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Jan Barham, Broken Head.

I am heartened to see global youth activism demanding climate change action with the School Strike 4 Climate Action movement.

It is their future and they are justifiably outraged at governments not acting on their behalf to ensure a safe climate future.

In Byron Shire on Friday morning, November 30, there will be a school strike action taking place in Byron Bay. I’m honoured to be supporting young people and their protest.

Due to the short time frame for the action, a street march approval has not been possible but after gathering in Railway Park, they will be moving along the Jonson Street footpaths to Main Beach.

I am calling on community members who aren’t school students to be part of a support team to assist in the safe and successful protest on the day. If you are willing to assist in providing ‘marshalling’ along the footpath walk to ensure the safety of the event and avoid any negative impact in terms of traffic and business disruption, please contact me on [email protected], so we can organise to be an effective team supporting the youth of the shire.

We need to support young people, who don’t have the right to vote but are the generation that will suffer from the impacts ofg inaction on climate change.  See https://schoolstrike4climate.com

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  1. I hope someone steps up to supervise.

    Two people have died, so far, protesting government action on climate change in France.

  2. We are all not broken with broken heads for I am heartened that Jan Barham’s heart pulses and brings passion to these Byron pages for she has taken up the pen and struck a blow with liquid flowing words for global youth and their activism.
    We, you and me, and he and she, and him and her and Gloria and Tom, Dick and Harry and the girl he married demand climate change action from the government and stop all this pollution and air-borne particles in the air. With the School Strike 4 Climate Action movement we will strike out for action for we need satisfaction before we die.
    It is an outrage, it is outrageous when no action is taken as the future is for their future so they may breathe clear air and drink clean water and have a clean life where leafy forests grow. Governments, and we have a few around us here, in not acting on our youths behalf they are only doing their job half by half when to have a whole full life is to ensure a safe climate future. We must change.
    Thank you Jan for your letter.

  3. Jan,
    I use my name here Len Heggarty because the people who own this Byron Echo are Liberal.
    They censor me but they won’t censor you.
    So who with the pen is the most dangerous to them, me or you?
    Now write some more, so I can write some more.
    Len Heggarty

  4. Hey Len, it’s okay. Sometimes we need to get dangerously truthful. My contacts tell
    me that many Liberal Parliamentarians say they are supporting the youth movement
    so, unless this is being done to help them hold their seats, all’s well. If not, it matters
    not because they’ll be voted out come the election anyway. In any case – it’s Adani’s
    right to self-fund [yeah – that’s what’s happening] news reached some of us here late
    Thursday. Self-funding Adani can only be stopped by Parliament. I’ve written the PM
    & his opposite – again late Thursday – to ‘ditch any agreement made with our govern
    -ment’. If Labor won’t bite the bullet then they’re in for a real wake-up call too. These
    are difficult times. Support the young, I say. They can’t & won’t be bought.


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