Hundreds of Sydney schoolchildren have gathered outside the Liberal Party’s NSW headquarters to protest against Australia’s climate policy.
The students are demanding the rejection of all new oil, coal and gas projects in the country and a fully renewable energy sector by 2030.
The protest at the inner-Sydney suburb of Woolloomooloo is matched by student protests in all Australian capital cities and a number of regional centres.
“Our Government’s inaction on the climate crisis is contributing to catastrophic fire conditions. People are hurting. Communities are being devastated. And summer hasn’t even begun,” an event created by School Strike for Climate read.
“But rather than take real action on the climate crisis, all our Government offers is their thoughts, prayers and more support for coal, oil and gas projects.
“Our government has repeatedly ignored Indigenous leaders and firefighters’ warnings of a spiralling bushfire crisis. And they have failed to provide the support needed to manage country and bushfires in a time of climate crisis. They need to be held to account.”
The protest comes after Prime Minister Scott Morrison refused to answer questions on climate change as fires ravaged the state.
“There is a time and a place to debate controversial issues and important issues, right now it’s important to focus on the needs of Australians who need our help,” Mr Morrison said.
Shiann Broderick, a Nymboida local who lost her home in recent bushfires across NSW, addressed the sit-down protest.
“Our government’s inaction on the climate crisis has supercharged bushfires. People are hurting. Communities like ours are being devastated. Summer hasn’t even begun,” Ms Broderick said in a statement on Friday.
Hundreds of students and teachers gathered in Sydney to join the protest, with many holding homemade signs.
This protest comes after the massive September 20 climate strike that saw hundreds of thousands of people around the country join together to call for action against climate change.
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Don’t they know their protests are just plain ignorance as a good number of the fires were lit deliberately by teens of their age group. But lets forget that little detail.
More than half of the 18 people who have been dealt with by police over recent Queensland bushfires are children, police have revealed.
We currently have an Indian Ocean Diode affecting the whole country which in and of itself is creating warmer than normal temperatures this year, and little rainfall in some parts of Australia, but this is not climate change