80,000 Australians Part Of Global Climate Action

15 December 2009

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. [caption id="attachment_1498" align="aligncenter" width="540" caption="Sydney: Activists wrote their climate action messages on a banner at Walk Against Warming."]Sydneysiders wrote their climate action messages on a banner at Walk Against Warming.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1487" align="aligncenter" width="540" caption="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."]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.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1494" align="aligncenter" width="540" caption="Melbourne: Walk Against Warming in Melbourne attracted the largest turnout, with 50,000 people taking part."]Walk Against Warming in Melbourne attracted the largest turnout, with 50,000 people taking part.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1495" align="aligncenter" width="540" caption="Melbourne: Protesters fill Melbourne's Swanston St. "]Protesters fill Melbourne's Swanston St. [/caption] [caption id="attachment_1496" align="aligncenter" width="540" caption="Melbourne: Protesters form a human sign over the Yarra River: Safe Climate - Do It!"]Melbourne protesters make a human sign over the Yarra River: "Save Climate - Do It!"[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1497" align="aligncenter" width="540" caption="Melbourne: Kevin Rudd made an appearance at a number of rallies, including this one in Melbourne."]Kevin Rudd made an appearance at a number of rallies, including this one in Melbourne.[/caption]

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. [caption id="attachment_1492" align="aligncenter" width="540" caption="Delhi, India: People released 2000 sky lanterns with calls for a fair, ambitious and binding deal at Copenhagen. "]In India's capital Delhi, people released 2000 sky lanterns with calls for a fair, ambitious and binding deal at Copenhagen. [/caption] [caption id="attachment_1488" align="aligncenter" width="540" caption="Beijing, China: Traditional Chinese drummers send a message from Beijing to Copenhagen: 'Time is running out'. "]Beijing, China: Traditional Chinese drummers send a "time is running out" message from Beijing to Copenhagen. [/caption] [caption id="attachment_1491" align="aligncenter" width="540" caption="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.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1504" align="aligncenter" width="540" caption="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. [/caption] [caption id="attachment_1489" align="aligncenter" width="540" caption="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.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1490" align="aligncenter" width="540" caption="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. [/caption] [caption id="attachment_1493" align="aligncenter" width="540" caption="Copenhagen, Denmark: Greenpeace Executive Director Kumi Naidoo gives a talk at the march in Copenhagen."]Copenhagen, Denmark: Greenpeace Executive Direct Kumi Naidoo gives a talk at the march in Copenhagen.[/caption]