Extinction Rebellion Youth
We are XR Youth Cambridge, and we rise to defend those already dying from the climate and ecological crisis. It isn’t just about future generations; it’s about you, us, and the most affected people and areas who have been experiencing the effects of ecocide for centuries. This emergency is already here.
We have a close relationship with XR Cambridge, and it is possible to be involved with both groups. However, XR Youth is a separate organisation to XR, with different policies on issues such as police and accountability, and a core focus on the systemic oppressions at the root of the climate and ecological crisis.
XR Youth Cambridge is open to under 30s and students. We also have 2 associated groups, which we currently work with as a single unit:
- If you’re under 18, XR Cambridge Next Generation is for you
- If you work or study at the University of Cambridge, Anglia Ruskin University or Cambridge Regional College, XR Cambridge Universities would love to have you
You don’t need to support all of XR’s tactics – we don’t! – so come and grow the movement into what you want to see. As a decentralised and non-hierarchical group, everyone is empowered to take action, and there is always space for new ideas.
Our email is email@example.com and we’re active on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook – follow us for news, events and memes! You can also contact us through all of them, whether it’s a question, feedback, or a whistleblowing tip-off.
We meet every Sunday between 1pm and 2:30pm – all under 30s and students welcome! You can join online or in-person. We’ll give you an introduction to XR Youth, and show you how to get involved.
Send us an email or message us on social media for more information.
Information about our upcoming protests, meetings, talks and trainings is on XR Cambridge’s online calendar and our social media. If you have an idea for a youth climate event, but need support to make it happen, we might be able to help – please get in touch!
Rebel for Justice
Rebel for Justice is a youth-led campaign which focuses on the connection between climate and social justice, demanding action from local institutions. In February 2020, XR Youth Cambridge and XR Cambridge, supported by comrades from across the country, staged a week-long roadblock on a major junction in the city centre, and carried out daily targeted non-violent direct action, which caught the attention of the international press. You can read our demands here.
Lawn digging, oily handprints, gnome mischief... We are demanding that the University of Cambridge (and all of its colleges) commit to permanent divestment from all ecocidal industries (including fossil fuels, the arms trade, intensive animal farming, and biodiversity destruction) then use this opportunity to ethically reinvest in non-polluting industries with a positive social impact. XR Cambridge has an introduction to divestment, and information about the campaign here.
We have been collaborating with The Lockon to take their free shop on tour around Cambridge – giving away donated clothes to anyone who wants them, in order to make sustainability affordable and accessible. You can find out how to donate, receive, or run your own free shop event here.
We've made a zine (a type of home-made booklet that has a long history in radical organising) which we're really proud of. You can read it here.