Extinction Rebellion (XR) activists say they took over the William Jolly Bridge in Brisbane this morning, disrupting peak hour for the second time this month.
Thirty-five-year-old protester Sean Nolan was suspended from a rope slung across the bridge, which connects South Brisbane to the western end of the city, while activists in animal costumes stood holding banners across the four traffic lanes.
Protestors said they stalled peak hour traffic in both directions and police later arrested Mr Nolan before releasing him in the early afternoon.
Queensland police said the bridge was re-opened around nine am.
But Mr Nolan said while today’s protests ‘inconvenienced a few’, the ‘standstill’ of government policy in the face of science was ‘making the collapse of life as we know it the only alternative’.
Mr Nolan said immediate policy change was needed for humans to survive the climate crisis.
“I’m no one special, I’m just another Brisbane resident, trying to make this world survivable,” Mr Nolan was quoted as saying in an XR press release.
The activists have referred to studies by the federal department of industry, innovation and science’s chief economist showing Australia will likely replace Qatar as the world’s biggest exporter of gas by the end of this year.
Australia is commonly known already as the world’s biggest exporter of coal.
‘Business as usual is killing us and it is those who have contributed least to this crisis who will feel its effects first,’ said Mr Nolan.
XR activists said they would be taking more protest action in the lead up to a so-called ‘International Rebellion’ planned for the 7th of October.