On Friday, September 20, thousands of school students across Australia (and many more around the world) will again walk out of their classrooms to protest government inaction on climate change as part of the Global Climate Strike.
These protests follow an earlier round in March, in which 150,000 people in Australia and 1.5 million people worldwide marched in protest. This time almost 100 protests will be staged across Australia.
The young Australian protesters are demanding no new coal, oil and gas projects (including the Adani mine); 100 per cent renewable energy generation and exports by 2030; and funds to help workers from fossil fuel industries transition to new jobs.
Organisers predict the largest crowds in the country will be at the Melbourne rally, which will begin at Treasury Gardens at 2pm. The rally will leave the gardens at 3pm and travel along Spring Street towards Collins Street. It will then turn south along Exhibition Street, then east along Flinders Street, before returning to Treasury Gardens. Trams on routes 48, 11, 12 and 109 will be diverted during the march.
In Sydney, the protest will begin at the Domain at 12pm. Students will march down Macquarie Street and Elizabeth Street before finishing at Hyde Park.
Students in Adelaide will begin their protest at 12pm at Victoria Square. At 1pm they will march north along King William Street to Parliament House. Rolling road closures will be in effect on the western side of the street.
Brisbane’s protest will begin at 1pm at Queens Gardens. The march will begin at 1.30pm, heading north up George Street past Reddacliff Place, west on Adelaide Street, south onto N Quay, south-west over Victoria Bridge, south onto Grey Street and west onto Glenelg Street. It will continue along Glenelg Street to its finishing point at Musgrave Park.
In Perth, protesters will first gather at 11am at Forrest Place before marching along William Street, St Georges Terrace, Mill Street and Mounts Bay Road before arriving at Elizabeth Quay.
For a full list of Global Climate Strike locations across Australia head to schoolstrike4climate.com/sept20.