Student strike for climate action
Thousands of students from across the country will skip school and participate in strikes today, demanding action on climate change. The action is part of the School Strike for Climate Action campaign, which also orchestrated the protests that occurred in all capital cities and 20 regional areas throughout this week.
Thousands of students in Sydney will descend on Martin Place at midday today, relocated from NSW Parliament House after the projected size of the protest exceeded early expectations. The protests come after the release of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report earlier this year.
The report shows that in order to keep global warming to 1.5C the use of coal powered electricity would have to reduce to almost nothing by 2050; an act that would require a great demonstration of political will, which these students claim to be unforthcoming from the current crop of politicians. To allow warming beyond the 1.5C threshold would, according to the 400 page report grounded in the assessment of 6,000 peer review studies, result in more extreme weather events, heat-related morbidity, catastrophic sea level rise and international food shortages.
When asked about the strike in question time earlier this week, Prime Minister Scott Morrison urged students not to participate in the strike and to remain in school: “What we want is more learning in schools and less activism in schools,” he told federal parliament.