Our first value at Surfers for Climate that guides our sea-roots movement for positive climate action is to recognise the ‘true locals’. This is where our work starts. We believe that sustainable climate action is not possible without addressing climate justice. As we do the work, we honour and learn from First Nations connection to Country and culture.
Everyone deserves to be treated with equal respect and dignity, and we find ourselves in a moment in time when there’s an opportunity to rewrite the definition of who we are. It’s a rare moment, one that asks the best of us.
There will be a vote to change the constitution of Australia and embrace a First Nations Voice to Parliament, which will mean that humanity’s oldest continuous surviving culture will have the right to have a say about policies regarding their collective wellbeing.
We recognise that the colonial system brought to this landscape some 230 years ago is the same system that has brought us to the ecological crisis we find ourselves in today. It is this same system that has devastated First Nations people throughout the history of colonial Australia and which today still sees inequality thrive. We need to shift practices and systems as a whole, to shift justice as a whole.
Over the next decade, we believe that positive climate action will be strengthened by formalising and amplifying the voice of our ‘true locals’ who understand what it takes to preside over thriving oceans and coastlines - having done it for millennia.
Do we at Surfers for Climate believe that a Voice to Parliament is the end of the ride for respect and reconciliation?
It is just the take off on a wave of positive change.
We acknowledge that a Voice to Parliament enshrined by the constitution is only one of many steps we need to take as a nation, and as an ally in solidarity with First Nations communities, Surfers for Climate supports the ‘yes’ campaign and encourages the entire surfing community to jump on the party wave of voice, treaty and truth with us.
Please also see below some existing YES Campaign resources that may support your efforts to continue to engage your community in the referendum and mobilise for a resounding YES:
If music is your thing, have a listen to these couple of tunes:
Got some laundry to fold? Dinner to make? Getting your steps in? Check out these podcasts:
If you need the actual detail, then have read of these:
The Uluru Statement (Marcia’s first reading)
Kerry O’Brien and Thomas Mayo the Voice booklet (also an audio book)
Stan Grant ‘Letter to my Country’ book
Paul Callaghan (Worimi man) ‘The Dreaming Path’
The Australian Constitution (it’s actually quite short)
If you just need to sit back at the end of the day and chill in front of the TV, then watch:
Surfing Mob stories up the east coast Changing Tides on the ABC
The Frontier Wars (SBS On Demand)
Film: In my blood it runs
Kerry and Thomas Mayo at Byron community Center here