60,000 People Gather in Melbourne for Climate Change Demonstration

They want their representatives to take action ahead of the COP21 meeting in Paris next week.

An estimated 60,000 people, plus a turtle puppet (seen in the video above), came out to demand action on climate change from their elected representatives and raise climate change awareness among their hermit countrymen in Melbourne on Thursday. The protest was scheduled ahead of next week’s COP21 climate change talks in Paris, hosted by the United Nations, which will be attended by 147 heads of state and governments from around the globe.

Activists and organizers in Australia are hoping their rally will prompt local representatives to take more aggressive action to combat the deleterious effects of climate change.

“The majority of Australians want action on climate change,” said Geoff Cousins, who represents the Australian Conservation Foundation, to Australia’s ABC. “People now realize this is not some theoretical concept. This is affecting their lives on a daily basis and they want something done about it.”