This Friday September 20th, Sunshine Coast students and their supporters will gather at Maroochydore Rotary Park, Cotton Tree from 12-2pm, with speakers, music and a march through Cotton Tree (map below).
This will be the largest environmental rally ever held on the coast, it is going to be at least twice the size of the last one in March at Peregian Beach.
School strikes are taking place in more than 100 cities and towns across Australia with 1,200 business supporting staff to join the strike, more than 30 unions are endorsing it.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has just announced that all public servants can down tools to attend the strike.
BREAKING: On the eve of the strike UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has taken a firm stance against Australia and other countries unwilling to act on reducing emissions... https://www.sbs.com.au/news/australia-banned-from-speaking-at-un-climate-change-summit-in-unprecedented-rebuke?fbclid=IwAR3ZmEd4LulSGMR06YUDWSE4q0qy709BcEirVy-ahvo_LrTzgfWzXdDnPSI
"Climate impacts are worsening and we are all witnessing that now and as a young person I am really worried about the lack of action by our government" said Echo Demecs, organiser of the Sunshine Coast Global Climate Strike in Maroochydore this Friday.
"We are calling for a plan and government policy to move Australia beyond fossil fuels to 100% clean energy and a fair transition for all workers and communities."
Inspired by Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg, teenagers in regional Victoria kicked off the school strike movement in Australia last October, with 20,000 students striking nationally and then 150,000 in March. Attendance, this Friday, is expected to double.
"We are now in the midst of a climate change crisis. My generation and future generations face a grim future unless the government take action to reduce carbon emissions now and fast," said Echo, "We'll show politicians everywhere, that we want climate action now, and we won't stop until politicians listen to the science and act, because the alternative is unthinkable."
"Our Government has a responsibility to move Australia beyond fossil fuels to 100% renewables and plan a fair transition for workers and communities that will be directly effected. Instead, this government continues to support and subsidise billionaire companies like Adani and open up the Galilee Basin and support new oil and gas projects that threaten our lives and the future of our planet" said Echo
School Strike for climate demands:
1. No new coal, oil or gas projects, including Adani mine
2. 100% renewable energy generation and exports by 2030
3. Fund a just transition & job creation for all fossil-fuel industry workers & communities
WHEN: Friday 20th September, 12-2 pm
WHERE: Maroochydore Rotary Park, Cotton Tree
This is a family friendly event with inspiring speakers, live music and activities.