Sit-down to stand up for climate change

L-R Kate Neyland (baby) Jemma Hosking and Claire Neyland, credit Ros Wharton

MORE than 80 East Coast Tasmanians took part in a Climate Change Sitdown late last year.

School students, farmers, nurses and business owners, gathered in the heart of Bicheno to say #thisisclimatechange.

Year 11 student, Laura Sliskovic, who chaired the event, said the day highlighted the importance of small-town action.

Laura opened proceedings with minute of silence, to acknowledge everyone who had been affected by the fires and climate change.

“Our politicians are telling us it’s not the time to talk about climate change,” she said.

“But if not now, then when.’’

Students from Bicheno Primary School showed their leadership on climate action.

Nina, aged 8, told the crowd “the world is getting hotter and the weather is getting more and more crazy.’’

“Plants and animals are becoming extinct.”

In her speech, Sienna aged 12 said, “there are so many people who don’t get it – including people in parliament.”

“But kids get it. Our climate is getting warmer because of fossil fuels.

“I watch the news as I eat dinner and I hear about fires. I know that there are more storms. I know the seas are warming and rising,” she said.

Locals took the opportunity to raise money for the Bicheno Volunteer Fire Brigade, with more than $150 donated on the day.

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