This is our second film for Extinction Rebellion. Our first film showed what XR is doing. This film describes why. It explains what Extinction Rebellion is for. It’s about the organisation’s mission and strategy. It goes into detail about XR’s demand that we go “Beyond Politics” via a Citizens’ Assembly to determine policy to address the climate emergency.
The sense of purpose is palpable. There is unity, clarity, steely determination and a sense of rectitude emanating from all our interviewees, which include Extinction Rebellion’s co-founders and its Citizen Assembly co-ordinators.
After Extinction Rebellion’s extended occupation of five central London locations in April 2019, the UK Government first declared a climate emergency, and then six House of Commons select committees announced plans for a Citizens’ Assembly to discuss plans to combat climate change. This Assembly will act only in an advisory capacity, which stops well short of XR’s demand for policy making authority to be ceded by Parliament. This film will be used to keep up the pressure for an Assembly with teeth.
The tone is one of urgency, confidence and positivity. This isn’t just a bunch of hippies causing chaos for the sake of it. This is the enactment of a considered and deliberate strategy to achieve a specific goal.
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