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Students Across Australia Strike for Climate Change Action

Australian students are dedicating the month of November to a series of protests for climate change action. Students ranging from age five to 18 in all of Australia’s capital cities are participating in the School Strike 4 Climate Change movement. The students are also demanding for the cancellation of a new coal mine that will be built in Central Queensland, the rejection of new coal or gas projects, and movement towards 100 percent renewable energy by 2030. The movement has sparked criticism from the Australian government. In response to the protests, Prime Minister Scott Morrison told students to do “more learning and less activism in schools. We don’t support the idea of kids not going to school to participate in things that can be dealt with outside of school.” Milou Albrecth, a 14-year-old student from Bendigo, Southeastern Australia, was inspired to start the movement after a similar student protest earlier this year in Sweden. In early November, Albrecth, along with 30 students, protested against the building of a coal mine in northeastern Australia in Bendigo. The students skipped school and marched outside local Labor MP Lisa Chesters’ office for three days. On the last day, the group grew to 50 […]

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