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diff Australian Students Protest Government Inaction On Climate Change
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  Summary of countrywide student strike protests, their organisation and reaction.
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&nbsp Students, parents, teachers and adults across Australia have continued to run a school strike protest campaign against political inaction on climate change.
  Inspiration for the protests has come from Swedish student <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/sep/01/swedish-15-year-old-cutting-class-to-fight-the-climate-crisis">Greta Thunberg's protest outside of parliament in Stockholm.</a> The 15 year old began her protest in August leading to the countries General Election on September 9, and has been missing class every Friday as part of her protest at her country failing to meet the Paris Climate Accord targets.
  The initial protest involving students from Castlemaine Steiner school was held outside their local representatives office in the Victorian city of Bendigo <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/nov/07/australian-students-plan-school-strikes-to-protest-against-climate-inaction">in late October</a>. Students <a href="https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/why-we-re-striking-from-school-over-climate-change-inaction-20181031-p50d30.html">Harriet O’Shea Carre &amp; Milou Albrecht wrote</a> "It seems ridiculous that children have got to the point where they realise that the adults who are supposed to be in charge aren’t doing enough to protect our futures from dangerous climate change."
  Further nationwide protests were planned for November 30 as part of the Big School Walk Out for Climate Action campaign. On November 26 the Prime Minister <a href="https://www.sbs.com.au/news/students-hit-back-at-pm-after-less-activism-in-schools-climate-change-comment">condemned the planned protests</a> saying "we don't support our schools being turned into parliaments. What we want is more learning in schools and less activism in schools."
  November 30 saw thousands protest in cities including Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney, Hobart, Perth, and Coffs Harbour. The strikes saw mass media coverage, both <a href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-11-30/australian-students-climate-change-protest-scott-morrison/10571168">nationally</a> and <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-global-climatechange-children/too-young-to-vote-children-strike-protest-and-sue-for-climate-action-idUSKCN1NZ2K6">internationally</a>, receiving <a href="https://junkee.com/the-school-strike-4-climate-action-is-going-absolutely-off-cause-the-next-generation-rules/184669">celebration</a> as well as criticism.
  The group <a href="https://www.schoolstrike4climate.com/">School Strike 4 Climate Action</a> has been highly involved in the organisation of the protests, with protests and sign workshops listed as events on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pg/StrikeClimate/events/">their Facebook</a>. The group is associated with organisations such as <a href="https://350.org/">350.org</a>, <a href="http://www.aycc.org.au/">AYCC (Australian Youth Climate Coalition)</a> and <a href="https://www.stopadani.com/">#StopAdani</a> (whose signs feature prominently). The School Strike 4 Climate Action website provides <a href="https://www.schoolstrike4climate.com/support-us">resources</a> such as a School Strike organising guide, template letter for school &amp; MP, tips for meeting with politicians and demands for politicians. The schoolstrike4climate domain was registered <a href="https://www.whois.com/whois/schoolstrike4climate.com">16th October 2018</a>.
  In an interview with <a href="https://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2018-11-30/australian-students-climate-change-protest-scott-morrison/10571168?pfmredir=sm">Australia's ABC news</a>, Year 8 student Zel Whiting expressed his frustration at the Liberal-National coalition government and its "lack of awareness or activity on climate change and its dangers".
  Harriet O’Shea Carre, one of the students who lead the protest in Castlemaine, has criticised the nature of a few of the signs according to <a href="https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/not-our-message-student-climate-strikers-reject-aggressive-signs-20181202-p50jqi.html">Sydney Morning Herald</a>. She said “It’s not about individuals, it’s about our whole group, our whole government, our whole world and how we need to change it."
  Annalise Tran, a 16 year old Australian student, has <a href="https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/why-the-school-strike-is-a-mistake-by-a-student-worried-by-climate-change-20181130-p50jbz.html">criticised the strikes</a>, writing "a student strike is not an effective way of  "protesting" against the government". She further writes "We should not rely on the government to change the culture. We, the new generation, should be creating the world we want for the future."
  The issue saw further discussion on <a href="https://www.theage.com.au/entertainment/tv-and-radio/i-don-t-believe-that-how-a-17-year-old-student-stole-the-show-on-q-and-a-20181204-p50jzg.html">Australian show Q&amp;A</a>, where Marco Bellemo, a 17-year-old student, asked "When will the government start to care about my future and children around the world by acting on climate change and create a strong climate policy?"
  Protests are expected to continue about climate change leading into the upcoming federal election. From School Strike 4 Climate's Facebook upcoming events, marches are planned for Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane on December 8.
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  <p><a href="https://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2018-11-29/should-kids-be-part-of-activism-and-protests/10566178">Should you let your kids skip school to be part of a political protest? — ABC</a></p>
  <p><a href="https://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2018-11-30/australian-students-climate-change-protest-scott-morrison/10571168?pfmredir=sm">Students strike for climate change protests, defying calls to stay in school. — ABC</a></p>
  <p><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/nov/30/climate-change-strike-thousands-of-students-to-join-national-protest">Climate change strike: thousands of school students protest across Australia. — The Guardian</a></p>
  <p><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/nov/26/scott-morrison-tells-students-striking-over-climate-change-to-be-less-activist">Scott Morrison tells students striking over climate change to be ‘less activist’ — The Guardian</a></p>
  <p><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/nov/26/im-striking-from-school-for-climate-change-too-save-the-world-australians-students-should-too">I’m striking from school to protest inaction on climate change – you should too — The Guardian</a></p>
  <p><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/sep/01/swedish-15-year-old-cutting-class-to-fight-the-climate-crisis">The Swedish 15-year-old who’s cutting class to fight the climate crisis — The Guardian</a></p>
  <p><a href="https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/why-we-re-striking-from-school-over-climate-change-inaction-20181031-p50d30.html">Why we’re striking from school over climate change inaction — The Age</a></p>
  <p><a href="https://www.bendigoadvertiser.com.au/story/5734632/start-treating-climate-change-like-the-crisis-it-is-students-strike/">Central Victorian students strike from school, gather outside federal politicians’ offices to call for action on climate change — The Bendigo Advertiser</a></p>
  <p><a href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6432271/Scott-Morrison-tells-high-school-students-climate-change-strike-stay-class.html">‘More learning, less activism’: Scott Morrison tells high school students staging a nationwide climate change strike to ‘stay in class’ — The Daily Mail</a></p>
  <p><a href="https://www.facebook.com/AYCC.org.au/">The Australian Youth Climate Coalition — Group facebook page</a></p>
  <p><a href="https://www.schoolstrike4climate.com/blog">Schools Strike 4 Climate Action — group website</a></p>
  <p><a href="http://switchedonschools.org.au/">Switched on Schools — Group Website</a></p>

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