National Climate Emergency Rally Melbourne June 2009

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India Jilly
India Jilly
David Spratt
David Spratt
Senator Bob Brown
Senator Bob Brown

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.

The rally was called to acknowledge the climate emergency we are now experiencing and the need emergency action, with drought, bush fires, floods and rising seas are already hitting hard.

The recession and climate change can be tackled together through direct investment in renewable energy to create jobs, stimulate the economy and begin to create the carbon-free economy of the future.

Rally demands:

  • 100% renewable energy by 2020. Australia must make the shift from fossil fuels to 100% renewable energy from wind, solar and other available technologies.
  • Green collar jobs not job cuts. We can renew our economy by creating hundreds of thousands of 'green jobs' and supporting workers to make a fair and just transition to sustainable industries.
  • Don't pass the Carbon Pollution law. We need climate policies that make the big polluters pay and not allow big companies to go on polluting. The CPRS won't reduce Australia's greenhouse pollution.
  • Logging and clearing vegetation are major contributors to climate change as forests and woodlands are important carbon stores.

Contents

Speakers

Speakers condemned the Government's emissions trading scheme as inadequate and accused the Government of selling out to heavily polluting industries.

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.

Responses

Minister for Climate Change Penny Wong attempted to defend the Rudd Government's CPRS by claiming that the government "this Government does want to take action on climate change," and that "What many of these people are calling for simply can't be done. It can't be done while supporting jobs"[1] Senator Wong appears to have missed the central point of the rallies that thousands of clean energy jobs can be created to lower carbon emissions and tackle climate change.

Photos

More photos: Climate Emergency Rally

Video

See also

External links

References

  1. Wong defends policy amid climate change protests, ABC News, June 13, 2009
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