EXTINCTION Rebellion is trying to expand its ranks – with members of the Women’s Institute.
The eco-extremists are calling on activists to enlist the WI to support them in upcoming protests.
XR sees the movement, whose chapters meet regularly for craft and cultural activities, as an integral part of its goals.
XR documents show that measures will be planned every month until February.
It encourages supporters to “connect” with other community groups (e.g. WI).
One member said: “We need to break out of our activism bubble and go to groups that may have different views than us.”
“We need to expand our support to give more credibility to our goals.”
It has already attracted support from Alcombe WI in Somerset, which joined XR in a protest against beach pollution last month.
The Women’s Institute was founded in 1915 to encourage rural women to participate in growing and preserving food during World War I.
There are hundreds of local associations, particularly in rural areas, which meet regularly and engage in craft, cultural activities and social work.