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Home > News > 2019 > March > IEU-QNT stands in solidarity with students striking for climate justice

IEU-QNT stands in solidarity with students striking for climate justice

Topics : CampaignMember Action

Our union stands in solidarity with students who took strike action for climate justice on 15 March. 


Strike 4 Climate saw tens of thousands of students across Australia walk out of school to demand Australia moves beyond fossil fuel projects and towards 100% renewable energy. 

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.”

Strike 4 Climate 

Strike 4 Climate is a student-initiated campaign demanding urgent action to address the climate crisis. 

IEUA-QNT member and Inala Flexible Learning Centre teacher Leanne Smith (pictured) said the rally taught young people that they have a democratic right to use their voice and that it has power. 

“With rallies taking place around the globe, they will see a sea of young people, people like themselves, with a common goal and feeling who want change,” Ms Smith said. 

“It is important for our union to support these rallies. It shows we care and are taking leadership on this issue. 

“When these young people turn into young adults and enter the workforce, they will more readily make the connection that we share their values and we are there to support them.”

Last year over 15,000 Australian students walked out of school on 30 November to call for action on climate change, asking governments to recognise their clear moral responsibility and start working with students to leave a sustainable world for future generations. 

Many of the students were inspired by Swedish student Greta Thunberg who took the world by storm in 2018 after striking outside the Swedish parliament. 

Our union calls on politicians and business leaders both in Australia and around the world to listen to the critical message being delivered by these students. 

Local rallies 

Official Strike 4 Climate rallies were held in the following cities and towns across Queensland and Northern Territory: 

•Alice Springs





•Gold Coast

•Hervey Bay 




•Sunshine Coast 





In total, Strike 4 Climate involved over 55 locations nationally and over 80 countries globally.


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