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US News Bushfire emergency leads thousands to protest against PM and climate change policies

11:35  10 january  2020
11:35  10 january  2020 Source:   abc.net.au

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Does climate change cause bushfires ? Climate change does not create bushfires , but it can and does make them worse. The protest is expected to draw thousands of people who believe the fires are the result of decades of climate change .

Thousands protest climate change amid bushfire crisis. It has been revealed letters sent from senior figures in fire and emergency response teams to the Federal Government seven months ago predicted "unprecedented fire damage" could be possible across NSW and Queensland this year.

a group of people in front of a crowd: Several people at the Sydney rally told the ABC it was the first protest they had ever attended. (ABC News: Isabella Higgins) © Provided by ABC NEWS Several people at the Sydney rally told the ABC it was the first protest they had ever attended. (ABC News: Isabella Higgins)

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Climate change rallies have been held in most capital cities around Australia in the wake of the bushfire crisis, with thousands of protesters criticising Prime Minister Scott Morrison's handling of the fire emergencies in New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia.

Protesters were criticised by politicians and police, who said resources had to be diverted from bushfire fronts to manage the crowds at the rallies.

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Climate protesters will go ahead with planned marches in Melbourne on Friday despite authorities claiming it will drain resources from the bushfire crisis. The event was organised to protest the Morrison government's handling of the bushfires that have left 25 people dead and around 1,900

Does climate change cause bushfires ? The link between rising greenhouse gas emissions and increased Climate change does not create bushfires , but it can and does make them worse. They also extend the growing season for vegetation in many regions, leading to greater transpiration

The Uni Students for Climate Justice organised the protests that were intended to shut down parts of the CBD during peak hour in those capital cities.

Rallies were also held in a number of regional cities.

Organisers said they wanted to "sack Scomo", and secure compensation for volunteer firefighters, as well as emergency housing and compensation for those paying for accommodation after their houses burnt down.

They also demanded the Federal Government end the multi-billion-dollar fossil fuel subsidy.

'Get rid of Scomo'

In Sydney, thousands of climate protesters packed into the area around Town Hall.

Several people told the ABC it was the first protest they had ever attended because they were so upset about bushfires and the climate change situation.

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Thousands of protestors have gathered in both Sydney and Melbourne to rally over climate change . "The climate crisis has compounded hundreds of years of land mismanagement since invasion and decades of profiteering on water which has left much of the country in drought."

Our leaders have been conspicuous in their virtue signalling amid the bushfire emergency , but missing in action when it comes to climate change policy . What would be more meaningful than thoughts and prayers from our politicians is policies that address climate change . - Lib Ruytenberg, Lismore.

Crowds spilled across several city blocks, causing delays to car traffic and light rail services.

Protesters chanted "we want climate justice," and "get rid of Scomo".

The crowds at the Sydney rally were so densely packed in places that people were struggling to move.

Sydney father Lachlan James told the ABC he hoped the rally sparked a political response.

"I'm doing this for my daughter really," he said.

"I haven't been to a protest before but I've just been absolutely disgusted by 20 years of political paralysis.

"Politicians would rather see the planet burn than admit 'yeah, we were wrong', so it's really important to be here."

A number of people attending the Sydney rally were bushfire victims or had family who had lost homes.

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In Melbourne, despite rain, there were more than 1,000 people gathered outside the city's state library.

Some people held signs with pictures of animals that had died in the nation's bushfires while others held up photos of the Prime Minister calling for him to be sacked.

Premier not happy with timing of rally

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews criticised the organisers for pushing ahead with the protest in Melbourne, putting pressure on police resources during the fire emergency.

"The protest against advice of police in the middle of a disaster —that's when you start losing public support, not adding to your public support," Mr Andrews said.

"Common sense tells you that there are other times to make your point."

Victoria Police would not confirm how many officers were covering the Melbourne protest, due to operational concerns.

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However, they confirmed no police officers were pulled back from the bushfires in Victoria for the protest.

Protesters said now was the time for protest.

Gallery: Animals take shelter from Australia's blistering bushfires (Reuters)

A weary kangaroo shelters on a patch of green grass surrounded by burnt bushland along the Princes Highway near in Milton, Australia. REUTERS/Tracey Nearmy

Greens MP Adam Bandt was forced to deliver his speech under a tarp on the back of a truck as the rain bucketed down in the city.

"We want to stop the country we love from burning," he told the crowd.

"We were warned it was going to be like this. Scott Morrison, you share some of the blame for these fires."

'Shame Scott Morrison, shame'

In Brisbane, emotions ran high at the climate change rally where more than 1,000 people gathered in King George Square to demand Mr Morrison's resignation.

Carrying a sign saying 'A Quite Angry Australian', the Connoly family said Mr Morrison's actions had fallen "completely short" of "what's expected of a leader".

Armed with signs including "climate change is killing Earth" and "how hot is this ScoMo", protesters voiced anger at the Prime Minister.

Gallery: Australia's bushfire catastrophe in pictures (Atlantic)

a man standing in front of a sunset: Nancy Allen and Brian Allen stand outside as high winds push smoke and ash from the Currowan Fire towards Nowra, New South Wales, Australia, on January 4, 2020.

"They cannot say they didn't know, but can only say they didn't care to act," Brisbane rally organiser Priya told the crowd to cheers.

"Shame Scott Morrison, Shame."

She also hit out at spending on military jets in her speech.

In Hobart, about 200 people gathered on the city's Parliament House lawns.

Angus Bylsma from Extinction Rebellion Tasmania said the bushfires were "indisputably a result of the climate crisis".

"We need to publicly declare a climate emergency and acknowledge that," he said.

"These fires are unprecedented and they are huge and devastating, which is why now is the time to act.

"If there's one way to get into the public consciousness and say what needs to happen is climate action right now, then these bushfires are an amazing visual example of why that's the case."

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