School strikers launch 'Solidarity Sit-Down' for real climate action

The School Strike 4 Climate Action movement has called a day of action on Friday 29 November to show solidarity with those affected by the unprecedented bushfires in NSW and Queensland. The event will call for governments to ramp up efforts to tackle the climate crisis. With Prime Minister Scott Morrison refusing to act, greater leadership is needed from Premier Dan Andrews and the Victorian Labor government.

Here's a message from Alice, a school striker from Melbourne: 

It’s Alice here from School Strike 4 Climate. I’m a 17 year old from Melbourne and, like you, have been watching on in horror as fires have been blazing across NSW, Queensland and more recently in Victoria and South Australia. Fires that are ravaging homes, livelihoods, country and, tragically, taking lives.

These fires are not normal. Over one million hectares have already burnt across the nation and summer is yet to come. Climate change is on our doorstep. It’s affecting our communities, here and now, and yet so many still choose to ignore what is right in front of them.

As someone who felt the impact of the 2009 Black Saturday Bushfires in my home community, I, on behalf of all at SS4C, would like to extend my sincerest condolences to those on the frontlines of this crisis. We will not stop fighting until our government acts on climate change. This is happening right now and we simply cannot afford to turn a blind eye any longer.

In solidarity with the frontline communities affected by this tragedy, the SS4C student organisers have planned a Solidarity Sit-Down on November 29th, the next day of Global Action for Climate Action.

Join us on the steps of the Victorian Parliament next Friday to call this crisis what it is: climate change in action.

We will send a signal to the Andrews government that Victoria must show greater leadership on climate while the Morrison government refuses to act.

CLICK HERE to find your local Solidarity Sit-Down event.

In solidarity,

Alice

PS: Here's a resource for how to support those affected by the fires.

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