The fight against government inaction towards the climate crisis has centred on a seven day-long peaceful protest throughout Perth this week.
The ‘Spring Rebellion’ organised by the Environmental activist group Extinction Rebellion is part of the global wave of civil disobedience and disruption.
The Perth rebellion started Monday this week with activists attending multiple demonstrations all in preparation for ‘Flood the City’ protest in the CBD.
The protest series is an effort to force the Australian government to declare an official ‘climate emergency’ and reduce the production of greenhouse gas emissions.
XR media spokesperson Jesse Noakes says these protests are vital in showing Australian young people are demanding action for the climate.
“We have got between 18 months and 11 years to get out of this mess and radically transform the way we do business and relate to the place and how we engage with the world,” he said.
“There is not a moment to lose.
“We need to [protest] with love but also with rage because there is plenty to be angry about.
“Thus far everything has been pretty fun, pretty creative, pretty theatrical, and that will all still be there tomorrow, but what has been missing so far is the mass numbers.”
Sustainability Professor Peter Newman from Curtin University says he sympathises with the Extinction Rebellion group.
“The whole point is that we can’t wait any longer,” he said.
“We only have 16 years, and we need to get going now to be able to make an actual change.
“I welcome the new Climate Emergency statement introduced from the Australian government because it is an essential strategy, and we have never had one and it is significant.
“I don’t expect there will be much change, but the government needs a signal to start making long term changes, and I think its more likely when they see a big group of young people pleading for action.”
Mr Noakes is unsure about the number of people planning to protest on Friday but is hopeful due to the thousands of responses on the group’s Facebook event.
Activist John Yaxley is part of the Gardening Affinity group ‘Dirty Rebels’ and will be joining tomorrow’s protest.
Mr Yaxely said it is important to recognise that not everyone attending tomorrow’s protest will be a disruptor.
“Tomorrow we will be handing out sunflower seeds and encouraging people to plant them around the place,” he said.
“It’s not necessarily a gesture of disruption rather a gesture of respect.
“We just want to say thank you to our government for allowing us to protest as freely as we can.
“People need to read between the lines, and people need to realise that our future isn’t something to profit off.”
The final protest of the Spring Rebellion will begin at 8am on Friday morning at Chevron Gardens in Elizabeth Quay.
Watch the full news conference with Jesse Noakes for the Extinction Rebellion.