JESS WRIGHT Climate Action Hobart

WHAT: Climate Action Hobart Launches Climate Emergency Rally. WHEN: 1pm, Thursday 11th June. WHERE: Parliament Lawns, Hobart

Local climate group Climate Action Hobart will be putting Tassie on the map and launching this Saturday’s National Climate Emergency Rally at Parliament Lawns today.

The group will be making a giant map of Tasmania and inviting the community to write messages to Kevin Rudd and world leaders sharing their views on climate change. The material being used to form the map was part of an action in February where over 2500 people encircled Parliament House in Canberra to demand immediate action on climate change.

The action will be repeated at the Hobart rally this Saturday with similar actions happening in each state. The result will be over 1km of messages to be delivered to the Prime Minister and world leaders at the Copenhagen climate negotiations in December.

“We’re inviting all Tasmanians to join us on Saturday as we stand up for a prosperous future and a safe climate for all. Joint action on climate change and the global financial crisis is urgent – we can address these challenges together – by investing in green infrastructure to generate economic activity while preparing for a new low carbon economy, new industries and new jobs” said Climate Action Hobart spokesperson Jess Wright.

“We want to put Tassie on the map as a climate leader. Tasmania is in an excellent position to become the renewable energy state, and lead Australia’s transformation to a 100% renewable energy future and a clean, green economy” said Jess Wright.

Today’s action also coincides with national and peak environment groups in Australia publicly announcing their opposition to the proposed Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme and releasing a report outlining a suite measures that could be in place within two years and see Australia in reach of halving its greenhouse has emissions over the next 10 years.

The Climate Emergency Rallies will take place in every state capital in Australia and several regional centres this Saturday, June 13th. HOBART: 12 noon, Parliament Lawns. For more information www.climaterally.org

The organisations supporting the Tasmanian rally include Environment Tasmania Inc, Sustainable Living Tasmania, The Wilderness Society Tasmania, Resistance, Socialist Alliance, The Teachers Education Union, The Maritime Union of Tasmania, The United Firefighters Union of Australia – Tasmanian Branch, Vegetarian Tasmania, Against Animal Cruelty Tasmania, Still Wild Still Threatened, Huon Valley Environment Centre, The Tasmanian Grassroots Union Choir and Greenpeace Tasmania.