During the last weekend in November 785,000 people in 175 countries took to the streets to march in support of Climate Justice. Did you hear about it? Did the politicians convening at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris hear about it?
I live – rather happily most of the time – without a TV. This means I saw relatively little of the news coverage.
However… I did one-up on watching. I made sure I was there – walking tall among the 5,000 or so individuals who marched in Brisbane, Australia on the 28th of November, calling for ‘Climate Justice’ and an end to our government’s dirty but lucrative addiction to coal.
I’m glad I attended the march. It was heartening to be there. I realised there are plenty of us involved in the movement to realise a clean-energy revolution – people who desire a massive re-think of how we interact personally, locally, nationally and globally with Land. Environment. Earth. The future.
The people who attended the march were upbeat, positive and articulate. We were a diverse mob – with representative from all walks of life: climate-conscious Christians, Tibetans, students, vegans, trade union members, health care professionals, academics, artists, firefighters… There was a massive Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander contingent, which was wicked!
Young female members of Seed, the first indigenous youthled climate network in the world – based right here in Australia (RESPECT!) – hosted the event with much aplomb. Drew Hutton, president of the Lock the Gate Alliance gave a wonderful speech, and there was a stunning turn-out by the Earth Guardian Angels – who were beautiful!
I hope to see you next time we march in Brisbane in support of Climate Justice and ecological sustainability!
“We showed our world leaders gathering in Paris, we want a world our children can thrive in.
We know we can change the world when we act together. And if our government won’t lead, we will. Because from here on in, we’re all in.
We’ll keep turning up and speaking out and harnessing the energy of our communities to grow a movement that is so loud and strong, we cannot be ignored.”