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News Media Releases Large crowds expected to gather on Sunday to call for climate action
Large crowds expected to gather on Sunday to call for climate action
Saturday, 04 June 2011 09:50

Thousands of Australian families will join high profile scientists, economists, actors, writers and sportspeople calling for a price on carbon pollution. Large crowds are expected to gather in capital cities on Sunday to support immediate action on climate change.

The culmination of a week of national campaigning by non-profit groups to “Say Yes” to climate change action in Australia, the event will be held on June 5 – World Environment Day – in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and Hobart. It will highlight the need for pollution reduction and greater investment in renewable energy.

The event in Perth is being organised by a diverse range of groups, including churches, unions, conservation groups and organisations representing young Australians concerned about the impact of climate change on their future.

Quotes from some of the organisations behind the Perth rally:

“The Uniting Church views climate change as a most serious threat to the future and integrity of life on earth. We hold particular concerns for our brothers and sisters in developing countries around the world who will be worst affected by the effects of climate change caused by the disproportionate emissions of wealthy countries such as Australia. It is time for Australia to be proactive in addressing climate change — we need a price on pollution.” - Rev Ken Williams, Moderator of the Uniting Church in Western Australia.

“Unions accept the science of climate change. The time to act is now. We plan to be part of the solution to negotiate industry plans that promote sustainable jobs, and to ensure that low and middle income families are not worse off as a result of a price on carbon.” - UnionsWA Secretary Simone McGurk.

"Climate change affects everyone, from all walks of life, and a price on pollution will benefit young people, communities and business. Young people have the most to lose from climate change, but the most to gain from effective climate change policies and a shift to renewable energy." - Australian Youth Climate Coalition Spokesperson Basha Stasak.

 “A price on carbon will mean less pollution, more money for clean technology and innovation, and finally doing something about climate change. A healthy environment for WA requires real action on climate. We may well look back on June 5, 2011, as one of the defining moments in Australian history when we set a positive course for our future.” - WWF-Australia WA Director Paul Gamblin.

The family-friendly event in Perth will take place outside the Cultural Centre in Northbridge, between the Art Gallery and State Library, from 11am. All are invited.

There will be guest speakers and a feature set by Indie band Sticky Fingers. Attendees will be asked to sign a petition calling for immediate action on climate change.

Go to www.sayyesaustralia.org.au for more information and to register.

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When: 11am, Sunday, June 5

Where: Cultural Centre in Northbridge (between the Art Gallery and State Library)

Media contacts: WWF Media Officer (WA) Cortlan Bennett, 0404 700 001, cbennett@wwf.org.au;
Maggie Johns (Uniting Church, Media & Communications Manager) 0419 831 576;
Madeleine Holme (UnionsWA, Campaigns & Communications Officer) 0417060360. 
 

 
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