Australians Bury Their Heads in the Sand to Send a Climate Change Message

Nov 20, 2014 | written by:


We have heard of protesting against illegal poaching and campaigns to help clean up the world, but what approximately 400 Australians did on Bondi Beach, Sydney, was something that we do not see very often. These hundreds of Australians gathered around and buried their heads in the beach sand, literally!

So why did they do this? This act was fueled by the refusal of Australia’s prime minister, Tony Abbott’s to mention the topic of climate change during the G20 summit.

These efforts may have also been fueled by the climate change between China and US earlier this month. “Obama’s on board, Xi Jinping’s on board, everyone’s on board except one man,” activist Pat Norman yelled into a megaphone during the demonstration.

“Tony Abbott,” the protesters yelled back in unison.

Why did they to choose burying their heads in the sand? Allegedly, this is what ostriches do in order to avoid predators. In other words, they are mocking the way that Abbott is handling climate change. The protesters varied in age, status and gender. There were schoolchildren, men in suits, and parents with their small children proceeding to put their hands deep in the sand.

Although Abbott’s intentions and stance on climate change seems relatively concrete, we are impressed by this nation’s commitment and willingness to use their voices.

Photo by David Gray

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