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Climate change campaign heats up

TIME FOR ACITON: Greg Reid has organised a screening of Show You Care at the Regent Cinema in Murwillumbah ahead of a street rally in Knox Park.
TIME FOR ACITON: Greg Reid has organised a screening of Show You Care at the Regent Cinema in Murwillumbah ahead of a street rally in Knox Park. SCOTT POWICK

A CAMPAIGN to raise awareness of climate change will culminate in a public street rally and concert at the end of the month in Murwillumbah.

Activists have called on residents to take part in the November 28 protest at Knox Park, Murwillumbah.

Tweed Climate Action Now spokesperson Greg Reid said the group and its affiliates would be at the event to inform residents on the urgency of climate change and what they could do to help.

“In 10 to 20 years time when we’re suffering the impacts of climate change, it will be because of the emissions we’re making now, so it’s something we need to act on early,” Mr Reid said.

The event precedes the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris on November 30, which Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull recently announced he would attend.

However, Mr Reid said the pledges being made by world leaders now were not powerful enough to turn back the effects of greenhouse gas and ozone damage into the future.

“There are targets but no proposed way of getting there,” Mr Reid said.

“Worse, a promise for the Earth to have less than a 2% increase in average global temperature within the century, if missed, will mean the Northern Arctic circle will continue to melt, releasing more methane and pushing the temperature up. This causes bush fires, floods and damage to food crops.

“We can’t wait for leadership from the politicians. so we must make our own region carbon-neutral.”

The Regent Cinema’s Ken Rippin is hoping for another bumper audience at Show You Care, with a strong audience at the last screening despite clashing with the Tweed Valley Festival.

In Murwillumbah, the number of days over 35 degrees has quadrupled since the 1960s, and this will double by 2050, he said.



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