National Climate Emergency Rally

Yesterday’s National Climate Emergency Rally saw thousands of Australians take to the streets to demand the Rudd Government recognise climate change for the emergency it is, take the Carbon Pollution Rewards Scheme back to the drawing board, and take much stronger action to create green jobs and a switch to 100% renewable energy by 2020.

Rallies were held in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane, Canberra, Hobart and Wollongong.

Damien Lawson’s opinion piece published in The Age today sums up the sentiments of protestors: Stop wasting time and save the planet Mr Rudd

For photos of the event click here, here and here.

The rallies received media attention in Australia and internationally, see:

BBC – Australians demand climate action
Reuters India – Australians demand more action on climate change

ABC Online – Wong defends policy amid climate change protests
The Sydney Morning Herald – Activists call for green jobs
The West Australian – Hundreds rally in Perth for climate action

…and compilation of TV coverage in Sydney