Australian National Student Strike over Climate Change Inaction and Adani Coal Mine near Great Barrier Reef – Their Future!

Some posters were witty, some were rude and some – for older people at least – were incomprehensible. The thousands of children who left class on Friday to protest against inaction on climate change brought with them a dazzling array of protest banners and posters. They taught us a thing or two about writing and convey their message.

Strike 4 Climate Action‘ brought tens of thousands of students together in defiance of Prime Minister Scott Morrison.  On Friday, the resources minister Matt Canavan said he would prefer students to learn about mining and science.  “The best thing you’ll learn about going to a protest is how to join the dole queue.”  “Be less activist, ” the PM tells them, “and learn ‘something’.” Students responded in greater numbers; their numbers swelling on the PM’s  threat.

2C1EE18E-C17D-42AD-8672-47FD7DEC78D8.jpegThe “Strike 4 Climate Action”, inspired by 15-year-old Swedish student Greta Thunberg, brought together children in capital cities and 20 regional centres such as Ballarat, Newcastle, Townsville and Cairns.  A large protest was also held in Hobart on Thursday.  More than a thousand primary and secondary students filled Sydney’s Martin Place and students in Melbourne marched through the streets, bringing traffic to a standstill.

One of India’s richest men is pushing ahead with a controversial coal mine in Australia, but the project will be scaled back after plans for state subsidies were dropped following huge protests.  The Adani Group, owned by billionaire Gautam Adani, said Thursday that its Carmichael mine in Queensland state will be “100% financed” through its own resources.  Construction of the project, which has been repeatedly delayed by protests from politicians and environmentalists.

Climate change is already here, and heat waves are having the biggest effect!

The proposed use of Australian taxpayer dollars had enraged opponents of the mine, who say it will be a “death sentence” for the Great Barrier Reef because of the high levels of carbon pollution that coal produces. Large parts of the reef have already been destroyed by rising ocean temperatures linked to global warming.

Greta’s Lettre

“Every Friday, I miss classes to sit outside my country’s parliament. I will continue to do so until leaders come into line with the Paris agreement.”

Screen Shot 2018-11-30 at 4.17.29 PM“Every Friday, I miss classes to sit outside my country’s parliament. I will continue to do so until leaders come into line with the Paris agreement.”



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