Mayo calls for stronger action on climate change

Mayo calls for stronger action on climate change

Voices in Mayo calling for stronger action on climate change have been heard in Federal Parliament thanks to local MP Rebekha Sharkie.

Photograph: Multifaith SA President Philippa Rowland of Greenhill, left, with Federal Member for Mayo Rebekha Sharkie and Australian Muslim Voice President Diana Rahman at the Climate Justice Petition presentation at Parliament House.

Yesterday the Member for Mayo presented her electorate’s contribution to the national Climate Justice Petition to the Standing Committee on Petitions.

Nearly 800 residents signed the petition, which was organised by a coalition of faith-based organisations that ended up collecting 25,000 signatures from 94 electorates.

Multifaith SA President Philippa Rowland of Greenhill collected the Mayo signatures and attended a formal presentation ceremony on the lawns in front of Parliament House.

“We want to see better Federal policies to protect our climate and embrace clean energy,” Philippa said.

Besides speaking to the petition, Rebekha also kept climate change on the parliamentary agenda by presenting a protest banner created by young people in her electorate to Environment and Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg.

The banner was created by members of Rebekha’s youth advisory committee, Young Mayo, before their Hike For Climate Change event held during the July school holidays.

The young people wrote messages to the Minister on the banner and then carried it with them to unfurl when they reached the top of the Mount Barker Summit.

Some of the messages included:  “Can I please have the ability to breathe in the future?” and “For future generations please do something!”