Banner leading march down Swanston Street
Melbourne did its bit towards the nationwide day of action on climate change organised by a range of community groups including Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace, the Climate Action Centre and others. The event began with a rally at the State Library, where there were speakers including Greens Senator Bob Brown, Firefighters Union secretary Peter Marshall, David Spratt of Climate Code Red, and 11-year-old India Jilly, who spoke on behalf of the generation which is to inherit the mess. Rod Quantock did the warming up, which was very much needed given the wintry weather, and MC was Chris Breen.
After the speeches the rally set off down Swanston Street towards the Town Hall, where the Victoria ALP was holding a State Conference, and then on to the Treasury Gardens for a final wrap-up by Taegan Edwards of Yarra Climate Action Now, and music by Melting Pot. At the Town Hall the marchers staged a sit-down, blocking the street, while Damien Lawson of FoE and Tuvalu islander Emeretta Cross addressed the crowd., which by now had grown to an estimated four-five thousand after a rather shaky start at the Library.
There is a report of the event on
with links to photos by Peter Campbell onPicasa,
and a slideshow of images is available on EngageMedia.
(See also http://www.engagemedia.org/Members/takver/videos/climate_emergency_rally.mpg/view and http://www.engagemedia.org/Members/takver/videos/Climate03_DamienLawson.MPG/view for speeches at the Town Hall.)
There is also extensive coverage on the re-born Indymedia site. Welcome back Indymedia!
Here are some more images from the rally and march:
Animal Liberation Victoria - one of a number of vegan banners at the rally
It's Peter Garrett's head on the stick ... so I was told
(Wise) Owls for Conservation
Rod Quantock warming the crowd
Senator Bob Brown speaking
David Spratt speaking
Peter Marshall speaking
Getting ready to march - the wind was getting up, too.
Bob Brown left holding the baby
Musical pedal power
CEPU flags - one of the few signs of union participation
Industrial Workers of the World
Climate activist turtle
Representing the coal lobby
Children were much in evidence
For example here with the Friends of the Earth
... and here at the Town Hall, Emeretta speaking.
The Town Hall sit-down
Damien Lawson of FoE calling for a campaign of Civil Disobedience
In Collins Street, heading for the Treasury Gardens
Dogs are affected by climate change, too
The coal lobby again
At the Treasury Gardens - Taegan Edwards speaking
Taegan speaking - another view