March for the cli­mate

Pilbara News - - Lifestyle - Robyn Gul­liver Robyn Gul­liver is a mem­ber of the Kar­ratha En­viro Group.

On the last week­end of Novem­ber, hun­dreds of thou­sands of peo­ple came to­gether across the world to march for the cli­mate.

The pur­pose of the marches was to send a mes­sage to world lead­ers gath­er­ing in Paris that cre­at­ing an agree­ment to curb green­house gas emis­sions is of ut­most im­por­tance to many peo­ple around the planet.

And while Kar­ratha is a long way from Paris, a small but mighty group of con­cerned res­i­dents gath­ered to­gether to hold our very own cli­mate march to rep­re­sent the Pil­bara.

Cli­mate marches occurred across the week­end in more than 175 coun­tries across the world.

The largest marches were in Mel­bourne and Lon­don, with more than 50,000 com­ing to­gether in each city.

Across WA, there were gath­er­ings in Perth, Broome, Mar­garet River, Al­bany and a num­ber of other towns.

Here in Kar­ratha, the march was held later in the day to avoid the peak heat, and ended with a much-de­served swim and bar­be­cue af­ter­wards at the Pelago to cel­e­brate.

The Paris cli­mate talks will go on un­til De­cem­ber 11.

The goal of the talks is to reach an in­ter­na­tional agree­ment on ac­tion to pre­vent global tem­per­a­tures ris­ing more than two de­grees, which is con­sid­ered the cut-off for avoid­ing cat­a­strophic global change.

Aus­tralia is tak­ing a lower tar­get to the con­fer­ence than many other coun­tries, de­spite our nat­u­ral vul­ner­a­bil­ity to changes in rain­fall, sus­cep­ti­bil­ity to drought and de­pen­dence on ur­ban de­vel­op­ment near the sea.

The Kar­ratha team walked to­gether at the cli­mate march to show sup­port for a much stronger and more am­bi­tious tar­get — one that will en­able Aus­tralia to lead the way in in­no­va­tive so­lu­tions for clean re­new­able en­ergy, trans­porta­tion and con­struc­tion.

The fu­ture is bright if the world chooses the right path.

Pic­ture: Robyn Gul­liver

Kar­ratha res­i­dents at the city’s cli­mate march.

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