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Activists scale Sydney Harbour Bridge over climate change

IANS  |  Sydney 

activists on Tuesday scaled the Sydney demanding that the declare a climate emergency.

Before sunrise, three activists were found abseiling from the bridge holding placards which read "100% Renewables" while on the ground, the activists were accompanied by a group of people who have been affected by disasters caused by climate change, reports news.

"Climate damage is happening right now. is facing a climate emergency right now. Our political leaders must listen to those already affected by climate disaster and act," Pacific CEO, David Ritter, said in a statement.

"Burning coal is the number one cause of climate change in - but politicians from both major parties have no plan for making coal history, even though they know it puts our health, our homes and our families at risk."

The protesters included residents of the city of Townsville, which at the beginning of the year was affected by the worst floods in decades.

The New Police said that it had arrested 13 people, including the three professional climbers who were abseiling from the bridge in a sea and land operation that lasted more than three hours.

Climate change is one of the main issues of debate in the upcoming in Australia on Saturday.

A group of indigenous islanders lodged a formal complaint against the at the UN on Monday, claiming that their climate inaction violated their basic human rights.

The has pledged to reduce emissions by at least 26 per cent by 2030 with respect to 2005 levels, a target that the independent says will not be achieved.



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First Published: Tue, May 14 2019. 10:00 IST