A DEDICATED group of Coffs Coast residents marched through Bellingen on Saturday, ignoring the wet weather to protest against global warming.
Happy with the turnout, organisers said the Walk Against Warming rally attracted a cross section of the community with families, children, young adults and senior residents (and the odd pet) all joining forces.
Not just restricted to Bellingen locals, residents from surrounding areas, including Stuarts Point and Coffs Harbour, took part, all keen to send a clear message to the powers that be: It's time to act.
Similar events took place in more than 20 other locations across Australia and 48 countries as part of an international day of action on climate change.
Campaigners at all of the rallies called for the government to adopt more solar and renewable energy sources to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Bellingen Walk Against Warming organiser Steve Allen said the rally demonstrated that global warming had become a major social issue.
"Attitudes are changing. A couple of years ago I wrote a column in the paper (the Coffs Coast Advocate) about the rising sea levels and no one took any notice. On Saturday it was the front page story under the headline of 'Catastrophe'," Mr Allen said. "It is good that people are becoming more aware, but there is still so much work to be done."
Mr Allen thanked those who stepped out into the rain and took part in the rally. He also acknowledged the hard work of many members of the Mid North Coast Greens for making the day a success.