National Climate Emergency Rally Melbourne June 2009

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National Climate Emergency rallies were held across Australia on Saturday June 13, 2009.

Over 4,000 people attended the rally in Melbourne, Australia, which commenced at the State Library in Swanston Street.

Speakers included:

  • India Jilly (10 years old)
  • David Spratt, author of Climate Code Red
  • Senator Bob Brown
  • Emeretta Cross
  • Damien Lawson

Speakers called for

  • a rapid transition to renewable energy - 40% by 2020
  • no more coal fired power stations
  • protecting Australian forests from logging to keep the carbon they store safe.
  • scrapping the flawed Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS)
  • redirection of the $18b the Australian government plans to give to polluting industries to renewable energy
  • the importance of addressing climate change to reduce the risk of more extreme bushfires
  • the impending displacement of many people from Pacific island nations resulting from sea level rises
  • more community organisation and protests to ensure the government takes immediate actions to reduce emissions
  • funding for energy efficiency measures and increased public transport.

The protesters marched down Swanston Street and sat down outside the Melbourne Town Hall, where the Victorian Labor Party's state conference was in progress, then continued up Collins Street to the Treasury Gardens.

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