Sunshine Coast artist activists make their mark on Peregian Beach with a statement about climate change.
Sunshine Coast artist activists make their mark on Peregian Beach with a statement about climate change.

Lines in the Coast sand for climate action

A Sunshine Coast network of artists has focused a 20m "eye of the future" on what they call the Federal Government's lack of foresight when it comes to adopting renewable energy.

Their protest art piece was created on Peregian Beach with ancient geometrical techniques, the mathematics of elemental and natural design and captured by drone.

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Coolum-based artist Karina Seljak said sand etching decorated with grounded banksia pods and pandanus seeds from the dunes of the beach were a clear message to "fund our future, not gas".

Her group of artists includes Gabrielle Quakawo of the Art Of String Theory based in Marcus Beach, Rose Feely of Eucalypt Roses based in Wurtulla and her sister Sam Seljak of Seljak Brand and their supporters.

They are calling for no public funds for gas and other fossil fuel projects.

"This time last year there were hundreds of thousands of us in Australia and millions overseas marching for the climate denial we are seeing all around us and not enough action," Ms Seljak said.

"We are seeing horrendous bush fires in Australia and overseas and we're also seeing the decimation of Aboriginal sacred sites and a discounting of their knowledge of them surviving and thriving in harsh climates."

Karina Seljak and a group of artists make their own climate change statement.
Karina Seljak and a group of artists make their own climate change statement.

She said they stood with climate action groups including School Strike For Climate, who were striking today to demand the government respond to climate challenges the nation was facing.

"The government is pushing for a gas-fired recovery - even when energy businesses know it's time to switch to renewables," Ms Seljak said.

Ms Seljak said the artists had been impressed by the reaction to their experimental beach art.

"None of us have ever worked at the scale before so it was really exciting," she said.

"We're going to put our heads together as to what we're going to do next."

Ms Seljak said instead of gas power generation the economic recovery funds should be spent on resourcing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-led solutions that guaranteed land rights and care for country

She also said it was important to fund the creation of jobs that fast tracked solutions to the climate crisis and helped communities recover as well as projects that transitioned the economy to 100 per cent renewable energy by 2030.



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