Extinction Rebellion, or XR, is an "international movement that uses nonviolent civil disobedience to achieve radical change in order to minimize the risk of human extinction and ecological collapse," and it's "working to build a movement that is participatory, decentralised, and inclusive." On Wednesday morning in New York City, 62 people were arrested during a die-in to call attention to the effects of Climate Change and present the city with four demands.
The crux of this morning's Extinction Rebellion protest was a die-in blocking traffic outside City Hall in NYC. This marks the beginning of Rebellion Week. Extinction Rebellion is a rapidly expanding movement that began in the UK and is currently growing worldwide.
The third demand calls for a citizens' assembly. To put this into practice for a bit, the crowd divided into small groups, introduced themselves and exchanged ideas for how NYC can better address climate change.
The action may be over and the crowd dispersed, but the messages of XR remained on the sidewalk for passersby to take in. The group will gather for remaining events over Rebellion Week, including a picnic in central park on Saturday.