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Queens Gardens, Brisbane
Corner Elizabeth and George Streets.

BLF should put a contingent together...but finding one another is sure to be hard as Queens Park will no way be big enough.

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I'll be trying to get there, but I'll likely only have my lunch break sadly.

If anyone is going, I'll be there on a brief reprieve from work. Look for pink hair if you're keen to group together.

Not good they are brain washing small children for there political agenda  the earth is not going to end any time soon.

No but a large portion of species are likely going to find their ability to survive heavily impacted. Including ours. That's generally not seen as an ideal situation.

That's right.  The earth is not going to end any time soon.  It will carry on without the stupid little humans who refused to acknowledge or address the mess they were making. 

Given the choice of believing the vast majority of climate scientists (and anyone who thinks scientists are doing it for the money knows SFA about money and academia) and believing the deniers whose main method of argument is ad hominem abuse followed by repeating the lines given to them by the fossil fuel lobby and the politicians who use it as a political tool, I'll take the scientists' view any day.

Really good to see the numbers of people turning out today.  Now it has to be followed up by action on every level including governments, businesses and individuals.

eco-anxiety

Well, people are quite rightly concerned and playing various roles in addressing the issues.  The climate strikers did an excellent job in raising awareness that there are so many everyday people from all ages and all walks of life who are concerned about climate change and that the noisy deniers really are in the minority.   

On Thursday in Brisbane, I went to the 202020 Vision event to hear about recent research and various initiatives around Australia. https://www.202020vision.com.au/
One difficulty is that councils may have to cut back their street tree planting because they can't keep the trees watered in the current dry weather.  Residents can help by watering any new street trees near their homes.  If you haven't got a street tree - ring your council (BCC-3403 8888) to request one and promise to water it.  Another BIG concern is that many tree species won't survive even a slight rise in temperatures. We really have to ramp up the planting of trees on public and private land.

I'm combining my work background with concern about the urban heat island to organise networks for larger planting projects of street trees with verge gardens. Concentrating on funded projects that create employment and address social disadvantage at the same time as environmental issues.  Check out https://shadylanes.com.au and on facebook https://www.facebook.com/shadylanes.com.au/   Please share with your friends, colleagues and other networks.

And this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Q0xUXo2zEY will probably get steam coming out the deniers' ears but inspire everyone else to think about what they can do. Protect, Restore, Fund.






I don't care whether people call it "man made climate change", "natural climate change" or "Charlie". We all know that you can't keep cutting down all of our forests and expect there won't be a negative impact.  We can't keep sending entire species extinct at the rate we are and not expect there won't be some kind of ecological impact.  We can't keep polluting a finite space like this planet and expect not to have to live in our own garbage sooner or later.  Looking after the planet is just common sense.  Whether our current 1 degree temp rise is due to man or nature doesn't make the things I just said any less true.  The question becomes, "What can you do to help mitigate the changes?"   
I also happily admit to being "eco-anxious" when they downgrade the Great Barrier Reef's health to "poor."   Being eco-anxious makes damn good sense to me.  Pity more people weren't over the last few hundred years.  

As September 20 unfolds across the globe its dynamic is that of a game changer in that it DEMANDS action on climate change through the collective voice of millions.

It may have been led by schoolies but its impact, support base and network is much broader.

I remind folk what the demands were of the schoolstrike:

  • No new coal, oil and gas projects, including the Adani mine.
  • 100% renewable energy generation & exports by 2030
  • Fund a just transition & job creation for all fossil-fuel workers & communities.

To that end unions and businesses signed on in support-- including teachers unions.

While a few may regret that the event occurred and children got uppity en masse, the pressing reality is that this is but a beginning of a much more urgent, militant and broader campaign in the face of  government denials and inactivity.

You aint seen nothing yet.

I'm no stranger to activism -- like 50 years of it in my cv -- but this is THE issue none of us will be able to avoid taking a stand on.

I agree it was a game changer.  

And for the schoolies it is all an excellent education in active and engaged citizenship - which makes the crocodile tears about "brainwashed children" and wails about them missing out on a day of school ruining their education so ridiculous.   

  • Fund a just transition & job creation for all fossil-fuel workers & communities.

This is so important and regional communities are paying the price of decades of lack of political leadership.  It's so much easier for populists to stir up resentment about environmentalists than to admit that they haven't done their job of anticipating the changes needed and managing the transition. 

I love you, team. That's all haha.

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