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May 11, 2021

Lismore School Strike 4 Climate sends a message to Kevin

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During the massive global climate strike in September where about four million people took part worldwide, an estimated 300,000 protesters took part in Australia, with Byron Bay, (8,000 protestors) probably the largest event per capita on the planet.

Another global school strike is taking place tomorrow, November 29, directly before the UN climate talks starting next Monday in Madrid.

School Strike 4 Climate Australia is coordinating dozens of events around the country, many of the students are taking time out of schoolies to add their voices to the hundreds of thousands of students and supporters.

Government inaction fuelling fires

School Strike 4 Climate say that the 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. 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.’

The groups says the 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.

Fighting for survival

At the last School Strike 4 Climate, Magellan Street in Lismore is blocked by student strikers. Photo David Lowe.

At 18 years of age Grace Oshannessy just graduated from Alstonville High School and during what should be a time of celebration, she is instead fighting for her survival.

Ms Oshannessy is one of the organisers and the police liaison of an event in Lismore tomorrow. She feels it’s important for youth to be continuing these actions, first of all to increase their involvement in politics and secondly to hold politicians accountable for the climate emergency that they have failed to protect further generations from.

‘We as the school strike for climate group have three demands,’ she said. ‘No new coal, oil and gas projects including the Adani Carmichael mine; we want to see 100 per cent renewable energy and exports by 2030; and funding for a just transition and job creation for fossil fuel workers and communities.’

School strike for climate change Lismore. Photo Tree Faerie.

Non-violent actions

Ms Oshannessy said she hopes that through striking and continued non-violent actions we will achieve these objectives.

‘These school strikes are making social change across Australia and the world,’ she said. ‘The general public of Australia are changing their minds about climate change and realising the seriousness of our situation, so yes, I think that our strikes have definitely been taking an affect socially.

‘The media has been giving a great amount of attention to these strikes. They make us feel heard and give our voices validity.’

Join Friday sit-in

Grace says the local School Strike 4 Climate group chose to do a sit-in on Friday to show solidarity with the firefighters who have been putting themselves on the line for everyday Australians and the survivors of these fires.

‘We thought a more sombre occasion would be appropriate in response to this national disaster.’

The main action for this School Strike 4 Climate event will be sitting shoulder to shoulder outside the offices of local MPs and fossil fuel companies across Australia and hearing from those on the frontline of the climate crisis. They will also be collecting donations to support those impacted by and fighting the fires.

The Lismore event will start at 11am with letter writing to Kevin Hogan and placard making. ‘The day will be about holding our politicians, including Kevin Hogan, accountable for their failure to respond to the climate crisis.’

At 12pm, people affected by the fires, firefighters and students will speak about their experience in the fires.

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  1. Go for it kids, but unfortunately many of the oldies voted for him. He will not change his ideology on denying climate change despite the drought, water shortages and massive bushfires with resultant loss of lives, wildlife and habitat. He is ineffectual as he belongs to an anti democratic party with no intellectual vigour except to tell you to be in school and to put in place laws restricting democracy.

  2. Well, you are right on one thing Rod. What is the point in kids being told to “be in school”. Where they are inculcated in unscientific claptrap by Marxist uneducated teachers from Kindy to Uni?. Just one question Rod seeing you are so enraged. If Co2 ( plant food) causes Warming why is it that if you look at the raw data, first of all the Temperature increases and 9 MONTHS LATER the Co2 increases. Do you understand the implications there ,oh intelligent one?.
    I,m just going to go and water my flowers that are growing so beautifully because of the extra Co2 plant food and have my breakfast which exists because of the hugely increased grain crops caused by extra plant food. Then I,ll worry about the so called water shortage which is in fact caused by Liberals flooding the country with immigrants to make a crap economy look good and Greens/Labor stooges flooding the country with illegal immigrants because they think those immigrants will vote for them.

    • Willaim, is that how you spell “William”?
      Willaim, is that your level of understanding? Maybe you quit in Year 9 before this was explained. How do you explain the ignorance of all these scientists with all their years of research and proof? Looks suspiciously like barrow under another name, still raging at the world and spouting ignorance.


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