On Friday 20 September, three days before world leaders met in New York for the United Nations Emergency Climate Summit, more than four thousand Gold Coast residents joined hundreds of thousands of school students and workers across Australia plus millions worldwide to strike as part of the world’s largest #ClimateStrike.
In Australia, strikers called for Governments to commit to:
- No new coal, oil and gas projects, including the Adani mine.
- 100% renewable energy generation & exports by 2030
- Fund a just transition & job creation for all fossil-fuel industry workers & communities.
Some key quotes from the day’s speakers:
“Do not let anyone bully you into thinking what happened at Binna Burra in the last 10 days is normal in any way. The Binna Burra Community, overrun by wildfire, is a living symbol of the global climate emergency in our own backyard.” – Sally Mackinnon (community member affected by recent fires)
“My schooling would be useless if we weren’t on the streets demanding a safe climate future.” – Fifteen year old student Narii Hamill Salmon
“We must force our Federal and State Governments to STOP ADANI now and to act to RAPIDLY TRANSISTION TO RENEWABLE TECHNOLOGIES. We don’t want to debate. We don’t want to wait. We are taking action.” – Jodie McFadden (Queensland Teacher’s Union)
“My son’s tender five years of life have been the five hottest on record. He’ll only be 16 in 2030, by which time we’ve either saved or condemned ourselves – and him – to our climate futures. I see it as my parental responsibility to demand the necessary urgent political action to solve this crisis.” – Marie Carvolth, Australian Parents For Climate Action.
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