Wollongong rally to demand action on climate change in wake of extreme weather events

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A RALLY to demand action on climate change will take place outside Illawarra Performing Arts Centre on Saturday July 30.

The march, organised by Illawarra Climate Justice Alliance (ICJA), will take place from 1pm and is in the wake of floods and heavy rains that devastated residents’ homes from South Coast Queensland to South Coast New South Wales. 

ICJA spokesperson and activist Megan Guy said Australia is now home to thousands of climate refugees after several years of disastrous weather events, ranging from the Black Summer fires to the recent rounds of floods.

“With horrific weather events affecting the east coast and the price gouging by private energy corporations, the need to end the fossil fuel industry could not be clearer,” she said.

“Instead we face a government which, much like the previous one, is committed to leaving the coal companies intact, maintaining targets that are well below what is needed to stop runaway climate change.

“We invite Illawarra residents, unionists, and students to join us in continuing the fight for climate justice.” 

This Wollongong rally will take place in conjunction with other demonstrations on the same day in Brisbane and Melbourne, and a week prior to a National Day of Action, called by the National Union of Students on August 5.

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About Mick Roberts

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 Australian pubs and associated industries for over 30 years. He is 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 managed several community newspapers. He has been 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), the Sydney city newspaper, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.


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