EXTINCTION Rebellion is staging a two-week “international rebellion” to call for action on what they say is a climate crisis.
But who is bankrolling the activists and who founded them? Here’s what you need to know.
Who funds Extinction Rebellion?
The Extinction Rebellion website says it has been raising money from crowdfunding, major donors, NGO’s, trusts and foundations.
About 54 percent comes from online crowdfunding.
Some 35 per cent comes from sympathetic trusts and about 11 per cent comes from individual donors.
It is unclear who the individuals are.
In fact while the group insists on having a policy of financial transparency, they say they do so “without compromising the privacy of individuals”.
This means while they claim to be transparent they are not prepared to reveal who EXACTLY funds them.
Who are the founders?
The group was officially launched on October 21 2018 by activists from the campaign group Rising Up!
Key figures Extinction Rebellion include co-founders Gail Bradbrook, a former biophysicist, and Roger Hallam, a former organic farmer.
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What is Extinction Rebellion?
Extinction Rebellion (also known as “XR”) describes themselves an “international movement that uses non-violent civil disobedience in an attempt to halt mass extinction”.
They believe humanity is nearing a point of ecological and societal apocalypse because of the man-made climate change.
The movement’s symbol uses a circled hourglass as its symbol because this represents how time is running out for humans and indeed many other species on Earth.
Here are their three demands in the UK according to their website.
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