Cairns People’s Climate March

On the 28th of November 2015, The Cairns Climate Action Network (CCAN), with support from Cairns and Far North Environment Centre (CAFNEC), organised the Cairns People’s Climate March. We chose this weekend to coincide with the Paris Climate Talks (COP 21).

As a leader at CCAN, I felt that the march was important to give politicians and delegates at the climate talks the political will to make decisions that will stop the burning of coal, oil and gas in order to keep the further warming of the planet to the lowest possible level.

The many volunteers with CCAN and CAFNEC made this day possible. A special mention should go to Nina Bailey and Fiona Ryan who helped make the day the success that it was.

It was a privilege to be MC on the day, and to introduce Gudju Gudju from Gimuy Walubarra Yidinji for the Welcome to Country, Nanna Purl Stockingstitch from the Knitting Nannas Against Gas, Senator Jan McLucas, Rob Pyne MP, Mayoral Candidate Jim Brooks, David Tibbets from JCU and Brynn Matthews from the Australian Greens.

Thanks to Jen Frei from Frei Films who made a great video of the day. Jen also won the CCAN Cover Photo competition.

As MC I introduced Gudju Gudju from Gimuy Walubarra Yidinji for the Welcome to Country.


Thank you to 7 Local News who gave the March and the climate debate some coverage both on the day and after the fact.

Scan0131 (2) Scan0132 (2)Thanks to the Cairns Post who gave us some coverage before and after the event.

Some pictures of the day by Robbie MacLean.