March for the climate
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.
Karratha residents at the city’s climate march.