race, solidarity and justice
XR recognises that environmental justice is impossible without social justice and racial justice. In early 2020 after extensive consultation, XR produced the 2020 Strategy. This is an expression of voices from across our movement, from communities and experts.
People Power – Bring a million people in the UK into active support and ensure 50% of the nation see the Climate & Ecological Emergency as their top priority.
Vision – We won’t wait for our demands to be met, we will begin to enact them, piloting new participatory systems in democracy, media and economics.
Movement of Movements – Grow our connection to, and understanding of, wider movements for change, building stronger relationships, co-creating new stories and visions for the future.
Inner Strength – Improve internal systems, caring for our Rebels, building our regenerative cultures, adhering to our Principles and Values. We will learn by doing, teach by showing. We will live the change
Extinction Rebellion UK stands in solidarity with those in the US mourning and raging in memory of George Floyd and of so many others. There can be no environmental justice without social and racial justice. We have collected loads of articles, links, films, videos which will help you to understand this area better.
Some of the worst effects of the Climate and Ecological Emergency will be felt in the Global South and in smaller rural communities. There are groups within XR working to address these threats:
a 4th demand
There has been an ongoing discussion on whether to include a 4th demand alongside the 3 DEMANDS. The idea of a 4th demand is to specifically address issues of race and inequality. XR in the USA has adopted the following as a 4th demand:
'We demand a just transition that prioritizes the most vulnerable people and indigenous sovereignty; establishes reparations and remediation led by and for Black people, Indigenous people, people of color and poor communities for years of environmental injustice, establishes legal rights for ecosystems to thrive and regenerate in perpetuity, and repairs the effects of ongoing ecocide to prevent extinction of human and all species, in order to maintain a livable, just planet for all.'
So far XRUK has not officially adopted a fourth demand and local groups have been asked by the Hive organisation within XR (representatives from local groups and global justice rebellion) to pause their own deliberations on a fourth demand so that there is a unified response. Some groups have decided to adopt the demand anyway, and as XR Hammersmith and Fulham, we have decided to take a vote on whether we would like to adopt the demand. This is most likely to be a statement of intent asking for justice to be a core component of each of the three demands.