Future hopes writ in sand
COFFS Coast climate activists have sent a clear message to world leaders ahead of the G20 in Brisbane.
They drew the message "G20 Go Solar" in the sand at Jetty Beach, adding to the momentum building for climate change action to be added to the agenda at this weekend's G20 talks.
Local avocado grower Tony Johnson said he was inspired by Queensland farmer Rob McCreath who ploughed "G20 Go Solar" into his paddock near Brisbane.
"Farmers and growers are on the front line of global warming," he said.
"G20 leaders owe it to farmers here and all over the world to prioritise climate change and cutting carbon pollution as an agenda item at the G20".
Both actions followed a climate change billboard featuring South Australian farmer David Bruer being banned by Brisbane airport.
David Bruer lost $25,000 worth of grapes in one day on his farm when temperatures reached 45°C last year.
Local mother of two Liisa Rusanen said Coffs Harbour was a vulnerable community to the impacts of increasing extreme weather.
"As residents of a coastal community, climate change is obviously on our agenda. We're calling on the G20 to put it on theirs," she said.
This beach action was part of the #onmyagenda campaign organised by nine civil society groups lobbying for climate change to be a stand-alone agenda item at the G20 as has happened for the past eight G20 summits.
It followed a very successful workshop last weekend which drew more than 100 people to the Deep Sea Fishing Club to hear from a range of local and visiting speakers talking about climate change impacts on food and farming, sea level rise, and options for renewable energy on the Coffs Coast.
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