Rising tide against warming
Tamlin Mackenzie decided to organise a walk against warming in Lismore last Saturday for the simple reason that no-one else had.
“I believe we all should be looking forward and making the world better,” Tamlin said. “The talks that are happening in Copenhagen are pretty important and ordinary Australians think climate change is real and serious and needs attention.”
Just over 200 people and several dogs walked around the main block of Lismore on Saturday, ending up at the Memorial Baths, where Mayor Jenny Dowell offered a glimpse of the living room of the future, sitting on the couch, reading the Blind Shire News with water lapping at her ankles.
“Tamlin did an amazing job on very short notice. I think everyone’s waiting for direction and some agreement from Copenhagen and it is significant,” Jenny said. “It is difficult to find consensus with so many points of view but in the meantime, local government is doing their bit. This community has a very engaged and aware population who are expecting action.”
Mayor Dowell said she didn’t think the Rudd government was doing enough.
“I don’t think any government is doing enough, but it’s very difficult getting legislation through when the numbers in the Senate are not on your side,” she said. “We’ve seen with the option before government, the Greens think more should be done and the Nationals and new Liberals feel it is too great a change, so Rudd, Penny Wong and Peter Garrett are stuck between a rock of the Coalition and the hard place of the Greens.”
Page MP Janelle Saffin also joined the walk against warming.