In sweltering heat, over 500 people marched from Stokes Hill Wharf to the Darwin Waterfront to call for action on climate change.
The march was colourful, creative and noisy, and included everyone from the very young, who stand to inherit a much warmer planet to the very old, many of whom are worried about heat stress.
Here are some highlights:
Clayton Simpson of Seed Indigenous Youth Climate Network NT (pictured) opened the march, saying “Indigenous people will make up 50% of the Territory’s population by 2050. It is important that young Indigenous mob are leading our response to climate change.”
Mr Simpson said he couldn’t be more proud of the day’s turn out. “It is so incredibly powerful to see so many Territorians come out to march for climate action.”
The march anthem, ‘You’re the Voice’ rang out across the waterfront in honour of the one million women seeking action on climate change.
Larrakia woman June Mills (pictured) and other singers led the march in a rendition of the song together with the crowd before welcoming everyone to country. One minute silence was held in honour of the grieving Paris community, where the world climate talks would be held.
MC Shankar Kasynathan (pictured) said “We are not just here representing ourselves today, but we are also here to speak up on behalf of our island nation neighbours, as well as our own remote communities, who are increasingly forced to cope with a rapidly rising sea level and more unpredictable climate.”
Uniting Church member Zac Hatfield explained how people could harness their power by divesting from financial institutions and businesses which support the fossil fuel industries that have generated a 1 degree increase in global average temperatures.
Professor Stephen Garnett of Charles Darwin University said “We may not realise it, but it is getting hotter all the time. This impacts on the way we live and costs the Australian economy around $7 billion each year in heat stress.”
It was a record turn-out for Darwin, despite being in the middle of a heatwave. Unions, nurses, doctors, teachers, environment groups, scientists, young families and retirees all took time out to march through the heat and make their message for a 100% renewable energy future and climate justice heard.
Take Action Now
Ask our leaders to commit to deep cuts in emissions and:
– Remove the $2.4 billion diesel fuel rebate, which makes it cheaper to burn fossil fuels
– Support communities to go 100% renewable
– Put a price on climate pollution.
– Support people particularly vulnerable to heat stress, and flooding from sea level rise.
– A Climate Refugee Action Plan to support our island nation neighbours
– Continue government support for institutions working to address climate change and promote renewable energy industries.
– Strengthen the national Renewable Energy Target
– Go solar, not dirty fracked gas!
– Create a Territory Renewable Energy Target of 50% by 2030.
– Create a Territory Climate Change Plan to reduce emissions and help us adapt to its impacts.
All Photos Courtesy: Lisa McTiernan
Special thanks to the many volunteers which made this event happen. Thanks to Unions NT, Seed NT, Lock the Gate, Australian Marine Conservation Society, Darwin Waterfront, Lisa McTiernan Photography and Jaxon de Santis Music. Also to Climate Action Network Australia and the Australian Conservation Foundation for their national support.