A mother concerned her children will face war, food shortages and the collapse of society in their lifetime due to climate change has driven them 300 kilometers to join an Extinction Rebellion protest in Albury.
Bessie Dossetor said she'd driven with her one and four year old boys from her Griffith home to demonstrate outside Minister for Environment MP Sussan Ley's Albury office to show that climate change was an emergency.
"I'm really worried," she said.
"Hot places are not going to be habitable and there's going to be food shortages, which is going to lead to wars and people attacking each other and the break down of society within [my children's] generation."
Ms Dossetor said climate change action was needed now.
"We've got a couple of years to take action otherwise these kids are going to be massively affected, farmers are going to be massively affected," she said.
"Sussan Ley needs to know people don't think its acceptable.
"She thinks country voters don't care about climate change, don't take it seriously, but we do.
"I traveled 300 kilometers with two small children, it's really important."
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Albury resident and Extinction Rebellion member Elizabeth Rouse said the gathering was to protest Minister Ley's appeal of the federal court's ruling that she had a duty of care to the children of Australia.
"It's a climate crisis...we feel we need to hold Sussan accountable," she said.
"She's the environment minister, she's put herself in a position of leadership as an elected representative, now she holds one of the most important portfolios in the government.
"If you don't have healthy environment you can't have a healthy economy and a healthy populous so it's really beyond belief that she's appealing this federal court ruling, because I believe she has a duty of care to all citizens of Australia."
Ms Rouse said dry ice was evaporated under a baby in a pram to symoblise smoke and the future destruction.
She said the people dressed as grim reapers represented doom for the upcoming generations.
"We want the government to have a net zero target," she said.
"We want them to make a 2030 target that's actually in line with the science and we want action now."
In a statement, Member for Farrer Sussan Ley thanked Bessie for driving to Albury.
"What I would say to her family, and to everyone who cares about this as much as I do, the process of getting to net zero is not a question of if anymore, it really is how we do it," she said.
"We'll do this through increased hydrogen usage, through long duration energy storage; low emissions steel and aluminium production; carbon capture and storage; and healthier soils.
"It's on the back of our development of wind, solar and record investment in renewables, as we work to ensure the country can continue to deliver affordable, reliable energy.
"The transition away from the use of fossil fuels towards cleaner energy is a global task - Australia, like every country, needs to adopt a clear plan to make that change, and this is exactly what we're doing in Canberra over this fortnight."
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