- DEMI LYNCH -
More than 300,000 unionists, workers, students and parents rallied today in Australia’s Climate Strike.
Over 110 towns and cities across the nation took part in the protest calling on the government to take action against climate change.
Protesters demanded the Australian Government aim for zero carbon emissions by 2030, abandon all new fossil-fuels projects (including the Adani mine) and assist fossil-fuel industry workers and communities in job transitions.
Brisbane was one of the many cities that brought in thousands of protesters.
Although the sun was sizzling hot in Queensland over 30,000 demonstrators gathered in Queens Gardens and marched across the Victoria Bridge in Brisbane.
People from all walks of life gathered in the CBD including school kids, parents with young children, university students, unions, business owners, workers, religious groups and First Nations people.
Social worker Jane came along to the protest with her 4 year old daughter to teach her about the importance of our land.
“I’m teaching her about the importance of the energy that connects us with the land,” she said, “We need to be working with the environment as the environment is us - the environment should be seen as equal to humans.”
15 year old high school student Tarly skipped school to protest because she was tired of politicians not taking global warming seriously.
“I came today to raise awareness of climate change because some people don’t believe it’s real," she said, "Younger generations need to step in because it’s their future.”
Although many demonstrators showed signs of frustration towards the government’s lack of acknowledgement on climate change, today’s protest was peaceful and uplifting.
Among them were a women’s choir group passionately singing songs about climate justice.
One particular song caught the attention of surrounding protesters.
Many joined in singing the following lyrics about the power of people.
People of the power (× 2)
Tell me can you feel it (× 2)
Getting stronger by the hour (× 2)
Power (× 2)
People (× 2)
Power (× 2)
People (× 2)
Power to the people (× 2)
Over the weekend it’s expected over 5000 climate action strikes will be taking place on more than 150 countries.
These rallies shall be taking place several days before the U.N Climate Action Summit which begins in New York this Monday.
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