Supporting the independent education community

25 September student led climate strike

The national network of school student climate activists, School Strike 4 Climate Australia, has begun planning their next mass action, the Build our Future: Climate Justice & Jobs National Day of Action on Friday 25 September.

 

SS4C website: “Australian communities have been hit hard by both the Summer bushfires and the coronavirus. As Australia reboots its economy in response to COVID-19 our Government has the opportunity to decide what our future will look like. We must use this opportunity to build a future we can all thrive in by creating clean jobs that care for country, climate and our communities.

Instead, the Federal Government and Scott Morrison’s COVID-19 Commission are secretly making plans to give billions of dollars in handouts to their mates in the gas industry that will turbocharge the climate crisis and destroy First Nations lands. That’s why on September 25 First Nations communities, School Strikers, young people, workers and everyday Australians are taking action in their communities to demand the Federal Government rule out spending public money on gas and other damaging fossil fuel projects.

Recovery funds should be spent on:

 

  1. Resourcing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-led solutions that guarantee land rights and care for country
  2. The creation of jobs that fast-track solutions to the climate crisis and help communities recover
  3. Projects that transition our economy and communities to 100% renewable energy by 2030, through expanded public ownership.

Students are committed to make their voice heard but are aware of community concern around pandemic precautions and respect their right to feel safe as the pandemic continues. They have outlined a number of COVID-safe ways to participate in the action.

 

The day of action is not being called a “strike”, as many students will be on school holidays and those that are not, such as NSW, are restricted by physical distancing requirements.

The actions that people can take will be dictated by the circumstances of the particular area where the school or workplace is located.

 

It is highly unlikely that any students or their supporters located in NSW will be able to participate in mass gatherings on 25 September so creative solutions are being developed, including a call for people to wear yellow on the day, and to participate in selfies or human signs as appropriate with the hashtags #buildourfuture and #fundourfuturenotgas.

 

IEU support

 

The Independent Education Union of Australia NSW/ACT Branch endorses the 25 September action and the demands of the student climate strikers. Members of the IEUA NSW/ACT Branch Council voted on 15 August 2020 in favour of the following motion of support for the school strikers:

We, the Council of IEUA NSW/ACT Branch

  1. Recognise that climate change is a global emergency representing an existential threat.
  2. Acknowledge that climate change is already having negative effects in Australia and internationally, such as increasing severity and likelihood of climate events, more damaging bushfires, breaking of heat records and coral reef bleaching.
  3. Acknowledge that climate change will disproportionately affect working people and already disadvantaged communities and members of society, and it is vital that we strive together in a campaign for climate justice, as both an environmental and human rights issue.
  4. Express our solidarity with students who are engaged in taking action on Friday September 25.
  5. Will support students where it is safe, appropriate and ethical to do so.”

 

The IEU will provide further advice on how members, their families and their communities can participate in solidarity actions on that day that are COVID-safe and in line with public health orders.