Following in the footsteps of Blue Mountains, the Riverina, London and Sydney residents, people of the central west have formed their own Extinction Rebellion chapter.
Known as XR, the global climate movement's stated purpose is to use "non-violent civil disobedience ... to halt mass extinction and minimise the risk of social collapse."
XR Central West founding member Kate Allen said country people are on the front line of the climate crisis and the time to act is now.
We're a diverse region. An agricultural region. A mining region. We want to bring everybody with us and we want our demands to be feasibleKate Allen
"We're feeling it first and we're feeling it the hardest. We're living through drought and bushfires, rather than watching them on TV," she said.
Ms Allen is a retired teacher and a hobby farmer who sold the last of her sheep when her Stuart Town dam ran dry.
She is one of four activists who've established XR Central West, although the journalist, the teacher and the mining engineer will work from behind the scenes out of fear of reprisal.
"I think you have to be extremely brave," Ms Allan said. "They're concerned that they may not maintain their jobs."
Ms Allan says XR Central West, like all branches, was founded on three tenants; "Act now", "Tell the truth" and "Beyond politics".
However, she said the group has tweaked their mission statement to speak to a regional demographic.
"We're a diverse region. An agricultural region. A mining region. We want to bring everybody with us and we want our demands to be feasible," she said.
Ms Allan said for this reason the group will take a more gentle approach than the acts of rebellion which have been witnessed in city's around the world.
XR Central West has developed four action points, which includes the petitioning of Orange City Council to declare a state of climate emergency.
The group want a commitment to 100 per cent renewable energy for all council operations by 2025, a commitment to a target of net zero emission for central west communities by 2040 and funding for a just transition and job creation for all fossil fuel industry workers and communities.
XR Central West will host a picnic to launch the branch at Cook Park from 11-2pm on Sunday.
Roy Tasker, a Professor of Chemistry at Western Sydney University will speak and residents will have the chance to find out how they can get involved.
"It's open to everyone! The climate curious, the sceptics and the converted," Ms Allen said.
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