By Cat Dorey

Hornsby Shire’s First Responders, the residents and councillors campaigning for Council to declare a climate emergency and cut emissions, celebrated 3000 signatures of support in front of the iconic fountain in Hornsby Mall.

Hornsby resident and student Robert Urbaniak said, “As a young person, I often wonder whether older generations really understand what’s at stake: half the Barrier Reef is dead and our suburbs & local wildlife are getting battered by extreme weather. But knowing that 3000 other residents care too has given me hope.” Matthew Ting, Hornsby resident and Innovation Manager said, “I’m seeing mums and dads getting their kids to sign because the whole family feels so strongly about making sure we protect the people and places we love from climate breakdown.

It’s giving people hope.” Councillor Emma Heyde said, “Instead of just wishing someone would do something, the residents of the Bushland Shire are cheering on their local Council as we prepare to cut emissions. 3000 people have already told me they want tough action on climate.

I expect that number to grow to 12,000 by 18 September when Council meets to vote to declare a climate emergency,” Councillor Heyde said.

Robert Urbaniak: 0418 842 820

Matthew Ting: 0466 876 334

Emma Heyde: 0403 589 722