Its organisers are calling it the largest climate march in history, and for what it’s worth, parts of Australia well and truly played their part.
Over the weekend over 2808 demonstrations took place in 166 countries around the world. The march was planned back at the end of July as a New-York focused event to draw attention to Climate Change ahead of a UN meeting on the matter. From here, the march went global, with the event’s main organiser, People’s Climate roping in local partners to spread the movement. The Australian rendition of the event was spearheaded by three activist groups, GetUp, 350 Australia and the Australian Youth Climate Coalition.
The rally wasn’t a smash success in all of our capital cities. The Melbourne march was by far the largest event.
This was also evident in photos of the event.
But for what Sydney lacked in numbers, it made up for in creativity.
Unfortunately for Rockhampton, it’s a bit difficult to do anything creative with just a handful of people. They do realise that the two big towers in the background are producing steam, right?
Meanwhile, movement took on its own particular flavor in Townsville, with a tribute to the ongoing battle between the coal industry and the Great Barrier Reef.
And how demonstrators managed to pin this sign on the Blue Mountain's Three Sisters is perplexing.
But while Australia came out in force for the event, we need to keep our efforts in perspective. It seems Australians care more about Climate Change than some developing nations.
Here are some numbers from the global actions: 4.000 to 5.000 in Rio, 1.500 Madrid 2.000 Barcelona, 2000 to 2.500 in Delhi #PeoplesClimate— People's Climate (@Peoples_Climate) September 21, 2014
And perhaps more than some parts of Europe
@Peoples_Climate and 40,000 in London, 4.000 in Berlin, 8-9000 in Paris, plus thousands more in the rain & hail in Stockholm, Amsterdam..— 350.org Europe (@350Europe) September 21, 2014
But the main event was by far the biggest.