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5 Greenpeace Protesters Arrested After Scaling Sydney's Kings Cross Coke Sign To Call For Recycling Scheme

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The protest was "to urge NSW Premier Mike Baird to stand up to soft drink giant Coca-Cola by adopting a world's-best recycling scheme for drink bottles and cans". The plan was to post a giant banner over the famous landmark: "Stop Coke Trashing Australia"


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Evelyn B (63)
Wednesday March 23, 2016, 9:52 am
GREENPEACE - message

At 5am this morning, I got into climbing gear and headed for Kings Cross.

Alongside six fellow volunteers, our plan was to drop a three-storey banner down one of the biggest billboards in Sydney, Coke’s mega-sign. It would have sent a clear message to NSW Premier Mike Baird that he should deliver the world-class recycling scheme he promised - not the rubbish scheme Coke are lobbying for.

Things don’t always go to plan. Mike Baird’s promise is being derailed by Coke - and our plan to ‘recycle’ Coke’s advertising space was derailed before it was finished by police turning up.

But the good news, Evelyn, is that we got our message out. Coke’s lobbying against the world’s best recycling scheme we were promised is all over the news this morning. We may not have unfurled our banner, but we made our mark.

Can you help make this big and share it on Facebook, or forward this email to your friends?

Here’s what it looked like today:

Hundreds of people, and a fair few journalists, gathered beneath us. Tweets and media articles followed to tell our story - climbers were scaling the sign to urge NSW Premier Mike Baird to stand up to soft drink giant Coke and give NSW the world’s best recycling plan, like he promised.

The truth is – I’d never done anything like this before. Seven months ago, I began training as a volunteer climber, and today I was suspended three storeys up in the air. But even as the police arrived, I swallowed my nerves because I’m sick of big corporations like Coke wrecking our environment. We’re just weeks away from a government decision to reduce plastic waste and ocean pollution. We can’t let greedy companies like Coke win. Every moment counts.

Share this moment on Facebook, or forward this email to help build the growing movement of Australians standing up to plastic polluters, like Coke.​

Coke might have millions of dollars to spend on advertising and lobbying our politicians, but we have something bigger – ordinary people like you and me standing up for what we believe in. Let’s show Mike Baird that siding with ordinary people who want a clean Australia will put him on the right side of history.

I’m buoyed by the support we’ve received and I promise that I’ll keep fighting for a cleaner environment. I hope you will too, because together we can’t be stopped.

Laura Mastwyk
Greenpeace Volunteer

Evelyn B (63)
Wednesday March 23, 2016, 10:03 am
Linda has posted a link to a petition/ message for signing - please sign!!
Stop COKE From Trashing a Recycling Scheme That Works!

Darren Woolsey (218)
Wednesday March 23, 2016, 12:18 pm
Signed and shared petition
Thanks Evelyn and Linda

Animae C (508)
Wednesday March 23, 2016, 3:26 pm
Woohoo WTG, well done!!!!

i'm in South Australia we've go a great recycling scheme, coke is doing everything they can to stop New South Wales from adopting a similar scheme!

Petition signed at Linda's post.

Thanx for posting Evelyn

fly bird (26)
Wednesday March 23, 2016, 3:50 pm
Thanks for sharing and for petition link.


Janet B (0)
Thursday March 24, 2016, 12:57 pm

Birgit W (160)
Thursday March 24, 2016, 2:15 pm
All Greenpeace members are heroes in my eyes. Thanks for sharing.

Lois Jordan (63)
Thursday March 24, 2016, 5:44 pm
Noted. Thanks, Evelyn.
So glad to see the protest! Petition signed, too.

Past Member (0)
Thursday March 24, 2016, 8:37 pm
I had signed the petition. Thanks Evelyn for more nauseating truths. They are courageous heroes.

Margie F (148)
Friday March 25, 2016, 1:55 am
I appreciate Greenpeace, but would rather prefer them to be lawful.
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