Getting started

This Youtube video from Extinction Rebellion sets out the science of our climate crisis as well as the philosophy of direct action and explains XR’s tactics and demands.

Extinction Rebellion is run entirely by volunteers giving up their spare time.

To stay in touch with news and details of events we are running, join the Extinction Rebellion mailing list by signing up here.

We hold regular meetings, talks and training in central Manchester - check our events page for more information.

To find out more about how XR MCR is organised, head on over to our general FAQs page.

Join an XR Local Group!

For many people a local group is where interest in XR will be best focused - working with other people in your local area to plan actions and outreach that are relevant to you and your local community.

New XR Local Groups are forming all the time. If there’s not a Local Group in your area yet, come along to our Monday meetings to meet other people to get something started.

Click here to see a list of all current Local Groups.

Anyone can take action in the name of XR - you just need to sign up to the 10 principles especially non-violence, and focus on XR’s 3 demands, and find a couple of other people who agree with you to act with you.

Join an XR Working Group!

A Working Group is a central group of rebels contributing more specalised skills to XR. They work together on a particular theme or idea, for example the “media” working group will be responsible for liaising with the media. Each working group operates autonomously and organises its own mandate and activities.

We have the following Working Groups who are actively looking for people who can get involved and help grow XR in Manchester.

  • Actions
  • Arts
  • Core Operations
  • Platforms (i.e. tech)
  • Media
  • Training and Outreach
  • Regenerative Culture
  • Rewilding

We are looking for volunteers for every working group - people who are able to give some regular time and commit to regular meetings (online or face to face) and take on tasks - its a great way to meet new friends and learn new skills.

We organise work via a tool called Slack, where there are lots of other channels for smaller topics of interest.

Head over to our contact page to get in touch with any of the Working Groups to offer your skills and time.


Here we explain the differences between the various types of groups that make up Extinction Rebellion.

A group of people who create an Extinction Rebellion (XR) presence in a local area. They build support within their communities through local outreach and actions. They are decentralised and as long as they adhere to the ten values and principles, they can be XR. When local groups are big enough they may set up working groups in order to organise more effectively.

Working groups focus on specific areas of work. Some working groups are permanent, and others may arise to organise specific actions, and then dissolve again once they are no longer needed. In Manchester, we have 9 permanent working groups.

  • Actions
  • Media
  • Training and Outreach
  • Platforms
  • Political Strategy
  • Regenerative Culture
  • Core operations
  • Arts
  • Rewilding

An example of a temporary working group is the one which organised the Northern Rebellion.

A coordination group is a small group of people from each working group who help to ensure that communication between the working groups is maintained.

Affinity groups are for non-violent direct actions, comprising of people doing the actions and their support system. AGs consist of 8-12 people and are completely autonomous in deciding which actions to carry out, as long as they adhere to the ten values and principles. They exist as part of our regenerative culture where we take time to pause and reflect, and are a group of close-knit people who support each other both in and out of actions.

A regional group is designed to support the growth of XR in a particular region of the country. For example, XR MCR is supporting growth in Greater Manchester. The group may become defunct once Local Groups are fully established.