Yesterday's protest at Hazelwood power station was billed as a day of "community protest and non-violent mass civil disobedience," and yet despite the small numbers, what was remarkable was the ‘ordinariness’ of the crowd.

One protest with 500-odd people on a dreary day in the backblocks of Gippsland ain’t gonna change the world, but who shows up on the day says much about the evolution of the climate issue -- and environmental issues more broadly -- in the public consciousness.