Call for action

Local residents were out on the streets again on Sunday joining the world to demand action on climate change before the start of the United Nations climate summit in Paris this week.

More than 200 people attended the Castlemaine Climate Rally and Picnic at Victory Park, organised by Mount Alexander Sustainability Group.

The mayor, Cr Christine Henderson, said it was a terrific event.

"There was a great sense of purpose on the day," Cr Henderson said. "People are starting to feel that something is going to happen at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference."

In Kyneton, a crowd of hundreds took to the streets in a march from Piper Street to the Mechanics Reserve.

Marchers make their way down Piper Street, Kyneton. Photo: Herbie 3

Marchers make their way down Piper Street, Kyneton. Photo: Herbie 3

Community members gather at Victory Park, Castlemaine. Photo: Max Lesser

Community members gather at Victory Park, Castlemaine. Photo: Max Lesser

"It was a fabulous day out with inspiring speakers and some wonderful singing by our climate choir," said Rob Bakes, the coordinator for The Macedon Ranges Green Energy Coalition.

The coalition launched a new initiative at the rally to tackle global warming on a local level. 'A Forum for Democratic Renewal' will conduct five forums at towns in the Macedon Ranges starting in Riddells Creek in March and finishing in Gisborne in July.

"The forums will be an opportunity for community dialogue and discussion about citizen juries and deliberative democracy ideas we can implement at a local level," Mr Bakes said. 

The climate conference starts in Paris today and aims to achieve, for the first time in more than 20 years of UN negotiations, a binding and universal agreement on climate change from all nations of the world.

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