Greenpeace delivers 30-metre climate emergency message to PM during Binna Burra visit
SYDNEY, 13 Sept 2019 - Greenpeace activists have deployed a 30-metre ‘climate emergency’ banner at the site of the iconic former Binna Burra Lodge, as Prime Minister Scott Morrison arrived to survey the damage caused by bushfires this week.
Tony and Lisa Groom, son and granddaughter of the founder of the destroyed heritage-listed building are onsite with Greenpeace in support of the action.
“My home has just been destroyed by climate change,” said Mr Groom
“When I walked up the drive today and saw the ruins for the first time I felt totally devastated.
This place means everything to me. I was born here. It’s my whole life and now it’s gone”
“Scott Morrison must declare a climate emergency and act on it,” said Ms Groom.
“This building represents four generations of love and care for the environment, and my entire family history, from my grandfather to my own children.”
“This is an example of how climate change can ruin many people’s livelihoods from the tour guides who take people through the Gondwana rainforest to the chefs in the kitchen.”
Greenpeace campaigner, Alix Foster Vander Elst said the bushfires were the latest in an extraordinary series of climate impacts that Australians are enduring all over the country on a daily basis.
“A parliamentary climate emergency motion was released this week as these fires were raging. The Prime Minister must make a choice – will he stand with Australians on the frontline of the climate emergency, or will he continue leading a government that refuses to take credible action?” she said.
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