Thousands gather to demand climate action

Mr Thomas Sebasio & Senator Christine Milne

Yesterday, thousands of people in cities and towns across the country gathered in solidarity as part of the National Day of Climate Action.

In Brisbane, a group of Torres Strait Islanders and their supporters joined a strong crowd of 5,000 people in Queens Park, calling on Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his government to take serious action on climate change.

Dressed in traditional dress and in island colours, and carrying signs that read: ‘Torres Strait needs Climate Action Now’ and ‘Save Torres Strait’, a small contingent of Torres Strait Islanders caught the attention of the crowd, including the Greens Party Leader and Senator Christine Milne.

Mr Thomas Sebasio from Erub/Darnley Island (Senior Elder for Brisbane – South West) spoke to Senator Milne about the uncertainty over federal government funding for the construction and repair of seawalls in Boigu, Saibai and other affected islands.

Since taking office in September this year, the Abbott Government has not confirmed whether it will honour the promise made by the former government to fund the seawalls project in the Torres Strait.

Torres Strait Islanders and their family, friends and supporters are being urged to show their support by asking the Prime Minister to uphold the funding promise via an online petition available at: http://www.change.org/en-AU/petitions/prime-minister-tony-abbott-deliver-promised-funding-for-seawalls-in-the-torres-strait

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