Environmental campaigners want a renewable, sustainable economy

Campaigners want the Federal government to act swiftly to help Australia's environment.
Campaigners want the Federal government to act swiftly to help Australia's environment.

A group of people who are passionate about the environment are holding weekly protests outside the Wauchope office of Lyne MP, Dr David Gillespie, calling on the Federal government to publicly acknowledge climate change and the emergency Australia is facing.

Among them is psychologist Rachel Sheppard from Hastings Parents for the Environment which was founded by local GP Sarah Mollard.

"We have academics, army veterans, retirees, farmers, environmentalists, authors, firefighters, tradies and stay-at-home parents - people from all walks of life are realising that we are all in this together," said Ms Sheppard.

"It's past the time frame where individual actions of only recycling and only car-pooling are enough to make the changes needed for us to have a safe and prosperous future.

"We need to have a strategic shift to a renewable, safe economy, so we don't have a situation in ten or 15 years where we realise that we need to make big changes, while tradies work in 50 degrees heat, while office-workers are in air-conditioned offices, and pensioners are paying huge electricity bills, while wealthy people have EVs, and the rest of us are not able to travel because we can't afford petrol.

"We need an economy based on renewables. If someone isn't able or willing to accept the science, they shouldn't be the focus of our attention. We are all going to be in the same boat together, needing to draw on each other's resources for a safe future," added Ms Sheppard.

"To those people who deny the science, I would wish them a good day, and through actions like this, let other people know that there are people just like you who are concerned about the climate. Let's talk more to them and help them commit to the action needed."

"The government reactively responding to the increasing frequency and intensity of natural disasters caused by climate change becomes economically unsustainable when you know that they will continue to happen," she added.

"What's required, in addition to immediate adaptation to those effects of climate change we can no longer avoid is to make sure it doesn't get worse and actively and strategically shifting to the type of economy we need."

Another campaigner, Krissa Wilkinson said one of the key things for her is the Coalition government's poor environmental management record, now that we're facing drought, fire and climate change.

"Not properly caring for our water, catering for big business, instead of looking after regional farmers. The big tragedy is the Adani mine being approved in the middle of a drought.

"How different things would be if the water had been managed properly. The drought would have had less impact," said Ms Wilkinson.

"In response to the fires, if the State government hadn't slashed funding to the fire service and national parks, they could have nipped a lot of fires in the bud.

"Our house is 80 years old, and up until the recent drought, it hadn't mattered that half the water on our roof went down the drain, but now we're looking at ways to have another tank and collect more water.

"Similarly, negligent management of water across the country has to change," added Ms Wilkinson.