Moving Planet day 24th Sept 2011

Hobart to take part in global Moving Planet Day calling for climate change action!

On 24th September Australians will be the first among thousands worldwide to mark this year’s Moving Planet Day – a day to move beyond fossil fuel. Hobart will be taking part in the day with a bike ride from Cornelian Bay at 10am to Mawson’s Place. We encourage everyone to ride, skate, walk, scoot, wheel or bus to Hobart’s event for the 350 global day of climate action! Climate Action Hobart has organised a rally to follow the ride at 10:45am with speakers, crowd photos with 350 signs, a “best decorated bike competition” and stalls, ending at 11:45am.

Hundreds of people are expected to attend the Hobart Bike Ride and Rally to get us moving beyond fossil fuels. The Hobart community strongly values sustainable transport and renewable energy as local alternatives to fossil fuel based transport and energy.

“We are taking part in the Moving Planet day because now more than ever, Australians need to stand up and speak out for taking climate change action,” Phil Harrington of Climate Action Hobart. “It’s important to add our voices to the global action call and we’re doing that in Hobart by using sustainable and active transport to get to the rally at Mawson’s Place”.

Hobart’s Moving Planet Bike Ride and Rally is organised by Climate Action Hobart and supported by Bicycle Tasmania, Environment Tasmania, Australian Youth Climate Coalition, Sustainable Living Tasmania, Oxfam, Socialist Alliance and the Multi-Cultural Women’s Council of Tasmania.

More than 35 Moving Planet Day events will roll out across Australia from the Bondi Beach, the Blue Mountains and Canberra to Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth. With legislation before Parliament to put a price on pollution, Australians are standing up to support the move away from fossil fuels and toward clean energy.

Ordinary Australians will join thousands from more than 150 countries from Africa and Asia to the Middle East and the Americas to send a message to world leaders that it’s time to get moving on the climate crisis.

Hobart Media Contact: Phil Harrington, Mobile: 0419 106 449