Climate change rally demands action from world leaders
PROTESTERS in their hundreds marched and rallied in Byron Bay yesterday urging world leaders to take meaningful action to combat climate change.
The protest was a "serious yet joyful," organiser Liz Elliott, from the Byron Climate Action Team, said.
"We got the right balance between passion, emotion and science."
The rally was timed to coincide with the United Nations Conference on Climate Change held in Paris from today until December 11.
"We are here to tell government leaders in Paris to get on with it," Ms Elliott said.
Governments needed to set binding limits on the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere, to try to limit global warming and climate change, she said.
Speakers included Federal Greens candidate for Richmond, Dawn Walker.
"Australia must take bold action to limit carbon dioxide emissions.
"We call on the government to adopt the necessary target of 1.5°C.
"This is what is required to protect our health, our environment and the global economy.
"Already more than a 100 countries have made this call."
Australian Youth Climate Coalition spokeswoman Kudra Falla-Rickets said her organisation counted more than 100,000 members.
"The young people of Australia are not going to stand by and watch the future of the planet put in jeopardy," she said.
"People power is stronger than the people in power."
After a series of speeches and musical performances at Railway Park in Byron Bay, the protesters marched down Jonson St to the beach where they created a human mandala.