Students rally to up ante on ‘lack of climate action’

Callum HunterSouth Western Times
Climate change is no laughing matter for strike organiser Lachlan Kelly.
Camera IconClimate change is no laughing matter for strike organiser Lachlan Kelly. Credit: South Western Times, Callum Hunter

Hundreds of people have been urged to walk off the job and out of class next week as part of a global climate strike to call on politicians to do more against climate change.

The strike will take place on September 20 at Anzac Park following a similar strike held in May of this year.

According to event organiser Lachlan Kelly, next week’s strike will follow a similar format to the one in May but will this time culminate in a march down Victoria Street.

“The main difference is we’ll be marching down to Guppy Park close to the end of the event,” he said.

“It’s to gain more traction and get people interested, if you’re walking past and see a bunch of people marching down the street, it will obviously generate a lot of interest.

“The call to Nola again will definitely be on the cards.”

May’s ‘School Strike 4 Climate’ climaxed when the more than 100-strong crowd called the office of Forrest MHR Nola Marino and shouted anti-climate change chants down the line before hanging up.

Lachlan has once again been joined in his efforts by Bella Bergemeister as well as several other senior high school students from around the city.

“As a young person, I want the best for the future and it makes me depressed to see the world basically dying around me due to intense climate change,” Manea Senior High School Year 12 student Teagan Pesce said.

More than 10,000 students across Australia walked out of class for the strike in May, a number organisers everywhere have tipped to more than double this time around.

“We had about 150 to 200 people at the last one, so I’m hoping for a much bigger number, about 200 to 230 ideally,” Lachlan said.

“Considering the City of Bunbury declared the climate emergency a couple of weeks ago, it’s going to be more targeted at Don Punch because of the recent vote up in Parliament to declare a climate emergency that didn’t get passed and also at Nola.”

The strike has been scheduled to start at 11am in Anzac Park.

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