Hundreds of Young People Rally in Brisbane for Climate-Positive Federal Budget

Australian Youth Climate Coalition

On Sunday September 25th, hundreds of young people took part in a rally in Brisbane with a clear message for Treasurer Jim Chalmers: protect our future by ensuring no new funding for fossil fuels in the October budget update.

This action was organised by the Australian Youth Climate Coalition (AYCC), as part of the organisation’s Power Shift youth climate summit, at which over 350 young people built skills to take action on climate change.

In the previous term of government, Scott Morrison committed millions of dollars in public money to expand new fossil fuel projects, which would blow Australia’s carbon budget and contribute to worsening climate change.

“Whether we live far in the bush or in the middle of a city, all of us want clean air and water, a healthy environment, and a safe future to grow up in. But pollution from burning coal, oil and gas is causing a warming world, with more extreme weather like bushfires, drought and floods,” AYCC’s National Director Alex Fuller said.

“That’s why young people from across the country gathered in the Treasurer’s local city to call on the newly-elected Albanese government to ensure no new funding for coal and gas expansion is included in their October budget update,” she said.

“While over 150 young people rallied in Brisbane, more from right across the country took action online flooding Treasurer Jim Chalmers calendar with event invites reminding him to ‘Fund our future, not gas’ in the upcoming budget,” Alex said.

“Right across this continent, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities are on the front lines of fossil fuel extraction and climate change impacts. We need this Government to follow the leadership of First Nations communities fighting to protect Country and the climate, instead of bankrolling more fossil fuels,” said Tiahani Adamson, Seed Indigenous Youth Climate Network State Coordinator (and Power Shift MC).

“Instead of lining the pockets of big polluters, public money should fund things that matter to all of us, like publicly-owned renewable energy, services like health and education, and support for those already hit hard by climate change,” Alex concluded.

Alex Fuller, AYCC National Director; Tiahani Adamson from Seed Indigenous Youth Climate Network are

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