Jul 31, 2009
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People all around Australia rallied on Sunday for stronger action on climate change by political parties.
The rallies were part of Walk Against Warming, which were held in over 50 different towns as well as the capitol cities in Australia. The rallies attempted to draw attention to the issue of climate change in the run-up to the November 24 general elections.
Early estimates put the amount of participants at 150,000 people. Melbourne had between 20,000 and 30,000 people attended, while there were around 28,000 people in Sydney. Cate Faehrmann, director of the Nature Conservation Council, said the goal of the protesters was to help promote a target of cutting emissions 30% by 2020.
Alex Marr, Wilderness Society national campaign director, said: “Both major parties have credibility problems on climate change because of their failure to commit to the sort of deep cuts to greenhouse emissions in the next decade that are necessary to help prevent dangerous climate change.”
Australia and the United States are the only two countries not to have ratified the Kyoto Protocol. Australia has one of the highest per capita emission rates in the world.
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