The Extinction Rebellion Buddhists formed in April 2019 for the April rebellion. They consisted of many members of DANCE, the Dharma Action Network for Climate Engagement, and some independent Buddhists who were also alarmed by the climate science and motivated to take action.
We believe that, as Buddhists, we have something unique to offer Extinction Rebellion and the eco-activism movement as a whole. We now number in our hundreds and have members from across the UK from many different Buddhist traditions. During the 2019 October rebellion we organised actions, ran daily meditation and walking meditation sessions. Some of us were arrested (some of us more than once!) whilst sitting in meditation on the road – exemplifying a non-violent and peaceful but powerful approach to civil disobedience. Some have also created local groups of Buddhists and organised local actions. We meet regularly online for mutual support and we have a Facebook groups(UK & international), a Twitter account, a website, and a mailing list.
This website is connected to Extinction Rebellion Buddhists in the UK, but we welcome and encourage contact and conversation with XR Buddhists in other countries.
For more about Extinction Rebellion see their main website.