Step-In to Step it Up on Climate Change

Community action to switch off the CPRS and switch on renewables in 2009

Sutherland Residents Protest Climate Inaction December 22, 2008

Filed under: 'step-ins' climate groups have done — jondoig @ 5:58 am
Sutherland residents march to Scott Morrison MPs office in Caringbah

Sutherland residents march to Scott Morrison MP's office in Caringbah

Twenty-five local residents marched to MP Scott Morrison’s office in Caringbah on Thursday, demanding that he speak up for emergency action on climate change. The protest was organised by Sutherland Climate Action Network, a group of over 200 Sutherland Shire residents formed early last year to raise awareness about climate change and reduce emissions in the Shire.

Sutherland Climate Action Network members met with Mr Morisson in October, presenting the scientific case for emergency action and handing over a letter asking him to speak up publicly and urge the Opposition to support the community Climate Protection Bill and strengthen the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme.

Mr Morrison has not responded to the letter, prompting the group to organise the protest. The trigger for the protest was Kevin Rudd’s announcement on Monday 15th December of a paltry 5% carbon emissions reduction target by 2020, and the Opposition’s muted response, promising only a two month review of the emissions white paper.

Protest organiser Jonathan Doig spoke outside Mr Morrison’s office about the urgent need to restore the Arctic sea ice which is on track to disappear entirely in summer by about 2013. The group used musical instruments, pots and pans to bang out a countdown from 386 parts per million – the current level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere – down to 350 ppm, the initial target recently proposed by US climatologist James Hansen and nine other scientists.

Jonathan Doig addresses the protest group outside Mr Morrisons office

Jonathan Doig addresses the protest group outside Mr Morrison's office

The protestors chalked messages on the footpath, asking Mr Morrison to back strong climate action now.

Mr Doig asked the crowd, “What do we think of Kevin Rudd?” “Climate dud!” came the answer.

“What about Malcolm Turnbull?” “Clueless!”, they responded.

“And how about Scott Morrison, hasn’t he been quiet?” “Quiet as a mouse!”, someone quipped. Members of the group wore masks reflecting these epithets of Rudd, Turnbull and Morrison.

Mr Morrison’s office was unattended – without explanation – so Mr Doig left a message on the “urgent enquiries” number, calling for Scott to speak up for emergency climate action.

For more, see the media release issued by Sutherland Climate Action Network, or visit the group’s website.

Sutherland Climate Action Network will join other community climate action groups from around the country to encircle Parliament House in Canberra on February 3rd 2009.

Jonathan Doig leaving an urgent message for Scott Morrison

Jonathan Doig leaving an urgent message for Scott Morrison


2 Responses to “Sutherland Residents Protest Climate Inaction”

  1. James Says:


    Is that 8 protesters I can see in the photos?

    Must be some really passionate climate fighters down in the shire.

  2. April Says:

    Good on you all for having the courage to stand up for convictions and be brave enough to publicly raise your voices despite the apathy of the governments and the public.

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