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August 15, 2022

Lismore locals join huge global climate action

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Lismore residents joined thousands around the globe on Sunday calling for action on climate change.

About 500 people marched around the central business district before gathering in Spinks Park to hear from a range of speakers.

Organiser Martin Oliver said the rally wanted to send a strong message to federal politicians and world leaders that an agreement needed to be reached on climate change action.

The rally took place ahead of the global Summit on Climate Change at the United Nation headquarters in New York today.

Mr Oliver said the federal government’s repeal of the carbon tax and moves to dismantle or reduce the Renewable Energy Target were misguided.

He said it was also a concern prime minister Tony Abbott would not be attending the UN Summit, while 125 world leaders had made it a priority.

Other speakers included Lismore Greens candidate Adam Guise and Lismore City councillor Simon Clough.

(For a report on the weekend’s global climate action, dubbed the ‘biggest mass protest ever’, visit world news section.

~ Photos Eve Jeffery & David Lowe

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  1. This article was accompanied by eight photos of which only two were of women. This is a real put off for many and sends a negative message. What’s up with you people? If you want to show your respect for the earth and promote environmental awareness and action you HAVE TO respect that 51% of humans are women. You should go out of your way to ensure there’s gender equity in all your endeavours. Please don’t just think that because there’s men with knowledge and expertise around that there aren’t women who are engaged in working re climate change, sustainability and to nurture mother earth.

    It will be interesting if men and women reading this can take the point, or will, as so often happens, explain away the situation or even be defensive. Wake up and be more inclusive and there’ll be greater awareness and more effective action.

  2. The political climate for change is beginning to change. To be begin the change, take a small step for Mankind and take many steps for the community as we take our foot out of our mouth and use our feet to vote and our tongue to voice what the Earth with a big “E’ and the earth with a small “e” need to revitalise themselves in restocking their carbon values holistically in the soil. We need the good oil as there is no need for the carbine as that is for a shot in Iraq, but here at home we need peaceful ways to push for clear air and clear water and fresh thought to clean up the area of the dirt and the rubbish that surrounds us in political noise.
    Come on girls and boys it is time to change the planet and plant it in a Garden of Eden where trees grow and whales swim and birds fly in the air of clouds of the bye and byes.
    We need to take the pie out of the sky in our march for our blue sky. Blue skies, blue skies, nothing but blue skies from now on. Sing it Willie Nelson.


  3. Hi,
    my wife & I were at the Climate Change action day. It was good to see more like-minded people.
    I am disgusted that our Federal Government will not have the Prime Minister (That same ‘Leader’ trying to return our country to the 1950’s) attend the latest meeting on Climate Change.
    I am really worried that the current government seems to be diametrically opposite to the views of the majority of the population. I personally think the average voter did not consider this reprobate action as part of the COAL-ition Mandate!.
    Solar & alternative energy brings jobs to the rural areas. If there is a member of Parliament that actually reads this, I hope they understand that Rural jobs are precious. Distributed electricity generation will bring more jobs to the under-employed rural areas.
    I was recently at the Community Energy Conference in Canberra. One of the concepts coming is a revolution in Agriculture. We are a few short years from affordable battery energy storage (2020 for economical storage for homes) that will make Diesel powered farm machinery virtually uneconomical. My vision of the scenario goes like this: smaller, computer (& GPS) controlled unmanned tractors that can quietly work 24H/day, & charge themselves when required. Multiple tractors mean the charging times can interweave, which we then link with solar generation, & on-farm storage. If we think that there would be excess power generated by these solar operated farms & the fact the electric car is to become more affordable, then this spare capacity can be sold to the Vehicle recharge station. Electric cars become feasible once they reliably have 250Kms + range, & can be recharged in 30 minutes or less. (The Tesla already easily achieves this).
    So, if my crystal ball is to become fact, we require a government that can assist the technology to become available. This is not necessarily as subsidies, although the existing RET will assist the uptake, but more the positive investment environment so investment is placed in the industry. Electric vehicles will even help those poor under-utilised COAL fired Power Stations to remain necessary until the more modern Solar/Wind generation can match the demand.
    I am speaking this from experience. I already drive an electric vehicle. At present the range is limited (110 Kms around the hills), & we cannot go further than 50Km radius from home unless we stay overnight. The servicing is annual (15000Km/yr) & charging is from our 2.5Kw solar when we are home during the day. Once the fast charge network is in place, I could feasibly drive to Brisbane (200Kms) with a coffee break!

    Viva La Revolution!

    regards, Doug

  4. It was only a few months ago that a noted climate scientist was featured in capital city newspapers saying that the noted pause Global Warming, which is not denied by the Greens and their fellow travellers, is not a pause but a halt in perceived warming leading to a distinct cooling for which we will be unprepared by our concentrating on Warming and ignoring the significant evidence of an imminent cooling a few years down the track.
    Another significant scientific phenomenon is that the active volcanoes spew out more CO2, in one day, than all of human activities un a year.
    Do the Greens intend to plug up all of our volcanoes? Just as sensible a move as anything they have ever proposed.

  5. “Mr Oliver said the federal government’s repeal of the carbon tax and moves to dismantle or reduce the Renewable Energy Target were misguided.” I say Mr Oliver’s beliefs that the carbon tax and Renewable Energy Targets can do anything to change the climate are misguided.
    The only achievement of the carbon tax was to drive industries offshore from a country with some pollution controls to countries with no pollution controls as well as impoverishing many Australians in the process. These marches are nothing more than lame feel good moments that achieve nothing.
    Australia voted no to this climate scam that changes its story as it goes along, fudges the figures and takes our money. Taxes cannot change the environment and carbon is not a pollutant in any case.

  6. we need trains to reduce our pollution level also. ever since 2004, our pollution levels have been growing at an unprecedented rate, but as you probably already guessed, Trains are the solution to our levels going down.


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