With only weeks to climate talks in Copenhagen, Sydney-siders have snubbed a major climate change protest – billed as being part of potentially the world’s largest – on a fine Spring afternoon. The latest poorly-attended protest follows a trend for rapidly falling numbers at climate change protests around Australia.
Despite being publicised widely, including on the front page of the ABC website this morning, organisers claimed that 1200 protesters attended. This compares with claimed attendances at springtime Sydney rallies of 47,000 in 2006; 20,000 in 2007; and “thousands” in 2008.
The poor attendance follows research showing that Australians are becoming less concerned about climate change as a policy issue.