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Extinction Rebellion march through Edinburgh as COP26 begins

On Sunday 31 November, the day that COP26 began in Glasgow, hundreds of people were out, not trick-or-treating, but protesting. These demonstrators were part of Extinction Rebellion (XR), a global environmental movement fighting against mass extinction and committed to the prevention of the collapse of climate and ecological systems.  The march started from the Meadows […]

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A Green Quandary: Slater, Harvie and Government

The news that Lorna Slater and Patrick Harvie, Green Party co-leaders and Biodiversity and Active Travel Ministers respectively, are planning to join protests during the COP 26 appear simultaneously in and out of character, apt for one of the most politically radical parties, but out of character for government ministers. It perhaps reflects the strange […]

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Money Rebellion: a step too far for XR?

Extinction Rebellion is an organisation with civil disobedience at its core, and their latest campaign is arguably their most direct. Many people take issue with civil disobedience, arguing that it does more harm than good, and that there are ways to make a difference without breaking the law – but this is completely missing the […]

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Extinction Rebellion against sponsorship of the arts

On Sunday 18th October, the local branch of Extinction Rebellion in Dundee held a protest in front of the V&A – a design museum that stands to be the pride and joy of the city. Protesting Barclays funding of the new Mary Quant exhibition at the V&A, the local Dundee rebels portrayed a shocking and […]

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The Espresso Series: an interview with Extinction Rebellion co-founder Dr Gail Bradbrook

Honor Crean and Grace Volante, students at the University of Edinburgh, interviewed Dr Gail Bradbrook, the co-founder of the environmental movement Extinction Rebellion, as part of their radio programme ‘The Espresso Series’ on freshair.org.uk. Extinction Rebellion – often shortened to XR – was founded in the UK in May 2018 by Bradbrook, activist Roger Hallam, […]

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Extinction Rebellion are a non-existant threat to the British public

Last week, in a police guidance booklet, the environmental peaceful protest group Extinction Rebellion was placed on a list of extremist ideologies that counter-terrorist forces should be aware of. In a depressing, if ridiculous page spread, it included advice on how to “safeguard” young people from this. Apparent warning signs of being an environmental extremist […]

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Extinction Rebellion labelled as ‘extremist’ in police document

Counter-terrorism police in the South-East came under fire recently as an official safeguarding programme included Extinction Rebellion (XR) on an official list of dangerous extremist groups earlier this month. Anti-extremism police members placed XR alongside neo-Nazi and pro-terrorist Islamist groups in the anti-radicalisation program Prevent. The since-amended error, concerning a 12-page guide that stands as […]

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Extinction Rebellion: why the mockery?

On 7 October the environmental activist group Extinction Rebellion (XR) launched an ‘International Rebellion,’ its second campaign of mass civil disobedience of 2019. Almost simultaneously, the criticism of the group’s actions began, led by Boris Johnson. The Prime Minister commented that protestors were ‘uncooperative crusties’ who should remove their ‘hemp-smelling bivouacs’ from roads. Johnson was […]