On 31 October 2018, the Extinction Rebellion movement was launched in London. It has since spread to many dozens of countries across the globe, including South Africa.
The 10 Guiding Principles of XR
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:
Mobilising 3.5% of the population to achieve system change – such as “Momentum-driven organizing” to achieve this.
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 nonviolent strategy and tactics as the most effective way to help individuals, communities, corporates, and institutions 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 Mzansi!