27th November: As thousands of students prepare to strike from school for climate action this week, the Australian Senate has just passed a motion in support of the student strikers who are calling for a national policy to tackle dangerous climate change.
In response, Sydney Strike Organiser Jean Hinchliffe, 14 years old, from Fort Street High, said:
“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.”
This week, thousands of students are striking from school to demand urgent action on climate change. Strikes are taking place in every capital city and over 20 regional towns across Australia.
To learn more: www.schoolstrike4climate.com/support-us
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