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Join our World Children's Day Week of Action!

November 20 is World Children’s Day.

As the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) states “Climate change is a direct threat to a child’s ability to survive, grow, and thrive… Addressing climate change and mitigating its impact is imperative to protect the world’s children and fulfil their rights.”

For World Children’s Day on November 20 we’ll be holding a National Week of Action with events across the country highlighting the rights of our children to a safe climate, and calling on the Australian government to safeguard our children's future by taking urgent action to solve the climate crisis.

We need you to help make it a success! Please sign up to these events if you live in these locations:

Melbourne - 20th Nov 11am Parliament House steps, Spring Street
We will launch the Open Letter with a press conference with child health experts and local parents and a sit-in. We need YOU there to show the media just how many parents are worried about climate threats to their kids! Come join the sit-in on the Parliament House steps, followed by a picnic at a nearby park. Bring your kids, picnic rug and placards!

Join us for a breakfast picnic - drop in from 7:30 – 9am; bring your children; their favourite doll or teddy; a breakfast picnic; and a placard.

Moruya, NSW south coast - 20th Nov 9am Apex Park
Bring your family to APEX park to chat, eat, sing some songs and run some kids craft activities. Bring your placards!

Port Stephens/Raymond Terrace - 20th Nov 12noon in the CBD
Join us for a march through the CBD and to the local MP's office, finishing with a picnic and speakers in the park.

Gold Coast - 20th Nov 3.30pm at Peachey Community Garden
Join us for a family day and tree-planting afternoon (after presenting our Open Letter to the local MP). 

Cairns - 20th Nov 10.30am at Cairns Library
Cairns families will be peacefully gathering for a public awareness picnic, (with fun stuff for the kids) on the lawns of Cairns City Library, Bring your family, posters, placards and signs.

Port Macquarie - 20th Nov 4.30-5.30 at 17 Burrawan st, Port Macquarie
Port Macquarie families will be gathering after work and school - please bring your placards, a picnic rug and snack, and a favourite children’s book to share for the "Read-in".

Wagga Wagga - 21 Nov 5-8pm at Victory Memorial Gardens
Families in Wagga Wagga will be gathering for An Evening of Hope - a festival of outdoor games and activities for kids, food, handmade and up-cycled goods for sale, live music from bands: River Movement, Lowline and other musical acts. All welcome! BYO picnic rug.

Brisbane - 22 Nov at 10.30am at Speakers Corner, George St, Brisbane
We will start outside Speakers Corner in front of Queensland Parliament at 10:30 am for a short rally/gathering. This will be followed by a lunchtime picnic in the Botanical Gardens near the children's playground. BYO lunch, picnic blanket and placards for the rally.

Adelaide - 24 Nov at 3-5pm at Victoria Square/Tartanyanga (northern half)
Join the Planeteering Picnic Party! Bring a picnic and rug, super-hero costumes and/or bright rainbow coloured clothes, cardboard and textas (for making colourful posters about protecting the future of our planet) and bubble wands!

Our Darwin local group is organising an online art collection - we're asking children to make pictures of what they love most and want to protect in the world, and for parents to draw what they want to protect for their kids. Then we want you to send the pictures to us for display in a special online post!
An event is also planned in Canberra the following week - check our web site or Facebook page for more info!

If you're not near any of those locations, sign up to our national event which gives you some ideas of how to create your own action and/or help us online!

We have written a Letter to the Editor and we need your help to get it into local papers around Australia in time for World Children's Day, 20th November!

All you need to do is email this letter (164 words!) from yourself or your local AP4CA group to the local paper 1-2 days before 20th November. 

Don't forget to put your name, address and phone number to ensure it gets published.

Here's the text and you need to put your name and address at the end of it:
Dear Editor,
World Children’s Day is on 20th November, as is the Day of the Declaration of the Rights of the Child, which Australia has signed. This commits Australia to protect the right of all children to health and safety.

I call on Scott Morrison, as the leader responsible for the futures of six million Australian children, to protect our children from climate breakdown.

With more ferocious bushfire seasons, and the worst drought in history, some children and their families are losing their homes and livelihoods.

Babies and children struggle through longer and hotter heat waves.

Children face an inhospitable world if we continue towards 3 C warming, and their mental health is suffering. We need urgent action to restore their hope.

To avoid the most catastrophic impacts, Australia must act on the science and urgently accelerate cuts to our greenhouse emissions, consistent with limiting warming to 1.5oC.

This Government's current policies are a betrayal of our children and its responsibility to protect them.

Yours Sincerely,

Jo Citizen, Australian Parents for Climate Action 
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