Peo­ple march for cli­mate ac­tion in Air­lie Beach

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

SI­MON Matt­son, a cane grower from Mar­ian, is just one con­cerned lo­cal from the re­gion who will take part in the Air­lie Beach Peo­ple’s Cli­mate March this week­end.

“I take my re­spon­si­bil­ity to look af­ter the land and pro­tect the reef se­ri­ously,” he said.

“As a sug­ar­cane farmer I know the im­por­tance of a stable cli­mate to pro­tect my farm and liveli­hood from the im­pacts of global warm­ing.

“Agri­cul­ture is largely re­spon­si­ble for global warm­ing, but also has the great­est po­ten­tial to re­verse cli­mate change. If you want real ac­tion on cli­mate change you need to lobby gov­ern­ment to sup­port farm­ers to change prac­tice.”

The Whit­sun­day com­muni- ty is in­vited to show its sup­port for the fight against cli­mate change by tak­ing part in the Cli­mate March this Satur­day, Novem­ber 28, start­ing at 12.30pm, in the park adjacent to the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club, and fin­ish­ing at the la­goon.

Ac­cord­ing to one of the or­gan­is­ers, San­dra Wil­liams, the march is a great op­por­tun- ity for peo­ple to have their voices heard.

“We will have a mar­ket stall on Satur­day morn­ing with in­for­ma­tion on the march, and we’ll also be tak­ing part in the ‘Heart For the Reef’ cam­paign, where peo­ple can write a mes­sage for a politi­cian in Can­berra re­lat­ing to cli­mate change,” Ms Wil­liams said.

The march is tak­ing place ahead of world lead­ers gath­er­ing for the United Na­tions Cli­mate Con­fer­ence, and is part of a global week­end of ac­tion tak­ing place be­fore the In­ter­na­tional Cli­mate Con­fer­ence in Paris.

At­ten­dees are asked to bring wa­ter bot­tles and sun pro­tec­tion, and are in­vited to bring their own signs to hold dur­ing the march.

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