Saturday, July 5, 2008

Thankyou and well done

What a day! Thankyou to everyone who came and everyone who helped. We had more than we needed to make the sign, we had great speakers, we got a good run on the news, and I don't think I met anyone who didn't enjoy themself.

Crowd estimates vary from about 1500 (the police) to 3-5000 (most of the organisers I spoke to). Two people who separately attempted a head count that I spoke to both came up with about 4000. If anyone wants to count from one of the aerial photos let me know what you get!

It was an amazing convergence of different groups and campaigns. People came from as far away as Albury and Sale. Many diverse campaigns were represented and got good profile, without concealing the central message.

We collected over a grand in donations which is great. We still have some more to make up our costs so if anyone wants to donate through the website, Friends of the Earth who are accepting and keeping (tax deductible) donations for us. Click here and then click on the climate emergency rally donations button on their donations page.

We will also upload the photos from the aeroplane and blimp over the next couple of days. If anyone wants to buy a large size print of any of them we will be selling those as well. Watch this site!

Lastly, we will have a slideshow and video footage of the rally and sign on July 24th at Ross House starting at 6PM. We will also have time after the slides for anyone who wants to discuss the next actions for the climate movement to put up their ideas.

Please watch this space for announcements of future events and check out the links to supporting organisations. This movement is going to grow and your input will make a difference!

Ben Courtice
Organising convenor

4 Comments:

wfmaldon said...

Thank you Ben and your fantastic passionate team -= what a blast!
Wendy French

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Cory said...

Thanks everyone. SO well organised!

If you don't already know, the State Government will only be accepting submissions about the Eddington Report up until Jul 15th. Send your email to eastwestyoursay@doi.vic.gov.au before then...

Graham Clark said...

Thanks for organising the rally, Ben. It was great to be a part of something so important.

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