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Painting the town green

Louise Ternouth

"Our voices won't be silenced until the planets saved" Extinction Rebellion group chalk and poster Christchurch streets.

Last night climate change group Extinction Rebellion Ōtautahi spread posters and messages about climate change all over the CBD. 

The group said the event was, "a call to action to the general public to wake up and realise they have a voice."

The event was the first of three and mimics a similar action by a sister group in the UK. 

 After this action the Mayor of London declared declared a climate emergency. The group hopes New Zealand will do the same. 

Michael Apathy, Extinction Rebellion Activist, said, "We would love if the government was willing to declare a climate emergency."

Earlier that day the group presented to Ecan and the City Council to gain their support and hold them to account. 

"We feel they are failing to live up to their role as steward of Ōtautahi, we've put the fire under them to get them to move faster because we need them to and they speak for us," said one of the participants.

The group are having two more  "Chalk and Poster the Streets" events on Friday and Sunday.