ScoMo didn’t get the message:
- whoso shall offend one of these little ones … it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.
Prime Minister would apparently rather the next generation of voters keep their heads in their books, telling Parliament on Monday that he wanted to see “more learning in schools and less activism”.
“We don’t support the idea of kids not going to school to participate in things that can be dealt with outside of school,” said Morrison. “Each day I send my kids to school and I know other members’ kids also go to school but we do not support our schools being turned into parliaments.”
- we do not support our schools being turned into parliaments,” Mr Morrison told parliament on Monday.
“What we want is more learning in schools and less activism in schools.”
Junkee’s report of the actual strike is in The School Strike 4 Climate Action Is Going Absolutely Off Because The Next Generation Rules.
Resources Minister Matt Canavan:
reckons kids should stay in school so they can learn how to drill for oil and gas, “which is one of the most remarkable science exploits in the world”.
He also told them the only thing children would be learn from the protest was how to collect government benefits.
- “I want kids to be at school to learn about how you build a mine, how you do geology, how you drill for oil and gas, which is one of the most remarkable scientific exploits of anywhere in the world that we do,” he said.
“These are the type of things excite young children.”
As it turned out, they were quite capable of holding up their end, and generally showed more wit and intelligence in their response. There was no shortage of signs:
I liked this one:
Some were very direct:
Some signs perhaps crossed a line, but climate was seen as an existential threat:
No planet, no future. In the end they marked the government’s work and came up with a report card:
was inspired by 15-year-old Swedish student Greta Thunberg, who pledged to protest outside parliament in Stockholm until the country caught up on its commitments under the Paris Agreement.
Her protest caught the attention of Harriet O’Shea Carre and Milou Albrecht, both 14.
- The pair, from the Castlemaine Steiner School, and a group of other climate-concerned teens travelled to the nearby regional city of Bendigo, about 90 minutes from Melbourne, to hold their own protest outside the office of Nationals senator Bridget McKenzie.
That in turn sparked Friday’s protests across the nation.
Here they are with friend:
Climate change is a legitimate part of science education, and the activism is probably the best Civics learning we’ve seen.
- Organiser Deanna Athanosos, who is in year 10, said Mr Morrison’s rhetoric towards the strike made her laugh.
“If you were doing your job properly, we wouldn’t be here,” she said.
One student said that they would stop acting like parliament when politicians stopped acting like children.
Meanwhile at the UN meeting in Poland to set the rules for the Paris Agreement David Attenborough offered a grim warning describing climate change as mankind’s “greatest threat in thousands of years”, warning it could lead to the collapse of civilisations.
The kids want a future, and have become acutely aware that we’ve stolen it.