Australian news, and some related international items

Across Australia, rallies for climate change action

climate-changeAustralians join global rallies for climate change action ahead of Paris talks ABC News 29 Nov 15 Thousands of Australians have joined a worldwide wave of marches on the eve of United Nations climate change negotiations in Paris, calling for stronger measures to combat global warming.

Events were held today in Sydney, Canberra, Perth and Hobart, as well as regional and rural towns around Australia, joining about 600 other cities in more than 120 countries around the world.

Protests have already taken place in BrisbaneMelbourne and Darwin. In Sydney, thousands of people gathered in The Domain before marching to the Opera House.  Doctors, firefighters and religious leaders were among the crowd, which called for governments to keep temperatures from rising by more than 2 degrees Celsius – the limit scientists say would trigger dangerous climate change.

Currently temperatures have risen 1C since the Industrial Revolution.

Among the placards held by attendees was a sign warning: “There is no Planet B”.

In Canberra, a crowd of about 5,000 marched from Parliament House, down the ramp and along Commonwealth Avenue before arriving at the Aboriginal Tent Embassy in front of Old Parliament House.

The crowd chanted “from coal and gas to wind and sun. This power shift has begun” and “we are unstoppable, another world is possible”.

At the tent embassy the group was welcomed by Aboriginal elders who invited the group onto the land. The ACT Conservation Council’s Phoebe Howe said the march was about celebrating successes as well as advocating for more action.

“Often at these climate marches it can feel like we’re protesting something that’s so hard to change, but the reality is that there is so much climate action already happening right across the world and here in Canberra’s a great example of that,” she said.

“We’re excited to celebrate that and to invite everyone participating today to find ways they can stay involved and keep pushing so that together we can find that global solution.”

In Hobart about 1,000 people gathered on the lawns of Parliament House to listen to a series of speakers. Despite the location of the rally, the organisers did not include politicians in the line-up.

Many people carried placards and signs calling for a focus on renewable energy and less of a reliance on fossil fuels.

The Greens were present and called for more action from Tasmania’s state Liberal Government on clarifying its climate change policy.

 Wildlife also featured strongly, with participants dressed as parrots and Tasmanian devils to draw attention to the plight of endangered species.

The crowd fell silent for a minute at the start of the rally, in tribute to the victims of the Paris terror attacks.

In Adelaide, a crowd marched from the Torrens Parade ground in the CBD to Victoria Square.

Organisers say around 6,000 people have attended the rally in Adelaide, making it the largest ever in South Australia on the issue…..

The march came as the South Australian Government released a plan to make Adelaide the “world’s first carbon neutral city”.

In Perth, organisers said more than 7,000 people joined in the national rally with around 350 community groups joining Aboriginal elders and religious leaders to march from Wellington Square into the city.

The recent bushfires in Esperance were a hot topic.

WA president of the United Firefighters Union Kevin Jolly said changing fire seasons means the Government needed to invest more resources.

“The summer period … from December through to march has been extended. You know we are here in November and in Western Australia and we’ve already had catastrophic fires,” he said.

“There are no sceptics of climate change when you are behind a hose. Firefighters are working hard and longer and the Government needs to recognise that and put in more resources.”……

November 30, 2015 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, climate change - global warming

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