A police guide in England aimed at preventing young people from being radicalized have listed environmental group Extinction Rebellion as an “extreme ideology.” Counter Terrorism Policing South East, part of the England’s national counter-terrorism policing network, produced the guide to help recognize “when young people or adults may be vulnerable to extreme or violent ideologies” and refer such individuals to the UK government’s Prevent program.
The guide describes Extinction Rebellion as:
“A campaign encouraging protest and civil disobedience to pressure governments to take action on climate change and species extinction.”
It also describes the threat posed by Extinction Rebellion:
“An anti-establishment philosophy that seeks system change underlies its activism; the group attracts to its events school-age children and adults unlikely to be aware of this. While non-violent against persons, the campaign encourages other law-breaking activities.”