Today, there’s going to be a couple of rallies.
One is going to be outside Julia Gillard’s electorate office, far out in the western suburbs of Melbourne. They’re going to be protesting a price tag on pollution. Organised by a disgruntled ex-insulation salesman and a couple of shock jocks, a few hundred people will gather and yell about free markets and climate denialism.
On the other side of town, however, it’s going to be a different story. At 11am, thousands of people from all across Victoria will be coming together to show that Australians do want climate action. This event, organised by a large number of organisations including GetUp! and the AYCC, is going to be a little more interesting than the other one. It’s going to be bigger. It’s going to be happy. It’s going to be fun and family friendly. We’re going to be positive about action on climate change.
I’m looking forward to it. I’ll be there. Can you make it today? If you can – bring a friend! It’s going to be amazing. 11am at Treasury Place, right around the corner from Parliament.
You can also find the Facebook event here.
Having recently moved back to Melbourne from the depths of winter in Berlin, I was looking forward to a bit of scorching Australian summer . I’d both missed and dreaded it. Unfortunately, as always, Melbourne weather has been a bit miserly. Nice warm days have been produced very begrudgingly.
Today, however, it’s a different story. Right now, I’m sitting out in my mother’s big beautiful garden and it’s just right. The plants are green like I haven’t seen in years, the butterflies are everywhere, and the sun is shining. I’ve got a cup of coffee in hand and the dog is having a lazy wander around.
I also have a perfect Melbourne Saturday lined up – coffee in Yarraville, lunch in Footscray at the delicious Lentil as Anything, and then some moonlight cinema out over in St Kilda, all with friends. It’s going to be a good day!
I’m looking forward to the year ahead, and what I hope it’ll bring. Work, campaigning, study, friends – I can’t wait to see what will happen. What do I really want to see? I want to learn some new skills, I want to see a good price tag on pollution from the Australian government, and I want international climate negotiatiors to get to work and produce a binding agreement in Durban.