Interview: Extinction Rebellion's Tim Crosland on why green NGOs have 'lost their way'

More has been achieved by Extinction Rebellion in the 18 months since its founders first gathered than in three decades of campaigning by environmental organisations, says Tim Crosland, a co-ordinator of the group. He simply feels that established environmental groups and NGOs have lost their way, replacing activism with chasing donations. The techniques they use, he argues, have become tired and tarnished, and their messages too simplistic.

"If you are a charity or group and you’re saying ‘click here to save the world’, you’re effectively saying that all you have to do is give us a bit of money and we’ll take care of it," he says, in an interview published this week by ENDS' sister title Third Sector. "It’s a kind of conspiracy: the organisation gets the funding it needs to pay its overheads, and the donor feels that they are doing something and are part of the solution.

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