80,000 Australians Part Of Global Climate Action

On 12 December, 80,000 Australians took to the streets around the country to support calls for a new climate treaty. It was Walk Against Warming – the best yet and the most important, smack bang in the middle of global climate negotiations in Copenhagen. There was an amazing turnout in Australia’s capital cities, as well as some of the country’s regional and coastal centres like Bendigo and, of course, coal central, Newcastle.

One of our climate campaigners, John Hepburn, was co-MC at the Sydney rally. Hear his thoughts on the day and watch a video of the Sydney rally here.

Congratulations to all those people who took to the streets. Did you Walk Against Warming? Tell us your story in the comment section.

Otherwise check out photos from Walk Against Warming in Sydney and Melbourne, as well as from similar rallies around the world as part of the global day of action.

Sydneysiders wrote their climate action messages on a banner at Walk Against Warming.

Sydney: Activists wrote their climate action messages on a banner at Walk Against Warming.

There were a lot of creative props at Walk Against Warming, including this one of Kevin Rudd cleaning himself with coal - because there's nothing clean about coal.

Sydney: There were a lot of creative props at Walk Against Warming, including this one of Kevin Rudd cleaning himself with coal - because there's nothing clean about coal.

Walk Against Warming in Melbourne attracted the largest turnout, with 50,000 people taking part.

Melbourne: Walk Against Warming in Melbourne attracted the largest turnout, with 50,000 people taking part.

Protesters fill Melbourne's Swanston St.

Melbourne: Protesters fill Melbourne's Swanston St.

Melbourne protesters make a human sign over the Yarra River: "Save Climate - Do It!"

Melbourne: Protesters form a human sign over the Yarra River: Safe Climate - Do It!

Kevin Rudd made an appearance at a number of rallies, including this one in Melbourne.

Melbourne: Kevin Rudd made an appearance at a number of rallies, including this one in Melbourne.

International global day of action

Australians weren’t alone in hitting the streets for climate action on 12 December. Rallies were held across around the globe, highlighting the need for action on what is a global issue. Climate change.

In India's capital Delhi, people released 2000 sky lanterns with calls for a fair, ambitious and binding deal at Copenhagen.

Delhi, India: People released 2000 sky lanterns with calls for a fair, ambitious and binding deal at Copenhagen.

Beijing, China: Traditional Chinese drummers send a "time is running out" message from Beijing to Copenhagen.

Beijing, China: Traditional Chinese drummers send a message from Beijing to Copenhagen: 'Time is running out'.

Hong Kong, China: Over 1000 people took to Hong Kong's waterfront. These participants wear a rubber life ring with a climate change message as they take part in a three-legged walk as part of the protest.

Hong Kong, China: Over 1000 people took to Hong Kong's waterfront. These participants wear a rubber life ring with a climate change message as they take part in a three-legged walk as part of the protest.

Quezon City, The Philippines: Greenpeace and other activists display their important messsage in front of Quezon City Hall.

Quezon City, The Philippines: Greenpeace and other activists display their important messsage in front of Quezon City Hall.

Copenhagen, Denmark: Up to 100,000 people take part in the climate demonstration on the Global Day of Action in Copenhagen.

Copenhagen, Denmark: Up to 100,000 people take part in the climate demonstration on the Global Day of Action in Copenhagen.

Copenhagen. Denmark: A participant in the protests in Copenhagen on 12 December. The world's eyes are on the Danish capital as world leaders meet to negotiate a global solution to climate change.

Copenhagen, Denmark: A participant in the protests in Copenhagen on 12 December. The world's eyes are on the Danish capital as world leaders meet to negotiate a global solution to climate change.

Copenhagen, Denmark: Greenpeace Executive Direct Kumi Naidoo gives a talk at the march in Copenhagen.

Copenhagen, Denmark: Greenpeace Executive Director Kumi Naidoo gives a talk at the march in Copenhagen.

11 Comments

  • Mike Turbin says:

    Climate change is a BIG LOAD OF CRAP

  • Anne Watson says:

    Mike Turbin is an idiot. Climate change is real, is happening now, and will continue to happen despite all the money being put into the negative campaign by high polluting industries.

    Sadly the Walk against global warming in southern Tasmania was out of the media spotlight, and although conservation of forests is a major part of action, tying the walk in with other forestry issues alienated a lot of people who otherwise would have walked in the city. Making a 6 hour event out of it by setting the walk 1 1/2 hours from Hobart also stopped many people with limited time from attending, also those who consider driving vehicles a major factor in climate change.

  • Susana says:

    I feel very sorry for you. No doubt you will be the first to cry like a baby when it affects you. Go and sink your money into a waterfront property.

    Use some intelligence and do some research and try and read some actual scientific reports. Read both sides of the argument and just grow up and face reality.

  • Deb says:

    Well done to all who organised and took part in these huge gatherings. Please know there were heaps more of us who supported the walk but couldn’t attend. Thanks to Greenpeace and other organisations which are doing so much to get the voice of the people in plain view of the world.

  • Lou Baxter says:

    The scientific consensus has been in for some time – global warming is happening and, unfortunately, at a faster rate than originally modeled. I suggest doubters attend as many lectures and talks as I have – I’d love to be a skeptic as the reality is so frightening but the evidence I have seen and listened to means I can’t be. Even if some doubt still existed, the precautionary principle would still apply: global warming is so dire that action should still be taken against it even if the evidence only suggested the possibility of it (and the evidence is much much stronger than this).

  • Lucy says:

    Its so heartening to see this many people all united for the same cause. As a young person I am relieved that older people are taking interest in our future. Many people say “It’s not my problem” and to them I say they should make it their problem. It’s not too late. It took us all a long time to act but finally we are moving forward.
    This is the only war we should be fighting. But that said, it’s not really a “war” on climate change, but rather it is the “healing” of our planet.

  • Liz Tobal says:

    Of course it’s all REAL. The Perth Walk was FANTASTIC (very hot day – warming?) Had to come in by car (more emissions) because Armadale Line train was ‘closed for maintenance’ Thought I wouldn’t make it in time, but was right on time to start the walk with my little stuffed polar bear held aloft.

  • Mike Turbin says:

    Hey ******* if there was this so called global warming then why was it raining on Christmas Day in Queensland (The hottest State) when it hasn’t i dunno since like over 5 years.

  • Beryl Ford says:

    When I was a kid we learnt about King Canute who whipped the sea and told it to go back I thought at the time it a very unlikely story surely no one could be that foolish and then along came Mike Turbin, life’s just one long learning curve. That aside irritating though people are that ignore all the signs of planet distress and harm energy is better spent on working with people who are trying to stop the process and put healing methods into place than getting hot under the collar about the Mike Turbins of the world. They are entitled to their options but the rest of us have far more urgent matters to attend to than listen to the ostriches.

  • HmmmNow says:

    Before we pat ourselves on the back too hard, let’s do the math shall we? Woohoo, 80,000 is such a big number – what a shame it represents less than half of 1% of the population. Put in these terms it seems somewhat less than the raging success claimed here…

  • Victor Shestopal says:

    All current debate regarding carbon emission is misdirected. The source of world overheating is overpopulation. With growing population Australia has no chance to decrease emission. The legislation needs to be changed in two aspects: (1) to curb immigration; (2) to discourage large number of children in a family.

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