What is University Rebellion?
In February 2020 a group of students active in Extinction Rebellion came together. They were frustrated by the reluctance of universities to take the necessary measures, the lag of response to actions, and the fallacies universities keep on using to defend the status quo. They decided to write a manifesto to unveil the share of universities in our broken system and give a theoretical framework to pressure universities to take the necessary measures. The result is a very dense science based manifesto that gives an overview of climate and ecological crisis and related social injustices and the shared responsibility universities have in this. The group decided to become an autonomous movement, University Rebellion (UR). University Rebellion consists of students, university staff and academics and challenges universities to act according to their responsibility, holding them accountable by organizing and coordinating decentralized actions against failing university policy.
The existential threat that the climate and ecological crisis poses is becoming increasingly clear and universities need to acknowledge the responsibility that they have in this crisis. Our universities emit massive amounts of CO2 and they do not inform their students nor the public on the extent of the climate and ecological crisis. Moreover, they directly and indirectly support fossil fuel companies. Therefore universities are complicit in the creation of the currently unfolding catastrophe. However, universities can be the catalyst we desperately need to push society towards a just and sustainable future. If we want our institutions to do what is necessary in order to face the climate and ecological crisis we cannot just sit by. Years of petitions and campaigns have not led the changes that are necessary to transform universities and that is why the most reasonable and justified response is to stand in open rebellion against our universities.
How does UR Work?
University Rebellion is decentrally organized, meaning that we have local groups that organize themselves. The local groups from each university share their knowledge and skills with other local groups, therefore we also operate nationally to help the exchange of best practices. We are a grass-roots movement that is non-hierarchical, we have no leaders, but work with different roles that change regularly. In order to structure the movement we have different circles, that all have their own mandate. These circles are groups of people that meet regularly and take up specific responsibilities for the movement. Currently we have the circles shown on the right at a national level. Depending on the university, there will also be such circles at a local level. At which circle would you like to contribute?
Join The Rebelion at your university
- Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) Send an E-mail
- Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) Send an E-mail
- Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)
- Leiden University (LEI)
- Maastricht University (UM)
- Radboud University (RU) Send an E-mail
- Tilburg University (TU)
- University of Amsterdam (UvA) Send an E-mail
- University of Groningen (RUG) Send an E-mail
- University of Twente (UT) Send an E-mail
- Utrecht University (UU) Join our whatsapp group
- Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)
- Wageningen University & Research (WUR)