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Media Release for June 5th Rally

May 31, 2011

The walk will begin at 1.30 on Sunday, 5 June at Regatta Point, near the bridge.

CRUNCH TIME ON CLIMATE CHANGE

31.5.11

Climate and Environment Groups Join Forces for Climate Action

With the Federal Government’s Multi Party Climate Change Committee moving towards making critical decisions on Australia’s climate change policies, Canberra’s climate and environment organizations are banding together to send a powerful message to our politicians.

According to key organizers Geoff Lazarus and Prof Bob Douglas, “a carbon tax and a few other modest measures aren’t enough in themselves to transform our economy to being based on renewable energy.”

“We are saying to the Federal Parliament, we must have a raft of strong measures including base load solar power stations, expansion of wind power, a feed in tariff and new land management practices as a matter of great urgency.”

“Expanding our fledgling renewable energy industries has the potential to create thousands of new jobs.”

“Australia, along with other major polluters, must play its role in reducing carbon levels, particularly as we have the highest per person pollution levels in the world.”

“With extreme weather getting worse and worse due to global warming impacts on the world’s climate, we can’t afford to put off taking real climate action according to leading climate scientists.”

 

Come rain or shine on Sunday June 5, a huge crowd will walk across Commonwealth Bridge to Parliament House from Regatta Point, to tell our parliamentarians CANBERRA SAYS YES TO REAL CLIMATE ACTION NOW!

 

The CANBERRA SAFE CLIMATE ALLIANCE, includes Climate Action Canberra, Greenpeace, SEE-Change ACT, Conservation Council ACT Region, ACT Environment Centre, Canberra Loves 40%, Climate Active Australia, ANU Environment Collective, Canberra Pedestrian Forum, Climate Whistleblowers, AYCC and Healthy Soils Australia,.

 

The walk will begin at 1.30 on Sunday, 5 June at Regatta Point, near the bridge.

 

There will be live music, kid’s activities, and informed and inspirational talks to be followed by a march on Parliament. Speakers will include John Hewson(former leader of the Federal Parliamentary Liberal Party), Richard Denniss(Australia Institute), Bishop Pat Power, Linsey Cole(AYCC), Lin Hatfield Dodds(Uniting Care), Gosta Lynga(former Swedish member of Parliament) and Phoebe Howe from Canberra Loves 40%.

 

For further information contact Geoff Lazarus, 0419 369 206 or Prof Bob Douglas, 0409 233 138

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