Gail Bradbrook

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Gail Bradbrook (born April 1972) is the co-founder of the international social movement Extinction Rebellion.


Bradbrook was born in 1972 and grew up in South Elmsall in Yorkshire. Her father worked at a mine in South Kirkby. She studied molecular biophysics at the University of Manchester and carried on with a PhD. She carried out post-doctoral work in India and France.[1]

From 2003 she has been 'director of strategy' at Citizens Online, an organisation promoting wider internet access for disabled users, including launching a 'Fix the Web' campaign in November 2010.[2]


Bradbrook has been involved in various campaigning groups in Stroud, including a 2010–13 period as voluntary director of Transition Stroud,[3][4] an anti-fracking protest,[5] and various actions in opposition to the building of a local incinerator.[6][7][8] Also, an early Extinction Rebellion roadblock in the town centre.[9]

In 2015, with George Barda, she set up the group Compassionate Revolution[10][11][12] which morphed into Rising Up!, out of which came Extinction Rebellion (XR).[1] She is protesting to raise awareness of the dangers from anthropogenic climate change and believes that only civil disobedience on a large scale can bring about the change that is needed.[13]

Private life[edit]

Bradbrook has been married twice. She has two sons.[1][14] She lives in Stroud.[15]


  1. ^ a b c Coles, Mark; Gregorius, Arlene (15 December 2018). "Profile – Dr Gail Bradbrook". BBC Radio 4. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
  2. ^ "Call to fix 'inaccessible' sites". BBC News. 15 November 2010. Retrieved 18 December 2018.
  3. ^ Warne, Chris (25 June 2013). "Transition Stroud awarded £10,000 of Lottery funding". Stroud News and Journal. Retrieved 18 December 2018.
  4. ^ "Gail Marie BRADBROOK – Personal Appointments (free information from Companies House)". Retrieved 18 December 2018.
  5. ^ Bisknell, Eddie (6 May 2017). "PICTURES: Anti-fracking protesters spray paint Barclays bank in Stroud". Stroud News and Journal. Retrieved 18 December 2018.
  6. ^ Bass, Matt (5 July 2017). "Naked protest at Shire Hall against the Javelin Park incinerator decision". Stroud News and Journal. Retrieved 18 December 2018.
  7. ^ Temple, Victoria (21 August 2017). "Sofa protesters plan second night outside despite police warnings". gloucestershirelive. Retrieved 18 December 2018.
  8. ^ "CPS drop case against anti-incinerator activists". Stroud News and Journal. 22 March 2018. Retrieved 18 December 2018.
  9. ^ Stilliard, Ed (20 October 2018). "Eco activists cause traffic misery in Stroud through protest". gloucestershirelive. Retrieved 18 December 2018.
  10. ^ Wiseman, Jamie (22 June 2015). "New online political venture the Compassionate Revolution to be launched in Stroud". Stroud News and Journal. Retrieved 18 December 2018.
  11. ^ Richardson, Peter (30 June 2015). "Compassionate Revolution Launch Event Highlights". Stroud Community TV. Retrieved 18 December 2018.
  12. ^ "Compassionate Revolution - Pledge collective acts of art, heart, and civil disobedience". Wayback Machine. 15 October 2015. Retrieved 11 February 2019.
  13. ^ Royden, Derek (30 November 2018). "Mobilizing against extinction". NationofChange. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
  14. ^ Milburn, Ella (21 November 2018). "Britain's New Climate Change Protesters Are Desperate to Get Arrested". Vice. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
  15. ^ Scott Cato, Molly (20 November 2018). "I'm an MEP who helped block London's bridges to protest climate change. There is more civil disobedience to come". i news. Retrieved 16 December 2018.

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