Hundreds of thousands likely to strike in Australia, joining millions worldwide
Demand no new fossil fuels, 100% renewables, $$ for just transitions & jobs
Scott Morrison won’t attend UN emergency climate summit, despite being in New York
Next Friday September 20, three days before world leaders meet in New York for the United Nations Emergency Climate Summit, hundreds of thousands of Australian school students and workers will join millions worldwide to down tools as part of the world’s largest #ClimateStrike. Prime Minister Scott Morrison will not be attending the UN Summit despite being in New York at the same time to meet with Donald Trump.
Australian #ClimateStrike Snapshot
Over 100 cities & towns, with hundreds of thousands expected to participate.
Over 30 Australian unions including the nurses and teachers.
Over 1000 businesses including Atlassian, Canva, Domain and Intrepid.
Multiple faith institutions including the Anglican Church and Uniting Church.
Global #ClimateStrike Snapshot
4 Global Union Federations
300 Companies striking digitally
Millions expected to participate
In Australia, strikers are urging the Federal Government to commit to:
No new coal, oil and gas projects, including the Adani mine.
100% renewable energy generation & exports by 2030
Fund a just transition & job creation for all fossil-fuel industry workers & communities.
Students and workers across Australia who are participating in the strike are available for interview.
Australian School Strike 4 Climate Student Organisers said: “Australia is already on the frontlines of the climate crisis. Our Government should be helping to transform our economy and society in ways that work for people and our planet. But instead, they are helping billionaire companies like Adani open the floodgates to new coal, oil and gas projects, which put all of us in the firing line of more dangerous climate impacts. We’re striking to tell them that enough is enough.”
Background: Inspired by Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg, teenagers in regional Victoria kicked off the school strike movement in Australia last October, with 20,000 students striking nationally in November and then 150,000 in March. Unable to vote at the recent Federal Election, students are not deterred by the outcome, but committed to use September 20 to build a bigger, bolder movement to confront the climate crisis.
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