After the Remembrance Day ceremony today, Clansi and I walked back into the city to participate in the Walk against Warming. It was estimated that at least 8,000 people gathered here in Canberra for this event.
There were plenty of placards, and a horde of dissidents scurrying through the throng handing out leaflets and brochures. My favourite banners were those that had been hand made – many using recycled cardboard or fabric. It seemed vaguely incongruous to me that many environmental protesters were holding mass-produced plastic signs.
Clansi and I had no posters, but we were wearing organic natural fiber clothing. I had a few slogan ideas for next year – can you think of a good one? One of my favorites was “EcoVOLVE”; it seemed to express the fact that we do need to continually adapt to a varying environment (only part of current climate change is human-induced), but that we need to be mindful of our ecological influence and dependence.
The Rat Patrol Oz turned out in force with their seriously non-standard bikes. The wild couch-bike helped lead the parade with a crew of three. It was a fantastic day of fun for those concerned about issues relating to our wonderful but finite planet. Had Mr Howard been there, however, he might have been disappointed with the prominent lack of loyalty to our government of the last decade.