Melbourne school kids climate strike on November 30

November 29, 2018 at 12:55 am 2 comments

School strike – climate strike

School kids in Melbourne are going on climate strike this Friday, 30 November, and gathering outside the Victorian Parliament.

Climate Action Moreland endorses this action by youth challenging our leaders to ramp up action on emissions reduction, renewables rollout as part of the energy transition, more funding to public transport and cycling to increase transport mode share change and reduce transport emissions.

We have a climate emergency that needs rapid transformative action. The recent IPCC 1.5C report makes that abundantly clear.

We are witnessing record breaking temperatures in an extreme heat event along the Queensland Coast. Catastrophic bushfire conditions have been declared for the first time In Queensland, with over 200 bushfires active across Queensland on Wednesday, and mass evacuation of over 8000 people in the path of the fires.

A ‘once in a century storm’ has deluged Sydney, causing flash flooding. Australia has drought across 3 states…

And we have the Prime Minister Scott Morrison answering a question in Parliament:

“Each day I send my kids to school and I know other members’ kids should also go to school but we do not support our schools being turned into parliaments,” Morrison told parliament on Monday. What we want is more learning in schools and less activism in schools.”

Watch the question to the Prime Minister asked by Adam Bandt, MP for Melbourne:

No, Prime Minister, we need our Governments take action commensurate with what the climate science says is necessary. The Government you lead or have been a part of Under Prime Ministers Abbott and Turnbull for the last 5 years has refused to take action that is needed with Australian emissions still rising and no climate and energy policy in place.

On Tuesday 27 November the Australian Senate narrowly passed a motion in support of the climate strike.

In response, Sydney Strike Organiser Jean Hinchliffe, 14 years old, from Fort Street High, said in a media statement:

“As our Prime Minister chooses to ignore the ever increasing problem of climate change, our generation has decided to step up and fill the void. We thank the Senators who have chosen to stand with young people in Parliament today, and we call on more politicians from all sides of politics to do the same.

“As young people we’re already seeing the devastating impacts of climate change and will be forced to endure the consequences of our government’s inaction. We need all politicians & any future government to take the action scientists tell us we need – that means a commitment to stop Adani’s coal mine and a plan to transition away from all fossil fuels to to 100% renewable energy by 2030.

“To those who voted against our motion for climate action in Parliament today, we say: your decisions have far more weight than you seem to acknowledge, and they will determine our future. You may not have to live through 50 degree days, bushfires and crippling drought, but we will. Already, we are living with climate impacts and the toll it is taking on us as young people is huge. Right now, we’re literally fighting for our lives”.

“We need you to do your jobs and lead us away from climate catastrophe so that our generation can have a future to look forward to.”

Melbourne School striker Jagveer Singh, 17 years old, from Hoppers Crossing, said:

“We’ve tried many different ways to deal with climate change ‘outside of school’ but Prime Minister, you have failed to represent us, you have failed to stand up to the climate deniers in your party and you have failed to show courage.

“We will strike this week, we will strike for a safer future, we will strike to demand climate action, we will strike to make our voices heard, regardless of whether or not you like it.”

The irony is the catastrophic fire conditions in Queensland has already closed more than 30 schools in Queensland.

Extreme Heatwave in Queensland

Extreme heatwave conditions are being experienced from Cooktown to Gladstone in Queensland and is expected to continue until Tuesday 4 December.

Already flying fox colonies are seeing mass deaths with the mammals literally falling from the trees. Flying foxes have a physiological temperature threshold of about 41 degrees Celsius. Above this temperature mass mortality in their colonies results. They are our canaries in the coal mine of climate change.

Queensland extreme heatwave

Queensland extreme heatwave

Photos from Climate Strike:

From Melbourne by John Englart:

Treat the Climate Crisis as a Crisis - #climatestrike Melbourne IMG_3488

Photos From Climate Strike: Best of School strike:

Photos From Climate Strike: Regional School Strikes:

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