TWO peaceful protest events to highlight species loss were held at the Sale Mall on Saturday, with several adults and children taking part.
A 'paint-in' was held as a gentle reminder from Concerned Artists Resisting Extinction about extinction, not only throughout Gippsland but all of Australia.
CORE members came together to portray through art the dire situation confronting the country's flora and fauna.
Several artists helped the beginner artists complete birds, possums, frogs and other native animals, with the event providing an opportunity to talk about the threatened species.
Because of the success of the paint in, spokeswoman Dawn Stubbs said a second one will be held in the Sale Mall on Saturday, December 21, between 10am and 1pm.
It will feature a Christmas activity for adults and children, with the focus on Australia's many endangered species. With help from CARE artists, together with members of Extinction Rebellion, people are invited to bring the family to paint a special endangered species Christmas card or fridge magnet to cherish forever.
All materials will be supplied, but organisers are asking for a $2 donation to take home a wooden cut out fridge magnet.
"Artists are working together to bring attention to the special species that as Australians we cherish and sadly are disappearing from our wild places," Ms Stubbs said.
The 'paint in' coincided with a 'die-in' by Extinction Rebellion members.
Local members of the group staged a mock death event, demonstrating their support for immediate action on the climate crisis.
A spokesperson said the act of playing dead illustrated the extinction humans and animals inevitably face if the warnings of expert climate scientists were ignored.
Members of the public could also join in drawing and painting animals that are facing extinction, such as the black-throated finch (which is claimed to be under threat from the Adani Carmichael Mine in Queensland) and the critically endangered Leadbeater's possum.
The Pop-Up Piano was cranking out some rocking tunes, creating a jubilant and hopeful atmosphere.
"We are here to send a message that if the government do not take these issues seriously, then the citizens will rise up like the oceans and cause mass disruption," a spokesperson for the event said.
The protesters held placards that read phrases such as "Extinction is Forever", "There is no Planet B" and "This is a Climate Emergency".
Extinction Rebellion is a worldwide movement which began in London. There are groups around Australia, including one recently formed in Sale. Using acts of civil disobedience, they are asking the federal government to "tell the truth" about climate change, achieve net zero emissions by 2025 and form a citizens' assembly to oversee the transition.