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Australia'Fantastic turnout': School climate strike draws big crowd in Sydney

05:06  15 march  2019
05:06  15 march  2019 Source:   smh.com.au

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School strike for climate , also known in various regions as Fridays for Future, Youth for Climate or Youth Strike 4 Climate , is a growing international movement of pupils and students who are deciding

By striking from school . to call for urgent political. action on climate change. We are school kids temporarily sacrificing our education in order to save our futures from dangerous climate change.

A massive crowd of students has gathered in the Sydney CBD to rally against climate change inaction, with protesters overflowing from Town Hall to the next block.

"We may not have a vote but we have a voice ... and we say climate action now," student speakers told thousands gathered at the Town Hall in the 'School Strike 4 Climate' on Friday afternoon.

"We're sick of being ignored, we're sick of our futures being turned into political footballs.

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‘ Strike 4 Climate Action’ brings thousands of students together in defiance of prime minister’s warning. More than a thousand primary and secondary students filled Sydney ’s Martin Place and students in Melbourne marched through the streets, bringing traffic to a standstill.

Climate strike is a wake-up call to our own generation. And it is the start of a network that will solve the greatest challenge in human history. Various local groups have been organizing climate strike around the world, some include. Fridays for Future, School Strike for Climate , if there aren’t any in

"We are striking in every capital city and 40 regional towns and it's not just in Australia, our movement is global, [students in] over 100 countries are striking."

'Fantastic turnout': School climate strike draws big crowd in Sydney© AAP Clear message: A student protester in Sydney holds a sign. Nearly 40,000 Australian students were expected to take the day off school to participate in strikes around the country.

In Sydney, speakers spoke out against rebukes from Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Premier Gladys Berejiklian.

"Our prime minister wants us to do more learning and less activism," Danielle Villafana-Pore from Fort Street High School told the crowd.

"If you want less activism, maybe you should remove basic science from the curriculum, or maybe you could do your job."

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Students take their demands for climate change action directly to politicians As students from around the globe prepare to strike for action on climate change, a northern Victorian council encourages students to take a different tack.

Climate Crowd is a crowdsourcing initiative that convenes and supports a network of partners to gather data on how climate change is impacting people and nature, and supports on-the-ground projects that help rural communities adapt while reducing pressure on biodiversity.

Join school students to strike for a safe climate ! We're striking to tell our politicians to take all of us seriously and treat climate change for what it is: a crisis and the biggest threat to our generation & generations to come.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore praised the 'fantastic turnout' for the protest on social media, after recording a video message on Thursday encouraging young people to take action.

It is the second school strike in the last few months in Australia. The first, in November last year, was attended by an estimated 15,000 students across the country.

The movement, which began in Sweden in 2018, has gained traction across the world, with students from over 100 countries expected to take part over the next 24 hours.

'Fantastic turnout': School climate strike draws big crowd in Sydney© Janie Barrett Thousands of school students attend the global climate strike rally at Town Hall in Sydney. Parts of the city have been closed off and buses re-routed, with Park Street closed between Elizabeth and George streets. Sections of Elizabeth, Castlereagh, Pitt and Druitt streets are also closed. Roads and bus routes are expected to return to normal at 3pm.

A Facebook page set up by Australian students chronicled the strikes with live video streams from cities around the country.

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Protest climate after school hours, Shorten tells kids Children should protest on weekends or after school rather than participating in tomorrow's walkout over climate change, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten said. Tomorrow thousands of students from across the country are expected to leave school to demonstrate against government inaction on global warming. But Mr Shorten was not in favour of the school strike. © AAP Thousands of students took action in a strike about climate change last year. "Kids are allowed to have an opinion," he told reporters in Melbourne this morning. "In an ideal world, they would protest after school hours and on weekends.

Frequently Asked Questions. What is Climate Strike ? A globally coordinated action by the young generation to answer the inability of the old generations to solve the climate issue. They talk and talk and never reduce the use of fossil fuels. When they do in one place they simply ship them elsewhere.

MELBOURNE, Australia — As wildfires raged across the country , a heat wave again threatened the Great Barrier Reef and a mining giant announced it would push ahead with a huge coal project, thousands of students across Australia quit school for the day on Friday to protest government

The movement's founder, 16-year-old Greta Thunberg, has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. She also spoke previously at the World Economic Forum in Davos, as well as the United Nations climate change summit.

The protests came on the same day that it came to light that the NSW government prepared sweeping climate change policies to decarbonise the state's economy only to have the plans shelved when Gladys Berejiklian became Premier.

The plans included "the development of a value for emissions savings", and were targeted for approval by mid-2017, only do be dropped after Ms Berejiklian replaced Mike Baird.

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The climate change strike: from a student who was there.
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