Inverell farmer and activist, Glenn Morris, will appear as a guest speaker at a climate change gathering in Tamworth.
Concerned residents from throughout the New England region will gather in Tamworth this Saturday (February 22), to call for greater action on climate change. The protest is scheduled to take place on the Tamworth War Memorial Town Hall steps from 11am.
Participants have four key demands: 100 per cent renewable energy by 2030, no new fossil fuel projects, funding for firies and First Nations justice. A just transition for fossil fuel workers is also at the top of the agenda.
The demonstration is part of the Climate Crisis: National Day of Action, which will see events taking place across the country.
"The science, which is now indisputable, tells us we need to act immediately to prevent the worst foreseeable impacts of climate change," organiser Tessa Rainbird (Tamworth Parents and Friends for Climate Action) said.
"There are so many people in New England who care deeply about this issue, who are increasingly speaking up."
"For me, it is about the children. Having to keep my baby inside for days on end due to bushfire smoke this summer set the alarm bells ringing. I see it as a crucial part of my role as a parent to push for needed change," Ms Rainbird added.
Mr Morris made international news headlines in 2016 when he rode a horse across the Sydney Harbour Bridge to raise awareness of climate change.
"After spending twenty years researching solutions and taking action to fight climate change, I know the greatest need we have is ethical leadership with a solid vision for our future. With the help of nature, restoring a beautiful healthy earth is possible," Mr Morris said.
The demonstration is a collaboration between environmental advocacy groups in Tamworth, Armidale and Inverell.
Tamworth Regional Council's councillors and mayor, as well as New England state and federal MPs, have been invited to attend.
It follows a peaceful climate rally outside New England MP Barnaby Joyce's office earlier this month, which attracted 55 protesters.
- Climate Crisis: National Day of Action (Tamworth)
- Date: Saturday, February 22 2020
- Time: 11am
- Meet: Tamworth Memorial Town Hall steps Hosts: New England Climate Action Group, Tamworth Parents and Friends for Climate Action, Climate Action Armidale, New England Climate Change Awareness Picnics (Inverell)