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Extinc­tion Rebel­lion, also sim­ply known as XR, is a glob­al envi­ron­men­tal move­ment. It was found­ed in the UK with the explic­it aim of using non­vi­o­lent civ­il resis­tance to com­pel gov­ern­ment action to avoid eco­log­i­cal col­lapse. The lat­est UN IPCC report paints a dire pic­ture of what the future will bring. By 2050, a bil­lion peo­ple will face coastal flood­ing from ris­ing seas. Using rad­i­cal tac­tics, Extinc­tion Rebel­lion draws inspi­ra­tion from grass­roots move­ments such as the civ­il rights move­ment. XR aims to instill a sense of urgency to pre­vent fur­ther cli­mate break­down and the ongo­ing sixth mass extinc­tion. A num­ber of XR activists accept arrest and impris­on­ment. The movement’s sym­bol is a styl­ized, cir­cled hour­glass to serve as a warn­ing that time is run­ning out for us.