The Peoples Climate March rally, Coffs Harbour
The Peoples Climate March rally, Coffs Harbour Claudia Jambor

Climate Change rally heats up in Coffs Harbour

HUNDREDS of Coffs Coast locals rallied at the Coffs Harbour Jetty this afternoon urging global leaders to prioritise climate action.

Holding their signs high, climate activists advocated 'there's no planet b' and pushed for the nation-wide adoption of renewable energy in one generation.

Iconic Australian actor, Jack Thompson addressed the rally and delivered a poignant message of unity to combat the 'climate emergency' around the world.

"We are standing on the edge of an environmental precipice and we can do something... ," he said.

"The answer is simple, we have to unite in a determination to make it happen ... Surely as a species, we can unite to save our our skins, our children and all we love."

An eruption of cheers came from the crowd as Jack concluded his speech which was followed by a song from the Climate Choir, who raised their voices to sing an adaptation of Bob Dylan's The Times Are-A-Changin'.

The crowd chimed in and sang along to the lyrics displayed on a poster, ...Come gather round people wherever your home and admit that the world as we know it has gone, all fossil fuels must stay in the ground.

 

One activist donned feathered wings and dressed in white made a symbolic stance against climate change by walking into the water where she stood silent holding a flag of the Earth.

Coffs Coast Climate Action member and event organiser, Liisa Rusanen said despite the rainy weather the turn out was strong.

"After the march at Bellingen and this many here today it feels like there's a lot of momentum for climate action," she said.

Greens and Labor candidate for Cowper, Carol Vernon and June Smith were in attendance at today's rally accompanied by Coffs Harbour City Council councillor, Sally Townley, Gumbanggir elder Uncie Martin Ballangarry, Tu, a representative of the Samoan Pacific Islander community  and Rev Jason John, of the Sawtell Uniting Church.

Climate change rallies were hosted along the Mid North Coast including the Bellingen's Community People's Climate March yesterday and marches in Kempsey and Scotts Head taking place today.

Local marchers were joined by thousands worldwide supporting global action on climate change as world leaders gather in Paris for the UN Climate Conference which begins tomorrow.



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