Earth to Paris: climate talks begin

Just a few days after this edition of Blank goes to print, world leaders will meet at the UN Climate Summit in Paris. While that takes place, hundreds of thousands of people around the world will show their support for action on climate change by taking to the streets.

And just as well, too. Marches originally planned to take place in the city of Paris have been banned after the city was put under a State of Emergency.

At the Paris talks leaders of all nations will gather to set targets for countries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions so that we and future generations have a chance to live in a habitable world.

While Paris seems like a long way away, action is happening a lot closer to home.

The Peoples’ Climate March will be one of the biggest mobilisations of people around the world with events taking place in Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

Those marches, which will take place all around Australia will demand that Australia does its fair share by starting the transition from a fossil fuel economy to one based on renewable energy.

The Brisbane march takes place on Saturday 28 November with the GC contingent meeting at Varsity Lakes Railway Station at 7.40am. There’ll be singing, bands, banner drops, dancing, artists, marionettes, celebrtities and marchers young and old.

The Gold Coast march takes place from 10.00am on Sunday 29 November at Justin Park next to Burleigh Heads SLSC with 12 year old Holley Somerville-Knott leading the march. Holley is an entrepreneur, singer and humanitarian who cares deeply about the environment.

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Peoples’ Climate March | Saturday 28 November | Brisbane | 9.30am at Queens Park, Cnr Elizabeth + George Streets | peoplesclimate.org.au/brisbane

Peoples’ Climate March | Sunday 29 November | Gold Coast, 10.00am at Justin Park, Burleigh Heads SLSC | facebook.com/goldcoastclimatemarch

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