From Here On In, We’re All In

I marched for the climate on Saturday in my hometown. We had a sizeable gathering, with many official groups and other concerned people (and a few dogs). The weather behaved, too. We listened to a number of speakers, with important messages.

Check out Foreign Correspondent‘s latest show, which aired last night (iview here). It was about climate change – looking at the problems and solutions. There are plenty of solutions being developed around the world. Australia could borrow some of the concepts, if politicians had the guts.

Climate change is a social justice issue, as hinted at on the program. The wealthy will be able to better protect themselves against (or ignore, as the case may be) climate change than those less-well-off. It’s geographical, it’s economical, it’s political. http://winstonclose.me/2015/11/30/climate-change-to-hit-the-worlds-poor-written-by-james-plested/

Paris is important, even if it just sets benchmarks. What is, in a sense, more important is to change ourselves and our own surroundings, if possible. At the very least, start the conversation. We’ve already passed the 1*C-above-pre-industrial-levels mark and we want to keep it below 2*C. We have to keep up the pressure on corporations and governments. In the future, I don’t want to regret a lack of change – I want to be glad and grateful that change occurred. But in order for that to happen we have to act. Now.

There is hope. Check this out, from the ACF.

PEOPLE’S CLIMATE MARCH

Making history

Story by ACF November 30th, 2015

WE MADE HISTORY

This past weekend, more than 140,000 people came together in 55 towns and cities right across our sunburnt country.

On the eve of the Paris climate negotiations, as world leaders gathered in Paris, we gathered in unprecedented numbers.

We broke records. In every Australian capital city, more people joined People’s Climate Marches than ever before. Over the weekend of November 27-29, your power, your energy and your spirit beamed across the world’s media. What a beautiful sight.

WE DANCED, SANG AND MARCHED IN STREETS ALL OVER THE COUNTRY

From Melbourne to Darwin, from Broome to Lismore to Burnie and Cooktown, legends turned out in droves. In capital cities, towns and regional centres, we took to the streets to show our leaders what we’re made of.

In Adelaide, people on the footpath stood with jaws dropped as the march filed past.

In Melbourne, 60,000 marchers stood for a minute’s silence to honour what we’ve lost and reflect on the unbreakable thread of hope that we hold for our future. Tears streamed down cheeks.

In Sydney, 45,000 people snaked through the city with placards, puppets, maracas and pinwheels, calling for climate justice and a brighter future.

Armidale made the longest banner Australia has ever seen, and sweaty People’s Climate marchers in Cairns ended their march in a lagoon.

People's Climate March, Broome
People's Climate March, Sydney photo © AYCC
People's Climate March, Canberra photo © AYCC
People's Climate March, Cairns photo © AYCC
People's Climate March, Alice Springs photo © AYCC
People's Climate March, Darwin photo © AYCC
People's Climate March, Brisbane photo © AYCC
People's Climate March, Adelaide photo © Bill Doyle

THIS IS WHAT PEOPLE POWER LOOKS LIKE

We came together to tell our leaders, loud and clear – we the people will hold you to account. We showed the world, we’re all committed to a brighter future, and we are getting on with it, whether our politicians are ready or not.

People's Climate March, Melbourne 27th November, 2015 photo © Kate Lamb

THIS IS WHO WE ARE

We are a massive community of people who care. We are firefighters, Indigenous people, nurses, young people, old people, people of faith, health care workers, union leaders, grandchildren and gardeners. We are explorers, thinkers, innovators, superheroes, dreamers and doers. We all want a brighter future.

People's Climate March, photo © James Thomas
People's Climate March, photo © Stephanie Bradford
People's Climate March, photo © James Thomas
People's Climate March photo © Heather Kiley
People's Climate March, photo © James Thomas
People's Climate March, photo © Heather Kiley
People's Climate March, photo © Stephanie Bradford
People's Climate March, photo © James Thomas
People's Climate March, photo © James Thomas

WE COME FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE

To make this happen, people from more than 350 organisations worked together for nearly a year – environmental groups, unions, faith leaders, Indigenous communities, health organisations, local councils and grassroots, climate and community groups.

We grew relationships. We collaborated. And although the rallies are over, we’ll keep on working together, because we know together, we can turn the wheel of history.

Hundreds and hundreds of amazing volunteers also spent their evenings and weekends flyering, postering, phone banking, doorknocking, making placards and banners, marshalling and doing all sorts of other unglamorous but oh-so-important things.

People's Climate March photo © Stephanie Bradford
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People's Climate March photo © Heather Kiley
People's Climate March photo © Doug Gimesy
People's Climate March, photo © Bill Doyle
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BIG AND SMALL, WE WERE THERE

People's Climate March photo © James Thomas
People's Climate March photo © James Thomas
People's Climate March photo © James Thomas

WE KICKED OFF MARCHES ALL AROUND THE WORLD

You inspired people everywhere to get involved. And well over half a million people, at more than 2300 events in 175 countries, did.

As people couldn’t march in the city of Paris, that beautiful city hosting the UN climate talks, you marched for them.

For the next two weeks, world leaders will meet in Paris to decide how much they are willing to cut pollution.

Last weekend, we made so much noise from every corner of the globe, they cannot ignore us.

People's Climate March, Bargny, Senegal photo © 350.org
People's Climate March, Auckland, New Zealand photo © 350.org
People's Climate March, Cairo, Egypt photo © 350.org
Filipinos join the People's Climate March, photo © 350.org
People's Climate March, Guatemala photo © 350.org
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People's Climate March, Alaska photo © 350.org
People's Climate March, Paris photo © 350.org
People's Climate March, Zurich, Switzerland photo © 350.org

FROM HERE ON, WE’RE ALL IN!

You turned up. You spoke out. And together, we’ll keep campaigning and speaking out and standing together, day after day, year after year, to create the brighter future we know is possible.

In 2016, we will stop the massive Carmichael coal mine. As Australia heads into a federal election, we will hold our political representatives to their duty of care for life.

Whether global warming is a top election issue is up to us.

A rally on its own doesn’t change the world. We all know that.

People do. And together, we will.

This is yours. You created it. Thank you, and let’s go!

People's Climate March, photo © James Thomas
People's Climate March, Melbourne photo © Peter Campbell

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