Climate Change Strikes
Climate change strikes across Australia see student protesters defy calls to stay in school
Posted on 15.03.2019
Tens of thousands of young Australians have walked out of their classrooms today to stage protests in capital cities demanding action on climate change.
- Students have used a combination of humour, passion and urgency in protests across the country
- The protests were inspired by the actions of a 16-year-old Swedish student, Greta Thunberg, in Stockholm
- PM Scott Morrison objected to a previous similar protest, saying he didn’t want to see “schools being turned into parliaments”
Rallies began in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Canberra and Hobart outside state parliament buildings and town halls.
Students have also marched at rallies across regional Australia, with large crowds protesting at Geelong, Byron Bay, Coffs Harbour, Cairns and Townsville.
Many used humour to get their point across, with posters referencing internet memes and suggesting fail grades for the nation’s political efforts on climate change policy.
Others were more serious — one poster urged politicians to “panic” about addressing climate change and another warned “there is no Planet B“.
What do the students want?
- Stop the Adani coal mine in central Queensland
- No new coal or gas projects
- 100 per cent renewables by 2030
“This is their time” (Independent MP Julia Banks)
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