Protests began in Wellington’s central business district and on the steps of parliament, and also took place in Melbourne, Sydney, and Canberra.
“Either we make history, or we’re history,” said Melanie Vautier, a university student who took part in the Wellington demonstrations. “That means we must draw the line on fossil fuels before it’s too late.”
However, the protests were not only led by the young. The New Zealand protests were led by the 80-year-old Mary Rose, who said that “as a great grandmother, I’m determined to help wake up the world, so my grandchildren have the same choices as their parents.”
Some 60 events were planned around the world on Monday, including in Berlin, Paris, and London. Berlin protesters had already set up a camp (above) 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.
Neither the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt......Sam Adams