Parents head to the climate strike – to fight for their kids’ future
21 May 2021
Thousands of parents and grandparents around Australia are being schooled by student Climate Strikers, at colourful local events calling for climate action.
Suzie Brown, mother and National Director of Australian Parents for Climate Action said: “Australian parents are joining their kids to take the day off work and school to attend the Climate Strikes today. The School Strike 4 Climate leaders are still teenagers, but they are showing Australian adults what leadership on climate change looks like.”
“As parents we have to be there in solidarity with our kids who, let’s face it, are going to be the ones to really bear the brunt of more droughts, storms and fires if we don’t act on the dire science warnings about climate change,” said Brown.
“The timing of this Climate Strike is critical, with renewable energy ignored in the recent Federal Budget, and the Prime Minister confirming this week he will spend $600 million on a totally unnecessary gas-fired power plant in the Hunter Valley. We parents have had a gutful of Scott Morrison’s climate inaction.“
A group of mothers formed Australian Parents for Climate Action in 2019 after the first School Strike for Climate. The group has since grown to over 14,000 members nationwide. Members come from all states, all capital cities and many regional towns. AP4CA local groups are attending the strike on the Gold Coast, in Sydney, Canberra, Geelong, Hobart, Adelaide, Gosford, Maroochydore, Newcastle, Melbourne and Brisbane.
“Our kids' futures look bleak – in fact, frightening – because there’s a very real threat that by the time they are adults there won’t be enough food or water available in order to survive. In many places the planet could be uninhabitable.”
“We want anyone standing for election to know they must address this number one threat to our kids if they hope to represent us in Parliament. Especially when solutions like affordable and clean renewable energy are readily available, and will benefit the economy.”
To speak to Suzie Brown call 0419 002 606. Or for further local media enquiries nationwide, or photos and videos of Climate Strike events contact Heidi Lee Douglas 0401 092 570 [email protected]
A full list of climate strike locations is at: www.schoolstrike4climate.com
For photos taken of the School Strikes please check this folder during the day.
For more about Australian Parents for Climate Action visit www.ap4ca.org