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[Extinction Rebellion Green flag] image by Pete Loeser, 19 April 2019

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Introduction: Extinction Rebellion US (XR-US)

This grassroots environmental movement began in the United Kingdom as the Extinction Rebellion (XR), but has now spread worldwide including in the United States. Under the name "Extinction Rebellion US" (XR-US) the group is pushing non-violent rebellion against the United States government for its "criminal inaction on the ecological crisis." The movement worldwide hopes to "...utilize nonviolent resistance to avert climate breakdown, halt biodiversity loss and minimize the risk of human extinction and ecological collapse."
XR-US is demanding that the US Government "...tell the truth about the climate and wider ecological emergency...(and)...reverse all policies not in alignment with that position alongside the media to communicate the urgency for change including what individuals, communities and businesses need to do." It further demands that "...the Government must enact legally-binding policies to reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2025 and take further action to remove the excess of atmospheric greenhouse gases." Critics of the movement feel its demands are unrealistic.
Pete Loeser, 19 April 2019

Extinction Symbol

[Extinction Rebellion logo] image by Pete Loeser, 28 March 2020

The basic XR flag is a square cloth with the extinction symbol (shown here) and (here) in black outline in the middle on fields of any of the following colors: white, blue, green, yellow, orange or pink.
The Extinction Symbol was created in January 2011 by ESP, an artist from London whose identity is kept secret. It represents the Holocene or Sixth Mass Extinction. The symbol's meaning is described on the Extinction Rebellion website as: "The circle signifies the planet, while the hourglass inside serves as a warning that time is rapidly running out for many species".
Esteban Rivera, 19 April 2019

XR-US Logo Flags
Variant Field Colors

[Extinction Rebellion Orange flag]    [Extinction Rebellion Purple flag]    [Extinction Rebellion Violet flag]
images from Pete Loeser, 19 April 2019

The flags the movement use at rallies and demonstrations are square with their logo printed in black on a variety of colored fields. Their logo is a stylized hour glass within a circle (the earth) indicating "time is running out." Many appear home-made using a stencil as illustrated below.
Pete Loeser, 19 April 2019

[Extinction Rebellion Green flag]    [Extinction Rebellion Blue flag]    [Extinction Rebellion Yellow flag]
images from Pete Loeser, 19 April 2019

XR-US Stencil Design

[Extinction Rebellion stencil design]
images from Pete Loeser, 19 April 2019

Home-made variants have been made using a stencil provided online as illustrated here. It has been seen painted over existing flags such as rainbow and ocasionally national flags.
Pete Loeser, 19 April 2019

A variant stencil symbol (here on Flickr) is also in use, but it is less common.
Esteban Rivera, 19 April 2019