Kids, parents in climate protest

Callum HunterSouth Western Times
Dalyellup College Year 12 students Orion Fuluna and Alex Astie are not laughing about climate change.
Camera IconDalyellup College Year 12 students Orion Fuluna and Alex Astie are not laughing about climate change. Credit: South Western Times, Callum Hunter

More than 100 people massed in Anzac Park on Friday as part of the School Strike 4 Climate against the Government’s apparent lack of action against climate change.

Those who attended were roused by speeches, music, poems and an open mic session where they could share their views and opinions on what should be done, in unison with more than 10,000 other students across Australia.

“I’m hoping that we can get the word out that we need to preserve the world and consider the future,” Dalyellup College Year 12 student Orion Fuluna said.

Bee Denham was one of many parents who chose to take their children, the youngest of whom is just four years old, and said it was an important chance for children to have their voices heard.

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“It’s far more important to stand up for the kids’ future than miss a few lessons in school... they’ll catch up,” she said.

The event culminated in a phone call to Nola Marino’s office where the 100-plus strong crowd bellowed a chanted a message for the Forrest MHR, who said she supported citizens’ rights to voice their concerns but there were other things to keep in mind.

“Friday was also the National Day of Action Against Bullying and I hope those students involved in the protest also took time to support their fellow students who have been impacted by bullying,” Mrs Marino said.

Strike organiser Lachlan Kelly said he was blown away by the turnout and response from the community. “I will continue to remain closely involved with the climate strikes,” he said

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