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Human chain not achieved? Climate Doomed?

By 4 February 2009 59

[First filed: February 03, 2009 @ 09:46]

The Climate Action Summit’s big rally kicked off around 8am this morning and out of a sense of masochism I went along to have a look.

At 7.50am the crowd was small and mostly old and crusty. But after 8am more young people straggled in until there were at least more than 1,000 in attendance (reported figures of 2,500 seem very high to my eye).

Organisers had initially planned to form a human chain around Parliament House, but begged off claiming they lacked permission to do anything but photogenically lap around the front of the building.

The crowd they had might just have made it if they’d really tried, but I guess we’ll never know.

UPDATED: Good news everyone! Greenpeace is reporting that the human chain was achieved after I left!

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59 Responses to Human chain not achieved? Climate Doomed?
#1
Thumper9:56 am, 03 Feb 09

Good to see the obligatory anti nuke black garbed skeleton thingie turn up.

I’ve always loved that costume.

#2
MissMoniker10:19 am, 03 Feb 09

I came thru there on a bus at about 9.10am. From where I could see, the line of people in red stretched all the way around. It was pretty impressive actually.

#3
VYBerlinaV8_the_one_10:21 am, 03 Feb 09

Great to see the lefty hippies doing their thing. While the rest of us were at work.

#4
Overheard10:28 am, 03 Feb 09

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy said :

Great to see the lefty hippies doing their thing. While the rest of us were at work.

Just had another scroll through JB’s photo-set. Hippy/hippie count = zero.

#5
johnboy10:33 am, 03 Feb 09

Overheard said :

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy said :

Great to see the lefty hippies doing their thing. While the rest of us were at work.

Just had another scroll through JB’s photo-set. Hippy/hippie count = zero.

dunno about that…

#6
Overheard10:40 am, 03 Feb 09

johnboy said :

Overheard said :

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy said :

Great to see the lefty hippies doing their thing. While the rest of us were at work.

Just had another scroll through JB’s photo-set. Hippy/hippie count = zero.

dunno about that…

Point out one (Mr Skeleton notwithstanding).

Apart from the uniform red, it looks like a crowd at Floriade.

#7
VYBerlinaV8_the_one_10:47 am, 03 Feb 09

They’re hippies on the inside.

#8
Granny10:53 am, 03 Feb 09

Hooray! The climate is saved after all!!

: )

#9
Gungahlin Al10:56 am, 03 Feb 09

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy said :

They’re hippies on the inside.

So what? I’m a hippie on the inside.

But I have to admit that listening to a woman representing “Families Fearing Climate Change” talk to Fran Kelly on Radio National yesterday sprout about the need to convert to 100% renewable energy by 2010 (i.e. next year!) I wondered about their choice of spokesperson…

#10
Dante10:59 am, 03 Feb 09

I wonder about any lobbying group with ‘families’ in the title.

#11
tylersmayhem10:59 am, 03 Feb 09

“Meat Eating: major cause of of global warming! Well, it looks like they were all out this morning.

A ring around the APH – my God, what a ground breaking action and statement. If only they could have followed the growing trend at the APH and practice some self immolation.

…what’s that song by Johnny Cash again?

#12
Overheard10:59 am, 03 Feb 09

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy said :

They’re hippies on the inside.

So lame.

I must go look at some photos from Summernats. Maybe they’re really hippies on the inside too.

#13
neanderthalsis11:01 am, 03 Feb 09

I don’t quite get this Go green, Go Veg rubbish. Surely if we stopped eating our tasty bovine friends, they would multiply exponentially and cause even more damage. Unless they believe we should kill them all and ummmm, age them and bbq them…

I went veg once. It tasted like pork.

#14
p111:07 am, 03 Feb 09

I love vegetarian food, it goes great with a nice steak.

#15
VYBerlinaV8_the_one_11:12 am, 03 Feb 09

How do I insert the sound of a fishing line being reeled in…?

#16
neanderthalsis11:17 am, 03 Feb 09

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy said :

How do I insert the sound of a fishing line being reeled in…?

ppsszzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

#17
TheScientist11:52 am, 03 Feb 09

the biggest cause of man made global warming, is man.

therefore we should kill everybody. i think that this would also solve the global financial crisis, gaza problems, whaling….

#18
Mr Evil11:57 am, 03 Feb 09

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy said :

They’re hippies on the inside.

No, they’re meat on the inside!

The only ring around Parliament House would have been the tide mark left by all the dirt off the great unwashed in attendance today.

#19
Overheard12:09 pm, 03 Feb 09

I used to be a vegetarian but my membership card expired and I had to revert.

There’s a Facebook site for an alternative version of PETA = People Eating Tasty Animals.

Including fish (caught using rods, reels and/or nets!)

#20
neanderthalsis12:18 pm, 03 Feb 09

One mustn’t call them fish any more. They are now Sea Kittens.

#21
Thumper12:20 pm, 03 Feb 09

I think JB mentioned that they didn’t quite complete their ring of green (or red) as there wasn’t enough people to do so.

So more of a mob than a ring.

#22
johnboy12:23 pm, 03 Feb 09

Well I hear that after the press conference they did actually get around the building.

#23
Thumper12:27 pm, 03 Feb 09

yeah, I didn’t see the update…

#24
astrojax12:33 pm, 03 Feb 09

the biggest cause of global warming is thermometers – we should destroy every source of measuring heat and then we’d not be worried…

a red ring around parliament – sounds a bit too commie, innit? not hippies, commies. mccarthy would be spinning in his gravy.

#25
chewy141:51 pm, 03 Feb 09

I agree that we need to get rid of fossil fuel power stations and switch to greenhouse friendly technologies.

Let the building of the nuclear power stations begin.

#26
Thumper1:53 pm, 03 Feb 09

the biggest cause of global warming is thermometers – we should destroy every source of measuring heat and then we’d not be worried…

I think this is a little simplistic. The real reason is the lack of an ice age.

#27
Gungahlin Al2:35 pm, 03 Feb 09

the biggest cause of global warming is thermometers – we should destroy every source of measuring heat and then we’d not be worried…

Ah the old Hitchikers Guide solution… :)
I’m sure Andrew Bolt’s already onto that one astrojax!

#28
stray2:50 pm, 03 Feb 09

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy said :

Great to see the lefty hippies doing their thing. While the rest of us were at work.

yeah, you must be working hard to comment at 10.21 am. ;-)

A lot of people took leave from their jobs to attend today.

#29
trilobite2:52 pm, 03 Feb 09

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy said :

Great to see the lefty hippies doing their thing. While the rest of us were at work.

Well, this middle-class, middle-aged office drone took time off and attended, rather than snidely feeling superior. I thought it was about time democracy involved more than slagging off our elected reps from the safety of anonymous RiotAct logins.

#30
stray3:16 pm, 03 Feb 09

trilobite said :

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy said :

Great to see the lefty hippies doing their thing. While the rest of us were at work.

Well, this middle-class, middle-aged office drone took time off and attended, rather than snidely feeling superior. I thought it was about time democracy involved more than slagging off our elected reps from the safety of anonymous RiotAct logins.

hear hear! :-)
It’s like I said before, climate change affects everyone. Doesnt matter what your political/social beliefs are, everyone needs oxygen and water to survive.
If we don’t use this opportunity to act, to protect our environment and home, when will we?

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