Last Friday, Sept 20, we closed both stores to support the Climate Strike. We gathered with 100,000+ of our closest friends in the Melbourne CBD (and an estimated total of 300,000 people across Australia) to demand real and immediate action from our federal and global leaders to combat the climate crisis.
The main demands of the Climate Strike include:
- No new coal, oil or gas projects
- 100 per cent renewable energy generation and exports by 2030
- Funding for “a just transition and job creation for all fossil fuel industry workers and communities
Australia is already suffering from climate change and our newly elected federal government is doing its best to open us up to even more damage from fossil fuels. Attending a march is a great first step for all of us and the feelings of comradery were palpable on Friday. People want and believe in this change and we need to force it to happen.
It’s difficult to know how to take action on a personal level because although reducing our own carbon footprint is an extremely worthy endeavor, it has a small impact on climate change. This is a global issue and we need action from governments and international corporations. I would love to hear your ideas, here are mine:
- Using my business platform to talk about climate change whenever possible-do you know any “influencers” you could approach to do the same?
- Considering switching my personal and business bank accounts away from Commonwealth Bank, which funds fossil fuel projects
- Voting for candidates who take climate change seriously
- Volunteering with activist groups like Extinction Rebellion
As always, we’d love to hear your thoughts on the issue! None of us are immune to climate change, we’re all in this together!
All images taken by Katherine Robertson