The temperature was hovering around 10 degrees but it didn't deter a group of Goulburn people rallying outside Angus Taylor's office on Friday.
The 20 to 25 strong gathering held signs saying 'There is no Planet B' and 'Coal is dead' as they called for "stronger" action to address climate change.
They comprised the general community and supporters of Labor, The Greens and independent candidate Huw Kingston at this Saturday's federal election.
The Goulburn Group president Doug Rawlinson said he was there in solidarity with any political party that would stand up for climate change action.
"At the moment we have a sitting member who has total inaction (on the issue) and there are at least three candidates who are acting on it," he said.
Mr Rawlinson believed there was widespread community support for this view but people didn't necessarily want to come out on a cold afternoon. Moreover, he argued many people had put climate change ahead of terrorism as a worry factor.
"Another thing creeping into people's psyche is ecological grief, whereby people know something is wrong but they don't necessarily know what to do about it. They are also here today to voice some kind of opinion," he said.
Young primary school student Henry Polzin was among the group.
"I'm here because I want to stop coal," he told The Post.
As to what should replace it, Henry said it should be something "reusable."
Goulburn District Unions (GDU) president Anna Wurth Crawford said protesters wanted to send a message to the Energy Minister that the community was concerned about climate change and wanted him to do more to address it.
But Mr Taylor has stood behind the government's policies saying it will meet the 2030 Paris climate agreement targets well ahead of time. Further, the Liberal MP said the Coalition was addressing climate change but would not do it in such a "reckless" way that hurt the economy
Mrs Wurth-Crawford said these targets did not go far enough and the community remained "very concerned."
"They have set minimum targets. What is the cost of funding action on climate change? We just can't put a cost on it. Business and everyone will suffer if this is not addressed," she said.
Her GDU colleague, Jason Shepherd said that when asbestos was outlawed, there was also a cost to business but it was "the right thing to do."
"Future proofing us against climate change is a real cost but it's also the right thing to do," he said.
Mr Taylor was in Sydney on Friday addressing the NSW Business Chamber about energy policy.
He told last week's Meet the Candidates night that Australia was witnessing "record investment" in renewables with $25 billion committed over the next three years.
He said there was a need for more back-up power to account for times when the sun wasn't shining and the wind wasn't blowing.
"We are well across the science. This needs international action. We need to do our bit, but we are not going to cruel the economy by shooting for a target that is way above what is doing our bit. This would mean loss of job, wages and economic activity," Mr Taylor said.
"It can be done sensibly and in a well-paced way to meet our international obligations."
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