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Australia Frustrated Australian climate activist juggles school and a lawsuit

11:36  25 september  2020
11:36  25 september  2020 Source:   reuters.com

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Australian school student Ambrose Hayes, 15, rode on a protest barge in Sydney Harbour on Friday holding a huge yellow banner demanding "No “I am here because I am fed up with the Australian government’s inaction on the climate crisis. We need to act now before it’s too late,” climate activist

About 300,000 Australian school children and climate activist last year took to the streets demanding urgent action to lower carbon emissions, protests criticised by In return for securing for its ally a marginally smaller humiliation, Moscow gained a present and a presence.In reality — unless America

a person wearing a costume and holding a sign: Ambrose Hayes, a 15-year-old climate change activist, rides on a barge during an event as part of the Fund Our Future Not Gas climate rally in Sydney Harbour © Reuters/JILL GRALOW Ambrose Hayes, a 15-year-old climate change activist, rides on a barge during an event as part of the Fund Our Future Not Gas climate rally in Sydney Harbour

By Jill Gralow

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian school student Ambrose Hayes, 15, rode on a protest barge in Sydney Harbour on Friday holding a huge yellow banner demanding "No Gas" as part of a global climate rally calling for greater action from world leaders.

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Australian school student Ambrose Hayes, 15, should be at home studying but instead he is in court trying to protect his future from climate change. Hayes is one of eight students who have launched a class action to stop the environment minister approving an expansion of a coal mine arguing it will

Frustrated by their government’s failure to curb carbon emissions, students across the country quit Ms. O’Shea Carre, an organizer of the march and a student from Castlemaine Steiner School in With the help of their parents, climate activists and the Australian Youth Climate Coalition, Ms. Albrecht

"I am here because I am fed up with the Australian government's inaction on the climate crisis. We need to act now before it's too late," climate activist Hayes told Reuters TV.

a person in a boat on the water: Ambrose Hayes, a 15-year-old climate change activist, rides on a barge during an event as part of the Fund Our Future Not Gas climate rally in Sydney Harbour © Reuters/JILL GRALOW Ambrose Hayes, a 15-year-old climate change activist, rides on a barge during an event as part of the Fund Our Future Not Gas climate rally in Sydney Harbour

Hayes protest is part of some 500 climate events planned across Australia as part of "Fridays for Future" movement that was made famous by Swedish student Greta Thunberg.

Hayes is one of eight students who have launched a class action to stop the environment minister approving an expansion of a coal mine arguing it will endanger their futures.

a train crossing a bridge over a body of water: Ambrose Hayes, a 15-year-old climate change activist, rides on a barge during an event as part of the Fund Our Future Not Gas climate rally in Sydney Harbour © Reuters/JILL GRALOW Ambrose Hayes, a 15-year-old climate change activist, rides on a barge during an event as part of the Fund Our Future Not Gas climate rally in Sydney Harbour The students argue the Environment Minister Susan Ley has a duty of care to protect them from climate change and the expansion of Whitehaven Coal's Vickery coal mine in New South Wales state will contribute to climate change and endanger their future.

"If we don't take action now we're going to face more intense droughts, more intense fires... these are just going to happen more and more and we're not going to stop it if we don't take action now," Hayes said.

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An Australian student has filed a lawsuit against her government for failing to make clear climate change-related risks to investors in government bonds. The risks are crucial to an investor's decision to trade in government bonds and an investor is entitled to be informed of those risks, it adds.

Climate action, such as this case, is necessary "in order to have a future and a healthy life without fear" said plaintiff Claudia Agostinho, 21. It also noted a recent increase in litigation by activists and advocacy groups, and the use of human rights arguments. While there are ongoing cases in many

Less than two years ago, Hayes was at school frustrated by what he perceived as inaction to lower carbon emissions. Now, he is a leading climate activist in Australia.

"I shouldn't have to be doing this. I should be a 'normal kid' going to school and not having to worry about this. But the government has left us no choice. The last generations have left us not choice. We need to stand up," Hayes told Reuters. Climate change has been a divisive topic in Australia, one of the world's largest per capita carbon emitters. The country's conservative government has won successive elections on a platform of supporting Australia's dominant fossil fuel sectors. But massive bushfires earlier this year, which experts said were stoked by a drought exacerbated by climate change, have elevated climate change as an issue for many, especially with fires expected in a few months when Australia's summer returns.

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Organisers estimate 300,000 Australians have gathered at climate change rallies around the Key points: The protests are part of a global strike movement led by a 16-year-old Swedish activist . School attendance is a huge issue across the NT, and the school community decided it was

a group of people sitting at a beach: Ambrose Hayes, a 15-year-old climate change activist, takes part in an event as part of the Fund Our Future Not Gas climate rally in Sydney © Reuters/JILL GRALOW Ambrose Hayes, a 15-year-old climate change activist, takes part in an event as part of the Fund Our Future Not Gas climate rally in Sydney

About 300,000 Australian school children and climate activist last year took to the streets demanding urgent action to lower carbon emissions, protests criticised by several senior Australian government ministers.

(Writing by Colin Packham and Swati Pandey; Editing by Michael Perry)

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