Say Yes Earth Relay in Newcastle

Yesterday, Transition Newcastle hosted an inflatable globe as part of a Say Yes Earth Relay to support the Government’s clean energy bill.

According to Environment Victoria the relay is a bit like the Olympic flame, as  communities across Victoria and NSW pass the inflatable human sized earth globe from suburb to suburb until it reaches Canberra in time for the passing of the clean energy legislation through parliament.

It is a symbolic action representing our hope for a cleaner, greener world and to encourage the parliament to support action on climate change. The arrival of the Say Yes Earth Relay in Canberra will coincide with not only the introduction of the clean energy build but also the erection of Greenpeace’s Earth Dome. This 4 stories tall  dome and will be the base for a range of activities during the week Monday, 31 October – Friday, 4 November, hosting press conferences and a photographic exhibition of the Earth Relay.

In Newcastle, we took the globe to the beach where lots of kids joined in. As a media event it was quite successful with a radio interview and over one minute on NBN TV. There were also photographers from the Herald and a the Daily Telegraph but I didn’t see any stories today.

Around 20 adults and 25 children joined us (although unfortunately most of the adults arrived after the media had come and gone!). Quite a few of the children were at the beach and joined in because it looked fun. Hopefully their parents didn’t mind them being on the news supporting clean energy and the carbon tax.

You can view more of the photos at

About Graeme Stuart

Lecturer (Family Action Centre, Newcastle Uni), blogger (Sustaining Community), environmentalist, Alternatives to Violence Project facilitator, father. Passionate about families, community development, peace & sustainability.
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