Thousands of schoolchildren across Australia walked out of class on Friday to demand action by the federal government on climate change. The “Strike 4 Climate Action”, inspired by 15-year-old Swedish student Greta Thunberg , brought together children in capital cities and 20 regional centres such as Ballarat, Newcastle, Townsville and Cairns. A large protest was also held in Hobart on Thursday. More than a thousand primary and secondary students filled Sydney’s Martin Place and students in Melbourne marched through the streets , bringing traffic to a standstill. The prime minister, Scott Morrison, had earlier this week urged students this week not to take part and told them to be “less activist”. On Friday, the resources minister Matt Canavan said he would prefer students to learn about mining and science. “These are the type of things that excite young children and we should be great at it as a nation,” he told 2GB radio. “The best thing you’ll learn about going to a protest is how to join the dole queue.” I’m striking from school to protest inaction on climate change – you should too | Greta Thunberg Read more Naaman Zhou (@naamanzhou) Stop Adani chant – deafening November […]


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