Extinction Rebellion

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MottoRebel for life
Formation31 October 2018
Founder• Roger Hallam
• Gail Bradbrook
Interestsenvironment, pollution, “climate change”
A mass civil disobedience movement

Extinction Rebellion (XR) is a UK-based resistance movement that promotes direct action to try to prevent climate change and damage to the environment. Although it is explicitly non-violent, the UK police have termed it an "extremist" ideology and have tackled it under the Prevent (Preventing Violent Extremism) programme.[1]

It gets plenty of coverage from the corporate press, like the BBC and the Guardian, having led to accusations of XR being a controlled opposition or a front group trying to introduce what the ruling classes have already determined to be the best course of action for preserving their dominance and control.

"Impossible Rebellion"

On 4 September 2021, XR concluded its "Impossible Rebellion" after two weeks of actions, marches—and over 500 arrests. Up to a thousand people joined a March for Nature in central London and groups affiliated to XR including, Animal Rebellion, Ocean Rebellion and XR Doctors all joined the protest.

Activists carried signs with slogans such as “Can’t buy your way out of extinction” and “Stop the war on nature”. The protest assembled in Trafalgar Square and marched to Hyde Park for a closing ceremony. XR's "Impossible Rebellion" has successfully highlighted key climate issues. And there are intense debates about how to win system change and confront capitalism.

Socialists have to be part of this movement. They must argue for mobilisations around the global climate strike on 24 September 2021 and action focused on Glasgow's COP 26 international climate conference in November.[2]

"Extremism"

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A document published by the Guardian in 2020 shows that although acknowledging the movement as non-violent, the UK police have listed Extinction Rebellion as as "extremist" group under the PREVENT (Preventing Violent Extremism) programme. When asked about the document, Counter Terrorism Policing South East stated that "this document was produced at a local level to help our partners to spot the signs of vulnerability to radicalisation. By including Extinction Rebellion in this document, it gives the impression we consider them to be an extremist group, which they are not. We will review the guidance to make this clear."[3]

Worldwide groups

The UK group has inspired similar ones worldwide, including in Australia[4] and Denmark.[5]

Founder

Gail Bradbrook, one of the co-founders, has spent the most of her career on the pay-roll of charities, NGOs and political ‘think-tanks’ (like the Blairite/New Labour IPPR)– to give ‘independent advice’ to government and help develop government strategies, policies and to define their objectives. Bradbrook joined the corporate funded Citizen Online in 2003 as “Director of Strategy & Partnerships”.[6]

Criticism

In a longer analysis of XR, News from Nowhere wrote:

There’s nothing whatsoever spontaneous or grass-roots about the ‘climate mobilisation’ that’s currently being promoted all over the mass media. Mirroring what happened with the ‘colour revolutions’, idealistic youth are simply being herded into pre-approved movements, to create the illusion of a popular mandate for what the ruling classes have already determined to be the best course of action for preserving their dominance and control: carbon taxation, ‘smart’ cities, the 5G/ internet of things surveillance grid, AI, depopulation, and new investment opportunities in what’s being called the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’ (‘renewable technologies’, dependent on very limited rare earth minerals and heavily polluting mining operations, combined with health-damaging microwave technologies), as well as ‘carbon capture’/trading scams.[7]

Claire Wordley, a conservation biologist and leading voice in Extinction Rebellion, supported the CIA-planned 2019 coup in Bolivia[8]

Donors

Large donors include the Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (£120,000), The Children's Investment Fund (£151,562), Climate Emergency Fund (£84,000),Bertha Foundation (£25,000), Centre for Innovation in Voluntary Actions (£10,000), Good Move gGmbH (£20,053),Stichting European Climate Foundation, (£125,300), Furka Holding AG (£50,000).[9]

Wikipedia

Wikipedia promotes XR. [[1]], which is a song about climate alarmism was a featured article on Wikipedia's main page on 24 July 2021.

Resources

Astroturfing the way for the Fourth Industrial Revolution

 

Related Documents

TitleTypePublication dateAuthor(s)Description
Document:Media Freedom? Show me the MSM Journalist Opposing the Torture of Assangeblog post7 September 2020Craig MurrayAt a time when the government is mooting designating Extinction Rebellion as Serious Organised Crime, right wing bequiffed muppet Keir Starmer was piously condemning the group, stating: “The free press is the cornerstone of democracy and we must do all we can to protect it.”
Document:The new alliance between anti-vaxxers and the far right is a deadly threatArticle1 August 2021Paul Mason"Though they claim to be “peaceful”......by setting themselves up as the victims of genocide, the anti-vaxxers give themselves permission to threaten violence.....Those behind the “crime” are said to include governments and the World Economic Forum (WEF)" because the real fascists are the ones that oppose oppressive government mandates and forced injections.
New Climate Reality, New MediaArticle10 August 2021Mike SmallCall out the worst of columnists and publications spouting writing that is clearly against the common good and against humanity’s future. A weekly prize for the worst culprits. Naming and shaming disinformation and sponsored propaganda.


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