Climate march draws 60,000+ people in Melbourne for looming #COP21


Well done to everyone who marched or supported the march, particularly the many shop keepers who allowed signs to go up in their windows. It was awesome with the estimated 60,000 people, who at one point, stretched all the way from Parliament House down Bourke street and up Swanston street to the starting place at the State Library at Latrobe street.

“The majority of Australians want action on climate change,” said Geoff Cousins, chair of the Australian Conservation Foundation. “People now realise this is not some theoretical concept. This is affecting their lives on a daily basis and they want something done about it.” he told the crowd, according to ABC News.

November 28, 2015 at 12:55 am 1 comment

Spread the word: People’s Climate March, Fri Nov 27

Update on People’s Climate March, Fri Nov 27 at 5.30pm
Please Spread the Word! 

Invite friends using the Facebook event or forward this page.

People’s Climate March – Melbourne, Friday November 27 at 5.30pm. State Library of Victoria.

Sign up for the march so organisers can tell the media how many people are coming and send you important updates.

Come at 3.30pm for the rally to Stop the forced closure of Aboriginal communities.

Moreland-related People’s Climate March events:

  • Meet Climate Action Morelanders at 5pm on the south end of the State Library Lawns. Look for our banner
  • Moreland Bicycle Users Group is cycling from Brunswick Mechanics Institute from 4.30. More details here.
  • Friends of CERES. Meet at CERES at 4.45pm and go by tram or bike. More info.

Also check out these feeder events for the Climate March:

  • Trade Unionists will be gathering for a free BBQ beforehand at 3pm, Trades Hall. Bring your kids and get their faces painted! Details here and here.
  • Young people will be gathering from 3pm at Carlton Gardens, cnr Rathdowne and Victoria Sts, Carlton South (TBC). See event
  • Faith groups: 5pm Inter-faith “Farewell to Coal”, forecourt Wesley Church, 148 Lonsdale St. Info here
  • Nuclear Free Bloc are wearing yellow and are meeting near Mr Tulk at 5pm. See event
  • Nurses and midwives: 5pm at cnr Swanston and Lt. Lonsdale Sts. More info
  • Grassroots Climate groups: Gather at the southern side of the State Library from about 4.30pm.
  • Health and Science community: wear scrubs, a lab coat or something white – meet at 5pm outside the State Library
  • Martial artists: Check out Facebook event.
  • Singers and choirs: meet at 4.30pm on grass outside State Library
  • Meditators: Every day in week leading up to the Climate March, a group of meditators gather in front of the State Library. More info.

Sing for the Climate

This song will be sung at the rally. It is to the tune of Bella Ciao. There are lots of version at Or check out this great Youtube clip. Here are the lyrics.

 We need to wake up
We need to wise up
We need to open our eyes
And do it now now now
We need to build a better future
And we need to start right now

We’re on a planet
That has a problem
We’ve got to solve it, get involved
And do it now now now
We need to build a better future
And we need to start right now

Make it greener
Make it cleaner
Make it last, make it fast
and do it now now now
We need to build a better future
And we need to start right now

No point in waiting
Or hesitating
We must get wise, take no more lies
And do it now now now
We need to build a better future
And we need to start right now


November 24, 2015 at 1:58 pm Leave a comment

Meditation Action for the Planet

by Pauline Galvin

A group of people interested in the overlap of spiritual practice and environmental action who meet in Moreland are putting on Meditation Actions in the lead up the the People’s Climate March.

The group who came together as a study group working with One Earth Sanga (One Earth Community) and the Melbourne Insight Meditation Group are holding 30 minute nightly walking and sitting meditations outside the State Library from Friday 20th November to Thursday 26th November.

The actions are open for anyone to join in and “Slow down for the Planet”. The action is to remind us to slow down and connect back into what is important in life, slow down global warming, slow down consumption and slow down exploitation of Earth’s finite resources. The action also intends to raise awareness of the upcoming Peoples Climate March on Friday the 27th November. See Facebook event.

MEDITATION action version 4

November 20, 2015 at 10:08 am Leave a comment

Climate marches banned in France: We must march for them

John Englart, our reporter for the Paris climate talks, reports that the French government has banned climate marches planned for November 29 and December 12.

The government is citing security concerns following the November 13 mass shootings and bombings that killed 129 people.

Read John’s report here.

This banning makes it even more vital that people across the world send a  clear message. Our leaders must take strong immediate action to slash carbon emissions. Join us at the Melbourne People’s Climate March on Friday November 27 at 5.30pm outside the State Library. Facebook event here.


John also writes:

Can I suggest that those of you not in Paris do a cardboard cut out of a person and write ‪#‎jesuisParis‬ on it and take it along to the protest as your plus one. Use it to add other climate slogans as you desire. Let your placards speak for Paris as the French State are attempting to silence the citizens of Paris mobilising during the climate conference.

The French organisation Coalition Climate 21 has issued a media release. A web translation is as follows:


Paris, November 18, 2015

The Prefecture of Police of Paris has just informed us that due to the tragic events that took place on November 13, the World March for the climate of 29 November and 12 December mobilizations planned are banned in Paris.

We regret that no alternative has been found to allow our mobilizations. However, we are more determined than ever to make our voices heard on issues of climate justice.

“We realize the gravity of the situation. More than ever we will mobilize and gather creatively. No COP21 without mobilizing civil society ” said Juliette Rousseau, coordinator of the Coalition climate 21.

Indeed, on 28 and 29 November weekend, on the eve of the opening of the COP 21, millions of people will march for climate justice:

  • 2173 events are being prepared in over 150 countries
  • 57 marches are planned worldwide
  • Dozens of marches in the regions of France have been announced

On 29 November and 12 December in Paris, we will find an alternative form of citizen mobilization, to show that COP 21 will not be done only with the negotiators.

Citizens Climate Summit to be held on 5 and 6 December in Montreuil (Seine Saint-Denis) and the Action Zone Climate, to be held from December 7 to 11 at Paris-CENTQUATRE should be maintained. These mobilizations will be two great opportunities to demonstrate that we have the solutions and alternatives to climate change and that civil society is determined to fight against the climate crisis.

21 Climate Coalition recalled that COP 21 is not an end in itself and that we citizens of the world are building a movement that will be strengthened after this summit and beyond.

November 19, 2015 at 10:10 am Leave a comment

Moreland climate activists join protest over Carmichael Coal Mine

By Bron Plarre

When the Minister for Environment, Greg Hunt, re-approved the Carmichael Coal Mega-Mine in the Galilee Basin Queensland, CAM members together with all manner of climate activist groups took to Hunt’s office in Hastings on October 16 to voice their outrage.


The Climate Guardians on the day after Hunt’s announcement.

The Climate Guardians co-convenor Dr Liz Conor said: “to be actually expanding the Australian coal export industry now is beyond irresponsible, it’s staggeringly negligent.”

Two weeks later, on October 30, Direct Action Melbourne (DAM) made the point that coal mining of such magnitude is unconscionable and completely incompatible with protecting our ever more degraded ecology and food producing land, let alone with the embodied carbon emissions associated with a project of that size – 40km long open cut mine producing 60 million tonnes per year.

DAM members role-played fat-cat wealthy billionaires, coal miners, fishes of the reef. They locked-on in Hunt’s office for most of the day, triggering federal police attendance, and renamed Hunt Minister AGAINST the Environment and Minister for COAL.

DSC_0044Coal versus Sacred Land

DSC_0056Face-off: Billionaires versus the Reef

November 12, 2015 at 12:22 pm Leave a comment

Race to Coburg night market – December 4

The Public Transport Users Association wants more sustainable transport options in our city that are frequent, reliable and connected.  Because we know that when we have a great public transport network, people will use it.

Race to Coburg Night Market

The PTUA are creating local events to engage people in their communities and campaign for better transport options. This year they have already run the Race to Richmond Town Hall and the Race to Preston Market. Now it’s Moreland’s turn. The PTUA is teaming up with Moreland Council and holding a race in conjunction with the Coburg Night Market on the 4th December kicking off at 5pm.

On that day, participants take public transport from home, work, school or where ever they might normally be on the day leaving at roughly the same time (5pm) and then all converge on the Coburg night market.  The winner will be the participant that has the fasted average speed for their journey.

Check out the event and register at

For more information, contact Eleisha Mullane 0418 288 110

November 12, 2015 at 10:02 am Leave a comment

Bicycle riders of Moreland – join the ride for a safe climate!

Are you a cyclist in Moreland? Would you like to cycle to the People’s Climate March on November 27? Moreland Bicycle User Group has endorsed the march and will be riding in as a body. All cyclists are welcome to join in.

Meet at: Brunswick Mechanics’ Institute, cnr Sydney Rd and Glenlyon Rd, Brunswick at 4:30 p.m. Fri 27 November.

For more information, contact Nic Dolby on 0400 682 729.

November 12, 2015 at 9:30 am 3 comments

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