Young Mayo hikes for climate change

21 Jul 2020

Posted July 13, 2017

A group of 15 young people from Young Mayo hiked to the summit of Mt Barker this week to send a message to the Federal Government step up measures to tackle climate change.

They carried with them a banner to unfurl at the summit with handwritten messages to Federal Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg.

Some of the messages included “Can I please have the ability to breathe in the future” and “For future generations please do something!” and “Josh, come on mate, clean energy all the way”.

Young Mayo spokesperson Miriam Frances-Wood, from Upper Sturt, said she signed up for the hike as a show of solidarity.

“Climate change is an important issue,” the 20-year-old said.

“If we all stand together and show we are committed maybe Josh will do something about it.

“I can’t believe there’s even any hesitancy in the Government over climate change.

“We need to do something. We can’t wait for the future because change takes time.

“We need to start now and we need to wake up before it’s too late.”

Hike for Climate Change was held on Wednesday, July 12.

Federal Member for Mayo Rebekha Sharkie joined the hikers.

“I will be delivering the banner to Minister Frydenberg in person as soon as I can when Federal Parliament resumes,” she said.

“The young people I meet in Mayo just want the Federal Government to acknowledge the impact of climate change and start seriously planning for the future.”

Young Mayo started late last year as an avenue for youth in the electorate to get together and share ideas for the area.

For more information about Young Mayo or to get involved visit the website at

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