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The head of the Climate March is now at the beachfront whilst the tail of the march is still on its way down Jonson Street with well over 1000 people and students marching. The Echo has received a number of calls from people stuck in traffic on Ewingsdale Road who are unable to get to the march, and those people are encouraged to swell the numbers at the beachfront rally to emphasise the importance of this issue.

There are so many protesters that police have now had to allow them to use half the road, instead of requesting protesters to remain on the footpath.

Organisers delayed the start of the match by approximately half an hour as they waited for arrivals that are coming in from surrounding areas. Currently there is traffic queued back as far as Tyagarah.

Please be patient and drive safely as you attend the protest.

The crowds carrying placards at the climate march

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  1. I just got back from the climate strike march and was heartened to see such a great turnout. These kids are truly inspiring. The speeches were sensible, measured, factual and passionate but not hysterical or aggressive. It’s embarrassing to recognise that it is my generation who have created this mess which these kids are inheriting. But even more embarrassing that we are doing nothing of any substance to try and fix it or even minimize it. Our governments are a disgrace for their utter failure to act or even acknowledge the future they are condemning future generations to. I sincerely hope they start to pay attention before it is just too late. There is no time to waste. I’m sure these kids are not going to stop with today’s action. This is only the beginning and I’m happy to walk alongside them every step of the way.

  2. An inspiring turnout at Byron for the climate march with thousands of people of all ages in attendance. What a fantastic community we are. I expected to see schools representing and was disappointed to learn the Education Department saw fit to prohibit teachers from attending citing politics as the reason. I would have thought that saving the planet is beyond politics.

  3. Happy to walk side by side …great exercise , kids could do with more anyway.. all in Lyn ? with the kids
    Every step of the process , give credit where its due!!
    Back to the Dark ages you go !! Google it lyn ,whats needed to eliminate all that is connected to coal in your lives…you all , think governments are doing little right ?? Have run this reality by many kids
    No way was the answer ..just the phone was enough to say NO ..1000s of items..want to take this climate change seriously kids ?? Individuals take action !! Lyn i do say this with all due respect .
    The hypocrisy is overwhelming..

  4. The climate change protest of 1000 people in Byron (over estimate) worked! I woke to a rain shower Saturday morning. 1000 protesters mostly kids having the day off school. I asked 2 Mullum High years 7 student on Thursday, who where excited to be protesting on Friday what they are marching for? stop Adani was the reply. At lease the adult marchers didn’t have to get the day off work because none of them looked liked they had ever had a job in there mitch match clothing life.I love living in Byron Shire.

  5. o all the school kids going on ‘strike’ for Climate Change:
    You are the first generation who have required air-conditioning in every classroom.
    You want TV in every room and your classes are all computerized.
    You spend all day and night on electronic devices.
    More than ever, you don’t walk or ride bikes to school but arrive in caravans of private cars that choke local roads and worsen rush hour traffic.
    You are the biggest consumers of manufactured goods ever and update perfectly good expensive luxury items to stay trendy,
    Your entertainment comes from electric devices.
    Furthermore, the people driving your protests are the same people who insist on artificially inflating the population growth through immigration, which increases the need for energy, manufacturing and transport.
    The more people we have, the more forest and bush land we clear and more of the environment is destroyed.
    How about this…
    Tell your teachers to switch off the air-con.
    Walk or ride to school. Switch off your devices and read a book.
    Make a sandwich instead of buying manufactured fast food.
    No, none of this will happen because you are selfish, badly educated, virtue signalling little ‘princesses’, inspired by the adults around you who crave a feeling of having a ‘noble cause’ while they indulge themselves in Western luxury and unprecedented quality of life.
    Wake up, grow up and learn to research facts and think for yourself and not blindly accept the words and thoughts of others – I don’t think you formulated this action plan all by your self – suspect you may have had some influence and ‘guidance’ from those you trust. There will be time when you think for yourself and hopefully use things like research and facts to make decisions and not be a sheep in the mob.

  6. D. Gray: We will see you hitching without a phone or leather shoes and no plastic sunnies then, eh?
    Leave these wonderful and worried young adults alone! They are worried about their future because we had a gas-guzzling, animal-eating and plastic-gizmo-loving past.

  7. 1000 people got in their cars, creating a traffic jam as they drive into town, to demand an end to fossil fuels. Priceless. Its simple irony, but still great for a chuckle.

  8. D gray ..a copy of your comments should be given to every single one of the protesters, schools, universities etc ..as reality check !! Regarding what
    It requires to minimize our carbon footprint on earth
    But this will never happen ! Could you please request that your article go in with the weekly letters in the Echo …!!


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