Youth Rising

I am so impressed by the young Australians calling their politicians to account. On Friday 30 November thousands of young Australian students skipped school for the day to join the “Strike 4 Climate Action”. Along with other venues throughout the country they assembled outside Australia’s parliament to demand action. 

And how did the politicians respond? The Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, told the students to be “less activist” and the resources minister, Matt Canavan said he would:

“prefer students to learn about mining and science. “These are the type of things that excite young children and we should be great at it as a nation,” he told 2GB radio. “The best thing you’ll learn about going to a protest is how to join the dole queue.”

From the Guardian

In response the students wielded the weapon of humour. Here are a sample of their placards.

When we see young people around the world rising up to support climate action, we will know that we are winning. Where is the voice of kiwi students on climate action? 

2 thoughts on “Youth Rising

  1. I can imagine it will be that generation who will be leading the charge (I relish the thought that they’re a part of the Extinction Rebellion initiative and/or other similar social movements – see the Whangārei XR group established here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/330890147729849/). I also imagine that resisters (dinosaur political careerists with entrenched out-dated views) will need to acknowledge and adapt to inevitable societal change, accept their own irrelevance and step aside, or be forcibly made to relinquish their power. Exciting times. 🙂

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