‘Climate collapse will lead to many more deaths than coronavirus’: Extinction Rebellion protesters cause a huge traffic jam as they take over a Brisbane road
- Brisbane protesters took to the streets to demand change on climate change
- Blocked one of the city’s busiest roads in a ‘seven minute swarm’ on Tuesday
- Claimed a complete climate collapse will lead to more deaths than Covid-19
Extinction Rebellion climate change protesters have blocked one of Brisbane’s busiest roads, sparking peak hour chaos.
A small army of activists stopped traffic on Sandgate Road in inner-city Albion in what they described as a ‘seven minute swarm’ on Tuesday morning.
Traffic came to a standstill, blocked by protesters holding large banners as they demanded action on climate change.
Protesters stood in a line to block one of Brisbane’s busiest roads on Tuesday morning
‘There is no normal to go back to, climate collapse is imminent on our current path,’ Extinction Rebellion Brisbane captioned the livestreamed footage on Facebook.
‘We need to flatten the curve that will lead to many more deaths than COVID-19.
‘A binding Citizens Assembly on getting to net zero emissions by 2025 will take the power out of the hands of corrupt politicians and let the people decide how stop this mess.’
Some protesters wore face masks to protest themselves as the ongoing pandemic continues.
Traffic came to a standstill as protesters made their climate change message loud and clear
One protester described the traffic disruptions as a ‘small inconvenience and price to pay’ for the mass extinction and complete climate collapse that could occur in the next few years unless changes are made.
‘We can see how quickly people and the government can respond to a crisis such as COVID-19 … we know that it is possible to draw down our carbon emissions and get to net-zero in our carbon emissions,’ the woman explained in the footage.
She added the pandemic has demonstrated how quickly the government and Australians can respond in times of crisis.
‘There’s been complete inaction on the climate crisis,’ the protester said.
Queensland Police said no arrests were made at the protest.
One protester (pictured) described the major traffic disruptions as a ‘small inconvenience’