Already on the train into town, it was evident that this was not any ordinary Friday. The middle of the day was the wagon filled with children and young people of all ages – without the usual school uniform. Many had home-made placards in the hands, and the younger was in the company of teachers and parents.
In cities across Australia closed strikes down the streets and squares. Previous skolstrejker was criticised by the prime minister, Scott Morrison, who expressed that the students ”belong in school”. There were not many who cared about this Friday, when nearly 30,000 gathered in the vicinity of the parliament building in Melbourne.
Melinda Scott did not hesitate to take their four children out of the school.
" Not a second! Children learn much more by being here and see how they can use their voices to create change, " she said.
. The environment and the planet has a special significance for them, she believes.
" We have a sacred connection to the earth. We have much we could teach others about protecting our environment. They just have to listen, " said Melinda Scott.
Australia goes to the polls in just under two months and so far has neither right - or left-wing parties presented something more ambitious environmental programme. In frustration, called skolstrejkens organizer up the leader of the opposition Bill Shorten directly from the scene to the people's cheers.
" We require three things: only renewable energy by 2030, no new coal mines or gas and that you stop the Adanis coal mine! Shouted she is on the telephone. Symbolically enough, they were just an official said.Demonstrators in the vicinity of the parliament building in Melbourne. Photo: Tina Zenou
to vote in this year's election was three seventeen year-old students from Brunswick secondary school in the north of Melbourne.
" the Politicians must listen to us. It comes to our and our future children's lives, " said Margot the Policy and was supported by friends who are just now reading about climate change in school.
Everywhere synthesis placards with snappy slogans like ”the Climate is hotter than a young Leonardo DiCaprio” or ”the Dinosaurs thought surely they had plenty of time”. Several posters referred to the Greta Thunberg and her tireless work.
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