Noosa Mayor Tony Wellington
Noosa Mayor Tony Wellington

Noosa Mayor to speak at Global School Strike

NOOSA Mayor Tony Wellington will talk to striking Sunshine Coast students at Cotton Tree’s Rotary Park on Friday, September 20 from midday.

Students and their supporters are calling for urgent political action on climate change and the Adani coal mine.

School strikes are taking place in more than 100 cities and towns across Australia with 1200 business supporting staff to join the strike, more than 30 unions endorsing it.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has even announced all public servants can down tools to attend the strike.

“Climate impacts are worsening and we are all witnessing that now and as a young person I am really worried about the lack of action by our government” said Echo Demecs, organiser of the Sunshine Coast Global Climate Strike.

“We are calling for a plan and government policy to move Australia beyond fossil fuels to 100% clean energy and a fair transition for all workers and communities.”

Inspired by Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg, teenagers in regional Victoria kicked off the school strike movement in Australia last October, with 20,000 students striking nationally and then 150,000 in March.

Attendance, this Friday, is expected to double.

“We are now in the midst of a climate change crisis,” said Echo, a student at Gympie High School.

“My generation and future generations face a grim future unless the government take action to reduce carbon emissions now and fast.

“We’ll show politicians everywhere, that we want climate action now, and we won’t stop until politicians listen to the science and act, because the alternative is unthinkable,” he said.

“Our Government has a responsibility to move Australia beyond fossil fuels to 100% renewables and plan a fair transition for workers and communities that will be directly effected.

“Instead, this government continues to support and subsidise billionaire companies like Adani and open up the Galilee Basin and support new oil and gas projects that threaten our lives and the future of our planet.”



It’s back! $1-a-week subscription offer returns

premium_icon It’s back! $1-a-week subscription offer returns

Our cheapest deal is back offering the best journalism and rewards

Festivals inquest recommends end to police drug operations

premium_icon Festivals inquest recommends end to police drug operations

Music festival deaths inquest recommends pill testing

From drought, fires to damaging storms

premium_icon From drought, fires to damaging storms

Rising insurance claims in NSW blamed on climate change