School Students Strike Nationwide Today To Protest PM Morrison Throwing Cash At Gas

School Strike 4 Climate

TODAY FRIDAY MAY 21st, tens of thousands of school students and their wide-ranging supporters from across the nation are to conduct the first mass school strike for climate action since the emergence of COVID-19.

Thousands of young people in 50+ cities and towns across Australia will join this unified effort to demand that the Morrison Government says no to funding dangerous gas and coal projects with Australians’ money and, as an alternative, invests in clean renewable energy, secure jobs and First Nations solutions to protect Country.

This mass strike will mark the biggest protest for climate action since the emergence of COVID-19. Dozens of strikes are to take place in capital cities, regional centres, and country towns across the entire continental expanse. The organisers of this demonstration are the School Strike 4 Climate network – with substantial support from First Nations communities, unions, parents, and everyday Australians.

NATASHA ABHAYAWICKRAMA, 16: “The federal government that is supposed to be ensuring our general wellbeing and prosperity appears far more concerned with lining the already-bursting pockets of multinational gas companies.

“Morrison and his government could and should be protecting our climate, land, and water. Their money-making agenda – at the expense of vulnerable Australians’ wellbeing and prosperity – is fuelling the climate crisis… the same crisis that is devastating our environment, destroying our health, and creating very few jobs for our population.

“So today, together with tens of thousands of my fellow let-down Australians, I am striking from school to tell the Morrison government that they must stop throwing Aussie cash at gas.

“If Morrison cares about our collective future, he will make it happen.”

Media are invited to join the action for photos, videos, and interviews in their local area.

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