That image is from the School strike 4 climate Facebook page. On Friday the School Strike 4 Climate website invites people to Join school students to strike for a safe climate!. It’s part of a Global #ClimateStrike which will involve action in over 90 countries.
- Pupils from hundreds of schools in over 55 cities and towns across Australia are using the action to call on all politicians to stop Adani’s coal mine, say no to all new fossil fuels and power Australia with 100 per cent renewable energy by 2030.
That’s from a news.com.au article that you might describe as ‘balanced’.
- not everybody supports the strike, with some schools warning of consequences for truancy and education ministers such as NSW’s Rob Stokes declining to back the political movement.
“As adults, we have a shared responsibility to encourage our young people to attend school,” he told 2GB this morning.
“So that’s really got to be the first message. Turn up to school. Don’t rob yourself of the opportunities to get a great, quality education.”
Columnist Gemma Tognini wrote kids were being used as “pawns in climate wars”.
“Kids are the perfect weapon when it comes to emotive issues because there’s never any sensible centre or intelligent debate when it comes to feelings, and who better to use than children,” she wrote in The West Australian.
However, striking pupils have won the support from other political leaders, such as NSW Labor leader Michael Daley who told ABC: “They do have a democratic right of assembly, they do have a right to protest.”
If this link works, Michael Daley expanded on why he supports the strike, and why as a politician he won’t go missing on climate change.
Here’s part of what he said from The Guardian article Michael Daley says NSW schoolchildren have right to strike over climate change:
Speaking at a National Press Club event in Sydney, Daley said he supported the rallies on Friday, even though he might soon be the premier and responsible for ensuring children attend school.
“Education is also bigger than the classroom. It is based on life experience. That is, in part, the importance of being confident and passionate enough to form beliefs and being prepared to stand up for them,” he said.
“They don’t have a microphone or money like the big end of town. But they do have their democratic right to assembly. I support that right to protest especially when it comes to climate change and our fragile environment.
“And more importantly in this inert digital age, of acting on that belief. Of standing up and taking action for what you believe in – it is called leadership.
I must say I’m impressed. Bill Shorten, please note.
news.com.au also carried an opinion piece from Corrine Barraclough bagging the kids as truants, suggesting they couldn’t care less about climate change and just wanted the day off.
The ABC, as often, bends over backwards to be balanced, highlighting Climate change student strike inspired by politically correct teaching, academic says.
The said academic is Dr Kevin Donnelly, a senior research fellow at the Australian Catholic University. Thing is, anyone who actually knows anything about education takes no notice of Dr Donnelly at all.
Having given Donnelly the headline they then, at the end, go to:
- Professor Mark Howden, director of the Australian National University’s Climate Change Institute, said young people had every right to be concerned about climate change and “the world in which they’re going to live”.
Plus all the scary stuff from the United Nations, the World Meteorological Association and the Climate Council.
The Guardian, which is truth-seeking rather than ‘balanced’, especially on climate change, Lisa Cox has an article ‘This is an emergency’: Australia’s student climate strikes and where you can find them.
Then if you scroll down, you find:
Apart from extraordinary weather in Australia this summer, The Guardian has this interesting graph on our official quarterly emissions record in recent times in Australia’s annual carbon emissions reach record high:
From this everyone, not just children, can see that apart from tree-clearing Australia is expanding its emissions.
They have every right to be concerned and a moral right to express their concern.