Stu­dent strike ac­tion on cli­mate

The Weekend Post - - Nation -

THOU­SANDS of school­child­ren walked out of class yes­ter­day to de­mand Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment ac­tion on cli­mate change in a se­ries of ral­lies across the coun­try.

The “Strike 4 Cli­mate Ac­tion” – in­spired by a 15-yearold Swedish school­girl’s ac­tivism – in­volves chil­dren in cap­i­tal cities and 20 re­gional cen­tres such as Cairns, Bal­larat and New­cas­tle.

Up to 1000 chil­dren packed Syd­ney’s Martin Place yes­ter­day af­ter­noon, chant­ing “cli­mate ac­tion now,” while sim­i­lar num­bers de­scended on the Vic­to­rian Par­lia­ment.

The Mel­bourne protest blocked off parts of Spring St, ac­cord­ing to au­thor­i­ties.

But Re­sources Min­is­ter Matt Cana­van said the chil­dren were only go­ing to learn how to join the dole queue.

Mr Cana­van said he wanted kids in school learn­ing about how to build mines, do ge­ol­ogy and how to drill for oil and gas, “which is one of the most re­mark­able sci­ence ex­ploits in the world”.

“These are the type of things that ex­cite young chil­dren and we should be great at as a na­tion,” he told 2GB yes­ter­day. “Tak­ing off school and protest­ing? You don’t learn any­thing from that.”


POL­I­TICS CLASS: Singer Mon­taigne ad­dresses stu­dents as they gather to de­mand the Gov­ern­ment take ac­tion on cli­mate change at Martin Place in Syd­ney yes­ter­day.

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