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Home > News > 2019 > August > Solidarity for Student Strike 4 Climate

Solidarity for Student Strike 4 Climate

IMG_9009_Leanne_Smith_Inala_FLC_Websize.jpgOur union stands in solidarity with students who are taking part in the upcoming School Strike 4 Climate on Friday 20 September 2019. 

The global strike action by school students will take place three days out from the United Nation’s (UN) Emergency Climate Summit in New York, calling for the Australian government to take immediate and serious action against climate change.

Our union shares students’ deep concerns about the health of the planet and their anger at the inaction of policy makers. 

Australia’s current federal government deserves particular censure for failing to take meaningful action to address the climate emergency. 

IEU-QNT Assistant Secretary/Treasurer Paul Giles commended students participating in the movement and embracing solidarity to campaign for a sustainable future. 

“Students have the right to rally around issues that will severely impact their future and the future of generations to come,” Mr Giles said. 

“Our students are showing courage by standing up to Australia’s government and business leaders, demanding they step up to take urgent actions to mitigate climate change.  

“We encourage our school communities to support their collective action where it is safe, appropriate and ethical to do so.”

Previous strikes 

School Strike 4 Climate have organised several actions this year. 

Strike action on Friday, 15 March saw around 150,000 students strike in 64 locations across Australia. 

Leading up to the 2019 Federal Election, thousands of students took to 75 Federal MPs doorsteps on 3 May. 

In Brisbane, 300 students rallied at Liberal MP Trevor Evans’ office while 100 students attended action outside Peter Dutton’s office.     

School Strike 4 Climate 

School Strike 4 Climate is the school-student run network organising the strike. 

They have recently updated their key demands to include job transitions for those working in the fossil fuel industry. 

They are demanding the government agree to:

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

The organisation is encouraging everyone to join the September strike, stating they stand in solidarity with everyone on the frontline of the climate crisis and everyone affected by the changes the climate crisis demands, including workers, First Nations people and mining communities.

Authorised by Terry Burke, Independent Education Union of Australia – Queensland & Northern Territory Branch, Brisbane.