Halloween themed demo

Castlemaine's Emma Dubuc and Malcolm Robins will be among those donning ghoulish Halloween costumes for today's Zombie Apocalypse demonstration that aims to convey a serious message ahead of Halloween and the start of the COP26 Climate Conference on Sunday. Photo: Eve Lamb

Eve Lamb

For many Castlemaine climate activists, climbing into ghoulish costumes today will not so much be about cadging Halloween treats as it will be about making a critically serious point, they say.
The “zombie apocalypse” they plan to stage in front of the town’s National Australia Bank at 10am today is pitched not just for Halloween this Sunday, but also for the start of the world’s COP26 Climate Conference in Glasgow with which Halloween, this year, happens to coincide.
“The UN has declared a Code Red for humanity, and this meeting represents the world’s last chance for its political leaders to act decisively to protect civilisation from climate apocalypse,” says Castlemaine’s Emma Dubuc, among today’s demonstration organisers.
“The zombie apocalypse is an apt metaphor for where we’re headed unless we act urgently to contain global heating within safe levels,” says Malcolm Robins, another of the organisers of today’s demonstration.
While today’s “zombie apocalypse” carries a dead serious message, organisers with Climate Justice Mount Alexander and Central Victorian Climate Action say participants expect to have some fun as well with dancing to Michael Jackson’s Thriller on the publicly prominent program.
“Providing social distancing rules are followed, everybody is welcome,” Malcolm says.
“We really want our community to be actively involved in this urgent issue and we’re also inviting community participation in a follow-up Bike Ride for Climate event which we will have at the end of the Glasgow Climate Summit on Saturday November 13,” Emma says.
“To mark a hopefully successful outcome at the end of the Glasgow Climate Summit we’re asking our local community members to decorate their bike, and themselves, with a climate theme and display a pledge for personal climate action.”

Eve Lamb
Journalist and photographer Eve Lamb has a Bachelor of Arts (Journalism) degree from Deakin University and a Master of Arts (Professional Writing) from Deakin University. She has worked for many regional newspapers including the Hamilton Spectator and the Warrnambool Standard, and has also worked for metro daily, The Hobart Mercury, and The Sunday Tasmanian. Eve has also contributed to various magazines including Australian Cyclist.