EXTINCTION Rebellion protesters in Australia stripped off for a “nudie parade” in a bid to expose the crisis of climate change.
Activists proudly marched in their undies as they took to the streets of Melbourne for the sixth day of demonstrations.
The semi-naked protesters hourglass flags – the symbol of the movement – as they painted slogans on their bodies telling the world to “act now” on climate change.
Others covered themselves in what looked like blood and oil, writing “Business as usual” as a criticism of government and corporate response to climate action.
On their official Twitter account, Australia Extinction Rebellion posted a picture of the march, writing: “Look at all those lovely bods! We’d do anything for some climate attention”.
Australia’s sunny protest contrasted with those in rainy London, where campaigners battled dreary weather to plan actions and marches across the capital.
Doctors, nurses and medical students today demonstrated at Jubilee Gardens, near Shell’s London headquarters.
Alex Turner, 36, a paediatric and emergency doctor from Bristol who was wearing his blue scrubs and stethoscope, said: “We are meeting outside Shell because they are one of the biggest companies involved in the oil and energy industry, and they have real power to decarbonise that industry.
“We are protesting illegal levels of air pollution.”
Around 200 activists then marched to Trafalgar Square, holding placards warning of the health risk fossils fuels pose to humanity.
They then removed their shoes and lined them up to represent the 110 lives lost daily from air pollution in the UK.
“Red rebels” were also seen taking part in a blockade in Central London, while hundreds marched in Oxford Street.
The International Rebellion is taking place over a two-week period in at least 60 countries worldwide. Activists in the UK are calling for net zero carbon emissions by 2025 – 25 years faster than the Government’s current pledge.
As of this evening, Metropolitan Police had arrested more than 1,300 protesters involved with the ongoing civil disobedience.
Belgium’s Princess Esmeralda was among those arrested after she joined a sit-in protest in Trafalgar Square on Thursday.
The 63-year-old tweeted: “Today along with many other protesters I was arrested and put in police custody. The climate emergency calls on all of us to put pressure on governments to act with urgency.”
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Meanwhile, former Paralympic cyclist James Brown appeared in court on Saturday morning charged with causing a public nuisance during the group’s protest at London City Airport on Thursday.
The 55-year-old, who is visually impaired, is accused of climbing on top of a British Airways plane and gluing himself to it, Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard.
Brown denied causing a public nuisance and is due to stand trial on November 8.
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