I just wanted the day off’: School children admit they used climate change protests as an excuse to skip class – as Melbourne crowd hits 100,000 during mass ‘save the planet’ strike
- Thousands of people flooded the streets to take part in demonstration calling for action on climate change
- More than 300,000 protesters attended the rallies across 110 towns and cities in Australia on Friday
- Many people had created creative placards saying ‘time is almost up’ and urging for politicians to help
- Children left their schools earlier on Friday to head to the rally in Sydney but not all were passionate activists
More than 300,000 people have flocked to climate change rallies in 110 towns and cities across Australia, calling for governments and businesses to act immediately.
The Global Strike 4 Climate, held across the world on Friday, was the biggest climate mobilisation in Australia’s history, with more than double the turnout of the March protest.
A whopping 100,000 protesters flooded the streets in Melbourne, while Sydney saw 80,000 people march through the CBD to the Domain.
Protesters were demanding a target of net zero carbon emissions by 2030 and a transition to 100 per cent renewable energy.
Brisbane welcomed 30,000 protesters fighting for change, while Adelaide and Hobart tallied crowds of 20,000. According to organisers of the event, Canberra saw 15,000 protesters and Perth hosted 10,000.
A young girl sits on a man’s shoulders during the Sydney protest on Friday. She held a sign which read: ‘There is no planet B’
More than 100,000 people flooded Melbourne’s CBD to fight for action on climate change. Melbourne saw the largest crowds during Friday’s mass protests
As the sea of people made their way to the event in Sydney at midday, some school students on scooters could be seen heading in the opposite direction – appearing disinterested in the event.
A group of 14-year-old boys straggling at the back of the crowd near the Domain told Daily Mail Australia they weren’t interested in the protest. They said they were just happy to be out of the class room.
One of the boys said they were going to go to Subway for lunch as they were hungry.
When asked why they came out for the event one replied: ‘I just wanted the day off school’.
‘A lot of our friends said they were coming so we thought we should come too.’
The demonstration is the biggest climate mobilisation in country’s history, with a whopping 100,000 protesters taking to the streets in Melbourne to demand change
Violence erupts: Police arrested a man at the Global Strike 4 Climate rally in Sydney on Friday as onlookers tried to protect an elderly woman sprawled on the ground
The Global Strike 4 Climate will on Friday take place in 110 towns and cities across Australia, with organisers demanding government and business commit to a target of net zero carbon emissions by 2030
My only thought is that all the crowds enjoyed pleasant sunny spring days throughout the country. Hardly DOOMSDAY!!