Activists demand action on climate

Teresa Robertson, Rosie Gittings and Marina Lewis are a part of the Citizens for Climate Action in Colac Otway Shire group, calling for the council to declare a climate emergency.

A group of activists are reaching out for community support in calling for local government action on climate change.

After hosting multiple events, the Citizens for Climate Action in Colac Otway Shire group has started a petition, asking for the signature of shire residents to encourage the council to declare a climate emergency.

Group member Marina Lewis said the group had created the petition to garner support for climate action.

“A number of us were concerned after the last federal election that there was very little action generally on climate change, so we thought we’d get together and see what action people wanted locally,” she said.

“The impetus was that we felt like not enough was happening and we thought we’re citizens of this country and we care about it, so what can we do to encourage some local action, seeing as nothing much was happening at that federal level.”

Marina said the group had done a lot of research and thought a petition would be the best way to get further support.

“We’ve had people say to us there’s no such thing as climate change, we’ve had people say we are misguided, we’ve had people say the science is incorrect,” Marina said.

“So there are people who are reading things that are not based on the best Australian science and the best international science so there is an element of misinformation that’s supporting vested interests who don’t want to change.

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