Walk Against Warming 2010: The Great Neighbourhood Walk
Event wrap-up: 80,000 households and a lot of walking!
This year's Walk Against Warming took a different turn as people took to their local streets for The Great Neighbourhood Walk in the lead up to the federal election of 21 August.
Participating walkers delivered a whopping 80,000 letters (recycled paper of course!) to people in their neighbourhoods. The letters expressed their serious concern for the environment and asked the householder to add their voice to a petition calling for our incoming Prime Minister to take action for a bright climate future. 80,000 households is a big chunk of the population!
Petitions have been coming in thick and fast and we will shortly be making a sizeable national submission to the incoming PM, asking them to 'walk with the people, not the big polluters'.
The Great Neighbourhood Walk has been a resounding succuss and we wholeheartedly thank all who participated and made it possible.Hundreds brave the cold to come out to Victoria Square
Sunday 15 Augsut saw the official launch of the Great Neighbourhood Walk at our annual Walk Against Warming rally at Victoria Square.
Our outstanding MC, Catherine Zengerer from Radio Adelaide and Safe Climate SA, rallied the crowd and led us through a line up of engaging and inspiring speakers including Conservation SA Ceo Julie Pettett, Judee Adams of Oxfam, David Noonan of ACF, Joel Dignam of AYCC and Peter Owen of the Wilderness Society.
The main action was a tug-of war - the people vs the polluters - to much cheering (for the people) and booing (for the polluters), which proved a lot of fun.
We would like to extend a special thanks to the outstanding musical talent that entertained on the day. The Irie Knights funked it up, setting the tone for the day, and Heather Frahn's extraordinary musical skills and devine songs mesmerised.
We had an unannounced visit from the climate change skeptics who came to spoil the fun. The Irie Knights, playing on stage at the time, helped calmed the somewhat tense situation by asking everyone to remain peaceful. The police kindly asked the skeptics to leave and the day's good vibe remained intact. Overall it was a great (if cold!) afternoon.