The early yellow sign campaign ‘Show Our Colours’, grew from the ashes of the unprecedented fires that wreaked havoc on the NSW South Coast in January 2020. South Coast residents, many of them farmers, took to painting their front gates yellow and emblazoning them with the words “We want climate action”. The Australian Conservation Foundation ran with the campaign. It went viral.
Founding member of CANsign and Show Our Colours campaigner Jack Egan and his partner lost their home in North Rosedale on New Year’s Eve. It was the final straw for Jack as well as for dairy farmer Rob Miller of Milton whose farm was decimated by the Currowan fire.
“Families and communities across rural and regional Australia are living through wave after wave of extreme weather events. My family has been on the land for a long time. We know what we’re seeing, and we’re not alone. The climate is not just changing, it is breaking down. I’m taking a stand and I’m asking you to do the same alongside me.”
The CANgate concept sprang from the realisation that a lot more people would also want to ‘Show their Colours’ in solidarity. What was needed was readily available, pre-made, stand-out yellow Climate Action Now signage.