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Colourful climate change demonstration at Thirroul will demand government action

Professor Tim Flannery will head a panel of expert speakers at what organisers say will be a vibrant “protestival” in support of the Extinction Rebellion’s demands on Saturday.

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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A Sydney journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in Australia for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick has owned and managed several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW. He currently calls the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills home.

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