School students continue to strike for climate action

Three participants of the online School Strike for Climate held in October 2021

School students and adult supporters from across the region joined thousands of other students from around the country as part of a national school strike on October 15.

The strikers are demanding the Morrison Government says no to funding gas and coal projects, and instead, invests in renewable energy, secure jobs and First Nations solutions to protect Country.

The school walkouts, strikes and youth enrolment events at MP offices were in response to the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report on climate change, it’s causes, potential impacts and response options, as well as the upcoming United Nations COP26 climate discussions.

The strike was organised by the School Strike 4 Climate network, with support from First Nations communities, unions, parents and everyday Australians.

Local School Strike 4 Climate Organiser, Jayden Delbridge of Wadalba, said that the Morrison Government did not care about the future.

Students at the Climate Strike on Gosford Waterfront, 2020.

“A mere two weeks out from COP26 (the 2021 United Nations climate change conference) and without a credible climate justice policy, the Morrison Government has shown us time and time again that they do not care about the future of young Australians.

“What a COP out.

“Prime Minister Morrison’s support for the fossil fuel industry shows clearly where his priorities are, and young people are not on that job priority list.

“This Government is failing young people and future generations.

“The Government thinks they can dismiss us young people just because we don’t get a vote.

“Well, there’s a federal election coming up Prime Minister and us young people are turning 18 years old by the minute.

“On October 15 we took our protest directly to decision makers, Members of Parliament to show them again that the climate crisis is a crisis, and that there are repercussions to not listening.

“Once we have the vote, we’re going to vote for our future.

“Prime Minister Morrison beware, the youth are rising,” Delbridge said.

The School Climate Strike held in Gosford, March 2019 . Image CNP
The School Climate Strike held in Gosford, March 2019 . Image CNN

The event was hosted by student organisers and featured talks from the Assistant National Secretary of the Maritime Union of Australia and other climate activists.

During the strike, participants were encouraged to take action by calling, tweeting and messaging Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Leader of the Opposition Anthony Albanese and Minister for the Environment Sussan Ley on social media, which appears to have worked, as Morrison announced on October 15 that he would be attending the COP26 conference in Glasgow.

Short video from this year’s online strike can be found here at our Weekly News 5@5

Harry Mulholland