Hundreds of graduating university students and their teachers will march through the Brisbane CBD in their academic gowns and mortar boards, scrubs and other daily professional attire to demand meaningful action on climate change this evening.
‘I graduate with a double degree from the University of Queensland on the day of the Graduation Climate March, [but] instead of feeling hopeful for my future, I can’t sleep at night,’ graduating student and Extinction Rebellion spokesperson, Emily Jane, said.
‘We’re in the 6th mass extinction. Two hundred species are going extinct every single day. Australia is literally on fire. Livelihoods and communities are being destroyed.
‘People are mobilising because we must demand the government to take action – or there’ll be hell to pay. We’re approaching an irreversible tipping point that will cause climate collapse and we’re running out of time. That’s why I’m marching today.’
Anthropology Researcher, PhD candidate and Extinction Rebellion spokesperson, Élise Papineau, said there was a need to break down the idea that knowledge was confined to institutions such as universities.
‘For all the voices that have been censored, stifled and silenced, we must do better,’ Ms Papineau said.
‘We want to highlight First Nations people, and their forms of knowledge, which we have obscured for far too long.
‘Knowledge should be about the willingness to learn from one another, to question the media and the government, to recognise violence in the systems of power regulating our daily lives, to unlearn toxic behaviours, to grow as critically-minded individuals, and to be actively engaged with the world around us.
‘We’re out here tonight to tell the truth the government is denying.’
1. CLIMATE ACTION: Zero emissions, drawdown and 100% renewable by 2025
2. PRESERVE BIODIVERSITY: End land clearing and give nature legal rights
3. TELL THE TRUTH: Spread the science on climate change and report all facts honestly
4. DISMANTLE COLONIAL SYSTEMS OF EXPLOITATION: Decolonise and replace oppressive government structures with systems of self-management and true participatory democracy