Bunbury students strike for climate

Ailish DelaneySouth Western Times
Student Bella Burgemeister at Anzac Park, where the School Strike for Climate Australia Bunbury action will take place tomorrow.
Camera IconStudent Bella Burgemeister at Anzac Park, where the School Strike for Climate Australia Bunbury action will take place tomorrow. Credit: Ailish Delaney / South Western Times

Across the country, school students and communities are expected to protest tomorrow to bring attention to climate change and call for the Federal Government to “Fund our Future Not Gas”, with one event to be hosted in Bunbury.

The School Strike for Climate Bunbury will be held at Anzac Park tomorrow from 11am.

Organiser Bella Burgemeister said the actions, which will follow COVID-19 guidelines, were protesting the Government’s new gas plan.

“The Morrison Government has just put out a new gas plan which is using the COVID-19 recovery funds to pretty much line the pockets of their buddies in the gas industries and that’s not what we want,” she said.

“We want them to be funding our futures and putting their money into something that’s more worthwhile, which is renewable energies which will get thousands more jobs than gas will.

We have a once in a generation opportunity to use this not only to help recover our entire economy but to stop climate change or to help move forward from it, and that’s a chance we’re never going to get again.

Bella Burgemeister

“It’s not just going to affect people right now, it’s going to affect future generations, not only in the economy because we’re really struggling right now it’s going to take years to get out of it but also with climate change.”

Department of Education deputy director general Stephen Baxter said he was encouraged that young people were taking an interest in these topics.

“It provides a relevant teaching opportunity to delve into the issue as part of a real learning experience,” Mr Baxter said.

“Of course, if kids aren’t in schools, we can’t teach them and they’ll be marked as absent.”

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