Peoples Climate rally 5.30pm Friday 27 November
The UN Climate Conference kicks off on Monday 30 November in Paris. People around the world will be mobilising to speak with one voice in a #PeoplesClimate rally on the weekend of 27-29 November demanding an ambitious climate agreement and climate action from our leaders and those who have been negotiating for 20 years and more. We shouldn’t accept any more pussyfooting around, or the weak targets that succeeding Australian governments have put forward at global forums.
The protest in Melbourne is scheduled for the Friday afternoon. What we do here in Melbourne sends a clear signal to the rest of the world.
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The people of Melbourne are amazing for speaking loudly and clearly on any issue that involves justice. Some of us rallied with the Vietnam Moratorium, or the huge protests against the war on Iraq in 2003, or the rallies on climate change regularly drawing tens of thousands of us, and even last week with an impromtu response on the Abbott Government attempt to ramp up and play on the politics of fear and xenophobia through the militarized Borderforce.
And action on climate change is a demand for justice for our children, grandchildren and future generations. We march to prevent a crime against the future, an intergenerational planetary crime.
Climate Action Moreland will be raising our profile over the coming months for this rally, but also for our ongoing campaigns. We have already had significant success in persuading Moreland Council to divest from fossil fuels. Come along to help us organise. So many ways you can help: it might be doorknocking, distributing postcards, or handing out leaflets at stations, help with phoning our contacts, or doing a stall at a local shopping strip or Farmers Market.
Come along to our meetings and related events, volunteer to help us with our activities, but come along on Friday 27 November. Don’t just bring yourself, but bring your family, your colleages, your friends and neighbours and bring a banner or placard.
Let’s make it a call for business to incorporate low carbon and sustainability principles in their products and services or face the wrath of public criticism and opprobrium. Let’s make it clear that exploratory fracking for coal seam gas will not be tolerated, or any new coal mines. That the ageing brown coal power stations in the La Trobe Valley need to be shut down and community transitional programs put into place to cushion the impact on affected communities.
Lets make it a march and rally to remember, a defiance of the lacklustre and damaging climate policies of the Federal Abbott Government and a strong show of support for subsequent governments of whatever hue to step up and take the necessary regulatory actions.
Over in Paris a massive march is expected on November 29th, with marches in other cities across the globe that weekend. Sydney marches on the Sunday. This global weekend of action will then be followed as the summit ends in Paris with another rally in Paris on December 12 when citizens will have the final word and chart the fight going forward to keep dirty energy from choking our communities. Climate Action Moreland member John Englart and his teenage daughter will be in Paris reporting directly on these protests, and will also have NGO accreditation to report from inside the conference.
November’s Peoples’s Climate Rally is a pivotal point of an escalating but peaceful campaign to take back control of the atmospheric commons from those who pollute.