Written By: - Date published: 11:09 am, December 2nd, 2018 - 12 comments
Categories: activism, energy, Environment, global warming, International, Politics, science, sustainability, the praiseworthy and the pitiful - Tags: people, power, protest
In Australia, two 14 year old’s took a cue for protesting against government inaction on global warming from a 15 year old Swedish school child who takes every Friday off school to sit in protest on the steps of the Swedish parliament building. Last Friday 15000 school children across Australia walked out of school.
On the 8th of December, there is a protest being called across centres in Australia. There’s also a facebook page called School Strike for Climate Action and an email address for anyone who wants to get a strike going on their “resources” page.
As it says on their website –
Some of us are striking for a week, some for a day, some for half a day. Others are striking a day a week. We’ll keep striking for as long as it takes for our politicians to take the action we need to stop dangerous climate change. You should do whatever works best for you.
As for their demands, well in Australia they want to stop the Adani coal mine being developed, they want no new coal or gas, and they want 100% renewable energy by 2030.
The government’s Resource Minister Matt Canavan reckons that “The best thing you’ll learn about going to a protest is how to join the dole queue.”
But I think these Melbourne school children are on to Mr Canavan and his cronies.
If 15000 Australian schoolchildren can “walk off the job” because governments are pants. And if schoolchildren from Canada and Nordic states can co-ordinate and support one another from across the world, then what’s stopping the so-called grown ups in the room from getting up off their arses and striking too?
Updated/corrected to delete accidentally misleading information and provide some extra links for anyone at school in NZ wanting to pick up the ball and run with it…