A local climate change protest took place in Victoria during rush hour on Wednesday afternoon.
Extinction Rebellion, an international climate and environmental advocacy group held a “corporate media intervention” as part of a “campaign against climate emergency denial by Canada’s corporate news media.”
The protest was planned during peak traffic from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in front of the Times Colonist office at 2621 Douglas St.
The protest included a simulated gallows with three people posing as victims standing on ice with ropes around their necks. The group said this is to demonstrate that global heating is tightening the noose around humans and other species. A die-in was also planned to take place on the sidewalk along Douglas Street.
Extinction Rebellion said in a release that the media is not doing a good job when it comes to covering the climate crisis and informing audiences about “the relevant science, the dire social consequences of the climate upheaval that is coming and already under way and how fossil fuel trafficking is the main culprit for the crisis.”
The same advocacy group held an 11-hour climate protest at the B.C. Parliament Buildings in September. In October, the group blocked traffic on the Johnson Street Bridge for three-and-a-half hours for another climate protest.