All over Australia, there's a Walk Against Warming
International Day of Action on Climate Change
Saturday November 4, 2006
The Walk Against Warming event content details of this page have been copied from the Walk Against Warming website; please check the website for later updates on additional locations of the Walk Against Warming. Project SafeCom warmly thanks the organisers for their work.
Thousands march against global warming
ABC Queensland | Local News | Story
Thousands of people have turned out for rallies across Australian cities to raise awareness of climate change. The Walk Against Warming was an international event with similar marches happening around the globe.
The biggest march was in Sydney as thousands of people walked from Martin Place to the Botanical Gardens. Campaigners opposed to coal and nuclear power and are calling for the Government to adopt more solar and renewable energy sources.
Greens Senator Bob Brown addressed the crowds before the walk began. "This lucky sunny country of ours can turn what is a despairing situation into a world of optimism, using our technology to make the whole world sing with renewable power and energy efficiency which doesn't threaten the future," he said.
Organisers of the protest march in Canberra say more than 2,500 people took part. Policy adviser to the federal Greens and former deputy director of the Australia Institute, Richard Denniss, addressed the gathering and criticised the Federal Government for failing to adhere the agreement it made at the Earth Summit in 1992. "We agreed that developed countries have the responsibility to act first," he said.
"It wasn't in the small print that China and India wouldn't be involved until the second period - it wasn't in the small print, it was a fundamental principle."
Campaigners in Queensland are hoping today's international day of action will increase pressure on all levels of government to do more to address the problem. Thousands of people were expected to take part in the Walk Against Warming in Brisbane's CBD this afternoon.
Glenda Pickersgill is fighting the State Government's plan to dam the Mary River, near Gympie, and is urging Queenslanders to get involved in saving the planet. "We will join with thousands of other people down in Brisbane to show people power that climate change is really important," she said. "We have got to be thinking and planning for future generations to stop this problem."
A large crowd of people gathered at Hobart's Princes Park to mark the international day of action on climate change. Peaceful protesters made their way through the city holding banners criticising the proposed Gunns pulp mill and the Howard Government's refusal to ratify the Kyoto Protocol. Organisers of the Walk Against Warming say Tasmanians are noticing the effects of global warming, with a record dry winter this year and recent bushfires. The crowd gathered at Princes Park where they will be addressed by state greens MHA Nick McKim and members of the Wilderness society.
In Adelaide 1,000 people marched the four kilometres from the airport to West Beach. Peter Owen from the Wilderness Society says the march was a cry for the Federal Government to act. "At the moment I think we're still in denial over the implications of climate change," he said.
"They don't believe a lot of the science, they're not willing to act on what a lot of our top scientists in the world are saying. Australia seriously needs to sign the Kyoto Protocol. "It seriously needs to spend a lot of money in the development of renewable energy."
The Australian Government doesn't care about climate change.
We know you do.
The Government will only take real action on climate change and protect our kids' futures if you to tell them to. Join thousands of other Australians in a peaceful walk urging action on climate change now.
The only way we can be certain government and politicians and political parties will have the necessary will to act is to mobilise the community around climate change like we've never seen before.
Now is a time for courage - we need people everywhere, scientists, academics, government officials, politicians - to break ranks, to risk their public sector careers, to join unlikely alliances around climate change, to become heroes to a very worthy cause.
We need people to demand the government take action over something that has the potential to destroy our children's futures. We need politicians to be scared about their political careers if they don't take the necessary action on climate change - action which includes a good dose of community education on the issue as well as regulation and incentives.
If you want your kids, your grandkids and your great-grandkids to inherit a planet capable of supporting human life, make sure you join the thousands of other people at Walk Against Warming on November 4.
:::CALL TO ACTION::: Monday 18 September 2006: A Planetary Emergency: Earth on the boil - this week, of all weeks in the year, seems a most opportune week to send you Project SafeCom's 'brand-new' publication - the brochure "From Climate Change to Climate Justice".
Where can I Walk?
See also the List of Contacts below!
Sydney (NSW) - 11am Martin Place (walk to Tarpeian Way next to Botanic Gardens)
Parramatta (NSW) - 9:30am Amphitheatre (near the Town Hall)
Newcastle (NSW) - 1pm Nobby's Beach (near the Surf Life Saving Club)
Maitland (NSW) - 10am Maitland Post Office (walk to Maitland Park)
Byron Bay (NSW) - 9:30am Peace Pole (by the beach)
Port Macquarie (NSW) - 10am Town Green (walk to Town Beach)
Grafton (NSW) - 5:30pm Jacaranda Float Parade
Pambula (NSW) - 10am Tennis Courts (Toalla St)
Wollongong (NSW) - 10:30am Crown St Mall Amphitheatre
Robertson (NSW) - 9am Calong St Bridge (tree planting & walk to CTC)
Bowral (NSW) - 2pm CWA Hall (Wingecarribee St)
Melbourne (VIC) - 1pm Town Hall (walk to Birrarung Marr)
Ballarat (VIC) - 11am Windmill Drive, Lake Wendouree
Brisbane (QLD) - 2pm Queens Park (cnr George & Elizabeth St)
Townsville (QLD) - 3pm ANZAC Park (walk to Strand Park)
Cairns (QLD) - 10am City Place (walk to Foggerty Park) Bring a brolly!
Perth (WA) - 12:30pm Russell Square, Northbridge (see these details below)
Bunbury (WA) - 11am Big Swamp Wildlife Park
Canberra (ACT) - 12pm Civic Square, Legislative Assembly (walk to Glebe Park)
Adelaide (SA) - 10am Adelaide Airport (walk to West Beach)
Hobart (TAS) - 12pm Franklin Square (walk to Princes Park Battery Point)
Darwin (NT) - 5pm Jetty at Nightcliff Foreshore
What you can take:
Take lots of copies of the Project SafeCom Climate Justice flyer. You can download it from here:
Join together in Perth for the
International Day of Action on Climate Change
Meet @ Russell Square (James Street) Northbridge 12:30pm
Inspiring speakers, great entertainment, local music and a range of informative displays will greet you at the end of the 1km walk which winds up at the Perth Cultural Centre (opposite PICA).
• Dress in yellow • Bring a colourful umbrella • Carry sunflowers
Our planet's future is our children's future - protect the future today!
To help (we need volunteers) or for details: Sian Churcher on (08) 9420 7266; email: wo [at] conservationwa.asn.au; web: www.walkagainstwarming.org
Walk Against Warming