Northern rivers residents are being invited to join a rally in Lismore later his month as part of a global call for action on climate change.
The rally will held on Saturday 28 November in Spinks Park from 9.30am until 12pm.
Lismore People’s Climate Change Rally spokesperson Beth Shelley said organisers wanted to hear from young people and Aboriginal people to be speakers at the rally.
‘Young people are the ones who will face the worst effects of climate change so let’s hear from them,’ Ms Shelley said.
‘It is heartbreaking to think what we are leaving for our future generations.
‘We have to shift our world view back to that of the First People and remember the importance of caring for country and being guardians of the land.
‘We want to learn from our Aboriginal community the benefits of their culture before it’s too late.’
Bundjalung elder Dorrie Gordon will give the welcome to country, followed by a mass photo in the shape of a heart that will be sent to the United Nations.
Speakers include Enova Energy Steve Harris as well as Kudra Falla-Ricketts as a youth spokesperson.
Ballina councillor Jeff Johnston will talk about Beyond Zero Emissions targets while Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell will speak about Lismore City Council’s divestment plans and embracing a renewable energy future.
‘This rally is about the Lismore community joining together with people around the world, to send a strong message to our governments that we demand action on climate change,’ Ms Shelley said.
‘We demand an end to fossil fuels and a quick transition to 100 per cent renewable energy.
‘We cannot allow our governments to ignore the importance of this issue for the sake of our children and grandchildren.
‘We call out to our community to join with us once more to stand up for the protection of our land.’
The rally is part of a global action in the lead up to UN climate change talks in Paris.