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Greens deliver thousands of climate messages to MPs

Media Release
Scott Ludlam 22 Sep 2008

The Australian Greens will convey thousands of climate change postcards to Federal MPs today - the result of months of campaigning by community groups urging action on climate change.

Senator Scott Ludlam undertook to deliver the postcards to MPs after speaking at a rally in Canberra on Sunday.

"On the day that Prime Minister Kevin Rudd heads to New York and the United Nations, it is fitting that the voices of thousands of Australians calling for urgent action on climate change is ringing in his ears."

Senator Ludlam was the only politician to speak at the rally outside Parliament House yesterday, organised by the group Climate Action Coogee, which drew on the involvement of over fifty climate action groups across Australia.

Central to the action was asking concerned citizens to write a postcard to Federal MPs - over 2200 were collected, covering 95 Federal electorates.

Senator Ludlam said he was delighted to be able to convey the postcards to the Senate and to arrange for them to be delivered en mass to MPs this week.

"Climate change is a major concern to many hundreds of thousands of Australians - and being able to convey the strength of this feeling to my fellow MPs is something that is vital."

"As we now witness Prime Minister Rudd and Opposition Leader Malcolm Turnbull slug it out on the economy, Australians are reminding them that it is a green economy that we must be building now - beginning with meaningful action to prevent climate change that is in danger of destroying Australian icons such as the Great Barrier Reef and the food bowl of the Murray-Darling, and doing significant damage to our economy as well."

"Mr Rudd can begin by exceeding the emissions reduction targets proposed by Ross Garnaut in his interim report, and while in New York, urge the world to take greater action on climate change when he visits the UN."

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