A free and harmonious lunchtime concert was prominently held at the corner of Strickland street and South Coast highway last Monday, to raise awareness of the Extinction Rebellion organisation’s international week of action and to connect Denmark with the global movement.
Extinction Rebellion calls on lawmakers to act on the planet’s climate emergency, by telling the truth about climate change, achieving zero net emissions by 2025, and forming a citizens’ assembly to guide the process.
Live music was provided by the Myles Mitchell Trio, Hannah Walker, Mary Jayne, Adam Grok, Dawn Barrington, Eugine Eades and a traditional Irish band.
Organisers said they wanted to show public support for the Shire of Denmark’s recent decision to declare a climate emergency.
They were also celebrating the arrival of The Great Walk of Peace, which reached Denmark on Monday, on its way to Perth.
Participants were invited to wear blue, to highlight the impact of climate change on Denmark’s water supply.
Extinction Rebellion organiser Rod Mitchell said that 20 locals would travel to Perth to join the Flood the City event being held on October 11.
Less harmonious than Denmark, Extinction Rebellion held events in capital and other cities. In Brisbane on Tuesday, at least two people were arrested as around 200 protesters blocked major intersections in the CBD and on Monday there were 30 arrests in Sydney and 10 in Melbourne.
Also on Tuesday, protestors rallied outside the offices of The West Australian demanding more action on climate change.