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Friday’s climate strikes expected to be the biggest yet

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The schoolkids will be out in full force around the world this Friday striking for climate action. These climate strikes follow those of March this year, but this time the kids have asked the adults to join in too. The endeavour is to make the strikes the largest seen to-date.

20 September is only three days before the United Nations climate summit in New York – this is certainly no coincidence. The strikers are determined to ensure their voices are heard. The strikes will be taking place globally, coordinated so they all occur on the same day. Due to time-zones, Australia will be one of the first countries leading the charge.

People will be walking out all across Australia. Both businesses and schools have supported participation in local climate strikes. The International French School of Sydney (Lycée Condorcet) has cancelled select classes on the day so high school students can participate in the strike. The school is using the day as an opportunity for all students to learn about climate urgency and sustainable development through speaker panels, classroom discussions and film screenings.

An increasing number of businesses are openly allowing workers to participate in the climate strikes. A group of Australian businesses have banded together to form ‘Not Business As Usual’ to publicly pledge their support of employee participation.

The students are putting forward three demands for the Australian government:

  1. No new coal, oil and gas projects, including the Adani Mine.
  2. 100% renewable energy generation and exports by 2030.
  3. Fund a just transition and job creation for all fossil-fuel workers and communities.

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