The rally is expected to start around 12pm in Hyde Park North in the city where they will march just under two kilometres to First Fleet Park at The Rocks.
Organisers and demonstrators have a list of demands they want met including:
100 per cent publicly owned renewable energy by 2030
Funding for climate jobs, retraining, public services and liveable welfare
Indigenous-led land management
No to AUKUS deal and no shift to nuclear powered submarines
The protest will mark the Global Day of Action on Climate.
Students protesting over climate change earlier this year. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Jeremy Piper
Sydney branch Secretary of Maritime Union of Australia, Paul Keating, said the Coalition net-zero by 2050 plan is a “farce”.
“The billions of dollars going towards Morrison’s ‘gas-fired recovery’, dubious CCS (carbon capture storage) technology and now nuclear submarines is money that could be used to support workers and communities in the transition away from fossil fuels,” he said.
He stressed it was important to invest in publicly-owned renewable energy and create “thousands of jobs” from offshore wind to new zero-carbon transport fuels and health and education.
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Co-chair of the rally, Erima Dall, described Mr Morrison as “the worst among world leaders” after he refused to reduce methane emissions and phase out coal at the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow earlier this week.
“He has refused to increase Australia’s 2030 target despite many other countries promising increased efforts,” she said.
While Deanna Hayes, from the New South Wales Nurses and Midwives Association warned climate change is a “bigger threat” to the health of billions than COVID-19.
“Heatwaves are the second biggest killer worldwide after the pandemic,” she said.
“These effect will only worsen in Australia with the continued burning of coal and gas.”
She said the quick response by the government on the coronavirus pandemic should be replicated for global warming.
Demonstrators will rally over Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s refusal to budge on methane emissions and the continued use of coal. Picture: Ian Forsyth/Getty Images
Mr Morrison refused to cut Australia’s methane emissions by 30 percent this decade despite close to 100 countries backing the plan led by the European Union and US President Joe Biden.
Mr Biden described the Global Methane Pledge as a “game changing commitment” that will prevent global warming.
“One of the most important things we can do between now and 2030, to keep 1.5C in reach, is reduce our methane emissions as soon as possible,” he told the world leaders at the Glasgow climate summit on Tuesday.
Methane, generated in cows’ digestive systems, in landfill waste and in oil and gas production, is short-lived in the atmosphere compared to carbon dioxide but was 80 times more potent in warming the Earth.
The Australian government also decided again joining more than 40 countries in committing to phased out coal power with the country focused on developing technology and not “wiping out industries.
The five biggest users of coal, South Korea, Indonesia, Vietnam, Poland and Ukraine pledged to end the use of coal power by the 2030s “or as soon as possible thereafter” for the wealthy and the 2040s by developing nations.
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The US claims the pledge, announced in September, includes 70 per cent of the global economy and half of all methane emissions.
Energy Minister Angus Taylor said the nation did not want to set specific targets for certain emissions.
“We’ve got a net-zero goal for 2050 for the whole economy. We’re not setting sector-specific targets, and we’re not setting gas-specific values, we’re pursuing the entirety,” he told reporters and environmentalists at COP26.
“The number that counts is the CO2-equivalent concentration in the atmosphere, that is what counts…. Specific gases, they contribute to that overall outcome… (but) the overall outcome (is what) we continue to focus on.”
He said there was currently “no affordable, practical or large-scale way” to reduce emissions other than culling the number of sheep and cattle.
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Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce said the Nationals had told Mr Morrison to not commit to the methane pledge prior to leaving to Glasgow.
The world’s biggest methane emitter, Brazil, has signed up. Other countries include Canada, New Zealand, Britain, Argentina, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
Big players who decided to not join the pledge include Australia, China, Russia and India.

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