Schools strike for climate again

Australian students will take to streets across the country once again in May, to protest the Morrison Government’s expansion of gas production.

Late last year, Scott Morrison’s government proposed to pour hundreds of millions, possibly billions of dollars from the next budget into gas as a part of the country’s COVID-19 recovery plan. This will take the form of new gas proposals in every part of the continent, threatening First Nations lands and communities, as well as supercharging the climate crisis.

In September of 2020, Mr Morrison announced that expanding the use of gas is central to plans to re-establish a strong economy after the coronavirus recession.

The prime minister made the claim during his speech that there is “no credible energy transition plan for an economy like Australia that does not involve the greater use of gas”.

The destination set out in the speech was an expansion of gas that could last for decades.

On 21 May, Gold Coast students will add their voices to the collective shout when they walk out of school, rally and march through Surfers Paradise to convey a decisive message to our MPs – ‘FUND OUR FUTURE, NOT GAS.’

Gold Coast student Tadhg Salmon explains why students are protesting.

“The Australian Government is threatening our future by planning a gas-led recovery, investing in dirty fossil fuels that will supercharge the climate crisis and threaten First Nations Lands without creating many jobs.”

School Strike 4 Climate organisers believe the Morrison government is taking the country backwards with plans to hand out taxpayer money to gas projects. They say gas will not create the jobs Australia needs, but renewables will, and want COVID-19 recovery funds to be spent in a way that helps both the economy and the environment.

Student Lachlan Bond outlines the demands of the strike.

“The government has a real opportunity here to spend money and boost the economy to recover from the pandemic in a way that will benefit all of Australia now and into the future.

Which is why we are demanding: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-led solutions that guarantee land rights and care for country; The creation of jobs that fast-track solutions to the climate crisis and help communities recover; and Projects that transition our economy and communities to 100% renewable energy by 2030, through expanded public ownership.”

The Climate Strike will take place on Friday 21 May from 9.30am to 11.30am in Surfers Paradise. RSVP at fb.me/e/77urSbMPN.

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