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Today it is International Women’s Day and there are a bunch of grannies who are determined to do their darnedest to make sure there is a world for their grandchildren and their grandchildren’s grandchildren to inhabit.

These determined ladies have headed to Sydney to and their focus is ‘No Water, No Life’ and they want some action.

‘With climate change impacts increasing daily, we the people must step up to our politicians and demand they implement a climate action policy NOW if we are to leave our kiddies and future generations a livable planet,’ said spokesnanna Rosie Lee. 

The Knitting Nannas are uniting with other environmental groups to take the message ‘United to Protect Our Water – No Water, No Life’ – to politicians. They will be met by politicians from each major NSW party, who will take delivery of the list of actions requested from politicians.

Water to highest bidder is theft

The Knitting Nannas say governments at all levels are stealing our water, selling it to the highest bidder (cotton farms, coal and gas miners, water miners etc), or giving it away, and leaving those most vulnerable with no drinkable water.

An example of this is last week’s water auction, where coal miners outbid NSW farmers for scarce water in the Namoi Valley. Whitehaven Coal paid three times what farmers could afford for this water, in a time of unprecedented drought,’ said Nanna Rosie.

This is human rights abuse – and must be stopped. On the driest continent on Earth, protecting water is critical to every Australian.’

Support of the grandkids

’Today we will be joined by some School Strike 4 Climate youth. These young adults are an incredible inspiration to the Knitting Nannas, with their global movement growing daily,’ Nanna Rosie said.

‘They will continue their monthly strike, the next being Friday, March 15, until governments take climate action seriously, and the nannas support them by providing clean drinking water, sun protection and lots of nanna hugs to show them we care.’

The Knitting Nannas will make a colourful appearance outside Parliament House in Macquarie Street today from 9.40am till 1pm.

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  1. As one of the Knitting Nannas who was there In Front of The NSW Parliament House, I was very impressed by our wonderful group of committed activists. There were over 100 KNAGS singing and knitting. We are determined to remind our politicians that it is not OK to neglect, and then sell for profit, our most precious resource- water.


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