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Thousands of school kids walk out of class

9News.com.au logo 9News.com.au 30/11/2018 9NEWS

 Thousands of Australian students have ditched class to demand the government take swifter action against climate change in mass walk outs across the nation.

Young students from primary school through to high school have staged protests all over the country to voice their concerns and fears about what climate change is doing to our country.

More than a thousand kids holding colourful placards chanted in unison at Sydney's Martin Place, condemning the controversial Adani mine a day after it was announced the project would be going ahead without government funding.

Similar numbers blocked streets outside the Victorian parliament in Melbourne, while 20 regional centres such as Ballarat and Newcastle also took part.

a group of people in a store: Thousands of school children abandoned classes to demand action against climate change. © Provided by Nine Digital Pty Ltd Thousands of school children abandoned classes to demand action against climate change.

Mount Druitt student Siniva Esera said Australia needs to be the big brother to the low-lying Pacific islands, including her relatives on Tokelau atolls.

"Our prime minister thinks we should be in school right now and maybe we should," the Chifley College Senior Campus student told the Sydney protest.

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"But how can I just sit by and not do anything to protect the future of this planet and as my family on the islands worry about the rising sea level?"

Forest Lodge Primary school captain Lucie Atkin Bolton said she'd learned in class that leaders need to look after all and take responsibility when things go wrong.

"I wish I lived in a country where our adults, especially our politicians, actually cared about my future," the 11-year-old said.

a group of people posing for a photo: Colourful signs were littered throughout the crowd. © Provided by Nine Digital Pty Ltd Colourful signs were littered throughout the crowd.

Rose Bay student Michelle Leevig said lots of other issues are also important.

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"But none of that will matter if the earth ends up drowned, the temperatures rise and there are no humans," she told AAP.

Protest organiser, Harriet O’Shea Carre, 14, told 9News.com.au it was “amazing” how many students had joined the protest on the steps of Spring Street.

Ms O’Shea, a year eight student from Castlemaine Steiner School northwest of Melbourne voiced her concerns “for the future,” demanding “immediate action on climate change by the government.”    

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“It’s our futures and we want to continue living on this planet and we want to have children who can continue living on this planet,” she said.

Green’s MP for Melbourne, Adam Bandt told 9News.com.au he was “so proud of the students who have come out today,” attributing their engagement on climate issues to what they had learnt in school.

Bandt said that children didn’t want to see events like the current bushfires in Queensland becoming a “normal part of their lives.”

Scott Morrison wearing a suit and tie: Prime Minister Scott Morrison has urged the students to remain at school today. © Provided by Nine Digital Pty Ltd Prime Minister Scott Morrison has urged the students to remain at school today.

On Monday, Scott Morrison urged students to remain in class rather than demonstrating over causes that "can be deal with outside of school". 

"What we want is more learning in schools and less activism in schools.

But the protests were backed by the Senate, which supported a motion backing the young activists.

The series of rallies was inspired by Greta Thunberg, who strikes every Friday outside Sweden's national parliament, demanding the country's leader to do something about climate change.

Pictures: Places around the world already affected by climate change 


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