Centre for Religion and Public Life seminar with Dr Stefan Skrimshire

Dr Stefan Skrimshire will present his current research on "The Religion of Extinction Rebellion".

Abstract

One of the most remarkable features of Extinction Rebellion (XR) has been the explicit participation of religious groups and the visibility of religious forms of protest.  Drawing upon my observations of XR’s London rebellions in April and October this year, and conversations with activists since, I want to make some suggestions about what this tells us about the changing shape of environmental activism. On the one hand, there are interesting parallels with protests that have contested ‘religious / secular’ spaces in public (e.g. the Occupy movement). On the other hand, XR’s focus on ecological breakdown and mass extinction is drawing a quite unique appeal to religious practices and observances – for instance in its emphasis on grief and lament - in and amongst its focus on direct action.