A student-driven climate change rally come together on Friday morning to voice its concerns about the climate's current situation, while also calling for key changes by the government.
The statewide #ThisIsClimateChange Solidarity Sit-Down campaign was co-ordinated by School Strike 4 Climate, the group responsible for a Global Climate Strike rally at Bathurst in September that attracted local students, teachers, workers and community members to march in the CBD.
On Friday, over 60 community members met at the Bathurst Court House, marched through Machattie Park, before ending at Calare MP Andrew Gee's office on Keppel Street, dropping off a a petition.
Bathurst's rally was organised by year 10 Kelso High Campus student Maya McGrath, who believes the severity of recent bushfires being caused by climate change.
"For years climate change has been a far-off prospect and that it hasn't affected us," she said.
"For the first time since our first strike in September, we saw the recent bushfires affected by climate change.
"Climate change is affecting all of us. Before it's been a background affect, but the fires are getting worse."
The rallies called for no new coal, oil and gas projects (including the Adani mine), 100 per cent renewable energy and exports by 2030 and funding for a "just transition" and jobs for fossil fuel workers and communities.
Bathurst Community Climate Action Network social media officer Keegan Altmann said it's important for the community to rally alongside concerned students.
"They're really concerned about their future, they know that the climate emergency is something they're going to have to deal with in their immediate future and it's really important with groups like the Bathurst Community Climate Action Network stand with them and say we support them," she said.
"It's really important that we get this petition to Andrew Gee because he needs to know this is an issue that his constituents care about. It's really vital he stands with us in unity and addresses some of our concerns."
Ms Alltmann believes people don't have to change their entire life to help fight climate change.
"The important thing to remember is that, individual's action - no matter what form it takes and how extreme it is - will make a difference," she said.
"One of the biggest ways is to adopt a vegan or vegetarian diet. If cattle were their own country, they be the biggest greenhouse emitters behind China and India.
"We don't have to take it to the extreme. You don't have to be living a vegetarian or vegan diet but if you did it once a week or two days a week, that does make a difference.
"People don't have to change their entire lives, but they can do a little bit like drinking with a metal straw or not using plastic bags. There's lot of different ways to take action and they don't have to be the most extreme form."
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