Environmental activists turnout in droves for demonstration in Denmark

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Community members standing next to clothes destined for Landfill in Denmark, forming the message 'we can do it'.
Camera IconCommunity members standing next to clothes destined for Landfill in Denmark, forming the message 'we can do it'. Credit: Supplied

A group of 300 community members have turned out in Denmark to send a message to Australia’s politicians ahead of the United Nations climate conference in Glasgow later this month.

The latest report from the International Panel on Climate Change has sounded a dire warning, issuing a code red for humanity and citing the need for action from governments before 2030.

In a call for change, community members came together last Saturday in Kwoorabup Community Park standing next to clothes destined for landfill and forming the words “we can do it”.

The day was about inspiring community connection beyond politics, race and religion and inspiring hope and optimism.

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Event co-ordinator Karen Andersson said the Government’s response to COVID had shown radical action was possible.

“We have shown with our response to COVID we are capable of radical actions, so let’s implement the same urgency for climate crisis mitigation,” Ms Andersson said.

“The clothing was collected in an alarmingly short time from a local op shop and tip shop. As well as making a fabulous visual, it also served to highlight waste — one of the areas of tipping point in the climate crisis.

“Australians throw approximately 23kg each into landfill a year.

“There are so many practical and tangible ways we can all help to turn the tide (including) choosing to refuse unnecessary items like single-use plastics, walking or cycling and carpooling. It’s a global issue, it affects all of us and we’re all in it together.

“Collectively we can make a difference and I think that’s empowering.”

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