Armidale's climate strikers try to marshall support from local MP

PROTEST: Members of Extinction Rebellion, or XB, attended the strike, gathering in the foyer of Mr Marshall's office to get their message across.
PROTEST: Members of Extinction Rebellion, or XB, attended the strike, gathering in the foyer of Mr Marshall's office to get their message across.

Another climate strike was staged in Armidale's Central Park on Friday morning, and this time about 400 people walked to the front of the Member for Northern Tablelands electorate office.

One of the event organisers Helen Webb said she believed Mr Marshall had the well-being of his electorate at at heart.

"I think he has a challenging job because he has strong lobbyists pushing him for the use of fossil fuels in his electorate," she said.

"He's also had pressure to change land clearing laws to allow widespread clearing. That has increased emissions and reduced the storage of carbon.

"There's also evidence of things the State Government is trying to do in a positive sense."

Ms Webb said that although there were government responses, we were already seeing that just one degree of warming was too hot.

"Already we have disasters occurring on our reef, oceans rising, Pacific islands going under water," she said.

"Within our community, we're facing a countdown to the time when we will run out of water."

"In this emergency that we're facing, the urgency of need to act is crucial, and the human ability to respond to that urgency is in question."

The Member the for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall was visiting bushfire victims at Lower Creek at the time of the protest.

He agreed the climate was definitely changing.

"Longer and deeper dry spells and droughts, which create an environment conducive to large-scale bushfires, and more extremes in our weather patterns is something we have to tackle and plan for together - all three levels of government and our communities," he said.

"You'd struggle to find a more passionate advocate for renewables than me in the State Parliament, let alone the NSW Government," he said.

"I am very proud that our region is now on the cusp of generating more energy via renewables than we collectedly consume, hence why we are one of only three designated renewables zones in the State.