| 27 May 2024, Monday |

Rallies in Sydney, Melbourne protest against Australia’s climate policy

More than 1,000 protesters marched in Australia’s largest cities of Sydney and Melbourne on Saturday to oppose the government’s climate policies and the plans it proposed at a United Nations climate summit in Glasgow.

Around 1,000 people marched in favor of Global Action Day for Climate Justice, a worldwide campaign mobilized during the COP26 meeting, in Sydney’s first lawful protest following a months-long COVID-19 lockdown.

“We’re all out here to express that we want more from our government,” one of the demonstrators, Georgia, said.

In photographs circulated by the media, marchers held posters that said, “We need human change, not climate change” and “Code Red for Humanity.”

A week of government speeches and pledges at the two-week gathering in Glasgow brought promises to phase out coal, slash emissions of the potent greenhouse gas methane and cut deforestation.

Australia, however, has rejected the global methane pledge and campaigners and pressure groups have not been impressed by the commitments of other world leaders.

“The COP 26 agreements were happening and it’s not turning out the best for Australia at the moment,” added Georgia, the Sydney protester, who gave only one name.

Melbourne’s protest was smaller than Sydney’s, with just a few hundred people turning out for a rally that featured a giant koala bear emitting plumes of smoke, and protesters dressed as skeletons on bikes.

Several smaller events were held elsewhere in Australia.

Swedish teenage activist Greta Thunberg was among thousands of young campaigners who marched in Glasgow on Friday, demanding urgent action.

  • Reuters