As the movement for climate change builds, the ‘Schools for Climate Strike’ was held on Friday 20th September 2019.
Up to 20,000 people attended in Adelaide and up to 350,000 people were in attendance at various strikes throughout Australia. Around the world, millions of people gathered to strike events.
Image: Crowd of all ages at Tarntanyangga (Victoria Square)
The Environment Institute joined the Adelaide contingent and were surprised at the amount of passionate people wanting to back the science. The school-age organisers had coordinatored a well-run event at Tarntanyangga (Victoria Square) with guest speakers and performances before the walk to Parliament House.
Image: Signs and concerns of all that attended
On a side note: The crowd was one of the friendliest I’d ever experienced, with people excusing themselves as they moved through the crowd or apologising for stepping on one’s foot.
Image: Meet up at Bonythan Hall, University of Adelaide prior to strike
Leading the charge for climate change, the students demands are:
- No new coal, oil and gas projects, including the Adani mine.
- 100% renewable energy generation & exports by 2030
- Fund a just transition & job creation for all fossil-fuel workers & communities.
There is growing unrest at the grass roots level, as we start to see the impact of climate change unfold. These include unprecedented events such as Amazon and Queensland rainforests burning, increase in daily temperatures and more extreme weather patterns. Time will tell what impact these strikes will have on our leaders.
For more information about the schools strike for climate.
Image: Mother and child strike for climate change.
All images by Annemarie Gaskin