A climate rally and march to demand a climate emergency declaration will take place on February 1.
The Southern Highlands Extinction Rebellion will hold a family friend climate rally that will begin at Bowral Memorial Hall from 10 am.
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The march will conclude at 11 am at the Ted Springett Memorial Garden and will be followed by live music, speeches, dancing and yoga until 12:30 pm.
Extinction Rebellion Southern Highlands local coordinator said that the purpose of the rally was to pressure the Wingecarribee Shire Council to declare a climate emergency.
“Our future and that of future generations depends on what we do now,” he said.
“The focus of the rally is to call upon Wingecarribee Shire Council to Declare a Climate Emergency and act now.
“Climate change and its effects are beyond doubt.
“The unprecedented current fire season alone should be enough to move to those who have denied the reality in which we are living in into action.
“If we are to avoid the most catastrophic effects of climate change, then we must cut out green house gas emissions to net zero by 2025
“The Wingecarribee Shire Council has already denied two motion to declare a climate emergency on separate occasions.
“A a third motion of notice to declare a climate emergency will be presented to council on February 12.
“If we are to have a future for ourselves and our children it is essential that council not only pass this motion but that our local government acts upon it and takes appropriate steps to begin transitioning the region towards sustainability.
“We invite all local residents, workers, visitors, along with their friends to join us for a morning to celebrate the human potential.”
The assembly point is at Bowral Memorial Hall at 9:30 am and the march will begin at 10 am. Participants are advised to bring food, water and sun protection. Creativity is encouraged in the form of banners, posters and signs.