Instead of looking for hope, look for action.Then, and only then, hope will come. —Greta Thunberg We’ll be less activist if you’ll be less shit. —School Strike 4 Climate placard Bourke Street Mall in central Melbourne is strewn with hundreds of bodies. Shoppers edge past the spectacle trying to work out what’s happening. Police stand at a watchful distance. Commerce in and out of department stores is postponed behind this cheerful shambles of banners and placards, megaphone speeches and sea of sprawled corpses of the theatrically dead. Many of the flags and cardboard signs bear a stylised hourglass in a circle. Weeks after thousands of people brought central London to a standstill under this banner, the Extinction Rebellion has come to Australia. First published at the Monthly It
And here we all are, pencils poised — at least those of us who didn’t already get it over with at prepoll — to pronounce judgement on six years of Abbott, Turnbull and Morrison.