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.