The People’s Climate March

This weekend there will be thousands of events around the globe in the lead-up to the Climate Change talks in Paris. In Australia, the main focus is on marches in each of the capital cities although there are events in many other regional towns.

Melbourne has already had its march with an estimated 40,000 to 60,000 people (depending on whose estimate you listen to) – the largest ever climate rally in Australia.

On Sunday my family and I will be travelling, hopefully with 100s of others, from Newcastle down to Sydney to add our voice to those calling for climate action.

People's Climate March SydneyIn Sydney we are being encouraged to wear a colour to show what we stand for:

The Future If you’re young (or young at heart!), and want to take a stand for future generations, wear BLUE.

The Solutions If you’re excited by, or involved in the sustainable and renewable solutions we want to see, wear YELLOW

Front Lines of Change Our most vulnerable, both here and across the world unfairly carry the impacts and costs of climate change. If you f eel the impacts of climate change now – or want to stand with those that do – wear RED.

Our Common Home If you want to speak for the species and ecosystems who don’t get a voice, then wear GREEN.

A Just Transition If you want a just transition to an economy that provides jobs that are good for both people and planet, then wear ORANGE.

Many Cultures, Many Faiths, One Planet If you celebrate our diverse cultures and faiths, and our unity in caring for our world as our common home, wear PURPLE.

Health and Sciences If you stand with science, and those that are caring for our health and wellbeing, then wear WHITE.

Over dinner last night, we had quite a chat about what we colour we will wear. We essentially like the first three, but we don’t have much yellow so we will be wearing blue or red. Hopefully Paris will rely on better decision-making processes.

The planned march in Paris has been cancelled because of the recent terrorist attacks and it is thus important that people around the world march for those who can’t.

Will you take a stand for the climate? Find an event near you.

If you liked this post please follow my blog (top right-hand corner of the blog), and you might like to look at:

  1. Climate change: we need to clean up after ourselves
  2. Blue Men: Message to Humanity
  3. Dear Future Generations: Sorry
  4. Climate change, health and children
  5. 21 Stories of Transition
  6. Social change and strengths-based approaches

About Graeme Stuart

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