Protesters led by around the world led by Extinction Rebellion are calling on governments and businesses to do more to avoid climate catastrophe.
Protests began in Wellington’s central business district and on the steps of parliament, and also took place in Melbourne, Sydney, and Canberra.
Some 60 events were planned around the world on Monday, including in Berlin, Paris, and London. Berlin protesters had already set up a camp over the weekend in front of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s office and the Reichstag, and in London, seven people were arrested on Sunday “on suspicion of conspiracy to cause public nuisance” after the kick-off ceremony near Marble Arch.
Extinction Rebellion or XR, which originates in the UK, promised a protest “five times larger” than the massive one it held in London in April.