Australian sceptics crash "backwards" climate change rally: T-shirts blamed for decline

Here’s an eyewitness account of the march that walked backwards. From the Resident Judge of Port Phillip:

Yes, there we were on a day that seemed particularly un-globally warm, with our hands on the shoulders of the person in front of us, walking back wards along the length of the City Square.

Walk with the people, not the polluters! Climate action now! (Ouch, ouch!)

as the person in front of me (aka Mr Judge) stepped on my toes as we were were “moving backwards” for climate change, as distinct from “moving forward” as we all were at the start of this election campaign a very l-o-n-g five weeks ago.

(There’s Mr Judge looking all rugged up for global warming to the left of the woman holding the white banner).  Back, back we shuffled, “walk with the people…” etc. until I could feel the crowd pressing behind me.  Was there about to be a dreadful crush? “Tree, tree” hissed someone behind me, and sure enough I turned round to find myself pressed up against one of the few spotted gums that survive the blasted heath of our so-called City Square.

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Inconveniently, a few climate sceptics showed up to spoil the cold and backwards event . Hmmm, seems “OK” when these guys and this guy does it.

Image from: climatesceptics.com.au

From 7News Australia:

Police were called in to break up a scuffle between protesters at the Walk Against Warming in Adelaide.

About half a dozen police arrived in Victoria Square just after the start of the rally, aimed at raising awareness on climate change and the environment.

John Rice, organiser with the Climate Emergency Action Network, said climate change sceptics had arrived unexpectedly to disrupt the rally.

One had pushed his megaphone into his face, prompting him to call police.

The sceptics, who numbered fewer than half a dozen, wore T-shirts bearing the words CRAP (Carbon Really Ain’t Pollution). One of them led what appeared to be a Rottweiler cross.

A police spokesman later said the sceptics had “crashed” the event, causing a disturbance, but no one was charged with an offence.

The rally, which attracted several hundred people, was one of a series of Walk Against Warming events happening nationally.

Full story here

h/t to WUWT reader John Howard

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Compare (thanks to Tom Nelson):

Thousands of climate protesters march in Walk Against Warming in Brisbane CBD | Courier Mail

Last year’s event attracted 10,000 participants, double the size of the 2008 event.

Walk Against Warming Brisbane 2010 attracts 3000 supporters

Actor Jack Thompson, who demanded action on climate change for the sake of future generations, estimated that 3000 people took part in today’s event, but organisers said the figure was more like 8000.

Catchcries included “What do we want, renewable energy; when do we want it, now,’’ and the strongly worded ‘‘No coal, no oil, we don’t want our world to boil“.

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Walking that way, I guess they wont be able to outrun: The Walking Monster of Climate Change kills 300,000 each year.

But freezing your butts off walking backwards protesting against energy- no irony there.

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83 thoughts on “Australian sceptics crash "backwards" climate change rally: T-shirts blamed for decline

  1. Here’s a taste of the late great Spike Milligan with his Goons ‘Walking Backwards for Christmas’.
    Spike was an honorary Aussie.

  2. I mean, what is it about these people? They hold global warming rallies in the winter? We’ve seen this nonsense here in Oz, Copenhagen, Hansen in the snow and Monbiot in the sleet.
    Come on Jim! What happened to the genius you showed back in ’88? (Mind you it’s not so easy to turn the AC off outside…)

  3. I knew that Australians were mad , but I had never seen them in action . Is it possible that drinking beer out of oil cans can lead to this ?
    Seriously , though , I love the tee shirt . How do you get one ?

  4. Let them walk backward. Back to the Middle Ages where they want to go. If I had to go back somewhere it would be back to the Steam Age when the inventive spark was alive and well and we were laying tracks into the Future.

  5. Maybe subconsciously they know how backward the AGW science is and decide to emulate it?
    BTW I was in Darling Harbour at the time – this was a total none event in Sydney – plus we had a quick downpour and some lighting thrown in..

  6. Walking backwards!!!! You really have to wonder if the people who organise these things are in on the joke.
    In keeping with most climate change rallies there was a temperature plunging in most of Australia’s major cities on the weekend. If this keeps up these clowns really will tip us back into an ice age.

  7. Repeat everybody: “Polluters, united, will never be defeated!”
    In the southern hemisphere we are in an urgent need of producing much more CO2, the sooner the better!

  8. This is about the single most ridiculous story I have seen come out of the climate change wars. Walking backwards for climate? Wot the ‘ell is THAT supposed to prove??
    and then – you can’t “crash” a PUBLIC march – do they think they own the streets?
    and just what is a “Rottweiler cross”???
    and boy, do THEY have a limited imagination: “Catchcries included “What do we want, renewable energy; when do we want it, now,’’
    Why not “What do we want, Light Sabers and Hyperspace Drive! When do we want it, NOW!!!”

  9. Isn’t it wonderful how they pull big scarry numbers out of the…air. What do they think is going to heat their home? How do they think electricity is generated. Do they know? Do they care?

  10. William says:
    August 15, 2010 at 4:14 pm
    Let them walk backward. Back to the Middle Ages where they want to go. If I had to go back somewhere it would be back to the Steam Age when the inventive spark was alive and well and we were laying tracks into the Future.
    Agreed: here is my favorite Steam Locomotive.(FYI had two uncles and a cousin fire
    and engineer that big beast.) Union Pacific’s 844: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ju6rvbu7Cps It would freak the protest participants out in a
    cascade of unburned hydrocarbons and righteously generated C02…

  11. Catchcries included “What do we want, renewable energy; when do we want it, now,’’ and the strongly worded ‘‘No coal, no oil, we don’t want our world to boil“.

    I hope then that they live as they chant – It would be hypocritical to live in a house with electricity, use a computer, or drive a car.
    If they want to be eco-nuts then by all means let them do so – in a cave, back with nature. Oh – but please don’t force that world-view onto me.

  12. Walking backwards is very prophetic. Because by listening to these so-called scientists, science has been taken back to before the Renaissance. If they keep going backwards, science will be back to what it was at the stone age.

  13. Henry chance says:
    August 15, 2010 at 4:18 pm
    “So the autopsy says they died of climate change? 300,000 each year?”
    A lot of them were in South America where people were freezing to death, in addition to fish, turtles, crocs, wild and domestic animals – Ecuador, Peru, Argentina, Paraguay, Uraguay and even Brazil! Snow on the beaches!
    http://wattsupwiththat.com/2010/07/20/cold-snap-freezes-south-america-beaches-whitened-some-areas-experience-snow-for-the-first-time-in-living-memory/
    They were bundled up like in Australia but they weren’t walking backwards for Global Warming mitigation.

  14. Looking at the picture, it looks like there’s a whole 125 people there – and they’re all freezing their butts off. Good timing guys. Maybe they should be calling it Global Freezing.
    CRAP!

  15. The T-Shirts are available at Zazzle.com – I have the CRAP logo on my car, and I wear a “Green is the new red” T-shirt from them.
    As an aside, I attended a rally on Saturday at Tweed Heads in NSW, a fishing community which is about to be shut down because of ridiculous No Take zones being established by Labor to shore up the Green vote. A Green candidate showed up, and damn near got beaten up.
    I believe we should allow protests, but if we disagree with the issue being protested, we should stay away.

  16. P Walker and others “Seriously , though , I love the tee shirt . How do you get one ?”
    Old Aussie tradition. Boys don’t get the T-shirts. You turn up with a girl with a smashing figure, she puts it on over her bare top and you throw a large can of cold Fosters over her. Then you take a photo and if she compares well with the gallery, you get to pay for the T-shirt. The bumps are a bit like a dew point measurement, in duplicate of course, that’s the scientific way.

  17. I guess we will just have to keep throwing the body count from freezing temperatures at the warmists faces till the get the message.
    “Peru declares state of emergency amid plunging temperatures Hundreds die from extreme cold in remote mountain villages also struggling with severe poverty
    “Peru has declared a state of emergency after hundreds of children died from freezing conditions that have seen temperatures across much of the South American country plummet to a 50-year low. In 16 of Peru’s 25 regions, temperatures have fallen below -24C.”
    Reports from the country say 409 people, most of them children, have already died from the cold, with temperatures predicted to fall further in coming weeks.”
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/aug/01/peru-freezing-weather-emergency

  18. Geoff – We do a similar thing here , but with water . It would be a shame to waste that beer .

  19. “Geoff Sherrington says:
    August 15, 2010 at 6:02 pm
    P Walker and others “Seriously , though , I love the tee shirt . How do you get one ?”
    Old Aussie tradition. Boys don’t get the T-shirts. You turn up with a girl with a smashing figure, she puts it on over her bare top and you throw a large can of cold Fosters over her. Then you take a photo and if she compares well with the gallery, you get to pay for the T-shirt. The bumps are a bit like a dew point measurement, in duplicate of course, that’s the scientific way.”
    That settles it, science seems to be alive in Australia, me and the misses are moving!
    You do have room for a climate skeptic to move there right? (Or should I call myself a denialist like my hippie relatives do?)

  20. 3,000 or 8,000 or maybe 1,500 attendees; are these the same guys that collect temperature data down there?

  21. wws
    A Rottweiler cross is a Rottweiler crossed with another breed,a mongrel,but enough Rottweiler to distinguish it as Rottweiler.I wonder why the dog was mentioned?
    Giving the impression that the sceptics had an attack dog?
    I’m also wondering why the police were not in attendance until called?
    The police are usually in attendance at any public rally or protest.

  22. Jack Simmons says:
    August 15, 2010 at 5:40 pm
    How many people here walking backwards, drove to the protest in their cars?

    And more importantly, did they drive to the protest in reverse?

  23. Binny says:
    August 15, 2010 at 4:42 pm
    Walking backwards!!!! You really have to wonder if the people who organise these things are in on the joke.

    Next year they’re going to build this giant wooden badger….

  24. Here is an opportunity for some capitalist go getter, make up some of those T-shirts with a WUWT logo attached and get them on ebay!
    With a donation from each sale into the WUWT tip jar.
    Jus sayin is all.

  25. Not sure if this has been commented on yet at WUWT but the New Zealand Climate Coalition has anounced that they are taking NIWA (National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research) to the High Court (in NZ) to seek a declaration that NIWA must correct deficiencies in the temperature indices that are compiled from surface station data. This has been reported on National Radio and TVNZ.

  26. Climate change is cyclical. While record highs and lows have occurred recently, average temperatures on planet Earth have been declining for several years. The temperatures on Venus and Mars mirror our current climate cycles. These guys should do some homework and stop accepting the B.S. pushed on them by people who want to create a world government and tax us to death because we choose to drive a car and heat and cool our homes.
    http://www.aph.gov.au/library/pubs/ClimateChange/images/temp_co2_hist.jpg
    The Great Global Warming Swindle
    http://www.garagetv.be/video-galerij/blancostemrecht/The_Great_Global_Warming_Swindle_Documentary_Film.aspx
    Global Warming Doomsday Called Off
    http://www.garagetv.be/video-galerij/blancostemrecht/CBC_Global_Warming_Doomsday_Called_Off_mp4.aspx

  27. “No coal, no oil…We don’t want our world to boil”????
    How much coal did you say Australia sells to China? What was that?? 89% of Australia’s power comes from coal?
    If these aussies are really sincere about stopping the use of coal, then let them do as Pat Sajak has suggested. Practice what they preach.
    Coal is bad? Then stop using it, stop digging it up and sellling it.

  28. Looks at the picture, shakes his head.
    Those organisers should work on their timing, me being European always has the idea that Australia is a warm and dry country, but that looks more like our summers overhere in the Netherlands, (the last 4 being normal compared to the long-term average), rather cold, cloudy, wet and windy.

  29. “The rally, which attracted several hundred people, was one of a series of Walk Against Warming events happening nationally.”
    Or more correctly, Backward Walk Advocating NO Coal and NO Oil.
    Hopefully that won’t fly over most Australian’s heads. Big hat tip to WUWT reader John Howard from the US.

  30. “Ben says:
    August 15, 2010 at 7:02 pm
    “Geoff Sherrington says:
    August 15, 2010 at 6:02 pm
    P Walker and others “Seriously , though , I love the tee shirt . How do you get one ?”
    Old Aussie tradition. Boys don’t get the T-shirts. You turn up with a girl with a smashing figure, she puts it on over her bare top and you throw a large can of cold Fosters over her. Then you take a photo and if she compares well with the gallery, you get to pay for the T-shirt. The bumps are a bit like a dew point measurement, in duplicate of course, that’s the scientific way.”
    That settles it, science seems to be alive in Australia, me and the misses are moving!
    You do have room for a climate skeptic to move there right? (Or should I call myself a denialist like my hippie relatives do?)”
    Don’t worry, the beer is never wasted!!! Ben you don’t want to move to Aus, we’re about to turn into the Greece of the southern hemisphere.
    “Noelene says:
    August 15, 2010 at 8:05 pm
    wws
    A Rottweiler cross is a Rottweiler crossed with another breed,a mongrel,but enough Rottweiler to distinguish it as Rottweiler.I wonder why the dog was mentioned?”
    Well, to many in Australia, those who have been brain washed by the nanny state, have been convinced these types of dogs are extremely dangerous and, therefore, their owners are dangerous too.

  31. “Robert says:
    August 15, 2010 at 10:05 pm
    Looks at the picture, shakes his head.
    Those organisers should work on their timing, me being European always has the idea that Australia is a warm and dry country, but that looks more like our summers overhere in the Netherlands, (the last 4 being normal compared to the long-term average), rather cold, cloudy, wet and windy.”
    99.9% of Australia is not habited by humans. It is a dry continent, second behind Antarctica I believe. But this year, we’ve had a 100 year wet event, the land is full and fertile, lake Eire is full. It’s not always sunny, we’ve had some pretty nasty weather this year, even during “summer”. This winter has been very cold, even I feel it and I survived the 1970’s “the next ice age cometh”, we’ve even had record early snow in the hills.
    See what I mean about the Gen-Y types here in Aus, brainwashed to the hilt?
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-election/fewer-turn-out-to-let-off-steam-over-global-warming-20100815-1257f.html

  32. “It’s really about people coming together to send a message to the next government to say the government needs to walk with the people and not the big polluters.”
    Shame that the actual message is “We’re backward-thinking and gullible, and we want more Big Government.” One would have thought that they’d have organised a ‘leftwards’ walk, but hey, backwards does it.

  33. I’m guessing the backwards walking thing is in part a critique of Labour’s inaction on climate and its current election slogon ‘Let’s move Australia forward’. The Greens also have been running ads where people are walking forwards against a sea of ‘backwards’ people. There’s quite a lot of forward/backward moving symbolism in this years election. It’s all pretty ridiculous.

  34. P Walker says:
    August 15, 2010 at 7:00 pm
    Geoff – We do a similar thing here , but with water . It would be a shame to waste that beer
    Do what we do Laddie. Suck the beer straight out of the T shirt. 🙂 We Ozzies are very inventive
    regards

  35. “Do what we do Laddie. Suck the beer straight out of the T shirt.”
    Yes, but the trick is to stop the lass from walking backwards for any cause.

  36. Patrick Davis says:
    August 15, 2010 at 11:33 pm
    “[…]See what I mean about the Gen-Y types here in Aus, brainwashed to the hilt?
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-election/fewer-turn-out-to-let-off-steam-over-global-warming-20100815-1257f.html

    On that page google displays the following ad for me:
    Master in Climate Change
    MSc in Global Environmental Change. IE School of Biology, Madrid, Spain
    http://www.ie.edu/biology
    And if you follow that, you find photos of happy students and a description of what it’s about…
    “Another strength of the program lies in its emphasis on communication skills, training students and stimulating their creativity to translate scientific evidence into understandable information for diverse audiences and to support environmental decision-making.”
    I hope that everyone who participated in that program finds himself indebted to the hilt and unemployed. No, i’m not being mean; i’m defensive – AGW is a cult with the intent of taking over as big a part of the power as possible, and breeding his new underlings in that school in Spain.

  37. “http://www.ie.edu/biology
    And if you follow that, you find photos of happy students and a description of what it’s about…
    “Another strength of the program lies in its emphasis on communication skills, training students and stimulating their creativity to translate scientific evidence into understandable information for diverse audiences and to support environmental decision-making.”
    I wonder if they will be taught now in how to clearly communicate the findings of the new McShane and Wyner paper?

  38. The reason for this backwards idea is because we are getting close to an election and the Labour party motto for this election is “[We are]Moving Forward”. But because they (Labour – Gillard the current female PM) renigned on the ETS (even though they said it is the greatest moral challenge of our time ) the marches are saying “not really” to moving forward were moving backwards. Get it !
    The opposition (the Liberals) and in particular the Liberal leader Abbott is known to have stated that AGW is all “crap” although they have had to pretend they have a policy on it.
    Don’t worry a vast number of Australians don’t believe in AGW and the numbers are increasing day by day.

  39. About one in a thousand walked against warming in Hobart. The idiots got their wish, my thermometer is reading 1 degree (C).

  40. wws says: August 15, 2010 at 5:00 pm
    . . . and just what is a “Rottweiler cross”???

    Similar to a Maltese cross, but with better dentition.
    Once had a tenant who owned a Rottweiler watch dog. Somebody stole it.

  41. I think we should encourage all the “progressive” organizations now hectoring the world about the dangers of CAGW to hold similar events across the planet. Each event would enhance the probability of the “Darwin Effect” arising to alleviate the threat of anthropogenic climate change. For those of you unfamiliar with the “Darwin Effect” it is also known as “Nature weeding out the Stupid”.

  42. I wonder how big the crowd would be if they held a “Burn Your Driving Licence” rally?
    Or, perhaps, a Donate Your Kitchen Stove for Scrap” campaign. I’ve got a lot more ideas if any campaigners want them.

  43. Guys, please….these people do more for the sceptical cause than a thousand of us.
    The general Australian public see them for what they are…slightly deranged middle class folk with nothing better to do than angst about Climate Change. Like the Northern Hemisphere we have just had our coldest, wettest winter here for many years and you’d be amazed how quiet the Climate Change mob have gone.
    Let them march backwards, everyone else is ignoring them!

  44. Man they look cold. When they get done, I would imagine they will all retire to a warm eco-friendly meeting center to warm themselves at a non-CO2 producing heat source, powered by solar or wind power. Or maybe they will retreat to the cold, miserable hovels they expect all to inhabit in the future carbon-free world…. or not. yes probably not.

  45. Richard Sharpe says:
    August 15, 2010 at 7:30 pm
    h/t to WUWT reader John Howard
    The John Howard, ex-Prime Minister of Australia?
    Yeah, I was wondering if It was the John Winston Howard of Cactus Island fame. Scary.

  46. These people are walking backwards because the live in the southern hemisphere. They have to make room for all the Kiwis who want to emigrate to Australia (where they are not wanted, except for doctors, because they cannot play either rugby or netball).

  47. “derise says:
    August 16, 2010 at 3:57 am
    Man they look cold.”
    That’s because it HAS been colder this winter in Australia. Mind you, Sunday was nice in Sydney, almost like a spring day. Adelaide is a very small city, so most of these people would have driven, but only a few K’ms without “warming up the installed emissions systems properly” (The most inefficient, in terms of emissions, way to use a car).

  48. Cassandra King says:
    August 15, 2010 at 8:30 pm
    Here is an opportunity for some capitalist go getter, make up some of those T-shirts with a WUWT logo attached and get them on ebay!
    With a donation from each sale into the WUWT tip jar.
    Jus sayin is all.
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    Cassandra the Climate Sceptics made and patented the shirts, they are the fundraisers to get the party registered and pay for ads, as well as donations etc
    We all love WUWT too but I think asking Leon Ashby the founder of the slimate sceptics party would be a better way to go 🙂
    the car stickers are cheap and post easy, feel free to grab a lot and give them out:-)

  49. “Alexej Buergin says:
    August 16, 2010 at 4:51 am
    These people are walking backwards because the live in the southern hemisphere. They have to make room for all the Kiwis who want to emigrate to Australia (where they are not wanted, except for doctors, because they cannot play either rugby or netball).”
    Correction, ARE migrating to the tune of ~45,000 each year. I expect that will increase in the coming years.

  50. In the “Roaring 20’s” and the “Great Depression 30’s” people did all kinds of stupid stunts. We never really change, just the years. No doubt we’re in for more childish antics and idiot ‘causes’ in the 21st Century’s “Teen Decade” (the “Digit Decade” was really pretty lame). Well… we are, that is, if certain global nut cases don’t make everyone drop their cotton candy and pick up a rifle for a third bout of *World*Wide*War* insanity; talk about real hot manmade global warming…. people are idiots, sometimes.

  51. Struck by the masses being struck by something they cannot have a clue about. What convinces people to believe what they cannot possibly comprehend, let alone recognize as true and make them march? A diffuse evasive concept such as “global warming” we are unlikely to be blamed for, antropogenic GHG are unlikely to be the main cause of and we pretty obvious know very little about and cannot do much about. Would make Jozef Geobbels jealous. Do these people want there to be problem? Is this filling the niche to fill up Christian need for sinn and repentence in the post religious era? Who has to be converted?
    Meanwhile, shame on all of those who scare children. If there is a problem it is that children are being scared and abused for this kind of irrational propaganda. Should we ever find out GHG is really a problem we will deal with it, until then be gratefull for it.

  52. One step forward, two steps back,
    Common sense is what they lack.
    Inviegled by the Warmist cry,
    They’ll soon be left, both high and dry,
    As global cooling saves the day
    A carbon tax, we will not pay.

  53. So a few hundred useful idiots turn up in the freezing cold and listen to some deranged commissar wannabe droning on about how Australia will boil and fry and drown and burn and starve UNLESS it destroys its economic and industrial base.
    So to save itself itself Australia must destroy itself?
    The foolishness of fools engaging in a fiesta of foolishness I think, there is just no overestimating the stupidity of stupidity is there?

  54. My other favorite T shirt that riles up the greenies
    EARTH FIRST !
    We’ll log the other planets later.
    Just sends them over the edge.

  55. I would be tempted to say give them what they want, except that the silent majority will suffer for the stupidity of these loud mouthes.
    BTW, I thought the Rotweiller cross was a reference to some kind of medal – maybe the Aussie version of the George cross. Silly me.

  56. ” Patrick Davis says:
    August 16, 2010 at 4:51 a.m.
    Correction, ARE migrating to the tune of ~45,000 each year. I expect that will increase in the coming years.”
    As long as Temepara stays a Kiwi.
    (It is just that I once had a house on a Silver Fern Drive)

  57. Coal-fired power plants possibly going ahead in Britain for the first time in 30 years;
    In New Zealand “The country’s state-owned weather and atmospheric research body is being taken to court in a challenge over the accuracy of its data used to calculate global warming.”
    Time for the Australians going to give us something to look at. Come on now, no small ball! 🙂

  58. To paraphrase our Dear Leader, Australians speak Australian. Who knows what was in their minds as they ambled backwards. Not knowing that this walk against warming increased their body temps, increased their respiration and raised CO2 levels and ambient temperatures that little bit (adjusted). I would think that being sedentary would be a better example of being as carbon neutral as possible, this side of not living that is…. I wonder if they bought carbon offsets for this march? lol

  59. I suggest giving the Warmists a state such as California (sorry Anthony) to run exactly as they wish – WITH NO OUTSIDE HELP – Let them crash and burn just like the pilgrims did during their great idiotic experiment. The Great Thanksgiving Hoax of 1621. Seems hoaxes and rewriting history is typical of these people. I just do not want to be part of their next crash and burn.

  60. let the iceage come we can all be happy in bed with a nice hot house and we don’t have to work we can just get obama money to pay the bill’s and eat our little heart out until our fat butts die.

  61. Hi Everyone – T shirts are $25 each (includes postage) – from http://www.climatesceptics.com.au or info@climatesceptics.com.au
    The “Walk against warming” event in Adelaide had 200 people but different numbers in other cities. – That photo wasn`t Adelaide – The Adelaide crowd was much smaller
    We had a banner- “you have been conned” which the greens screwed up so no photos were taken of it when we were in the crowd.
    We had graphs on posters they went hysterical about having displayed .
    We had 10 of us – one member with his pet labrador dog in the mob of 200 for about 15 minutes before the police came to chat to us.
    My 25 year old son Nathan was wrestled and sat on by three guys.
    We used no force or violence. They were pannicked about us being there.
    A bit of Fun and publicity for my senate candidacy
    cheers
    Leon Ashby

  62. sandyinderby says:
    August 15, 2010 at 3:16 pm
    Anyone know where to get a T-shirt?

    Not those T-shirts, but click on my handle and you’ll see some pretty cool ones at the Climate Realist store on Zazzle.
    /Mr Lynn

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