Today’s Extinction Rebellion protest rally held at State Parliament to demand action on climate change has now drawn to a close.
The protesters who invaded the Legislative Assembly are being lead away by police.
A policeman repeatedly asked the environmentalists to leave and protest outside but protesters refused to do so until they spoke with politicians.
Extinction Rebellion have released as statement about the protesters who invaded the Legislative Assembly.
“Time is up for our politicians to talk around this issue any longer – they must tell the truth of the climate and biodiversity emergency, they must act now to bring carbon emissions to zero by 2025, and they must move beyond politics by establishing a Citizens Assembly to guide a just transition away from fossil fuels. The world’s indigenous people, scientific community, the United Nations Secretary General and Sir David Attenborough himself are calling on all governments to do everything in their power to halt CO2 emissions and halt biodiversity loss at a time when the McGowan Labor Government is planning on developing a dangerous gas fracking industry, even more offshore LNG and are allowing the extinction of dozens of native species to build a uranium mine. This is lunacy”
Extinction Rebellion protester Fraser Meywood is worried about climate change’s impact on food security for him and his children and wants the government to take radical action.
“We want them to tell the truth about the extent of the climate emergency and we want them to act now, he said.
“Politicians aren’t very good at making radical changes, they’re good at making progressive changes. But radical change is what’s needed.”
He said if the government did not respond to today’s protest the group would ‘declare rebellion’ and there would be ‘mass civil disobedience’.
Fremantle man Dennis McCarthy said peacefully protesting was a basis fundamental of the group.
“We don’t want to be political we want to be apolitical. We want to go beyond politics,” he said.
“There are things on the horizon that we don’t want to consider but we must.
“We have about 10 years left to make a major shift in the way we live.
“We want the City of Perth to declare a climate emergency. We want the government to declare a climate emergency.”
Parliament has been temporarily suspended after 15 climate change protesters flooded the viewing gallery of the Legislative Assembly to demand a meeting with MPs.
Politicians bolted from their seats in Lower House as the Extinction Rebellion protesters appeared.
In a short speech one of the protesters said the “peaceful demonstration” came in response to the climate emergency, before the group broke into a chant repeatedly singing “We declare rebellion.”
The protest has begun officially with a Welcome to Country and claims WA politicians are “not doing their jobs”.
Donning purple sashes and baskets of lavender Janet Bailey and Anneke de Rooij said their role in the Extinction Rebellion was to calm down people who got too emotional.
“I’m out here today to get try to get the government to acknowledge the seriousness of the climate change situation,” Ms Bailey said.
“The science is very clear that we are heading for a very bad time if we don’t do something immediately.”
Ms de Rooij said the stand at Parliament felt like “a last resort” for her.
“[We’re] making a declaration of rebellion because, as it stands, the government is not representing us and not looking after us as citizens of Australia.”
Ms de Rooij said the last election was the turning point for her.
“There reached point around the last election where I felt like voting wasn’t working,” she said.
“Things I thought was helping like living a sustainable lifestyle really was the smallest drop in the ocean of making a difference.”
One Ravensthorpe 21-year-old man said he believed all levels of government needed to provide financial assistance to farmers to encourage them to grow more trees.
Corey, who prefer not to share his surname, said he was passionate about sustainability and was studying the topic at Murdoch University.
“I believe there’s a lot of inaction is currently going on and there’s too much focus on economic power,” he said.
“What I believe needs to be done is the government needs to subsidise farmers to build tree nurseries to grow out bio-fuel through multi-cropping methods and that way we won’t have to depend too much on oil.
“I’ve spent most of my time in Ravensthorpe. I’ve seen the droughts and the floods. Something needs to be done, especially for the farmers out there.”
So who are Extinction Rebellion?
The group has grabbed international headlines in recent months after a series of protests led to traffic chaos in several major cities.
Some people have resorted to gluing themselves to the London Stock Exchange as part of the movement. More than 70 people were arrested in Brisbane last week during a protest organised by the group.
About 1000 people were arrested in April after protests in London led to bridges being blocked.
Climate change activist from the controversial group Extinction Rebellion are gathering for a rally State Parliament today to demand action on climate change.+
Some Perth-based members have previously said they were willing to break the law and put their reputations on the line.
“I have to act now as a citizen for this generation and for future generations,” mother and public health researcher Heath Greville said.
“We are prepared to protest, we are prepared to break the law, we are prepared to sacrifice money and our reputations through getting a criminal record to make this clear to the Government this is such a serious matter.”
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