Thanks for wanting to get involved! There’s many ways you can help and act on the climate and ecological emergency. No matter how much time you can spare or the level of involvement you want to do, we are grateful for any and all support!
We need you – whoever you are, however much time you have – to help build a powerful movement. Our vision of change involves mass participation. Together we’re unstoppable.
Follow these simple steps to find the information you need to get involved with Extinction Rebellion.
learn about extinction rebellion
What are the principles and values of Extinction Rebellion?
What do we mean by Non-Violent Direct Action?
How can you get involved?
Attend an online training workshop
Rebellion Academy UK
Rebellion Academy UK is an online learning platform where you can find out more about Extinction Rebellion UK, discover your place in the movement and work through online trainings to prepare you for different roles.
This is a programme of online workshops, talks, training, fun events and more, using the video conferencing service Zoom. All are welcome!
The training is free and you’ll also be able to meet other people involved with XR and ask questions:
See also #AloneTogether Handbook: Regenerative Resources in a Time of Coronavirus
🧬💻🧬*ONLINE DNA WORKSHOPS*🧬💻🧬
DNA is an overview of the values and methods of Extinction Rebellion. The DNA team are running weekly sessions on Zoom:
*6-8pm Tuesdays: Structure*
*6-8pm Wednesdays: Story*
*6-8pm Thursdays: Strategy*
❤🧠A chance to go deeper into what makes us XR, strengthen in unity and autonomy and come together with other rebels around the globe. These workshops are great for rebels old and new!
✍🏼🙋🏽♀ *Sign up and find out more here by getting in touch: email@example.com
🧬❤ Big love from the DNA Team ❤🧬
Try these meditations on the YouTube Channel for XR Regenerative Cultures UK
There are more things you can do to support actions.
Come along to our online meetings and events
In the run-up to the next Rebellion on 1 September, we are running weekly meetings online for anyone to join.
Check out our events page for more details. Anyone is welcome to attend. It’s a great way to find out more about Extinction Rebellion Derby (XR Derby), meet other members and ask questions.
We use the online software called Zoom. There were many tech novices who joined our recent meetings and they found Zoom surprisingly easy so do give it a try!
- Here’s a new quick guide to download and read beforehand: How to Use Zoom Guide
- Here’s a short intro video: how to join a Zoom Meeting.
- You can test your equipment in advance at this link: Test
We also hold many different types of event. Sometimes to make banners and placards or run t-shirt printing stations. There are talks on climate and ecological solutions, and workshops on regenerative culture. We often collaborate with other Derby community groups and link up to support each other’s events.
Contact us if you have an event you’d like XR Derby to share and support. We hold a variety of purely social events too.
Sign up to our email newsletter at the bottom of this page to make sure you don’t miss anything.
See you there!
Join our online actions
The more people, the more impactful the protest will be! Keep an eye on our events schedule and news page. We publicise events on social media, our website and newsletter. Here are some you could get involved with now:
Extinction Rebellion is rebelling from 1 September in London, Cardiff with people in the North and Scotland formulating plans as we write. For rebels who are still shielding or unable to travel to one of the three cities, there will be a Digital Rebellion. This will involve spamming the social media accounts, email addresses, and telephone lines of government offices, shutting them down online. More on this to come soon.
Join the Rebellion Broadcast to get involved in the conversation.
Stop A38 Chaos
- Sign and share the petition
- Email a list of your objections and concerns to A38derbyjunctions@planninginspectorate.gov.uk
- Write to your local councillors.
- Write to Derby City Council.
- Write to your MP
- Tell your family, friends, co-workers and neighbours.
“High Speed 2 (HS2) is the proposed new high-speed railway, planned to be built in England, but funded by taxpayers across the UK. The proposals were made public in 2010, at the very end of the last Labour government, and the first phase is due to open in 2026. But it is over budget and behind schedule. What’s more, opposition to the project is continuing to increase, due to the poor economic case, the dire effects on the environment, and the multiple better ways of spending the money earmarked for HS2.” Stop HS2 Campaign
Now HS2 contractors are blatantly ignoring the COVID19 social distancing requirements, standing close together and sitting side by side in cars. StopHS2 website. See video.
This issue has been plagued with myths so here’s a video by Talia Woodin from XR Youth to explain it:
XR Derby action against HS2 destruction
Derby City Council is still refusing to take air pollution seriously by prioritising the convenience of road vehicles over other public transport users, cyclists and walkers. Right now, countries across the world are looking at plans to bailout climate-destroying industries and the banks that fund them. WE DO NOT HAVE TO ACCEPT THE DYSTOPIAN FUTURE WE’RE HURTLING TOWARDS. WE HAVE A CHOICE.
Get the facts and join the actions on our page Another World is Possible.
This is a world-changing moment. As coronavirus takes hold of our day to day lives, the way we organise and support each other will change. We will lose much we hold dear.
This calls for an evolution – not a shelving – of our rebellion. This is a time to remember what we are rebelling for – a thriving and just world of regenerative cultures that can weather crises, foster cooperation and look after each other on a global scale. Check it out:
#AloneTogether – Regenerative Rebellion in the Time of Coronavirus
If you’re not on the Telegram app already, consider joining and begin with the COVID-19 Channel https://t.me/XRCoronaCA
Find out what else were are doing during the two crises under NEWS.
Check out what else Extinction Rebellion is doing all around the world at rebellion.earth/news
Help in the COVID19 coronavirus crisis
There are lots of things you can do from the safety of your home. With a strong network of people committing to regular communication, nobody should be left alone and unsupported during this crisis.
Here are some things to do and find out about:
- Keep up to date with the latest info
- Advice to Share
- XR Derby & COVID-19
- How Else You Can Help
- Self-Isolation Resources
- The Pandemic in Context
More Protests and Actions
We are also glad to support other environmental protests. Contact us if you have a protest or action you’d like XR Derby to share and support.
Check out videos of some of our previous protests.
Discover more about Extinction Rebellion
Extinction Rebellion is an international movement that uses non-violent civil disobedience in an attempt to halt mass extinction and minimise the risk of social collapse.
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 hear history calling to us from the future. We catch glimpses of a new world of love, respect and regeneration, where we have restored the intricate web of all life. It’s a future that’s inside us all – located in the fierce love we carry for our children, in our urge to help a stranger in distress, in our wish to forgive, even when that seems too much to ask.
And so we rebel for this, calling in joy, creativity and beauty. We rise in the name of truth and withdraw our consent for ecocide, oppression and patriarchy. We rise up for a world where power is shared for regeneration, repair and reconciliation. We rise for love in its ultimate wisdom. Our vision stretches beyond our own lifespan, to a horizon dedicated to future generations and the restoration of our planet’s integrity.
Together, our rebellion is the gift this world needs. We are XR and you are us.
Our Principles and Values
All are welcome who want to adhere to our principles and values:
1. we have a shared vision of change
Creating a world that is fit for generations to come.
2. we set our mission on what is necessary
Mobilising 3.5% of the population to achieve system change – using ideas such as “Momentum-driven organising” to achieve this.
3. we need a regenerative culture
Creating a culture which is healthy, resilient and adaptable.
4. we openly challenge ourselves and our toxic system
Leaving our comfort zones to take action for change.
5. 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.
6. we welcome everyone and every part of everyone
Working actively to create safer and more accessible spaces.
7. we actively mitigate for power
Breaking down hierarchies of power for more equitable participation.
8. we avoid blaming and shaming
We live in a toxic system, but no one individual is to blame.
9. we are a non-violent network
Using non-violent strategy and tactics as the most effective way to bring about change.
10. 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.
What would you like to know?
Let us know what you’d like to find out about. Email us your interests. In the meantime, perhaps there’s something here for you:
Blueprint for Revolution : how to use rice pudding, Lego men, and other non-violent techniques to galvanise communities, overthrow dictators, or simply change the world
This Is an Uprising : How Nonviolent Revolt Is Shaping the Twenty-First Century
This Is Not A Drill : An Extinction Rebellion Handbook
From What Is to What If : ‘Unleashing the Power of Imagination to Create the Future We Want’ by Rob Hopkins
The Future We Choose : Surviving the Climate Crisis by Christiana Figueres, Tom Rivett-Carnac
The links above help you find the books on Hive.co.uk which supports an independent bookshop when you order, but you can find them elsewhere too.
Got a question about Extinction Rebellion? See our frequently asked questions.
Discover more on the UK Extinction Rebellion Website.
watch the ‘heading for extinction’ talk
What is the truth about the ecological crisis?
And what can we do about it?
Also, download this beautifully illustrated version of the Heading for Extinction and What to Do About It talk by Jess Agar of XR Cambridge.
Get involved with the planning and make stuff happen!
XR Derby is run completely by volunteers. Many of us have full time jobs and family commitments. So we’re always grateful for people who want to help out with the behind the scenes stuff. Like any organisation, there’s admin, finance, booking venues, updating the website and other tasks that need doing to keep XR running smoothly.
Extinction Rebellion is not a hierarchical organisation. Nobody is in charge or a leader and power is decentralised. We use a self-organising system (SOS) and work within circles. If you have an idea for a project or want to shape the future strategy of XR, then joining a circle and getting involved with SOS will be for you!
We communicate and do a lot of the behind the scenes stuff through a platform called Basecamp. Which is what many remote working teams use to get stuff done. To sign up to this check out our Circles.
XR Derby has costs to cover such as IT, venue bookings, printing (with eco friendly inks on sustainably sourced paper) art materials and sometimes transport for rebellions.
So funds are always greatly appreciated! You can donate at events and we have just started a new JustGiving campaign to let you donate online.
Spread the word
Share our social media posts, forward our newsletters, talk to your friends, family and co-workers about the Climate and Ecological Emergency (CEE) and Extinction Rebellion.
Links to our social media are below:
There are a number of key points to make when talking to friends, family and colleagues. Here’s how to talk about the climate crisis effectively and, to answer all those tricky questions like “What’s the point when China and India are massively polluting?” here’s our FAQ.
Need more facts? Try our page Another World is Possible.
Support the campaign to make Ecocide an International Law like Genocide is: Become an Earth Protector.
There are some more things you can do from home.
Check out our latest news.
Got a question? See our frequently asked questions.
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