Protesters scale Sydney Harbour Bridge to declare 'climate emergency'

Six people have scaled the Sydney Harbour Bridge on Tuesday morning, with Greenpeace saying the protesters were calling on Prime Minister Scott Morrison "declare a climate emergency".

A NSW Police spokesman said there was an operation under way at 6am after a "number of people were detected" on the bridge.

At 7am, three people could be seen abseiling from the bridge holding small banners that read "100% renewables".

Greenpeace protestors hang off the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Picture: Nick Moir

Greenpeace protestors hang off the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Picture: Nick Moir

One lane of traffic on the bridge was temporarily closed, but re-opened minutes later and there were no traffic delays.

The protest was co-ordinated by environmental group Greenpeace Australia Pacific.

Chief executive David Ritter said "Australians who have survived climate disasters have come to the centre of Sydney to demand action because they are sick of being ignored."

Standing below the bridge on Tuesday morning, Goulburn grazier and Greenpeace supporter Ed Suttle said "to accuse Greenpeace of a minor interruption (to commuters) today when we're acting on behalf of the entire globe and the Australian population is irrelevant".

On various social media posts, Greenpeace wrote "6 activists have just scaled the Sydney Harbour Bridge to call on Scott Morrison to declare a #ClimateEmergency", and asked people to sign a petition in support of them.

On various social media posts, Greenpeace wrote "6 activists have just scaled the Sydney Harbour Bridge to call on Scott Morrison to declare a #ClimateEmergency" and asked people to sign a petition in support of them.

"All over Australia, people are waking up to the realities of climate damage," they said.

Police confirmed that some activists had been arrested during the morning, but could not immediately say how many.

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