A 22-year-old climate activist has suspended herself from a tripod structure on Brisbane’s Victoria bridge during peak hour traffic.

It is alleged that she said she was concerned about the health impacts of climate change and was “afraid” of bringing children into the world.

Brisbane Times report that Police were called to the Bridge just before 8am.

Sophie Thompson, a midwife, live-streamed her protest on the Extinction Rebellion Facebook page where she was dangling roughly five metres above the road.

She said she was concerned about the health impacts of climate change and was “afraid” of bringing children into the world.

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A police spokesman said the bridge was still open to buses during the protest but was closed to cars.

Ms Thompson lowered herself  just before 9:00am after police negotiators told her they would begin to dismantle the bamboo tripod structure while she was still up there if she did not come down.

The bridge was re-opened to traffic about 9am.

The action was organised by Extinction Rebellion and a statement from the group said it was the first protest of “thousands” expected in the coming days as part of International Rebellion Week, the last of which “All people of privilege need to assess their priorities and take civil disobedience in place of those who cannot, to force rapid systematic change.”