Support students striking for climate action

School students, angry at the devastating effect of climate change, are once again taking to the streets and striking for change.

On 21 May, students from all over Australia are participating in the School Strike 4 Climate (SS4C). They are demanding that public money be used to fund clean futures and not to expand the fossil fuel projects accelerating climate change.

And it’s little wonder that the students are taking matters into their own hands. In the last 18 months alone school communities across NSW have been heavily affected by catastrophic bushfires, floods, heatwaves and hazardous air quality.

In addition to no new coal, oil and gas projects, SS4C are also demanding 100 per cent renewable energy generation and exports by 2030, and funding for a just transition with job creation for all fossil fuel workers and communities.

For many students, SS4C will be their first experience of collective action and activism and Federation supports them as they call on the Morrison Government to #fundourfuturenotgas.

Federation Officers, and staff where possible, will be supporting and attending rallies in their local area. Federation also encourages members who are not working on May 21 to attend their nearest rally in support of students.

Leaders of SS4C have also called on Federation members who are unable to attend the strike 21 May to engage in a solidarity action on the day such as wearing yellow to work and joining with colleagues for a group photo holding signs with the hashtags #teachersforclimateaction and #fundourfuturenotgas.

Members are encouraged to take photos of their action and upload to social media, tagging @teachersfed on Instagram and Twitter. Members can also send photos to [email protected] to be included in Federation’s own social media posts.

You can download a Federation poster here or use the resources available on the SS4C website.

Find your closest strike here.