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#RiseForClimate rally in Lismore and the world

Greens Candidate for the Seat of Lismore, Sue Higginson spoke passionately at the Lismore Quad. Photo David Lowe.

On Saturday there was a planetary rally as thousands of protesters at 850 events in 95 countries joined to #RiseForClimate.

Aunty Dorrie Gordon gave a heartfelt Welcome to those gathered in Lismore. Photo David Lowe.

In Australia from the Great Barrier Reef to the Outback and from Darwin to Hobart, more than 40 events were held in state capitals, regional and rural towns, organised by local communities demanding real action on climate change. Similar events were held on Friday at Australian university campuses.

An alliance of Australia’s environment and social justice groups, including 350.org, Get Up!, Greenpeace, Solar Citizens, Australian Youth Climate Coalition, the Climate Action Network, Stop Adani, The Nature Conservation Council, Tipping Point and more, joined forces to target Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

In Lismore around 200 dedicated environmentalists came out to the Lismore Quad, despite the rain, to add their number to those at rallies across the country including all of the capital cities, Tweed Heads, Tenterfield, Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie, Newcastle, Frankston, and Bendigo to name a few.

Local songman Luke Vassella opened proceedings at the Quad with Ninety Miles an Hour Down a Dead End Street, an old Hank Snow song that gained a whole new meaning in this context. Luke was followed by Aboriginal elder Aunty Dorrie Gordon who set hearts alight with her Welcome.

Greens candidate for Lismore Sue Higginson spoke about the many cases she had fought with the EDO in which the government sided with fossil fuel interests against planet and people, making it clear she had to enter politics to change the system from within.

MC for the event S Sorrensen spoke about the joy of facing the truth with others, no matter how painful…

Photos David Lowe


3 responses to “#RiseForClimate rally in Lismore and the world”

  1. Marion says:

    Let us hope some good and common sense will come out of it.

  2. al oshlack says:

    How’s Lismore City Council’s form charging the organisers $500 to use the quadrangle for the rally

  3. Alison says:

    Thank you for covering this event – and an enormous thank you to all who attended

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