Monday, November 17, 2008

Creativity, colour and noise put global warming on Melbourne's agenda

I've had a chance to upload my photos from Saturday's Walk Against Warming to flickr, so I can tell the story of that successful rally through pictures. There are more photos at that link to my flickr site.

The anti-nuclear power message was strong at Walk Against Warming in Melbourne.

Anti-nuclear power was a strong message at Walk Against Warming – Melbourne
But bicycle power was a very strong favourite instead.

Bicycle power was very popular at the march
As was turtle power.

Turtle power at Walk Against Warming – Melbourne
People's creativity was shining through in the many banners, placcars and protest props people brought to make their message clear. As was the cooperation and community involvement evident in some of the larger and more elaborate ones.

Walk Against Warming – MelbourneWalk Against Warming – MelbourneWalk Against Warming – Melbourne
The Walk Against Warming in Melbourne finished up at the steps of Victoria's Parliament on Spring St, to pressure the Brumby government to take strong action on climate change. At issue was its foot-dragging over 'Feed In' tariffs to pay those who feed solar-powered electricity into the grid.

Taking it to the Victorian government
This placard caught my attention at the steps of Parliament where the Walk Against Warming ended.

All I want for Christmas is a future
See also the reverse of that placard.

The samba percussion band and dancer were a huge hit at Melbourne's Walk Against Warming. Their loud, cheery dance rhythms and the colourful dancer really lifted the mood of the march, and got people cheering, clapping and dancing up the street.

Drumming against warming
Wasn't it Rosa Luxembourg who said 'If I can't dance in the your revolution, then I don't want any part of it?'*

Dance against Warming
I do believe that the big crowd, the creativity and the spirit of those marching on Saturday are strong signs that people believe that climate change is still a major issue that requires strong, urgent and concerted action from government – all governments: local, state and national, and international – and from the community.

To an extent, I do think that the upcoming local government elections will be a test of the extent to which the community will hold their government representatives accountable for the pace of action and policy work on this issue.

And it has the potential for being a litmus test for how Victorians perceive the Brumby government is acting on this and other enviromental issues – including logging old growth forests and the threat that extending clearways holds for local neighbourhood strip shopping and communities.

Let's keep an eye on this one, eh?

I have to say, though, this is still one of my favourite placards at the march, and it was a favourite of many others too.

*Yes, yes, it is probably one of those myths of the activist left that this saying is attributed to her, but hey, I love the sentiments…

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At November 17, 2008 5:42 pm, Blogger Penni said...

Great pics.
We have a turtle and he's definitely anti global warming. (He's probably not that big on being in captivity either but in our defense we inherited him.)
I wish I'd been there, though it would have meant driving our big petrol guzzling car at least some of the way as we have NO public transport where we live.
(Hello, Nillumbik? Might want to do something about that thanks.)

At November 19, 2008 5:48 pm, Blogger Mark Lawrence said...

Hi penni, I'm sure your turtle would prefer his family to being strangled by plastic bags, which is one of the biggest threats to them in the wild. But I guess that's just wishful thinking.

I did see a banner by a local Nillumbik Sustainability/climate change action group at the Walk Against Warming. Maybe you could look them up and see what they're doing to improve public transport in your area?


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