Action day on fossil fuels

A GLOBAL day of action to move beyond fossil fuels will be held in Canberra on Saturday.

Initiated by 350.org, Moving Planet will be marked by events all over the world, from Nigeria to the Philippines to Spain, says organiser Nicole Blinco.In many places, people will ride bicycles, and in others people will march, dance, run, kayak, rollerblade, scooter or skateboard.

“Moving Planet is more than just a bike ride or a march, it is a chance to deliver a strong political message – to signal to our leaders that we expect them to do what it takes to move Australia away from fossil fuel dependence,” she says.

Canberra’s event is being organised by the Australian Youth Climate Coalition, with support from a range of environmental groups and Pedal Power ACT. Inspired by the emphasis on movement, the Canberra event has been named “Shake Your ACT!”, designed to appeal to as broad a demographic as possible.

It will start in Garema Place with live music and speakers representing business, NGOs and community groups, the event is then followed by a fun bike ride/moving bike party to the lawns of Parliament House, where participants will form a giant human sign urging leaders to move ahead in the transition to a clean energy future.

“It is so important to show that clean energy needn’t be divisive issue,” says fellow organiser Charlotte Wood.

“The benefits of shifting away from fossil fuels are multiple, but too many Australians are falling prey to a misinformation campaign which would have them believe that the Australian economy will disintegrate, jobs will be lost and more pain than gain will be had from moving away from fossil fuels. This quite simply isn’t true.”

For more information about Canberra’s Moving Planet event, visit: www.shakeyouract.com; to find out how other cities are marking September 24 visit www.moving-planet.org

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