11th September 2019

Extinction Rebellion Dye Zurich River Green To Protest Climate Emergency

The Limmat River in Zurich has been dyed luminous green by the climate activist group, Extinction Rebellion.

The colourful move is a part of their “September tour”, which will see varying protest action across Switzerland.

It comes ahead of a worldwide climate protest which is set to happen on the 20th of September.

Extinction Rebellion make strong statement with shocking green river

As the Limmat river shined with a nuclear green glow, people jumped in the water to make a statement.

The activists, wearing extinction rebellion t-shirts, posted photos on social media, showing them lying motionless in the water and appearing dead.

They have said that the action was to, “draw attention to the impending collapse of the ecosystem, and to the toxic system in which we live”

Dye used was fairly harmless, despite it’s shocking colour

The dye used was fairly harmless, being made up of uranine, which has around the same levels of toxicity as table salt.

However, despite the low level environmental impact, the colour made a strong statement.

This type of peaceful disruption is pretty typical of Extinction Rebellion, a protest group which originally started in London.

The group has previously brought central London to a standstill with hundreds of protestors occupying the streets with the aim of forcing parliamentary attention.

The British government has since declared a climate emergency in response to this.

Feeling frustrated and want to get involved?

Take some inspiration from those who made non-violent protests where it’s at.

The bed-in

One of the more appealing ways to show dissent, Yoko Ono and husband John Lennon took to the sheets to show their disapproval of the Vietnam War.

Taking the sit-in one step further they decided to dominate headlines by refusing to leave their honeymoon suite for weeks at a time.

From bed they also recorded the now world famous song: ‘Give Peace a Chance’.

Lady in White

Channeling some major Lady Godiva feels Inez Milholland Boissevain led a 5,000 strong protest on horseback while wearing a gown and a crown in 1913.

This was one of the major protests conducted in order to grant women the right to vote – which was achieved seven years later.

The Salt March

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In the year 1930, Mahatma Gandhi led the #SaltMarch against the English colonialist rules symbolised by the Salt Tax, uniting the people of India to walk together.⁣ ⁣ On Friday, August 16, 2019, we will be marching to the ALCAN headquarters led by the Adivasi people, the protectors of the land, in order to #UniteAgainstPlunder and show that #KashipurSaysNO to Bauxite strip mining on our ancient home grounds.⁣ We will present our petition and ask for your signatures to end bauxite mining on Adivasi lands. ⁣ We, the Adivasis, represent the most unheard and misrepresented members of society who have suffered generational loses, but now, we fight for our rights.⁣ ⁣ Please join in support of our cause.⁣

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To kick start India’s independence movement Mohandas Gandhi led followers on a 24 day march to a beach to pick salt, all under the watchful eyes on British colonial forces.

The mother of the civil rights movement

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#rosaparks wise words

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Inciting the famous ‘Montgomery Bus Boycott’, the mother of the civil rights movement, Rosa Parks, refused to give up her seat on a bus for a white man in 1955.

A year later segregated buses were deemed unconstitutional.

Tiananmen Square 

An image which has since been used to represent the power any individual can hold, one man stood in front of a line of tanks in China in 1989.

This was after the Chinese military shot into a crowd of people protesting for democratic freedom, killing over 200 people.


Feeling inspired? So get off your ass (or don’t) and make your voice be heard!

Want to do it the old fashioned way?

Join us in the climate protest on September 20th!


By Erin Cobby