Green Protest on a Sunday Afternoon
Coming into the city via train today, I noticed a few people in other carriages carrying the familiar triangular Australian Greens placards. It turned out there was a protest scheduled for today, with a range of groups getting involved, including the Australian Conservation Foundation and the Big Switch.
I counted at least 500 people outside the State Library at around midday, and there were definitely more than that (possibly as much as a 1000). They marched down Swanston Street to Federation Square. The main focus of the rally seemed to be environmental issues, such as climate change and nuclear waste. A few people walked around with DIY windmills attached to their backs, and one artistic person had a cartoon of John Howard playing the fiddle while the Earth burns in the background.
The atmosphere was pretty awesome. Some people went to some effort to dress hippily for the occasion. A group of people were dancing in front of a set of green-shirted drummers, and if it weren’t for the scorching sun beating down on everything, I would’ve joined in with them.
There was one camera that looked like a peice of professional equipment, so we might even see some sign of the protest’s existence on the commercial news channels (though they have ignored much bigger protests in the past…). Something like 300,000 Victorians put either the Greens or the Democrats as their first preference in the last Senate elections… here’s hoping that the current government’s fumbling on energy sources over the last four years will drive even more that way.