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An activist at XR Belgium's Royal Rebellion on 12th October, 2019 Karl Delandsheere
Belgian flag with an Extinction Rebellion logo Karl Delandsheere
Join the rebellion: the boat at XR Belgium's Royal Rebellion on 12th October, 2019 Karl Delandsheere

Our principles and values

Any person or group can organise autonomously and take action in the name and spirit of XR so long as the action fits within XR's principles and values. In this way, power is decentralised, meaning that there is no need to ask for permission from a central group or authority.

  • We have a shared vision of change

    Creating a world that is fit for generations to come.

  • We set our mission on what is necessary

    Using momentum-driven organising to mobilise the population and achieve system change.

  • We need a regenerative culture

    Creating a culture which is healthy, resilient and adaptable.

  • We openly challenge ourselves and this toxic system

    Leaving our comfort zones to take action for change.

  • 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.

  • We welcome everyone and every part of everyone

    Working actively to create safer and more accessible spaces.

  • We actively mitigate for power

    Breaking down hierarchies of power for more equitable participation.

  • We avoid blaming and shaming

    We live in a toxic system, but no one individual is to blame.

  • We are a non-violent network

    Using non-violent strategy and tactics as the most effective way to bring about change.

  • 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.

Our structure

We organise in small, autonomous groups. These groups are connected by a structure known as the Self-Organising System (SOS), which evolves as we grow and learn. We are working to build a movement that is participatory, decentralised, transparent, and inclusive.

The Self-Organising System is designed to empower anybody to take action in the name of Extinction Rebellion. It helps us both to act quickly and decisively in response to fast-changing situations, and to integrate the collective wisdom of multiple perspectives when needed.

Read the full text of our constitution on Google Drive