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Home > News > 2019 > September > Climate change resolution calls for real action

Climate change resolution calls for real action

Topics : Community eventRally

girlworld.jpgOur union’s Branch Executive has endorsed a resolution in support of students who will participate in worldwide strike action on 20 September 2019 – calling on all levels of government to act on climate change.

Our union calls for real action including for the development of detailed plans in consultation with workers and their unions, community representatives and other stakeholders which: 

  • Support the creation of secure, sustainable, well-paid jobs in communities where livelihoods may be affected by climate change policies;
  • Address cost issues to ensure all households and businesses are able to access products or services that assist in tackling climate change;
  • Address other cost issues for working people such as rising insurance premiums;
  • Address cost and other issues faced by communities who deal with climate change related disasters including drought, fires, cyclones, floods and sea surge; and
  • Identify and address any other social economic issues that might arise in communities affected by climate change policies.

IEUA-QNT Assistant Secretary/Treasurer Paul Giles said our union supports students who are participating in the strikes and applauds them for building solidarity in order to call for a sustainable future. 

“The issue of climate change will greatly impact students’ futures, so they have every right to protest,” Mr Giles said. 

“Our students are displaying bravery by confronting Australia’s government and business leaders, challenging them to take the urgent action required to alleviate climate change.  

“We encourage our school communities to back their collective action.”

School Strike 4 Climate 

The global climate strike, organised by the School Strike 4 Climate movement, will be held across Australia and the world on 20 September 2019. 

The event states that “by taking time off school and working together around the world, we’ll show our politicians that people everywhere want climate justice and we’re not going away until we get it. We’ll strike in solidarity for everyone who’s already being hurt by the climate crisis and everyone who will be impacted if we don’t act now: workers, first nations people, young people, mining communities and more.”

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. 

The previous School Strike 4 Climate was held in March 2019 and saw 150,000 students strike across Australia, with an even larger attendance predicted for the upcoming September strikes. 

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. 

QLD & NT Strike Locations

There are over 70 Official Strike 4 Climate rallies scheduled across Australia, including in the following locations across Queensland and the Northern Territory:  

  • Brisbane 
  • Bundaberg
  • Cairns
  • Darwin
  • Gladstone
  • Gold Coast
  • Katherine
  • Mackay 
  • Sunshine Coast 
  • Toowoomba
  • Townsville 
  • Whitsundays 

For more information, visit www.schoolstrike4climate.com/sept20

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