Australian kids stood against the climate apathy of their adult leaders


I still have goosebumps. 15,000 kids. 8 capital cities. 20 regional towns. Last week, kids across Australia made headlines across the world, taking to the streets to demand action on climate change. They walked out from school to protect their future.

By Sam R and Tessa for the GetUp team

They walked out from school to protect their future. To stand against the climate apathy of their adult leaders. To rally against the politicians deliberately destroying their future for their own short-term self-protection. To fight for a better world.

They filled the streets with their signs, banners and their passion for climate action. They railed against Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his outdated climate denial.

In the face of bushfires raging across Queensland1, Cairns recording its hottest day ever in history and Adani announcing it wants to start drilling before Christmas, the kids of Australia gave us hope.

They stood up. They were courageous. They have set the tone. We must maintain the rage.

It's on every single one of us to build on this momentum and to fight this pro-coal, anti-science, climate-denying Government. And we must keep fighting until we've stopped Adani, until we've saved our reef, and until we've moved Australia beyond coal and to 100% renewable energy.

With the Federal Election around the corner, let's back these kids and show our politicians that climate denial is an electoral loser.

For a safe future,

Sam R and Tessa for the GetUp team.

[1] Queensland's 'abnormal' bushfires linked to climate change, ABC, 1 December, 2018.

GetUp is an independent, not-for-profit community campaigning group. We use new technology to empower Australians to have their say on important national issues. We receive no political party or government funding, and every campaign we run is entirely supported by voluntary donations.

Our team acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we meet and work. We wish to pay respect to Elders - past, present and emerging - and acknowledge the important role all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people continue to play within Australia and the GetUp community.

Authorised by Paul Oosting, GetUp Ltd, Level 14, 338 Pitt Street, Sydney NSW 2000.


Commenting has now closed on this article.

The Indymedia Network

Latin America
United States
East Asia
South Asia
West Asia