Edgewater: Underwater?


On June 3, a small group of protesters educated Edgewater residents about the threat climate change poses to their suburb. Edgewater, one of Melbourne’s newest suburbs, could be partly underwater if climate change is not stopped. According to council data, 370 Maribyrnong homes were affected during floods in 1974.

Flooding has affected or threatened homes five times since then. Climate change will make this worse. Melting icecaps would likely cause sea level rises more than one metre during this century alone. Serious flooding along the river would become frequent, and much of Altona would be washed away.

The protesters demanded action to phase out fossil fuels and said Hazelwood power station (Australia's most polluting) should be closed down.

They asked that the federal government move to 100% renewable energy and create thousands of new, green jobs. The action was held outside the office of federal Labor MP Nicola Roxon.

If you like our work, become a supporter

Green Left is a vital social-change project and aims to make all content available online, without paywalls. With no corporate sponsors or advertising, we rely on support and donations from readers like you.

For just $5 per month get the Green Left digital edition in your inbox each week. For $10 per month get the above and the print edition delivered to your door. You can also add a donation to your support by choosing the solidarity option of $20 per month.

Freecall now on 1800 634 206 or follow the support link below to make a secure supporter payment or donation online.