Gold Coast students strike for climate action

Some of the city’s high school students are taking to the streets this month to demand action on climate change from our local politicians. They’re joining tens of thousands of students from across Australia and the world in a global day of action.

Narii and Tadhg Salmon, who both attend Miami High School, are two of the students leading the charge and they’re asking people of all ages to join them in solidarity.

“Climate change will affect us all,” Tadhg said.

“On 15 March we’re pushing for change across Australia and the world.”

The students will strike from school on 15 March and rally at the offices of Karen Andrews MP, who is also the Federal Minister for Industry, Science and Technology.

“We’ve already met with Minister Andrews to discuss these concerns. We don’t think she is taking her role as Science Minister seriously,” Narii said. “The science is real and technology already exists to help us transition urgently to renewable energies.”

“Climate change is a crisis. We want politicians to take our futures seriously,” Narii said.

And he has a stern word for anyone questioning their time off school.

“Students skipping school is not ruining our planet. Climate change is.”

Narii said being involved in the climate movement had helped him extend his classroom learning into real life situations.

“The movement has helped me grow so much as a person. As someone who is shy, speaking to MPs and getting to know other adults and students who value the future of our planet as much as I do, helped me become confident, an effective leader and unafraid to speak up for what I think is right,” Narii said.

“It’s an amazing feeling as a teenager or a child to know that adults are inspired by your actions and are taking the time to listen to what you have to say.”

Collectively, students are calling for a transition to 100% renewable energy by 2030, no new coal or gas and for leaders to stop the Adani coal mine.

The School Strike 4 Climate takes place Friday 15 March from 10.00am – 12 noon at Karen Andrews MP’s office, 47 Watts Drive, Varsity Lakes.

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Facebook event: bit.ly/StrikeClimate
National website: schoolstrike4climate.com

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