Silence over warming
IN the hope that silence may be more effective than words, 185 people held a silent march through Nambucca Heads on Saturday as they joined the international Walk Against Warming, many also signing up to join the Nambucca Valley Conservation Association.
Walk leader Kelly Tudhope said because US president George Bush and Australian Prime Minister John Howard had not listened to the scientists' advice that global warming was the most serious environmental issue facing the world, it was hoped silence would be more effective in persuading them to ratify the Kyoto Protocol and reduce climate-changing greenhouse gases.
Saturday's walk was timed to coincide with the first meeting of the 154 signatories to the Kyoto Protocol at the climate talks in Montreal. Australia and the US have not signed.
Children marched in giant masks of orcas, dolphins, pelicans, hammerhead sharks and possums, a Coffs Harbour group added some street theatre and the Jumbaal Dreaming Dancers performed four traditional dancers at the V Wall.
The silent march ended at the V Wall Tavern, where the crowd listened to speakers, watched a power point presentation and listened to music from Roc Chic.