If other years are any indication, Australian central business districts will be flooded with school students protesting government inaction on climate change this Friday, May 21. School strikes closed down CBD streets in 2019 – once in March and again in September.
While both were part of the Global Climate Strike movement, this Friday’s protests are strictly Australian. Although they have been coordinated by high-school students, everyone is welcome to join in.
In light of last week’s budget announcement, organisers are calling for the Morrison government to fund more renewable-energy initiatives, support First Nations-backed solutions for protecting the environment and Country, and withdraw subsidies for gas and mining projects.
They say the four key messages for the protest are:
“Gas, like coal, is one of the biggest causes of the climate crisis.
“The Morrison government is taking us backwards with plans to hand out billions of dollars of taxpayer money to dangerous gas projects.
“Gas will not create the jobs Australia needs, but renewables will.
“Covid-19 recovery funds should help solve climate change.”
The Melbourne rally starts at 1pm in Treasury Gardens and is expected to run until 3.30pm.
In Sydney, protesters are meeting outside Town Hall at 12pm.
Organisers of the Brisbane strike are kicking things off at 1pm from King George Square.
Students in Adelaide are starting their protest at 11am in Victoria Square.
It is unclear whether demonstrators will march through city streets or stay put at their starting locations.
For a full list of School Strike 4 Climate locations across Australia, head to schoolstrike4climate.com/may21.