This Friday thousands of Australian school kids are expected to ditch class to protest global inaction on climate change.
Global warming is arguably one of the planets most urgent challenges, and this week thousands of students will express their frustration at the world’s lack of action by skipping class and heading to one of 100 different marches happening around the country.
Inspired by Greta Thunberg’s legendary rally outside Swedish parliament, School Strike 4 Climate will kick off this Friday September 20 – three days before the United Nations climate summit in New York – with organisers expecting even more participants than the 150,000 Australians who rocked up to the last student climate protests back in March.
Last week a long list of local businesses – including tech giants Atlassian – kicked off a campaign called Not Business as Usual, urging companies to support employees keen to skip work and join students at the strike. There are already 1,200 businesses on board – many who are allowing employers to take a paid annual leave day or an extra-long lunch.
A stronger presence from unions, workers and parents is expected to join the crowd of kids this time too.
Where are the climate strikes happening?
Friday’s climate strikes are going down in 120 countries, and Australia is boasting 100 different registered events. The major ones are being held in our capital cities:
Sydney, 12:00pm, The Domain
Melbourne, 2:00pm, Treasury Gardens
Brisbane, 1:00pm, Queens Gardens
Canberra, 12:00pm, Glebe Park
Adelaide, 12:00pm, Victoria Square
Darwin, 1:00pm, Parliament
Perth, 11:00am, Forrest Place
Hobart, 12:00pm, Parliament
Can’t see your local? There are a number of smaller strikes popping up everywhere from Albany, WA to Yeppoon, Qld. Head here for the full list.
Note: this time around many schools are supporting students in their decision to head to their local march, but it’s always best to give them – and your parents – the heads up beforehand.
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Author: Cassie Steel
As Refraction’s digital editor, Cassie Steel spends her days researching robots and stalking famous scientists on Twitter.