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Climate Emergency Rally

Date and Time: 
Saturday, June 13, 2009 -
8:00pm to 10:00pm

Thousands of Australian families and community
groups will take to the streets to protest against the Rudd Government’s
continuing failure to take action on climate change.

A broad alliance of unions, environment and
social justice organisations, churches and over 140 community groups today
announced national Climate Emergency rallies to take place on June 13th in all
Australian capital cities.

“These rallies are a wake up call to the
Government to commit to securing a safe climate for all,” said rally
spokeswoman Moira Williams.

“Millions of Australians are deeply concerned
about climate change, and are taking positive action every single day in their
communities.”

“The coalition of groups organising this rally
span the Australian community. We are seeing new alliances forged and a huge
mass movement borne.”

“This week the Government has made it clear it’s
loyalties lie with the big polluters. Huge ongoing subsidies to dirty industries,
further delays to implementation and stringent conditions placed on targets is
not the response the Australian community deserves,” said Ms Williams.

“The Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme will lock
in pollution growth, and set back the urgent fight to reduce the impacts of
climate change on Australian families. Not
only has the Government failed to act but the public will foot the bill
for huge subsidies to the big polluters so they can continue to pollute and
profit.”

“Meanwhile, Australia is losing the enormous
opportunity to tackle the recession and stem job losses by investing in
renewable energy and green jobs.

“These rallies will put the Government on notice
that the Australian people will not accept the sop to polluters that Kevin Rudd
has delivered this week,” Ms Williams says.

The organising committee behind the rally
includes Unions NSW, MUA, ASU, NTEU, Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth,
Australian Student Environment Network, Uniting Care, The Wilderness Society,
Australian Religious Response to Climate Change, Aidwatch, Action Aid, SEARCH
Foundation, TEAR Australia, Nature Conservation Council, Environment Victoria,
SEE-Change and CONSACT.