Local climate action group members along with representatives of organisations across the Eurobodalla gathered on the Moruya River to paddle their canoes and kayaks up the Moruya River as a flotilla welcoming Steve Posselt who had set out from Ballina to kayak to Moruya and then drag his kayak up to Canberra to deliver the Climate Emergency Declaration petition.
Above: Steve Posselt was warmly welcomed to Moruya with a flotilla and wharf full of supporters - Photos by Gillianne Tedder Photography
Eurobodalla Deputy Mayor, Cr Anthony Mayne along with Councillor Pat McGinlay handed Steve a bundle of 1000 locally signed petitions to take to Federal Parliament to represent the people of Eurobodalla.
Above: Steve Posselt meets Eurobodalla Councillors McGinlay centre and Mayne to receive 1000 petitions en route to Canaberra. Come along to Sage, Moruya on Friday night to hear Steve talk of the paddle from Ballina and of his epic tales of crusade around the planet.
The petition asks Parliament to declare a climate emergency and mobilise resources to restore a safe climate. The event organised by Eurobodalla 350 was a great success. 350 is the parts per million of CO2 that can be safely released into the atmosphere to keep global warming below 1.5 deg. ( We are already over 400ppm). There are 350 groups worldwide. 350Eurobodalla is the only regional group in Australia outside of capital cities and Cairns. Steve said it was the best flotilla welcome by far. One of the key organisers, Lyn Smith, said "We had about 140 people over the time frame of the event which was fantastic. People came at all different times in waves of support."
Above: Just some of the many who came to Moruya wharf to welcome Steve
"Our event on Friday evening is at SAGE 110 Queen St Moruya 6pm till 9pm. "Steve will give a talk and a slide show presentation of his trip called Connecting Climate Chaos when he paddled in 2015 to areas in Australia, USA, England and France where there had been extreme weather events." "We also have two of our councillors speaking. ( Councillors Mayne and McGinlay) and a street theatre play about environmental issues." "We are asking people bring a picnic dinner . There is no cost but donations are very welcome . If you could promote it we would appreciate it."
Allan Rees of Eurobodalla 350.org and Lyn Smith welcoming and introducing Steve Posselt
Above: Councillor Mayne presents the box of petitions to Steve Posselt to take to Canberra