Community members of Alice Springs will join tens of thousands of people across Australia and around the world, to take part in a global day of climate action on Saturday September 8th.
#RiseForClimate events around Australia will happen in every capital city as well as Cairns, Yeppoon, Wee Jasper, Byron Bay, Coffs Harbour, Bendigo, Moruya, Cooktown, Rockhampton, Port Macquarie, Broome, LaTrobe and other regional centres.
In Alice Springs community members are invited to be part of “A Sunny Soiree” on the Alice Springs Town Council lawns from midday until 3pm on Saturday 8thSeptember, with a focus on solar and the transition to a renewable energy future.
“Alice Springs is one of the sunniest places on the planet, we are perfectly placed to realise this potential and be a leader in the transition to a renewable energy future,” said Nicole Pietsch, Sunny Soiree Coordinator.
“We know people are disheartened by events in recent weeks where we now have a Prime Minister who bought a lump of coal into parliament to sing its praises, and has just appointed a coal lobbyist as his chief of staff.”
“We know that this year is the third consecutive year that Australia has seen an increase in greenhouse gas pollution levels.”
“We know that Australia is one of the most vulnerable countries to climate change in the developed world, with worsening extreme weather events, including heatwaves, greater storms, flooding, droughts and bushfires.”
“We know that here in the Northern Territory emissions have risen 28% over the last 10 years, and will continue to rise with the INPEX Ichthys project, the opening up of the Territory to fracking, new land clearing permits, and increased offshore gas processing.”
“What we also know, however, is that thousands, even millions, of people are working across the globe on changing the story on climate, and that we already have the solutions, we just need the political will to invest in them.”
“That’s why the Arid Lands Environment Centre is urging community members to join us for the Sunny Soiree on Saturday 8thSeptember. Wear orange or yellow, bring your messages for a fossil fuel free future and join us for the big photo shoot at 2pm. We will be sending a clear message to our local, Territory and Federal elected representatives that we expect immediate action on making sure we have a safe climate for everyone.
“This will be a fun, family friendly event where we come together as a community, and be part of global rallies seeking strong climate action. We’re going to have music, face-painting, food and drinks, and there will be a kids disco from midday.”
“Everyone is invited as ultimately climate change is about all of us, and how we work together into the future will be incredibly important,” said Nicole Pietsch.