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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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Human chain not achieved? Climate Doomed?
Thumper 9:56 am
03 Feb 09
#1

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

I’ve always loved that costume.

MissMoniker 10:19 am
03 Feb 09
#2

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.

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_ 10:21 am
03 Feb 09
#3

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

Overheard 10:28 am
03 Feb 09
#4

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.

johnboy 10:33 am
03 Feb 09
#5

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…

Overheard 10:40 am
03 Feb 09
#6

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.

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_ 10:47 am
03 Feb 09
#7

They’re hippies on the inside.

Granny 10:53 am
03 Feb 09
#8

Hooray! The climate is saved after all!!

: )

Gungahlin Al 10:56 am
03 Feb 09
#9

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…

Dante 10:59 am
03 Feb 09
#10

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

tylersmayhem 10:59 am
03 Feb 09
#11

“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?

Overheard 10:59 am
03 Feb 09
#12

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.

neanderthalsis 11:01 am
03 Feb 09
#13

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.

p1 11:07 am
03 Feb 09
#14

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

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_ 11:12 am
03 Feb 09
#15

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

neanderthalsis 11:17 am
03 Feb 09
#16

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy said :

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

ppsszzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

TheScientist 11:52 am
03 Feb 09
#17

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….

Mr Evil 11:57 am
03 Feb 09
#18

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.

Overheard 12:09 pm
03 Feb 09
#19

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!)

neanderthalsis 12:18 pm
03 Feb 09
#20

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

Thumper 12:20 pm
03 Feb 09
#21

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.

johnboy 12:23 pm
03 Feb 09
#22

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

Thumper 12:27 pm
03 Feb 09
#23

yeah, I didn’t see the update…

astrojax 12:33 pm
03 Feb 09
#24

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.

chewy14 1:51 pm
03 Feb 09
#25

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.

Thumper 1:53 pm
03 Feb 09
#26

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.

Gungahlin Al 2:35 pm
03 Feb 09
#27

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!

stray 2:50 pm
03 Feb 09
#28

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.

trilobite 2:52 pm
03 Feb 09
#29

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.

stray 3:16 pm
03 Feb 09
#30

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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