LOUD VOICE: Coolum and North Shore residents call for climate change action.
LOUD VOICE: Coolum and North Shore residents call for climate change action. Contributed

Climate concern won’t go away

COOLUM residents joined thousands of Australians in towns and cities around the country last Sunday to call for action on climate change policies.

More than 120 people showed up at the Coolum Lions Park at lunchtime in heatwave colours to show their support for the National Day of Climate Action, organised by groups including GetUp, the Australian Youth Climate Coalition and the Australian Conservation Foundation

It is estimated more than 60,000 people attended events around Australia, ranging from rallies with thousands of participants in state capitals, through to local events in more than 115 communities across the country.

GetUp national director Sam Mclean said the record-breaking day would let the new Federal Government know Australians would not stand for "going backwards on climate action".

"Australians across the nation are turning up the heat, calling on the government to aim higher on climate," he said.

In Nambour more than 400 people, including Australian Conservation Foundation president and renowned scientist Professor Ian Lowe, showed their support for a clean energy future.

"It is still getting warmer, in the Arctic sea ice is shrinking, glaciers are retreating, the habitat range of plants animals are changing, sea levels are rising, and we see everywhere evidence of more extreme events," Professor Lowe said.

"Whether it's bushfires in the Blue Mountains in October or super typhoons hitting the Philippines or, dare I say, tennis ball-size hail hitting Buderim, everywhere you look there are more frequent and severe extreme events.

"We want the government to take up on the lead of the community of moving towards clean energy.

"Serious studies show we could power Australia entirely by renewable energy within 10 or 15 years if we were serious."

Sunshine Coast Environment Council president Keryn Jones said the huge turnout was testament to the passion of residents for climate change action.

"People want something done about climate change," she said.

"We need to send a message loud and clear to policy makers and the only way to do that is to get people out and about and keep it high on the agenda."


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