Demonstrators hold up placards at a climate protest rally in Sydney on December 11, 2019. – Up to 20,000 protesters rallied in Sydney on December 11 demanding urgent climate action from Australia’s government, as bushfire smoke choking the city caused health problems to spike. (Photo by Saeed KHAN / AFP) (Photo by SAEED KHAN/AFP via Getty Images)

The world’s most affluent celebrities, activists, business men and women and just ordinary people have come together in recent weeks to raise over $100 million for bushfire recovery. Following calls for much needed food and resources last weekend, warehouses across New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia are now full to the brim. The generosity for millions of people around the world has touched a nation desperately fighting the consequences of climate change. But a smoke beckons across capital cities and even as far as New Zealand and 11,000 km across the Pacific to Chile, why does it feel like nothing has changed?

Awareness has reached the deepest corners of the globe yet our Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, continues to deny climate change. For thousands, the issue is reaching a level of hopelessness. But in true Australian spirit, it appears no one is giving up. This Friday, January 10, citizens and visitors will take to the streets across the country’s capital cities to protest not only global warming but the sacking of our PM – ‘Sack Scomo. Fund the fires!’ – organised by Uni Students for Climate Justice.

In Melbourne alone, 14,000 people have indicated that they will take to the State Library of Victoria to peacefully protest while Sydney Town Hall will expect upwards of 10,000 protestors. However ahead of tomorrow, the unrelenting weather forecast has predicted high temperatures and wind – a recipe for bushfire disaster – and high fire danger ratings. In turn, police, particularly in Victoria, are urging the public not to attend protests as to redirect efforts and resources to fighting fires. So if you do plan to head to your capital city tomorrow, take precautions to keep yourself and everyone involved safe.

If you find yourself feeling helpless, the last thing you can contribute is yourself.

Scroll below for details. For more information and more protests, visit here. And if you need a crash course in climate change, that can also be found here.

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Sydney

Time: January 10, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Where: Sydney Town Hall

Wollongong

Time: January 10, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Where: Art Precinct, Wollongong

Canberra

Time: January 10, 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Where: Garema Place

Melbourne

Time: January 10, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Where: State Library of Victoria

BRISBANE 

Time: January 10, 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Where: King George Square

perth

Time: January 10, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Where: Forrest Place

adelaide

Time: January 10, 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Where: Parliament House

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