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Tombstones to represent extinction at Thirroul climate change demonstration

Professor Tim Flannery will lead a panel of expert speakers at Thirroul climate change awareness event at Thirroul this weekend.

IN an ironic twist of fate, the first attempt at hosting a climate change awareness event at Thirroul last month was postponed due to the extreme rain events that drenched the Illawarra.

The rescheduled event, Camp Out for Climate this weekend, will take place at W.F. Jackson Park with Professor Tim Flannery leading a panel of expert speakers.

There will also be a range of musical acts, a screen printing workshop, free yoga and children’s activities.

Through creativity, action and play, residents and activists will join together to demand the federal government declares a climate and ecological emergency and commits to zero net emissions by 2030.

Organisers also want to see an end to coal mining in the region beneath the water catchment, which, they claim threatens climate and drinking water.

Tombstones will be made of mud on the day to represent the extinction of species due to climate change

At the Thirroul event, participants, especially children, are invited to participate in a musical mud stomp.

The ‘stomp’ will see the final pieces of an art installation (symbolic mud tombstones) crafted to represent what organisers say are the 150 species which become extinct each day due to climate change.

From 11am on April 17 this Saturday, April 17, residents are invited to gather at W.F. Jackson Park, camp out for the day and take part in the event.

Camp Out for Climate 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 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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