In the first week of May, communities around Victoria hosted eight big events – rallies, marches and even a bike ride – to show our federal candidates that we want climate action!
Local leaders in Gippsland, Ballarat, Westernport and Melbourne’s south-east have spent the last few months building support for climate action in their communities. Their open letters, signed by hundreds of local businesses, community groups, schools, sporting clubs and residents, call on federal candidates to commit to fast, fair climate action.
They had already been published in local newspapers across the state (check it out here). But with just weeks to go until the federal election, it was time to deliver them straight to federal candidates – to show them that Victorian communities will be voting for our climate at the ballot box!
Check out all the highlights from the #VicVotesClimate week of action below:
In the Latrobe Valley, we rode our bikes from the largest source of Victoria’s climate pollution – our coal fired power stations – to the heart of the community.
The bike ride was about demonstrating the growing local support for greater climate action and for a just transition plan for coal workers and their families. We invited federal candidates from Gippsland and Monash electorates to join us at the finish line so we could present our open letter.
Environment Victoria organisers hosted the event together with other local groups Friends of Latrobe Water (FLow), Just Transition South Gippsland and East Gippsland Climate Action Network.
The Ballarat Climate Rally was a massive community effort, with local environment groups and activists, school students, First Nations, unions and families coming together to demand climate action in the region.
Together, we marched past local MP Catherine King’s office and gathered at the Town Hall for speeches from the community. And at a candidate’s forum that afternoon, hosted by Ballarat Renewable Energy And Zero Emissions (BREAZE), Environment Victoria local organisers handed over their open letter to federal candidates.
In Hastings, we marched down the main shopping street to send our politicians a message, loud and clear: Westernport want our climate and Bay protected!
Led by the Extinction Rebellion Sybil-disobedients, we marched to the centre of Hastings. After speeches from Save Westernport members and local businesses on the importance of climate action in Westernport, we delivered our open letter to the federal candidates who joined the rally.
It was a massive week of action in Melbourne’s south-east, with volunteers bringing their community together at 5 different events across the region.
In Dandenong, Pakenham, Frankston, Knox and Mount Martha, we invited federal candidates to come and hear what fast, fair climate action looks like in our local communities. Together, we listened to local voices, painted banners, shared food – and importantly, made sure our federal candidates received our open letter!
It was great to see our growing Action Network out in full force across Victoria!
As we keep gathering momentum over the next few months, there will be lots more happening.If you want to learn more, get involved with your local group or sign up for updates, head to the Action Network Hub here >>