Seniors throw support behind Schools Strike for Climate

Seniors support Schools Strike for Climate in Bendigo


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"Unless we do something about climate change now, they won't have a future."

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A group of self-proclaimed older Australians say they are backing students who are going on strike for climate change.

The Bendigo District of the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) said they would join students from local schools who were walking out of class on Friday to protest the lack of government action on the issue. 

"I'm happy that these students have realised what is happening and are doing something for their future," Bendigo ACF member Suzanne Houlden said.

"I think it's time that everyone woke up to the catastrophe that we're heading to."

The School Strike for Climate is a national event, with thousands of students expected to walk out across the country. 

It follows the first national strike in November, where more than 30 separate walk outs took place across the country.

That included more than 10,000 people protesting in Melbourne and over 8000 strikers in Sydney.

The students have called on the federal government to stop the Adani Coal Mine, prevent any new coal or gas projects, and commit to 100 per cent renewable energy sources by 2030.

School Strike for Climate said they would continue their strikes until action was taken. 

Bendigo ACF said they will stand and march in solidarity with the students, and bring other children who would otherwise miss out on the protest. 

"Unless we do something about climate change now, they won't have a future," Ms Houlden said. "End of story."

"We have to understand the scientists have done all of the work on this and they're all saying the same thing." 

Castlemaine local Nicholas Dattner is an environmentalist who is also supporting the students.

"These kids are on the money," he said. "When people are afraid of a rising movement of thought, it is usually a pretty good indication that they are taking on the right cause."

Mr Dattner's grandchildren will be attending the march with his support.

He rejected comments from people like Prime Minister Scott Morrison who said in November "what we want is more learning in schools and less activism in schools."

"I come from a generation where we marched for things like the Vietnam War or nuclear power," he said. 

"Back then we were vilified too."

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