ACTIVISTS, environmentalists and concerned residents are coming together at Thirroul on Saturday to voice their concerns over the climate change.
Professor Tim Flannery will head a panel of expert speakers and musical guests at what organisers say will be a vibrant “protestival” in support of the Extinction Rebellion’s demands.
Extinction Rebellion (XR) demands the federal government declares a climate and ecological emergency and commits to zero net emissions by 2030. They also want to see an end to coal mining in our region beneath the water catchment, which they say threatens clean drinking water.
There will be children’s activities, live music, letter-writing, a mud stomp and speakers.
Thirroul resident Trent Jansen said people are invited to settle-in and camp-out for the day, to bond as a community over a critical issue.
“I’m an ordinary Australian that was driven to help set up XR Northern Illawarra due to my frustration over not enough being done to address the emergency we face,” Mr Jansen said.
“As a father concerned about my daughter’s future, I cannot face telling her that I didn’t try my hardest to protect what she’s inheriting.
“Emissions continue to escalate, biodiversity is being obliterated, and yet those put in charge remain committed to mining interests, not the people they serve.”
There will be an art installation of an extinct species graveyard, symbolising one of the lesser known impacts of climate change – the loss of biodiversity.
Volunteers have made 75 mud brick tombstones and are endeavouring to create more on the day aiming to reach 150 – the number of species lost per day around the world.
The group is uniting at W F Jackson Park from 9am on Saturday, March 20, to demand the federal government take urgent action on climate change.
The event is a free, COVID-safe event. People are required to register their attendance at: camp-out-for-climate.eventbrite.com.au
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