Extinction Rebellion is an international movement that uses non-violent civil disobedience to achieve radical change in order to minimize the risk of human extinction and ecological collapse. Extinction Rebellion Los Angeles (XRLA) is a local cell of this international movement which has over 400 independent cells on five continents.
Our world is in crisis. Life itself is under threat. Yet every crisis contains the possibility of transformation. Across the world, heralded by the young, people are waking up and coming together.
We are a wake up call to L.A. and to the world! We are XR and you are us. Join us!
To spark and sustain a spirit of collective, creative rebellion which will enable much needed changes in our political, economic, and social landscape. We work to transform our society into one that is compassionate, inclusive, kind, sustainable, equitable, and interpersonally connected.
We demand that our government must tell the truth about the climate and wider ecological emergency, and it must work to reverse all policies not in alignment with that position. We must work alongside the media to communicate the urgency for change in the face of imminent danger, including what individuals, communities, and businesses need to do.
California's governments must enact legally-binding policy measures to reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2025, and to reduce consumption levels and ecological impacts across the state. They must cooperate internationally so that the global economy runs on no more than half a planet's worth of resources per year.
We do not trust our government to make the bold, swift, and long-term actions necessary to achieve societal transformation. Instead, we demand a Citizens' Assembly to oversee the changes, creating a democracy fit for the purpose of averting climate catastrophe and empowering the voices and concerns of citizens over politicians.
We demand a just transition away from fossil fuels that prioritizes indigenous sovereignty, reparations, and remediation, led by and for people of color and impacted communities to put an end to structural environmental injustice. We demand that ecosystems be granted the legal right to thrive and regenerate in perpetuity. Repairing the effects of historical and ongoing ecocide is the first step to preventing a catastrophic global extinction, and growing a world that is livable and just for all.
XR LA has ten basic principles from which our actions and structure grow, based on those of the international Extinction Rebellion movement:
We intend to spark and sustain a spirit of collective, creative rebellion to motivate changes in our political, economic, and social landscape. We work with and beside other XR cells to focus consciousness on saving our ecosystems at the local, national, and international level. We believe in fostering cooperation with every citizen to quickly reach the goal of living sustainably within our natural environment as a part of it, not apart from it.
We affirm the scientific understanding that a 1.5°C increase in the global temperature over preindustrial averages will be the cause of severe, adverse, and consequential impacts on life as humanity understands it today. An increase of 2°C or greater will have catastrophic, existential consequences for humanity and all of the earth's flora and fauna. This is a dangerous future that we will, without exception, inhabit should we continue with “business as usual”.
This message can inspire despair and grief. XRLA maintains a goal of acknowledging this grief and turning it into positive action in the service of the future of our earth and all of its inhabitants. We are all living through a moment of incredible consequence, and we must rise to stop our own extinction.
We assert that the current capitalist system breeds toxic divisions. We embrace an intersectional and revolutionary philosophy that condemns all forms of oppression and violence. We believe in respecting and elevating the voices of the original inhabitants of this land and frontline communities suffering most from the pollution of the fossil fuel state.
We view US police forces as the protectors of an indefensible status quo. They enforce unjust laws, and often stand directly in the way of our attempts to stop the worsening climate emergency. We have no faith in the institutions of US law enforcement because they have attacked communities of color and the working class, destroyed progressive social movements, and continue to do so.