About five,000 folks have braved hot and humid weather in the Brisbane CBD for a climate change rally ahead of United Nations climate talks in Paris subsequent week.
They included members of the Pacific Climate group, who spoke at the rally to raise issues that many Pacific islands would face catastrophic sea level rise without having critical international effort to minimize greenhouse gas emissions.
The protest is one of a number of demonstrations planned across Australia this weekend.
From the gathering point in Queen’s Park, the rally started a march through the CBD and across the Brisbane River to South Bank.
Ipswich couple Ray and Robin McGuire mentioned they have been attending since they wanted the Queensland and federal governments to halt Adani’s Carmichael coal mine in central Queensland.
“We adhere to the (climate alter) problem extremely closely,” Mr McGuire mentioned.
“We’re concerned about the Pacific islands and what will take place to them. In the end, it really is a moral choice individuals have to make.”
Mrs McGuire said she was fed up when she thought about how much the climate had currently changed given that she was a youngster.
“The ethical basis of economics and politics is unreal,” she mentioned.
“We want to quit the Carmichael mine, but also update policy and assistance for renewables.”
Queensland Government releases land clearing report
Ahead of the rally, the Queensland Government released a report that revealed land clearing rates across the state doubled in the initial two years of the former LNP government.
Deputy Premier Jackie Trad said the report outlined an alarming trend on land clearing.
“I am really concerned about what the science is telling us – land clearing and connected emissions have improved exponentially under the LNP,” she stated.
“That is why the Palaszczuk Government will introduce legislation early subsequent year to much more successfully manage vegetation clearing in Queensland.”
Ms Trad said the Government would also do its very best to minimise “panic clearing” ahead of any tightening in restrictions.
Scientist Dr Martin Taylor from the environmental group WWF Australia said the Queensland report figures revealed in 2013-14 there was 35.8 million tonnes of carbon released by land clearing across the state – the equivalent of adding yet another 8 million cars to the roads.
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