When a Child becomes an Environmental Activist

We bought our daughter a microphone, because she loves to sing while she plays the guitar. Little did we expect that it’s first public use would be for this little bit of environmental activism (from the relative safety of our front veranda):

She is so enthusiastic to do whatever she can to stop a fourth coal terminal from being built in our city. Here is another video of her (and her friend) passionately trying to rally the troops in our neighbourhood, pleading with them to help save the environment and the animals.

I have four living children, and the oldest three are not at all interested in environmental activism, even though I am. So it was a pleasant surprise to see my daughter’s passion for greening the earth develop to such a degree that she wants to start taking action.  We recently participated in our first ever protest march to try to prevent a coal seam gas plant being approved (update: the court approved the plant, but it may still be fought at a Supreme Court level).

Then we found out about an opportunity to participate in another rally; this time to try to stop the government approving a fourth coal terminal in our busy harbour (already the largest coal port in Australia). There are currently 30 ships a week that come here from all around the world for their fix of coal. If the new plant goes ahead, there will be 60 ships a week, and many more uncovered coal trains, as well as trucks on our roads. So…. filled we enthusiasm, we joined over a thousand other people on a “No 4th Coal Terminal” rally. It was actually quite a lot of fun! There was a great vibe, and a lot of positive energy.

Molly's favourite place in the march was right up the very front, directly behind the big banner.
Molly’s favourite place in the march was right up the very front, directly behind the big banner.

IMG_4261

IMG_4257

IMG_4289

IMG_4282

This was SO cool! At the rally after the march there were lots of different tents and displays. This one was selling smoothies made in a blender powered by a bicycle!
This was SO cool! At the rally after the march there were lots of different tents and displays. This one was selling smoothies made in a blender powered by a bicycle!

The rally was featured in the media quite a bit. Here is a clip from The Herald. We just hope it made a difference! I certainly know that participating in the march (at my daughter’s request) was a great experience for her, and it was also wonderful for me to support her in this passion to help make our planet just that little bit greener and more sustainable. Oh, I forgot to say, the one photo I *REALLY* wish I’d gotten was of a black labrador that was wearing a doggy outfit, labelled, “I USED TO BE A GOLDEN RETRIEVER!” Brilliant!

Published by

Karen Lee

FAMILY: Married since 1989 (does that make me old?), a full-time Mum since 1993, and unschooling my kids since 2005. On a journey of learning to live free and fully loved as God intended, following Jesus rather than an institution or "religion". Caring for the world and its people as best as I can.