A group of Gold Coast students today picketed outside Karen Andrew MP’s office to send a clear message about the Government’s inaction on climate change.
The student’s strike – part of a national day of action – comes on the back of news that Adani plans to proceed with its coal mine that will see 2.3 billion tonnes of coal dug up and burned.
That news was delivered yesterday, which is kinda bizarre timing, because at that moment, some 200 fires were burning across Queensland while large parts of the country dealt with extreme weather of some kind.
The students chose Karen Andrews’ office as she’s based here on the Gold Coast, being the Member for McPherson. She’s also the Minister for Industry, Science and Technology. Notice the word science? As in the undisputed science around climate change and exactly what we need to do to reverse catastrophic global warming?
This protest by students is a nation-first, with thousands of students from hundreds of schools across metropolitan and regional Australia walking out of schools to demand their politicians act on climate change and the stop the Adani coal mine.
Bond university student, Jordan Rowand said she’s worried about her future.
‘We want our government to listen to us because we want a safe world to live in,’ she said.
Along with the Gold Coast, 30 major strike events took place across the country, in every capital city and almost 20 regional centres including Townsville, the Whitsundays, Inverell, Coffs Harbour, Ballarat, Newcastle and Bega.
Instead of going to school, students were today at their nearest Parliament House or Federal MP’s office. And the response from LNP politicians reinforces just how out of touch they seem to be on this issue, with Matt Canavan telling students they’d just end up joining the dole queue. That’s after he told them they should be in school learning how to build mines and drill for oil and gas “which is one of the most remarkable science exploits in the world”.
Inspired by 15 year old Swedish student Greta Thunberg, who has been striking outside the Swedish Parliament since August, year 8 students from Central Victoria brought the ‘School Strike 4 Climate Action’ initiative to Australia and have been striking in Bendigo a day a week during November.
As a show of support for the Australian strike, students in Sweden, France, Norway and Finland are also striking this week.
Check out the action from Gold Coast’s School Strike 4 Climate Change here:
I daresay this isn’t the last we’ll be hearing from the next generation of voters on this issue. Keep up the great work, kids.