Young people to join Bunbury, Margaret River school strikes calling for better climate action from leaders

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Global climate strike Bunbury organisers Bella Burgemeister and Lachlan Kelly lead the more than 300 fellow protestors down Victoria Street in 2019.
Camera IconGlobal climate strike Bunbury organisers Bella Burgemeister and Lachlan Kelly lead the more than 300 fellow protestors down Victoria Street in 2019. Credit: Nicole Salmeri

Climate conscious young people in Bunbury will be joining thousands of students across the country using their voices to fight for action as part of a National Climate Strike tomorrow.

Students are expected to gather at Bicentennial Square to call for better climate action from the Federal Government, but the activists have been warned that skipping school to attend the rallies would not be endorsed by the Department of Education.

Tomorrow’s event aims to “put direct pressure on the Government and MPs” ahead of the next Federal election to show the “youth are rising” and ready to make their voices heard ahead of the United Nations Climate Change Conference.

It marks the second action of the year in Bunbury, as young activists took to the streets in May for the School Strike 4 Climate rallies that took place across Australia.

Student Bella Burgemeister has organised Bunbury’s school strike.
Camera IconStudent Bella Burgemeister has organised Bunbury’s school strike. Credit: Ailish Delaney / South Western T

Bunbury school strike organiser Bella Burgemeister said young people were not on the government’s priory list.

“Prime Minister Morrison’s support for the fossil fuel industry shows clearly where his priorities are... this government is failing young people and future generations,” she said.

Department of Education deputy director general schools Melesha Sands said many teachers would take the opportunity to incorporate discussion about climate change in their lessons.

“I understand that climate change is an important issue, and we’re pleased to see young people taking an interest and wanting to make a difference,” she said.

“However, if kids are not at school we are not able to teach them so they will be marked as absent.”

The climate strike will take place at 11am in Bunbury and at Reuther Park in Margaret River.

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