Who are we ?

Extinction Rebellion Denmark is part of the international Extinction Rebellion (XR) movement, started in 2018 in the United Kingdom.

We use non-violent civil disobedience in an attempt to halt mass extinction and minimise the risk of societal collapse. We are a movement of concerned citizens, self-organized locally and with collaboration on a national level.

We are facing an unprecedented global emergency. Scientists are alerting us to the fact that we are about to fail to halt climate change and biodiversity loss before the point of no return, which once passed will inevitably lead to a de facto inhabitable planet.

So far our governments are failing spectacularly to protect us. To survive, it’s going to take everything we’ve got. Therefore we declare an international non-violent rebellion against the world’s governments for criminal inaction on the ecological crisis.

OUR DEMANDS

  1. The Government must tell the truth about the ecological and climate emergency, roll back climate-hostile legislation and collaborate with the media to communicate the urgency of change with the population.

  2. Government must act now to halt biodiversity loss and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2025.

  3. A national citizens assembly must be established to oversee these changes, and act as a stepping stone towards a democracy worthy of the climate challenge.*

*One example of this is ​Sortition​. Sortition means that participants of the assemblies are selected randomly so that they reflect the diversity of ordinary members of society and cannot be interfered with by anti-democratic forces as is the case in elections.

OUR Strategy

At the core of Extinction Rebellion's philosophy is nonviolent civil disobedience. We promote civil disobedience and rebellion because we think it is necessary- We are asking people to find their courage and to collectively do what is necessary to bring about change.

We aren't focussed on traditional systems like petitions or writing to our politicians and more likely to take risks (e.g. arrest / jail time). We don’t want or need everyone to get arrested – for some this is not a good idea – but we do want everyone involved to support civil disobedience as a tool.

We are promoting mass “above the ground” civil disobedience – in full public view. This means economic disruption to shake the current political system and civil disruption to raise awareness. We are deeply sorry for any inconvenience that this causes.

We are about political change, not personal change (though we welcome the latter).

We are completely nonviolent, our actions are done in full public view and we take responsibility for them. We have an Action Consensus which outlines how we work together on actions.

OUR Structure

We organise in small groups. These groups are connected in a complex web that is constantly evolving as we grow and learn. We are working to build a movement that is participatory, decentralised, and inclusive.

The structure aims to empower anybody to act as part of XR, so long as they agree to follow our ten core principles (see below). We are seeking a balance between being able to act quickly in response to fast-changing situations and being able to integrate the collective wisdom of multiple perspectives when needed.

OUR Principles & Values

We welcome all people that are willing to adhere to our principles & values.

  1. we have a shared vision of change
    Creating a world that is fit for generations to come.

  2. we set our mission on what is necessary
    Mobilising 3.5% of the population to achieve system change - using ideas such as “Momentum-driven organising” to achieve this.

  3. we need a regenerative culture
    Creating a culture which is healthy, resilient and adaptable.

  4. we openly challenge ourselves and our toxic system
    Leaving our comfort zones 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.

  6. we welcome everyone and every part of everyone
    Working actively to create safer and more accessible spaces.

  7. we actively mitigate for power
    Breaking down hierarchies of power for more equitable participation.

  8. we avoid blaming and shaming
    We live in a toxic system, but no one individual is to blame.

  9. we are a non-violent network
    Using non-violent strategy and tactics as 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.