Thousands of students in Australia walked out of their schools on Friday morning in protest against the govt’s inaction on the climate changes the country is facing now. It got a rebuke from the minister who said that they were setting up themselves for a failure.
Not just children, their parents and teachers gathered in the central business district in Sydney and chanted “ScoMo’s got to go”. The saying referred to the Prime Minister of the country, Scott Morrison. Similar protests were witnessed in Brisbane, Perth, Melbourne and elsewhere after the students in the capital city protested earlier this week.
One of the leaders present there told that this is just a beginning and the first strike. It the first movement together and there will be many more movements/ campaigns until some positive outcome comes out of it.
When checked in terms of per capita, Australia is one of the largest carbon emitters. One reason could be the coal-fired power plants. Earlier in this year, the conservative govt weakened its commitment to the UN Paris climate accord.
Deep fissures were created by the energy policy in the conservative coalition and the climate change sceptics were also a key force that resulted in deposing Malcolm Turnbull as the prime minister in August.
Morrison has earlier criticised the protests as he needed more learning from the schools and not activism. The Resources Minister Matt Canavan said the protest by the school students is setting up a failure for them.
Canavan said in a radio interview that “Walking off school & protesting, you don’t learn anything from that.” He also said that the best thing they could learn about going to a protest is how to join the dole queue as that is what their future life will look like. But the students who protested were not taken back. The teachers and the parents at the protest said that they strongly believed that their protests were significant for their children’s learning.
They also said that this is as good as an education given in a classroom. It will teach the students on how to be involved, how to be active and how to take action for something that would affect them directly.