BATHURST protesters will join rallies across the state on Friday as part of the #ThisIsClimateChange Solidarity Sit-Down campaign in response to the recent devastating bushfires.
The statewide protest is being co-ordinated by School Strike 4 Climate, the group responsible a local Global Climate Strike rally in Bathurst in September that attracted more than Bathurst students, teachers, workers and community members to march in the CBD.
On Friday, protesters plan to meet in front of the Bathurst Court House at 11am before marching to Calare MP Andrew Gee's office in Keppel Street.
The School Strike 4 Climate website says there will be #ThisIsClimateChange rallies in each of the capital cities on Friday, as well as 48 regional centres across the state.
Rallies in Bathurst and Mudgee are the only events registered for the Central West.
"Our government's inaction on the climate crisis is contributing to catastrophic fire conditions. People are hurting. Communities are being devastated. And summer hasn't even begun," the website states.
"... On November 29, join all of us at Solidarity Sit-Downs to demand increased support for Indigenous land management and the Rural Fire Service and real climate action."
The co-ordinated rallies are calling for:
- No new coal, oil and gas projects, including the Adani mine.
- 100 per cent renewable energy and exports by 2030
- Funding for a "just transition" and jobs for fossil fuel workers and communities.
Protesters at the Bathurst rally in September ...
"Together, we'll sit shoulder to shoulder outside the offices of our politicians and fossil fuel companies across Australia and hear from those on the frontline of the climate crisis." the website states.
"We'll also donate to support those impacted by and fighting the fires.
"Bring a cushion, your best signs, donations and together let's show solidarity with everyone impacted by the fires and the climate crisis."