Extinction Rebellion



Current campaigns and upcoming rebellions across Australia

XRSA: End Fossil Fuels Now

Rebels sitting on the floor holding 'No to gas' signs.

Extinction Rebellion South Australia is in the middle of waves of ongoing, disruptive civil disobedience actions targeting major events in which the fossil fuel industry partners with government. Join our End Fossil Fuels Now campaign!

The climate movement successfully pressured the South Australian government to declare a climate emergency. Now we are demanding deeds not words.

Rebels linking arms and marching together

Wave 1 - Blockade the Asia Pacific Oil and Gas Conference

17th - 19th October 2022

The first wave of action began in October 2022 and centered on a blockade of the Asia Pacific Oil and Gas Conference and Exhibition (APOGCE) at the Adelaide Convention Centre. This is the flagship regional event for the Society of Petroleum Engineers. Read our news item to find out what happened during the conference – and after!

Rebels on bicycles

Wave 2 - Santos Tour Down Under

13th - 22nd January 2023

Join wave 2

In January 2023, Extinction Rebellion South Australia disrupted the TDU with actions day after day, exposing the greenwashing of a fossil fuel giant and demanding the government cuts ties with an industry that is killing us.

In the first actions of Wave 2 of the campaign, XR SA rebels glued themselves to a pile of bikes outside the head office of oil and gas producer Santos in Adelaide/Tarndanya. Rebels poured a trail of fake oil from the Santos building down onto the pile of bicycles and rebels.

Twelve rebels gatecrashed the TDU Team Presentations with a 'Dump Santos' message. See the News Item on this website.

rebels gatecrash the TDU Team Presentations

In a women-focused protest during the Women's Stage One race at the Tour Down Under, XR SA rebels bared breasts and bums to passing cyclists, making the point that they will do ANYTHING to protect the people they love. See the News item on this website.

Roadside protest

Also see the News item about the XR SA banner drop in Adelaide, and the support action by XR ACT, where a large group of cyclists swarmed through central Canberra on supported by walkers and disco dancers.

Pedal rebels David and Andrew completed the gruelling Tour Down Under Challenge Tour wearing ‘Dump Santos’ bibs. A solidarity action by XR Victoria followed, with a fun ride through Melbourne CBD and parkland with skeletons on bicycles. See the News item on this website.

In the final action of WAve 2, and moments before the Santos 'Tour Down Under' Criterium race, XR SA rebels threw black paint and wrote ‘Dump Santos’ across the building frontage. See the News item.

Painted messages on Santos HQ

Wave 3 - Blockade APPEA

15th - 18th May 2023

Join wave 3

More details coming soon.

XRVIC: Spring Rebellion '22

Banner: Spring Rebellion '22, 8-22 Oct, A festival of civil disobedience

The two weeks of rebellion combined the disruption of XR Victoria’s Just Stop It! campaign in March 2022 with the artistic and movement-building actions from the XR Victoria’s Spring Rebellion in 2019 and Autumn Rebellion in 2021. Rebels took on actions in regional Victoria as well as in the Cities of Melbourne, Geelong and Ballarat. See XR Vic Spring Rebellion ‘22; two weeks putting the climate crisis back in the news

The rebellion began with outreach, training, and the exciting smaller actions that build the movement and help new rebels gain confidence. The success of Spring Rebellion ’22 was thanks to hundreds of rebels, coming together through local and special interest groups, and as individuals, to take action and rebel for a safer future. 

In the run up to the Spring Rebellion, XR joined forest groups in a survey that found 60 endangered Greater Gliders in an area earmarked for logging by VicForests.

Nighttime survey for gliders in the Toolangi forestClimate crisis: let's not just give up', Protestors dressed as native animals on the streets of Melbourne.

The first official action of the fortnight was in Geelong, where local rebels had been opposing Viva's push for a damaging new gas projects proposed for Victoria’s shoreline -  a gas import terminal in Corio Bay. 

During the Spring Rebellion, Extinction Rebellion activists made international news when they glued on to Picasso painting at the NGV.

Amongst the many actions during week 1 of the the Spring Rebellion, rebels:

  • scaled a massive pile of Chep pallets at the Dandenong South mill where the pallets are produced from sources that contribute to the destruction of Victoria's forests 
  • visited financial corporations profiting from environmental destruction, including the Futures Fund, where three rebels glued their hands to the building's front entrance 
  • joined our allies from 350.org Australia at the Commonwealth Bank's AGM at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).

Rebels in koala costumes hanging from giant tripods

photo by Danielle Judd

During week 2, rebels:

  • joined with activists from a number of key climate groups to swarm the city for climate justice 
  • morphed into Koalas hanging on high tripods at the Bourke Street office of VicForests, along with climate and forest activists from around Victoria demanding an immediate end to logging native forests and a just transition for forest workers 
  • carried out a ‘dirty action’ at the Origin Energy office highlighting the company's complicity in the damage happening on their own doorstep and on their watch
  • took to the streets for a Climate March in Ballarat

... and much more. 

On the middle weekend, XR Vic rebels were in Melbourne's Carlton Gardens for talks and training , art works and family-friendly activities. Rebels took part in Melbourne’s Fringe Festival parade in Lygon Street with a float featuring Blinky, the burnt koala (representing the koalas that died as a result of the Black Summer bushfires and corruption in politics) accompanied by Miss Beehave, the giant bee, The Murdoch Lies synchronised readers' group and other colourful rebels.

Rebels in costume at the Lygon Street Fringe Festival parade

photo by Matt Hrkac

The Spring Festival finished with Civil DISCO-bedience - disruptive dancing in the streets of Fitzroy, Melbourne. See more images from the Spring Rebellion '22.

Find out about upcoming XR actions in Victoria.

Stay tuned for more.

The next few years will determine the fate of humanity.