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[[Image:2008-07-05 Melbourne climate rally panorama.jpg|right|thumb|500px|The rally in Melbourne's city square]] [[Image:2008-07-05 Melbourne climate rally panorama.jpg|right|thumb|500px|The rally in Melbourne's city square]]
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The Climate emergency rally and human sign event was held on Saturday July 5, 2008 in Melbourne, Australia. The rally was organised and attended by more than 50 community groups concerned about lack of government action on climate change. About 5,000 people attended. The Climate emergency rally and human sign event was held on Saturday July 5, 2008 in Melbourne, Australia. The rally was organised and attended by more than 50 community groups concerned about lack of government action on climate change. About 5,000 people attended.
The rally followed yesterday's release of economist Ross Garnaut's [[Garnaut draft report|draft report on climate change]] that warned Australia risked losing natural wonders like the Great Barrier Reef and Kakadu if it didn't act now to combat global warning. The rally followed yesterday's release of economist Ross Garnaut's [[Garnaut draft report|draft report on climate change]] that warned Australia risked losing natural wonders like the Great Barrier Reef and Kakadu if it didn't act now to combat global warning.
- +[[Image:2008-07 climate rally human sign 2.jpg|thumb|right|Climate Emergency human sign|250px]]
 +[[Image:Climate emergency rally July 5 2008 Melbourne.jpg|200px|right]]
[[Image:DSC 6344.jpg|thumb|right]] [[Image:DSC 6344.jpg|thumb|right]]
[[Image:DSC 6399.jpg|thumb|right]] [[Image:DSC 6399.jpg|thumb|right]]
[[Image:DSC 6444.jpg|thumb|right|Climate code red for sale]] [[Image:DSC 6444.jpg|thumb|right|Climate code red for sale]]
 +==Speakers==
-The rally was addressed by America Cross, Senator Bob Brown, climate change policy analyst David Spratt.+The rally was addressed by Andrea Bolch, Emeretta Cross, Senator Bob Brown, climate change policy analyst David Spratt.
-'''America Cross''', who left the Pacific Island nation of Tuvalu five years ago in search of a better life in Australia, said climate change was seriously affecting island communities.+'''Andrea Bolch''', president of [http://yourwateryoursay.org Your Water Your Say] stressed that building one of the world's biggest desalination plants in Victoria is incongruous with addressing the stark reality of climate change;
 + 
 +:''"The proposed water factory will emit up to 1.5 million tonnes of CO2 per year; a new power station is being built to power it. It can never be carbon neutral. There are alternatives to securing our water future with a fraction the emissions and a fraction the cost. Three times the capacity of the proposed factory falls on our city and runs into our bays every year. Collect that, and recycle our 2 billion litres of sewerage effluent; that is responsible, sustainable, climate safe water policy."''
 + 
 +'''Emeretta Cross''', who left the Pacific Island nation of Tuvalu five years ago in search of a better life in Australia, said climate change was seriously affecting island communities.
:''"With the rising sea levels we've got salt water seeping through and it's actually killing off the natural agriculture,'' she said. :''"With the rising sea levels we've got salt water seeping through and it's actually killing off the natural agriculture,'' she said.
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:''"Climate change is a disaster which is on our doorstep. We, in this wealthy lucky nation, must take a lead for the rest of the world to follow.'' :''"Climate change is a disaster which is on our doorstep. We, in this wealthy lucky nation, must take a lead for the rest of the world to follow.''
:''"By 2050 we need a reduction in greenhouse gases by 90 per cent if not a totally carbon-neutral economy.'' :''"By 2050 we need a reduction in greenhouse gases by 90 per cent if not a totally carbon-neutral economy.''
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 +<youtube>qcwQ7SUj3Bc</youtube>
'''David Spratt''', author of '''Climate Code Red: The case for emergency action''', said governments were refusing to act on climate change with the speed and commitment needed. '''David Spratt''', author of '''Climate Code Red: The case for emergency action''', said governments were refusing to act on climate change with the speed and commitment needed.
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:''"The idea of emergency action with as many resources as is necessary is no longer a radical idea, it's simply a necessary idea.'' :''"The idea of emergency action with as many resources as is necessary is no longer a radical idea, it's simply a necessary idea.''
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 +==Issues==
Federal and state Labor governments were criticised for approving and supporting recent projects and legislation that will increase carbon emissions such as: Federal and state Labor governments were criticised for approving and supporting recent projects and legislation that will increase carbon emissions such as:
-* The '''[[Victorian desalination plant|Wonthaggi desalination plant]]'''+* The '''[[Victorian desalination plant|Wonthaggi desalination plant]]''' that will use as much energy as up to 150 000 homes; obscene while sustainable alternatives exist
* More road tunnels and freeway links as proposed in the '''[[CEN Eddington report submission|Eddington report]]''' * More road tunnels and freeway links as proposed in the '''[[CEN Eddington report submission|Eddington report]]'''
* The Rudd Government's disastrous means test on the solar panel rebate * The Rudd Government's disastrous means test on the solar panel rebate
-* The Brumby government's pathetic '''[[Feed in tariff|feed-in tariff]]''' legislation which doesn't provide effective incentives or rewards for people to install solar panels on their homes+* The Brumby government's pathetic '''[[Strengthening Victorias new solar laws|feed-in tariff]]''' legislation which doesn't provide effective incentives or rewards for people to install solar panels on their homes
-* The [[# Blue Wedges Coalition|bay dredging project]] in Melbourne's Port Philip bay, which is polluting the bay with toxic sediments and will increase both shipping and road traffic for containers+* The '''[[Blue Wedges Coalition|bay dredging project]]''' in Melbourne's Port Phillip bay, which is polluting the bay with toxic sediments and will increase both shipping and road traffic for containers
-* The ongoing destruction of '''[[Stop logging Melbourne water catchments|Australian native forests]]''', which is creating carbon emissions and reducing city and rural water supplies.+* The ongoing destruction of '''[[Stop logging Melbourne water catchments|Australian native forests]]''', which is creating carbon emissions and reducing city and rural water supplies by over 30 billion litres per year.
* Support for '''[[Clean coal|coal-related projects]]''' that will not deliver clean energy and are wasting money and time in the race to address climate change. * Support for '''[[Clean coal|coal-related projects]]''' that will not deliver clean energy and are wasting money and time in the race to address climate change.
Speakers called for: Speakers called for:
 +* stopping the desalination project; Governments MUST apply due diligence by reassessing the means to securing our water future
* more investment in renewable energy such as wind and solar * more investment in renewable energy such as wind and solar
* improved public transport * improved public transport
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==Photos== ==Photos==
<Gallery> <Gallery>
-Image:DSC 6347.jpg+Image:DSC 6347.jpg|Bob Brown speaking
-Image:DSC 6349.jpg+Image:DSC 6349.jpg|Bob Brown in the crowd
-Image:DSC 6368.jpg+Image:DSC 6368.jpg|David Spratt and Bob Brown
-Image:DSC 6421.jpg+Image:DSC 6421.jpg|David Spratt being interviewed
-Image:DSC 6430.jpg+Image:DSC 6430.jpg|Crossing Princes Bridge
-Image:DSC 6438.jpg+Image:DSC 6438.jpg|Teachers for forests
-Image:DSC 6447.jpg+Image:DSC 6447.jpg|Stop logging our forests, the Greens
-Image:DSC 6460.jpg+Image:DSC 6460.jpg|Polar bears against Desalination
-Image:DSC 6466.jpg+Image:DSC 6466.jpg|Yarra Valley Climate Action Group
-Image:DSC 6471.jpg+Image:DSC 6471.jpg|No channel deepening
 +Image:DSC 6478.jpg|Go veg, eat green
 +Image:DSC 6489.jpg
 +Image:DSC 6492.jpg|Bass Coast Climate Change Action Group
 +Image:DSC 6501.jpg|No tunnels
 +Image:DSC 6505.jpg|Bob Brown
 +Image:DSC 6529.jpg|Human sign
</Gallery> </Gallery>
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 +==See also==
 +* [[Climate Code Red]]
==External links== ==External links==
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* [http://www.theage.com.au/national/rally-calls-for-action-on-climate-change-20080705-3254.html?page=fullpage Rally calls for action on climate change], The Age, July 5, 2008 * [http://www.theage.com.au/national/rally-calls-for-action-on-climate-change-20080705-3254.html?page=fullpage Rally calls for action on climate change], The Age, July 5, 2008
* [http://climaterally.blogspot.com/ Climate rally blog] * [http://climaterally.blogspot.com/ Climate rally blog]
 +* [http://www.theage.com.au/environment/a-message-drafted-in-red-on-climate-change-20080705-32aa.html?page=fullpage A message drafted in red on climate change], The Age, July 6, 2008
 +* [[Climate Emergency Network]]
[[Category:Climate change]] [[Category:Climate change]]
[[Category:Community action]] [[Category:Community action]]
[[Category:Victoria]] [[Category:Victoria]]
 +[[Category:Climate change rally]]

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The rally in Melbourne's city square
The rally in Melbourne's city square

The Climate emergency rally and human sign event was held on Saturday July 5, 2008 in Melbourne, Australia. The rally was organised and attended by more than 50 community groups concerned about lack of government action on climate change. About 5,000 people attended.

The rally followed yesterday's release of economist Ross Garnaut's draft report on climate change that warned Australia risked losing natural wonders like the Great Barrier Reef and Kakadu if it didn't act now to combat global warning.

Climate Emergency human sign
Climate Emergency human sign
Climate code red for sale
Climate code red for sale

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[edit] Speakers

The rally was addressed by Andrea Bolch, Emeretta Cross, Senator Bob Brown, climate change policy analyst David Spratt.

Andrea Bolch, president of Your Water Your Say stressed that building one of the world's biggest desalination plants in Victoria is incongruous with addressing the stark reality of climate change;

"The proposed water factory will emit up to 1.5 million tonnes of CO2 per year; a new power station is being built to power it. It can never be carbon neutral. There are alternatives to securing our water future with a fraction the emissions and a fraction the cost. Three times the capacity of the proposed factory falls on our city and runs into our bays every year. Collect that, and recycle our 2 billion litres of sewerage effluent; that is responsible, sustainable, climate safe water policy."

Emeretta Cross, who left the Pacific Island nation of Tuvalu five years ago in search of a better life in Australia, said climate change was seriously affecting island communities.

"With the rising sea levels we've got salt water seeping through and it's actually killing off the natural agriculture, she said.
"We need to import produce so then it becomes a problem with pollution. It also becomes a health crisis for our people, let alone the possibilities of migrating around the world.

Ms Cross, who has a five-year-old son, said it was a "mother's responsibility to teach the children about what they stand to lose.

"It is today that we have to do something for our families and our friends both here and abroad.

Bob Brown, leader of the Greens, told today's protesters Australia couldn't wait for other countries, including China and India, to act on climate change.

"We are one of the most vulnerable nations in the world, he told the rally.
"Climate change is a disaster which is on our doorstep. We, in this wealthy lucky nation, must take a lead for the rest of the world to follow.
"By 2050 we need a reduction in greenhouse gases by 90 per cent if not a totally carbon-neutral economy.

David Spratt, author of Climate Code Red: The case for emergency action, said governments were refusing to act on climate change with the speed and commitment needed.

"Today, we actually have the economic and technical capacity to make this change if we have the so-called political will," he said.
"The idea of emergency action with as many resources as is necessary is no longer a radical idea, it's simply a necessary idea.

[edit] Issues

Federal and state Labor governments were criticised for approving and supporting recent projects and legislation that will increase carbon emissions such as:

  • The Wonthaggi desalination plant that will use as much energy as up to 150 000 homes; obscene while sustainable alternatives exist
  • More road tunnels and freeway links as proposed in the Eddington report
  • The Rudd Government's disastrous means test on the solar panel rebate
  • The Brumby government's pathetic feed-in tariff legislation which doesn't provide effective incentives or rewards for people to install solar panels on their homes
  • The bay dredging project in Melbourne's Port Phillip bay, which is polluting the bay with toxic sediments and will increase both shipping and road traffic for containers
  • The ongoing destruction of Australian native forests, which is creating carbon emissions and reducing city and rural water supplies by over 30 billion litres per year.
  • Support for coal-related projects that will not deliver clean energy and are wasting money and time in the race to address climate change.

Speakers called for:

  • stopping the desalination project; Governments MUST apply due diligence by reassessing the means to securing our water future
  • more investment in renewable energy such as wind and solar
  • improved public transport
  • creating 3 million green collar jobs for the future, to replace those that will be phased out over time in fossil fuel industries.

After walking down Swanston Street, attendees then formed a 140-metre-long human 'sign' spelling Climate Emergency in Alexandra Gardens.

[edit] Photos

[edit] See also

[edit] External links

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