We are excited to announce a second “Walk for Water” in 2015.
This November, world leaders meet in Paris to negotiate a new plan to address the pressing issue of our era, climate change.
In February, a dedicated group of people from Western Sydney Environment Network led an eight day walk from the Cataract Dam South of Sydney. It is now six months after this finished, and some of our committee members are getting itchy feet to do it all again, this time as a pilgrimage to draw attention to the Paris climate talks.
In February, we followed the flow of the water for over 100 km from Cataract Dam to State Parliament following major water infrastructure, visiting MPs offices and holding public events along the way. Our focus then was the threat of Coal Seam Gas and coal mining on drinking water, and the dangers of water privatisation in compromising the public good in water decision making.
Since then we have been elated to gain commitments from the State government to cancel Coal Seam Gas in a large part of Sydney water catchments (except for Camden). The underground coal mining adjacent to our Southern Dams has continued, however the dropping price of coal has made some projects more precarious than they were before, particularly for Wollongong Coal.
This time, our focus is global. We will undertake the walk in solidarity with all the groups around the world working towards a world beyond coal and gas, in which we can find it in ourselves, our communities and our institutions to curb pollution, to stabilise carbon in the atmosphere and ensure a future of flourishing for diverse species and future generations of humans.