Aussie school kids lead mass coal mine protests

The Borneo Post - - WORLD -

SYD­NEY: Aus­tralian school chil­dren led thou­sands of demon­stra­tors na­tion­wide yes­ter­day call­ing for a halt on plans for In­dian min­ing firm Adani to con­struct a con­tro­ver­sial coal mine in the coun­try’s north­east.

The ral­lies across ma­jor cities fol­lowed a protest last month that saw thou­sands of Aus­tralian stu­dents defy Prime Min­is­ter Scott Mor­ri­son and skip school to de­mand the gov­ern­ment take ac­tion on cli­mate change.

School chil­dren in­vited adults along to yes­ter­day’s event, help­ing to boost num­bers.

“We are tak­ing a stand that our lead­ers are far too afraid to take them­selves,” 14-year-old stu­dent Jean Hinch­cliffe told demon­stra­tors.

“We are the peo­ple that have been fight­ing and will keep fight­ing for a brighter fu­ture – not just for our­selves, but for our chil­dren and our chil­dren’s chil­dren’s chil­dren, and all fu­ture gen­er­a­tions,” she added to a rap­tur­ous ap­plause.

In­dian min­ing firm Adani vowed last month to press ahead with the con­struc­tion of a con­tro­ver­sial coal mine in Queens­land state, although the project will be dra­mat­i­cally scaled back from ear­lier plans.

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