Extinction Rebellion protesters start a fight outside the minister’s office

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Extinction Rebellion protesters outside Tanya Plibersek’s office. Photo: Facebook/Extinction Rebellion Sydney.

By ELLIOT HEATH

Global environmental group Extinction Rebellion is trying to squeeze its way into the ears of Minister of Environment and Water Tanya Plibersek, by organizing weekly drumming protests outside the minister’s office in Redfern.

The group is asking Plibersek to reject a toxic tailings dam proposed by Chinese company MMG in the heart of Takayna National Park. The national park, located in northwestern Tasmania, is home to an expanse of cool temperate rainforest.

Extinction Rebellion spokeswoman Doro Babeck said the protests were simply to remind Plibersek to do his job.

“We remind Tanya to do her job. She has a decision ahead of her regarding a toxic tailings dam in the ancient Tarkine Rainforest in Tasmania, so we remind her not to approve this project,” Babeck said. city ​​hub.

Extinction Rebellion protesters brought drums to rally against the dam in Tasmania National Park. Photo: Facebook/Extinction Rebellion Sydney.

The proposed dam is to be built in the center of already endangered species, the habitat of Tasmanian masked owls, native to Tasmania. Extinction Rebellion protesters offered Tanya Plibersek the chance to visit the owl in its natural habitat, with no response from the minister.

The dam project is just one of many environmental issues that Extinction Rebellion has protested outside Plibersek’s office since their launch in March this year.

Protesters also oppose Labor government emissions targets

The group also protested against the new climate change bill proposed by Anthony Albanese and his Labor government, suggesting that the proposed 43% cut in emissions is not enough to save the planet.

“It started at 43%, which is not good enough. We should have 60% by the end of the decade. We don’t see the scale required, we need to do more, much more,” Babeck said city ​​hub.

Babeck, who donned an impressive Tasmanian masked owl costume at the protest, described the start of Plibersek’s tenure as environment minister as disappointing.

“I think it was quite disappointing and I’m not the only one saying that. There is a general feeling of disappointment in the community that she could do more. It wasn’t as good as we expected.

city ​​hub has contacted Plibersek for comment, but has yet to receive a response.

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