Climate change protesters cover Josh Frydenberg’s office with flags and chain to door as they campaign against global warming
- Up to 30 protesters campaigned outside the Melbourne treasurer’s office
- Esteemed Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg “Has Failed to Protect the People”
- The protest was later described as ‘peaceful’ – with Mr Frydenberg in Canberra
Climate change protesters hung provocative banners and chained themselves to exterior doors Office of Treasurer Josh Frydenberg.
Up to 30 members of Extinction Rebellion scaled canopies starting at 8:30 a.m. Thursday before lighting flares and draping a series of handwritten signs.
The signs claimed the government was failing in its “duty of care” to save Australia from global warming and that Mr Frydenberg was “not protecting the people”.
Up to 30 protesters based outside the Melbourne office of Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg to campaign on global warming on Thursday morning
One protester, known only as Elvy, said it was about “taking a stand for our future and the ecosystems we depend on.”
“Josh Frydenberg has a responsibility to direct funding towards the emergency transition that is so desperately needed,” he said.
“The government has a duty of care to all of us. “
Other protesters chose to lock on the door to the treasurer’s office as a sign of defiance and unity.
Mr Frydenberg was believed to be between the states and the protest was in full swing, gearing up for a day in parliament in Canberra.
On its website, Extinction Rebellion presents itself as a global movement, with its basic strategy of “massive disruption of city centers through non-violent civil disobedience.”
Two protesters (pictured) draped a series of handwritten placards saying the treasurer “was not protecting the people”
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg (pictured) was in Canberra when the protest was staged, preparing for a day in parliament
They insist the Australian government must “tell the truth” by declaring a climate emergency and also wants to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2025.
Future events – in person and online – are planned by the group in Melbourne and Sydney over the next few days.
In May, thousands of people – including dozens of high school students – invaded Sydney’s CBD to protest climate change.
Crowds gathered outside Sydney Town Hall, holding signs reading “Scomo is a climate criminal” and chanting “we shouldn’t be here, we should be in school”.