Protestors take action against climate change

A group of environmentalists in Invercargill take to the streets to protest a bank's support of the fossil fuel industry. Photo: Laura Smith

UNDER the sea – the lyrics from a catchy song fit well with the theme of Monday’s Extinction Rebellion protest in Invercargill.

A group of environmentalists took to the streets as part of the international movement campaigning for awareness over inaction on climate change.

They finished their protest at ANZ on Kelvin St, with a demonstration over the bank’s support of the fossil fuel industry.

Protester Erin Crowley explained the use of sand bags placed outside the bank’s entrance was to illustrate the need for action, particularly in Southland where sea-level rising would present a significant challenge – a boat was used in the protest to highlight the point.

“The climate is changing, we’ve seen it down here already… we just can’t continue the way we’re going,” Ms Crowley said.

The boat was named Tony Gray after a local environmentalist.

“We just want to educate people,” co-ordinator Raylene Carston said. “We’re protesting because the world is being destroyed and the fossil fuel industry is a major part of that.”

More than 60 cities around the world will experience protests this week, including Wellington.

Extinction Rebellion Aotearoa New Zealand national media liaison Simon Oosterman said ANZ was targeted “to push it to divert away from fossil fuels”.

the Lambton Quay branch of the bank to declare a climate emergency, six individuals have glued themselves to the window in an act of civil disobedience to demand action on the climate crisis.”

The Invercargill group aimed for a peaceful protest, Ms Carston said.

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