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Climate action march Byron Bay. Photo supplied.

Around one hundred protestors stopped traffic in Byron Bay today as they staged a march and die-in as they called for action on climate change.

A die-in in Byron Bay as part of the climate action march. Photo supplied.

‘We marched on the road from Railway Park and staged the die-in at the roundabout for about five minutes,’ said one of the organisers Sherrie Yeomans.

‘There is only two weeks until the election and the call was “We want climate action – we want it now”. We want the government and the opposition to provide us with clear policies on climate change and the action they are going to take.’

The march was led by the climate angels and brought together a number of different groups including Extinction Rebellion Northern Rivers, Passionate planet protectors and Stop Adani.

‘It was a really good crowd for such short notice,’ said Ms Yeomans.

‘It included school children who supported us on our climate action march as we had previously supported them.’

Extinction Rebellion

Following on from the action Extinction Rebellion Northern Rivers will be having their first meeting on Monday at Mullumbimby Commons, 91/74 Main Arm Rd, Mullumbimby, on Monday evening at 6pm.

‘We are planning more action during the lead up to the election and anyone interested getting involved is welcome to come to the meeting or find out about what we are doing through our Facebook page,’ said Ms Yeomans.

Below: footage of the climate action march today in Byron

https://www.facebook.com/passionateplanetprotectors/videos/436773423552196/


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16 COMMENTS

    • So Jon, you believe these people are silly and easily manipulated because they trust the research of climate scientists and ecologists over Rupert Murdoch’s opinion or “information” disseminated by those in the employ of the fossil fuel industry?

  1. Funny thing is that the “Climate Angel” in the picture drives a gas guzzling Jeep Renegade… such a green car and so planet conscious…

    • Funny thing is that the “Climate Angel” would probably love to have an electric car, but can’t afford one, or be able to access charging stations, due primarily to the lack of support from the government. The state and federal governments respond to where it thinks the voters are; in denial about the need for urgent action on climate change and ecological collapse. Your criticism of someone fighting to bring awareness to this building and defining crisis hints at where your beliefs may lie. Happy for you to prove me wrong.

      • Hmmm.. Well, how do you think the “Climate Angel” would feel if a carbon tax was implemented and it affected the profitability of her business that relies on transporting rock, imported slate, imported marble, imported tiles by way of diesel trucks etc from all over the world. I just think we need to be honest here and say… Here is a well meaning lady who is telling us to do something about climate change (and I agree, we should) but as you put in your comment ‘the government’ or in brackets someone else (eg the taxes from a hospital cleaner working at 3am on a Saturday for example cleaning up vomit and blood all night) should pay. There needs to be a carbon tax on carbon consumption and it needs to apply to everyone in society equally to price the Jeeps off the road by way of higher fuel prices, the B doubles carting slate from Europe due to more expensive diesel, the B doubles carting bottled water from South Australia to shops in Byron, the airline tickets to Bali to go to that Wellness/Yoga retreat are double the price etc etc….That’s all I’m saying. Anyone can dress up and do a die in but I would like to see some honesty in the discussion. “As long as someone else pays, I am happy to virtue signal” seems to be the reality.

        • Hi again Simon. So, while I can sympathise, even empathise with our hypothetical friend paying her taxes to clean up bodily fluids, the estimated $12 billion per year that the Australian government tips in to help potential future employers in the fossil fuel industry could fund an exceptionally rapid and effective drive (pardon the pun) toward a sustainable, renewable, and far less polluting transport, energy and agricultural sectors. Some of the bodily fluids requiring cleaning may have in fact been prevented if that money had reduced our addiction and reliance on such destructive industries.

          Your concern for our Climate Angel’s profit line, should she be an importer of such fine masonry products as you listed, under the reintroduction of a price on carbon, is admirable. If the Australian government wasn’t already providing an estimated $415 million per year into attempting to prop up the ailing fossil fuelled car industry, it might choose to invest in some of the currently unsupported start-up electric vehicle businesses attempting to get rolling in Australia as we speak. CA could then attempt to engage with alternate transport options, such as the electric and hydrogen powered trucks, buses, cars, utes and the rest, rolling out in countries where the reality of where technology and investment needs to go has been realised. Instead, our government acts as though electric vehicles are a luxury item, like tampons, and so worthy of higher taxes.

          Just out of curiosity, do you drink bottled water from SA? Would you be upset if in return for doing yoga in Bali (possibly depriving our friend the hospital cleaner from following her passion for teaching yoga in Byron) the airline charged the $20 carbon offset for the flight? After all, tree planting, funded through carbon offset schemes was our hospital friend’s fall back career, should there already be slightly more than one yoga teacher per student in Byron.

          • Greg.
            You have written a lot of words in that last paragraph mate but you have not agreed on the need to tax carbon for the whole of society to force change. Every single one of us. The “Climate Action” fairy has a Facebook page advertising her Slate and Stone business. The point I wanted to get across is that here is someone saying, “do as I say, not do as I do”. Running around in a Jeep, (a potent symbol of American imperialism if ever a motor vehicle is, she could have bought a Hyundai i20 to get to climate action marches) she could have a business selling low carbon miles local products, rather than rocks from all around the planet to prop up peoples vanities in their designer houses that raise the bar for what a house is… ie it must have slate from Wales on the kitchen bench… etc. More unaffordable housing is the result. Face the facts, she is a fraud.
            Simon.
            ps play the ball not the man in your next reply.

    • It’s up to you to change your own mind! If you rely on others to change you you will never change.
      It’s an uphill battle to defend the rights and innocence of nature and the environment. People that defend the natural world are hero’s .
      Those that comply to the false structure of criticism and hatred are defending what ? Are contributing to what ?
      It takes nothing to be kind and to care. To support the innocent , to stand up for the voiceless .
      Animals , their habitat and the future well being of the natural world is st stake .
      And there is no argument in extinction , it’s a snow ball effect , it’s the death of species that can not be returned. It’s very basic science, very simple.
      And it’s time to change our selves . To ask what am I standing for ? Do I stand for critism , hatred , cynicism , unkindness , apathy ? Do I like that aspect of myself ? Or would I like to feel free of those critical self harmful thoughts and actions ?

      Only an individual can know. Only you can change yourself .

  2. boycott all elections !! they are just not that good , why vote , you only encourage them , are you as dumb as them ??? then vote . devil you know or the devil you know or the devil you know . sorry devil !! haaa

  3. Most would be oblivious to the fact that Australia is such a small player in Global warming….suggest they protest against the real polluters of the world …china …Malaysia…America…India…..and yes hypocrisy , still connected to coal …all of them ..

    • Do a little thought experiment Cpruul (if that is your name) and in the sentence “Why should Australia reduce its carbon emissions when carbon emissions in China (India, Malaysia) remain so high?” replace “carbon emissions” with “murder rate”. Then the sentence reads “Why should Australia reduce its murder rate when the murder rate in China etc, remains so high?” The absurdity is obvious. And btw Australians are, per capita, amongst the biggest emitters of greenhouse gases coming in at 8th. China? 51st.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_greenhouse_gas_emissions_per_capita

  4. So it looks like all the residents and tourists in Byron didn’t think it was important to attend the protest except for the 40 or so who did think it was important to attend.
    Think about this.
    Since Henry Ford built the first Black Model T Ford about 100 or so years ago 999,900 parts out of 1,000,000 Parts have not changed.
    In that time the worlds population has tripled.
    The 1930s still remain the hottest years on Record.
    Help change my sceptical mind with considered responses to the above?

  5. The funny thing about all of this is that you are all right and sadly a turnout of 40 really highlights two things.

    1. The majority of the Byron populus drives
    $100000 SUVs but still eat organically, wear no shoes, have started surfing, talk about climate change (because they live in Byron now) but actually will do nothing about it because they have real food to eat after a real yoga sesh before a real surf at the Pass.

    2. Voting makes you implicit in a fundamentally flawed system, unless you are Austrian, who gave the greens the balance of power in government. People got out and voted, even though it seemed pointless and the government changed for it.

    3. The change happens at home, we all make a difference but a ‘die’ at a roundabout in town with traffic chaos is just daft, not helping anybody and quite frankly the action of an idiot and therefore not really doing much except giving the doubters more doubt.

    It’s a farce and it’s going to take a lot more than a petrol head fairy to reverse the tide of climate change, plastic pollution in our oceans and the new breed of fakes moving into the shire.

  6. Picking on hypocrisy is such a lame argument, anyone who lives in blessed abundant Australia is likely beneficiaries of carbon energy, however, some people are prepared to spend time to communicate the urgency of us all accepting limitations in order that the planet and its species can live, other people just like to snipe from the sidelines.
    Actually, if we had a public bank, less public private partnership rip-offs, less war and better technology released, it wouldn’t be too hard to reduce by 70% emissions, work effort and resource depletion. When 5 people own more than half the planet, you can see that the current system leads to misery, ecocide and inequality, and must be changed.

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