Hundreds of Gold Coast students striking for climate change action

Update @11.00am: Over 200 students are half way through a 2 hour protest out the front of Federal MP Karen Andrews’ office in Varsity Lakes.

They’ve skipped school to join in on a global protest, demanding faster action on climate change.

Vivi Baker from Somerset College spoke to myGC from the rally, saying the heaps of students are having their say this morning, though there is still no sign of Minister Andrews.


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“It’s been this long and we haven’t been heard from our politicians, it would be disheartening but not surprising,” Ms Baker said. (if Ms Andrews didn’t show up)

While the rally has eventuated as part of a global protest started by a teenager in Sweden, Australian students have their own demands of the Australian government.

1 – Stop the Adani coal mine

2 – keep all coal and fossil fuels in the ground and not dig out any more

3 – To be fully on renewable energy 100 percent by 2030.

The students will stay out the front of MP Karen Andrews’ office until noon today.

The protest has come under fire for being held during school hours, over fears their missing out on their education, though Ms Baker has one simply response.

“This is our future, and this is more important than a morning of classes,” she said.

Scenes at the Gold Coast rally this morning. PHOTO | Supplied Samantha Morris

Scenes at the Gold Coast rally this morning. PHOTO | Supplied Samantha Morris

Earlier @6.30am: Hundreds of Gold Coast students are going to skip school today, to join a global protest demanding faster action on climate change.

The protest, started by a teenager in Sweden, is already being described as the ‘biggest day of action Gold Coast students have participated in for a number of generations’.

On the Gold Coast, students will be gathering outside Federal MP Karen Andrew’s from 10.00am this morning.

Though the Minister for Industry, Science and Technology won’t be there to hear the students’ concerns, and says they could have picked a better time.

“I think children should be in class during school hours and parents should be encouraging that, but I do hope those who attend demonstrate peacefully,” Minister Andrews said.

Though the Member for McPherson also says that enough is being done by the Coalition Government, to tackle the important issue of climate change.

“We recently announced our $3.5 billion Climate Solutions Package to reduce emissions across a range of industries.

“With our policies, the Coalition Government is on track to have a 40 percent renewable energy mix by 2030.

“Labor’s promising 50 percent but that extra 10 percent will cost the economy $472 billion, slash 336,000 jobs and cut the average Australians wage by $9,000 a year.”

The planned rallies have been causing controversy all over the country, will some concerned that students don’t even know what their protesting, and just wanting a day off school.

In response to the call that students should strike outside of school hours, Narii Salmon and two others from Miami High School that participating in protest is a valuable lesson on its own.

“We go to school to learn new information and to build who we are as a person.

“Striking and protesting does the exact same thing!

“While being a part of the climate action movement I have learnt so much about climate change, democracy, how to protest and how to organise,” Mr Salmon said.

16-year-old activist Greta Thunberg – the swedish student who started the protest – has rallied students worldwide to join the global movement, and has even been nominated for a Nobel peace prize.

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