyone who follows these core principles and values can take action in the name of Extinction Rebellion.

Our Demands

  • 01 Tell the truth
    Government must tell the truth by declaring a climate and ecological emergency, working with other institutions to communicate the urgency for change.
  • 02 Act Now
    Government must act now to halt biodiversity loss and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2025.
  • 03 Beyond Politics
    Government must create and be led by the decisions of a Citizens’ Assembly on climate and ecological justice.
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