Classes cut for cli­mate

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STU­DENTS from sev­eral Coffs Har­bour schools cut class yes­ter­day in a des­per­ate bid calling on politi­cians to take ac­tion on cli­mate change – and with news this week the Adani coal mine will soon be­gin con­struc­tion, the ur­gency was ev­i­dent.

A crowd of more than 100 stu­dents gath­ered at Coff St as part of a na­tion­wide strike be­fore march­ing through the CBD and meet­ing with lo­cal MPs.

The na­tional Strike 4 Cli­mate Ac­tion, in­spired by the ac­tions of a 15-year-old Swedish stu­dent, in­volved chil­dren in cap­i­tal cities and about 20 re­gional cen­tres.

The lo­cal ac­tion was spear­headed by 13-year-old award­win­ning slam poet and au­thor Solli Raphael, who is a Year 8 Coffs Har­bour stu­dent.

“We are go­ing on strike be­cause with­out a healthy and sus­tain­able en­vi­ron­ment to live in, there’s no point in hav­ing an ed­u­ca­tion in the fu­ture,” he said.

Solli, who is the youngestever win­ner of the Aus­tralian Po­etry Slam and whose po­etry ex­plores the is­sues sur­round­ing cli­mate change, per­formed his piece We Can Be More at the rally.

Ear­lier this week, Prime Min­is­ter Scott Mor­ri­son con­demned the school strike, im­plor­ing chil­dren to stay in class.

“What we want is more learn­ing in schools and less ac­tivism in schools,” he said.

The strike took place just a day af­ter In­dian com­pany Adani an­nounced its con­tro­ver­sial Carmichael coal mine and rail project will go ahead, and will be 100 per cent self-fi­nanced.

The coal mine, which will be built in Queens­land and was set to be one of the largest in the world, has how­ever been scaled back.

Photo: Trevor Veale

PROTEST: School stu­dents, teach­ers and par­ents rally for ac­tion on cli­mate change.

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