Thousands Of Aussie Kids To Ditch School For Climate Protest
Thousands of school children across AUSTRALIA plan to walk out of class to demand federal government action on climate change.
The 'Strike 4 Climate Action', inspired by 15-year-old Swedish school girl Greta Thunberg, will involve children in capital cities and 20 regional centres such as Ballarat and Newcastle.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison earlier this week urged students not to take part in the strike and skip school.
"What we want is more learning in schools and less activism in schools," he told federal parliament.
Strike organisers predict hundred of students will gather in Sydney's Martin Place on Friday at noon to kick off the national protest action.
"As a generation, we are sick of those in power failing to stop the climate crisis," Sydney student Jean Hinchliffe, 14, said in a statement.
"Our future is on the line ... We are striking to tell our politicians to stop all new coal and gas projects and take immediate action to move Australia to 100 per cent renewable energy."
Greta Thunberg went on strike on September, ahead of Sweden's national election, demanding the country's leader to do something about climate change.