HASTINGS campaigners for a cleaner future came together on Town Beach on May 4 to send a message to federal candidates that time for action on the environment is now.
They stood in silent solidarity on Town Beach as a part of the global Hands Across the Sand movement to steer energy policy away from the dependence on fossil fuels.
Co-organiser Meegan Stephens said it was an opportunity to draw a line in the sand and say no to fossil fuels, demanding the attention of politicians to embrace cleaner energy options and renewables.
"A lot more people across Australia are engaged on this matter," Ms Stephens said on the issue of climate change being a matter of priority at the looming federal election on May 18.
"This is about sending a clear message to the world that we care about our environment."
Climate Change Australia spokesperson Harry Creamer said it will be an election won on climate change policy.
"We are in a growing climate emergency," he said.
We are now in a fight between the past and the future.Harry Creamer
"We are here today to keep up the fight to save our coasts and oceans. We do not support offshore drilling, not here, not in the Great Australian Bight, not anywhere.
"This election is not just about the environment it's also about climate justice. We must increase our foreign aid and our green fund budgets for overseas and we must increase Newstart for poorer people here at home.
"We are now in a fight between the past and the future."
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