This Friday, the Curtin student community will be joining forces with thousands of students across Australia and around the world to strike for the climate.
Students striking for climate action are urging other students and adults alike to join them on Friday 15 March for the event. Despite condemnation from Prime Minister Scott Morrison late last year, students around the nation are again planning to take action.
‘Perth School Strike 4 Climate’ is said to have the support of the National Union of Students, the National Tertiary Education Union, and major political parties Labor and the Greens.
The National Union of Students (NUS) issued a press release on Monday stating:
“We support the call for politicians to stop the Adani coal mine, for no new coal and gas power, and for 100% renewable energy in Australia by 2030. NUS will be encouraging all university and TAFE students across Australia to attend the strike in solidarity with the school students this week on the 15th of March.”
NUS President Desiree Cai has said that “climate change is one of the biggest issues that our world is facing, and these students have shown that young people will no longer stand for the environmental neglect of the past decades.”
Last year’s strike created headlines around the country when over 15,000 students skipped school, taking to the streets all over the nation to protest the Government’s inaction on climate change.
Students from Curtin, including representatives from the Guild, are calling for others to join them by walking out of school for the day in solidarity, and helping them call for action on climate change, and better government policies concerning fossil fuels.
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Erin Russell, a Curtin Socialist Guild Councillor, is throwing her support behind the strike.
“I think few people have any doubts about the severe consequences of climate change or the urgency with which we need to act. If the current level of carbon emissions continues for the next 28 years, global average temperatures will rise by 4°C by the end of the century. This will have catastrophic consequences for the planet and its inhabitants – food shortages, sea level rises and more frequent extreme weather events to name a few,” she says.
“The question for most people is: what can we do about it? It’s understandable that a lot of people feel hopeless given the bipartisan support for the Adani Coalmine and large quantities of our recycling being dumped in landfill; the politicians are just beholden to the oil and mining corporations. Only a mass movement involving thousands of ordinary people demanding change can win.”
Curtin Student Guild President, Finlay Nolan, also expressed her frustrations with the lack of Government action on climate change.
“For as long as I’ve been alive I’ve been hearing people talk about climate change and how we need to change the way operate as a society, and 21 years later our government continues to turn a blind eye to the impending climate crisis. People around the world are already suffering the effects, and these people are often the ones who contribute the least to climate change – for example, the Torres Strait is already practically under water,” she says.
“The movement of school students taking action on climate change is so powerful because it highlights that the inaction from governments and people in positions of power has been so severe that it’s been left to children to force change. The Curtin Student Guild has chosen to get involved because we recognise that we are at a point where there is no other option: we either force our government to take drastic action, or our planet as we know it dies and takes us with it.”