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Crowd spells out feeling about climate change

In a well-planned and choreographed protest, thousands of people turn out at St Kilda beach to say their piece.

In a well-planned and choreographed protest, thousands of people turn out at St Kilda beach to say their piece.
Photo: Andrew North

Adam Morton
May 18, 2009
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PROTEST organisers said 5000 people gathered on St Kilda beach to spell out their frustration with the Federal Government's climate change policies.

Led by organisers from community group Locals Into Victoria's Environment, they formed the words "Climate change — our future is in your hands". They then removed the "y" to change the final emphasis to "our hands".

The catch-cry was devised by Sophie Dickinson, 11, a grade six student at St Michael's Grammar in St Kilda.

Organiser Coni Forcey said the 350-metre human sign was a protest against the Government's "pathetic" minimum 2020 greenhouse target of a 5 per cent cut in greenhouse emissions below 2000 levels.

She said Prime Minister Kevin Rudd had failed to live up to expectations before the 2007 election that he would be a world leader on climate change.

"We seem to be setting up more barriers rather than really allowing renewable energy to flourish," Ms Forcey said.

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