Thousands of climate protesters took over the streets of Melbourne today to demand strong environmental action by the federal government, according to 9 News.
A group called Extinction Rebellion hosted a climate rally at Victoria’s Parliament House before leading a march through the streets.
“We’re very disappointed in the conservative government that doesn’t respond to climate and has been re-elected,” said spokesperson Miriam Robinson.
She estimates that at least 2,000 demonstrators took part in the rally which included people lying “dead” on the ground to represent the extinction of all of Earth’s species.
A Victoria Police spokesperson told nine.com.au that there were no incidents or breaches of peace at the rally.
The rally caused major disruptions to commuters across the city.Victoria Police set up a number of traffic management points with Bourke, Swanston, Collins and Flinders streets affected at various times from 12pm until 3pm.
The group want the federal government to declare a climate and ecological emergency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2025.”We want [the government] to know how we feel about that and put the climate emergency on the top of the agenda,” said Ms Robinson.”The government and the media need to tell people the truth about the climate emergency, stop playing it down, stop pretending it’s ages away and everything’s going to be okay.”The action coincided with the Global Climate Strike that also took place today across over 110 countries including the US, the UK, Belgium, Germany and France.