Extinction Rebellion is a decentralized movement that engages in nonviolent direct action to demand governments address the climate and ecological crisis. It was founded in England in 2018 and has since formed chapters all over the world.
Description of work in Collective Diquiet
In 2020 members of the Boston, New York and Vermont chapters of climate crisis protest group Extinction Rebellion (XR) painted a 42 foot by 42 foot banner that stated “CLIMATE JUSTICE NOW.” The banner also contained the group’s hourglass symbol in the "O" of "NOW," to represent that time has run out to address the climate crisis. On August 10th XR members climbed construction scaffolding to the building on which the historic Boston Citco sign sits and hoisted the banner onto it with rope. This act of nonviolent civil disobedience was intended to disrupt business as usual and to draw public attention to the climate crisis and the need to address its disproportionate impact on communities of color. Strong wind damaged the banner before it could be fully lifted in front of the sign. Upon coming down from the building eight XR members were arrested.
CLIMATE JUSTICE NOW
acrylic paint on Tyvek, rope, aluminum 42 x 42 feet 2020