As part of a fortnight of climate actions and protests with the Extinction Rebellion (XR), over 30 activists visited MP Kevin Hogan’s office in Lismore yesterday pushing ghostly empty white prams – they Black Wraiths were dressed as mourners in black and the Red Rebels were cloaked in red delivering a powerful message for the Nationals.
Red Rebel Venus said the message was crystal clear: Act now or we risk the future for all generations to come. ‘We are facing a planetary crisis.
‘We need strong action in the short term and that is not what we are seeing from the Nationals. We in regional areas know the impacts of climate more than anyone – it already impacts on our ability to farm, protect wildlife and even to feel safe in the bush.’
Protesters started at the Regional Art Gallery Quad and marched through town to Kevins Hogan’s office. Mr Hogan didn’t appear to be there and the door was closed.
Venus said that as Australia’s COP26 delegation prepares to depart and Environment Minister Susan Ley appeals against Federal Court’s finding that she has a duty of care to protect young people from harm, it’s time that our elected representatives lead from the front. ‘They need to not be the last to catch up. Our children and grandchildren depend on action now.
‘The Black Wraiths chained themselves to the prams and ashes were scattered while the Red Rebels grieved for the stolen futures of our children and children and grandchildren.
‘XR’s purpose is to create a visual lament and an urgent plea for the Australian Government to catch up with the rest of the world with renewable energy sources.’