Last week school students all over the world went on strike to protest the lack of action on climate change. The world's young people are facing life on an Earth that previous generations have severely degraded; the problem is well understood and the effects are so easily observed, there's no excuse for inaction.
While the protest was run by the students, adults were welcome to come along as “supporting adults”, so we went to the protest that was held here in Hobart, Tasmania.
Here we all are, gathering for the protest:
While the purpose of the protest was an important reason for being here, it was also great to see the initiative and confidence of the young people. We saw them give long and complex speeches on important topics, perform amazingly heartfelt poetry, and play social-conscience music for the 8000 strong audience.
After some introductory speeches, we all set out on a street march, returning for some serious chanting.
The still pictures don’t give any impression of the activity and sounds of the day, so here’s a short video:
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