Hundreds brave Bellingen rain for climate action

The rain was no hindrance to the Bellingen marchers supporting climate action.
The rain was no hindrance to the Bellingen marchers supporting climate action. Contributed

LIGHT showers on Saturday morning proved no deterrent to more than 400 people who participated in Bellingen’s community people’s climate march.

The crowd gathered in Maam Guduying Park where speakers delivered pleas for climate action and Luke Wilton performed a song written for the occasion.

The march is part of a series of world wide events and spokesperson Cath Jones said the feel was “typically Bellingen.”

“There was a real energy to the gathering and I believe it was an example of ‘heart’ politics,” she said.

“To be part of a world movement is simply amazing and the response was exceptional.

“On Friday we held gathering of women’s and men’s circles to protest the closure of Indigenous settlements and to have people come onto the street two days in row to show they care is special.”

Speakers included environmental activist Ashley Love, Rev Lindsay Cullen of the Uniting Church, Shire Councillor Dominic King, youth advocate Mugette from Bellingen EYE and The Greens candidate for Cowper, Carol Vernon.

To support the rally, banners were placed along the Pacific Highway at Urunga.

Further south, marches were also held at Scotts Head and Port Macquarie.

The People’s March arrives at Coffs Harbour Jetty on Sunday at noon.

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