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

Commodities Nov 06, 2021 02:37PM ET
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By James Redmayne and Lidia Kelly

SYDNEY/MELBOURNE (Reuters) - More than 1,000 people demonstrated on Saturday in Australia's biggest cities of Sydney and Melbourne to protest against the government's climate policies and the strategies it offered at a U.N. climate summit in Glasgow.

Sydney's first legal protest after a months-long COVID-19 lockdown saw about 1,000 people march in support of global action day for climate justice, a worldwide movement mobilised during the COP26 meeting.

"We're all out here to show that we want more from our government," said Georgia, one of the protesters.

Marchers carried signs reading, "We need human change, not climate change" and "Code Red for Humanity", in images shown by media.

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.

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

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John Laurens
John Laurens Nov 07, 2021 3:01AM ET
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..but no protests regarding Australia’s loss of right to beat arms or have a spine… seems reasonable. Why did the free world think Aussies were real men… like ever?
Ferdinando Riboni
Ferdinando Riboni Nov 06, 2021 5:17PM ET
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we need a good War !maybe China 🇨🇳 needs to occupy Australia..the Strong always rule the weak
Angus Malarkey
Angus Malarkey Nov 06, 2021 5:06PM ET
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If the biggest advocates of climate change modified their behavior to reflect their concern, they might make a more compelling argument.
Gennady Mishin
Gennady Mishin Nov 06, 2021 3:39PM ET
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What about population growth / population control?
Todd Gray
Todd Gray Nov 06, 2021 3:30PM ET
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It's said man contributes 1/2 to 2 1/2% to global warming. So, where does most of global warming come from? If you want to know, read up on the Milankovitch cycles. Earth has two seasonal cycles. One takes a year & creates 4 seasons. The other takes a lot longer, and it also creates 4 seasons.
Benjamin USA
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Meanwhile the right just wants to consoom all the natural resources at a rate that far exceeds the planets abolity to replenish them. Hmm, wonder what happens to future generations when the stockpiles run dry?
Andrew Allen
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Lol they used to say that about oil, then shale fracking tech got better and we have enough for at least hundreds of years. If you respond, you will switch subjects from resource scarcity to anti fracking. How many "lefties" flew their private jets to COP 26? Aren't they consuming natural resources at a rate that far exceeds the planets ability to replenish them? Drop the political bias and be objective.
Felipe Daniel
Felipe Daniel Nov 06, 2021 2:45PM ET
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Benjamin is white liberal male who peddles leftists propaganda his sources of information are CNN he lives in a bubble of ignorance
John Laurens
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Earth is literally a giant ball of oil with a few continents floating on it. Tooooooo goofy the wokist dems are..
Brandon Wooton
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🤦‍♂️the left just can't help themselves.
 
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