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This group of supporters of clean energy made their feelings felt in Brunswick Heads on Sunday afternoon 29 November, along with the rest of the world. (Photograph by Mark Lang)
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(Photograph by Mark Lang)

Thousands of northern rivers people joined a global show of strength at the weekend, calling for more action to combat climate change.

As world leaders gather in Paris for climate talks, people across the world are turning out at marches and gatherings to express the concern that not enough is being done to stop global warming.

The Climate Angels at the Lismore rally. (Supplied)
The Climate Angels at the Lismore rally. (Supplied)

More than a thousand people turned out to the Lismore rally on Saturday, and hundreds more gathered in Railway Park at Byron Bay, and in Brunswick Heads, on Sunday.

A spokesperson for the Lismore rally, Beth Shelley, said the large turn-outs showed that climate change was a real issue for people.

‘Many people now are realising that this is a huge issue for their children and grandchildren,’ she said.

‘We received hundreds of email contacts from people wanting to be part of a climate change action group and keep the campaign going.

‘Donations poured in and it was obvious that people from all walks of life want our politicians to act decisively.’

A section of the crowd at the Byron rally. (Darren Coyne)
A section of the crowd at the Byron rally. (Darren Coyne)


















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  1. Yep ! it was great to be in Lismore on Saturday.
    There was aboriginal political speeches, any amount of ‘angels’ in snazzy costumes ,coffee stalls, Photo opportunities,even a group of female heavies and grandstanding by everyone and his dog. In fact the only detail that was missing from the Lismore Climate Change March, was the MARCH !
    Apparently the ‘organisers’ were refused permission to march, so like all good protest movements,they did what they were told.!!!!?
    Very disappointing and a wast of time and energy, that will eat into the good will and social capital of people- power and practical democracy.

  2. ” We have to offer up scary scenarios, make simplified, dramatic statements , and make little mention of any doubts we may have . Each of us has to decide what the right balance is between being effective and being honest.” …..Stephen Schneider ( leading advocate of the global warming theory in interview for Discover Magazine and lead author of many IPCC reports)

  3. Thank you to the Echo for demonstrating that even those who were not physically at the more populous marches, due to previously booked events, came out in support of the climate change rallies.

    Many of us at the Brunswick event would most definitely have been marching on the streets had we not committed some months ago to being elsewhere. There was no less passion in that room than on the streets, and I am grateful for your coverage of these alternate events as it is vitally important that our politicians understand that even those who couldn’t be counted at the marches proper care very deeply about this issue. Thank you! 🙂

  4. Climate change would not be a problem if we could air condition say 100 million hectares of crops. Oh and do it without need of rain or groundwater. While we are at it we should raise coastlines and cities by 3m and it would be really handy to have a super big fire hose to put our those huge bushfires. And for all those massive storms and floods it would be great to invent weather control but then maybe it would be just simpler and a lot cheaper to reduce greenhouse emissions.


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