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‘They stopped the traffic for about 20 minutes before the police dragged them around the corner,’ said an activist who was live-streaming from the action. (see footage a bottom of story)

‘They have done this today because the sixth has extinction event is already here and we have to rebel for life.’

Non-violent Extinction Rebellion activists in Brisbane have stopped traffic over Victoria Bridge. Photo supplied.

The four activists – Isabelle, Lily, James and Eric – locked themselves onto a canoe using metal pipes to ensure they cannot be removed without being cut out. Activists said the use of the canoe was symbolic of the climate refuges, sea level rises and destruction of the reef that is caused by global warming.

The Extinction Rebellion activists say that a worldwide climate catastrophe is guaranteed unless we act now to avert it. The activists say they have taken this action as they have exhausted all other forms of advocacy for sufficient systemic change.

‘I don’t understand how people can continue with their daily lives and business as usual which is destroying our only home,’ activist Isabelle Harland says.

Twenty year old activist Herbert also superglued his spare hand to the road through a hole in the canoe. This follows an action ten days earlier when he was part of a group that superglueed themselves to another busy Brisbane street.

‘People need to face up to the truth that our scientists and academics are giving us. For the vast majority to ignore this truth or have it distorted by the media and government will end the world as we know it, we must act seriously now,’ said Eric. 

This action follows months of disruptive protests by the global Extinction Rebellion movement who have spread to over 68 countries.

New York saw seventy extinction rebels arrested on Sunday as they blocked a major intersection outside the New York times headquarters.

Early last week two rebels glued themselves to the road on Queen street whilst Friday evening saw over 2000 people sit down and refuse to move from both the Victoria bridge and then Grey street before seven extinction rebellion activists glued themselves to and occupied the road to further halt traffic, demanding systematic change to deal with the climate threat.

August 6th will see major disruptions and large numbers of arrests as Rebellion day Brisbane kicks off.

Extinction Rebellion Demands:

1. Climate Action

2. Tell the Truth about the climate crisis

3. Preserve Biodiversity

4. Dismantle colonial systems of oppression


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  1. Australian & international Extinction Rebellion
    becomes a necessity due to Climate Crises -,
    biodiversity- colonial systems’ oppression – &
    the truth of the situations we find ourselves in.
    Peaceful people power here & in all world
    countries, is long overdue. Action to avert one
    catastrophe after another is vital. Scientists’
    warnings fall on deaf ears. Truly, the world as
    we thought we knew it no longer is.

  2. The maths correlating greenhouse gasses emitted, to global temperature rise since 1850 level, is proven. (Maths is good at this). We have so far caused 1.3 degrees rise.

    We have unleashed massive emissions since burning the previously sequestered carbon within coal and crude oil, naturally and safely contained underground for hundreds of millions of years.

    This problem will only be reduced by dramatically cutting our fossil fuel uses immediately and persistently.

    This is how much time we have left.
    No time for any inaction.




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