For the second year in succession the Sunshine Coast Environment Council (SCEC) is organising a Climate Change Relay to call for urgent action on climate change. The relay will take place on Saturday 26 September and walk the length of the beaches of the Sunshine Coast.
Starting from both Sunshine Beach (10:30 AM) and Kings Beach (12:15 PM) the relay will make its way to the finish line at Cotton Tree (5:45 PM) where SCEC is organising a free screening of the award winning documentary Merchants of Doubt.
The route is divided into 35 stages of approximately 2 kilometers each and residents are invited to join the relay at any point along the route for one or more stages. The full schedule and individual stage maps can be access through the SCEC website www.scec.org.au/relay-schedule/
“We’re really excited about the relay” said Wiebe ter Bals, SCEC executive officer. “We’ve had close on 500 people register via the website and facebook and expect at least that number again to join us on the day.”
“It’s very clear that people of all backgrounds are incredibly frustrated with Australia’s position on climate change. The whole world is moving ahead but our government continues to stick our head in the sand and pretend climate change is not happening.”
“We decided to really try and reach out to all parts of our community this year and have written to hundreds of organisations on the coast, churches, sports clubs, rotaries, chambers of commerce etc and the response has been really terrific. We’ve had reactions from every type of organisation telling us how important they think the issue with churches, schools, businesses and other groups participating in the relay tomorrow.”
All Sunshine Coast residents and visitors are invited to join in the relay. Time and stage maps can be accessed from the SCEC website and people can join at any point along the route for one or more stages.
“To help spread the message we’re asking participants to take a selfie along the route and post it with their climate message to their favourite social media site using the hastags #sccliamteaction and #pathwaytoparis.”
At the finish in Cotton Tree there will be a barbecue and a free screening of the award winning documentary Merchants of Doubt. The movie will be introduced by Dr. John Cook, one of the worlds leading experts on the psychology of climate change denial and editor of the website Skeptical Science.
Climate Change Relay
Walking along the beaches of the Sunshine Coast
Saturday 26th of September 2015
Sunshine Beach 10.30am
Kings Beach 12.15pm
Merchants of Doubt (free movie screening)
Cotton Tree Park
Saturday 26th of September 2015
For further information please contact Wiebe ter Bals on 0420 370 948
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