Climate change activist group Extinction Rebellion is planning demonstrations across Melbourne in October during what it’s calling Spring Rebellion – a series of events calling for the state and federal governments to declare a climate emergency.
The demonstrations begin in the CBD on Monday October 7 and they will likely affect traffic and commuters during afternoon peak hour. Protestors will meet at 4pm in Carlton Gardens before walking to Flinders Street Station for a blockade of as yet undisclosed streets from around 5pm. Trams, traffic and footpaths will likely be affected.
On Tuesday October 8 a march will begin at 8am at Carlton Gardens and will occupy an unnamed major intersection in the CBD. The protest is planned to go well into the evening with performances from local arts groups and bands.
Yarra Trams has announced possible disruptions on October 7 and 8 to lines 48, 70, 75, 86 and 96 and has advised commuters to be prepared and plan ahead.
Protestors will stage more blockades on Wednesday October 9 by branching off into various unnamed locations across the city from 3pm. On Friday October 28 from 6am until 5pm, another blockade will take place in front of the offices of mining company BHP in protest of the International Mining and Resources Conference – Australia’s largest mining industry convention.
There are also several low-key events happening as part of Spring Rebellion. Footscray record store and cafe Counterweight Vinyl & Espresso is hosting a dance and fundraiser on October 5 from 10am until 7pm to raise funds for Extinction Rebellion’s legal costs. If a quiet protest is more your thing there’s a peaceful meditation on the steps of parliament on Monday October 7 from 10am until 7.30pm. Bring your own snacks and chairs if you plan to stay a while otherwise cushions will be supplied for shorter pop-ins.
Then on Saturday October 12 protesters will meet in Carlton Gardens for a body-painting session before taking their protest art through the streets. You can also attend a family-friendly info session on October 27 to learn about Extinction Rebellion’s mission. It’s aimed at educating kids and finishes with art workshops where they can make badges and signs for upcoming marches.
Extinction Rebellion began in the UK in May 2018 and now operates globally. Its aim is to call for climate action using non-violent civil disobedience.