I personally got involved in WAW because I’m concerned about how climate change is going to affect future generations. When I think of potential conversations with children who will inherit this planet, I want to say that I did everything possible to encourage the government to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions.

Keeping up with WAW tradition, the Brisbane walk was a colourful umbrella parade, which provided some respite from the blazing hot sun.

Approximately 1500 people attended the WAW in Brisbane. We had blue skies and a light breeze developed at the end of the day.

There was a representation of Pacific islanders from Kiribati, which is already experiencing the impacts of climate change, as well as West Papua. Some “penguins” also came out for the day, searching for anything icy on such a hot day!

After creating a huge map of Queensland’s, walkers were informed about the impacts on the Great Barrier Reef and Pacific Islands, as well as the concerns of young people. Speakers from the Queensland Conservation Council and Make Poverty History Coalition expressed what people could do to to encourage our federal government to reduce the impacts of climate change.

Cassie McMahon, Brisbane