March calls for climate action
A VIBRANT rally of up to 200 people marched through Lismore yesterday, joining people from around the world to show support for action against climate change.
The demonstration was matched by up to 2700 rallies worldwide in places as diverse as Turkey, India and China, rally organiser Martin Oliver said.
The global action took place ahead of the global Summit on Climate Change at the United Nation headquarters in New York tomorrow.
"We want to send a strong message to world leaders in New York that we need an agreement on climate change," Mr Oliver said.
He said it was possible to cut the use of fossil fuels, , "but we need political will to do that".
"We also want to send a strong message to our Federal Government as well," he said.
The repeal of the climate tax and moves to dismantle or reduce the Renewable Energy Target were steps in the wrong direction, he said.
It was also a concern Prime Minister Tony Abbott would not be attending the UN Summit, while 125 world leaders had made it a priority, he said.
The rally marched around the Lismore CBD before gathering at Spinks Park to hear from a range of speakers including local Greens candidate Adam Guise and Councillor Simon Clough.
David Williamson, from Goonengerry, went to the rally to vent his frustration that the Federal Government was not doing enough to combat climate change after axing the tax on carbon.
"I'm angry. They have no meaningful policy in place," Mr Williamson said.
"China and less developed countries are doing more (to fight climate change) than we are, we'll be left behind," he said.
Rally co-organiser Wendy Ford said the key message for government and others was to divest from fossil fuels and embrace a renewable energy future.
"We can invest our super in fossil fuel-free investments, we can drive fuel-efficient vehicles, ride bikes and turn off the lights," Ms Ford said.
Mr Guise said renewable energy could continue to deliver jobs and economic prosperity, as long as it was not undermined by government.
The Federal Government's plans to water down the Renewable Energy Target showed it was "beholden to the fossil fuel industry" he said.
The Federal Government is committed to a 5% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020. Its Emissions Reduction Fund will allocate $3 billion to projects.