PROTEST: Rod Dudgeon will be coordinating the People’s Climate March in Hervey Bay.
PROTEST: Rod Dudgeon will be coordinating the People’s Climate March in Hervey Bay. Valerie Horton

Coast to march for climate change ahead of Paris summit

ENVIRONMENTALIST Rod Dudgeon will lead the Hervey Bay chapter of an international march for Climate Change this weekend.

Mr Dudgeon has organised the People's Climate March for this Saturday on the Hervey Bay Esplanade.

He said the rally was designed to demonstrate people were motivated to protect nature and against the council's cottonwood chop.

"The world has to believe this is happening," he said.

He admitted the changing climate was a global issue but said the warming of the Earth would affect us locally and put greater pressure on remaining cottonwoods.

"The trees will die more quickly - this foreshore could collapse in the next few years," he said.

"The more trees you chop out the more instability you create in the sand dunes.

"The past three decades have been the hottest on record.

"We have one of the most even climates in the world but we're still going to be affected with the sea level rising."

The global march will be held to coincide with a United Nations' meeting in Paris next week, which Mr Dudgeon said would be a final opportunity for the world to act.

"If the Paris summit doesn't do something about it then the whole Earth could be stuffed," he said.

Mr Dudgeon said participants should assemble at Ernie Organ Park at 9am for a 9.30am departure this Saturday.

He realistically expects more than 100 to attend but hoped to see "thousands".



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