March in March and Earth Hour

A few months ago I wrote about how good it felt to be part of a large group of like-minded people standing up for the environment. We have two opportunities to repeat the experience in the next couple of weeks – March in March this Sunday (16th) and Earth Hour two weeks later, on Saturday 29th.

The route of Townsville’s March in March is along the Strand, from Burke Street Headland to the Rock Pool; people are asked to gather on the headland at 9.00am. Full details are here but that page doesn’t give much of the rationale for the protest. This article in The Age gives the background – sympathetically but from outside the movement, which is what one should be able to expect from a responsible news organisation.

If you’re not in Townsville, look here for your nearest gathering. If you can’t get to one, you could send Mr Abbott an email to tell him what you think he’s doing wrong.

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Townsville’s big gathering for Earth Hour is also on the Strand – in Strand Park, in fact. Townsville City Council – who deserve kudos for this, for Eco-Fiesta and for many other sustainability initiatives – invites everyone to an event which begins at 3.00 pm:

The Townsville Earth Hour and Resilience Expo will bring together different organisations and business to showcase the actions people in Townsville can undertake to go beyond the hour and build resilience in the community. The event will culminate in a public screening of the “lights out for the Reef” documentary. People are encouraged to come down and set up a picnic rug to enjoy the public screening.

More information here. If you’re not in Townsville, look here for a gathering near you.

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