People march for climate action in Airlie Beach
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.