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Australian news, and some related international items

Australia’s climate action schoolkids – more intelligent, better informed, than Australia’s government

“I think what’s striking in Matt Canavan’s comments is how demeaning he is about young people and what they actually know, and how he underestimates their understanding,”

“I heard students today at the rally talking about the IPCC report, talking about the 700 odd days until emissions can peak before we exceed 1.5 degrees.

“These are kids that actually understand the science in a way that I think most of parliamentarians don’t.”

Organiser Deanna Athanosos, who is in year 10, said Mr Morrison’s rhetoric towards the strike made her laugh.

“If you were doing your job properly, we wouldn’t be here,” she said.

Students strike for climate change protests, defying calls to stay in school  ABC News Thousands of Australian students have defied calls by the Prime Minister to stay in school and instead marched on the nation’s capital cities, and some regional centres, demanding an end to political inertia on climate change.

Key points:

  • Students called for politicians to act on climate change warnings
  • Thousands of young people were inspired by 15-year-old Swedish pupil Greta Thunberg’s protest in Stockholm
  • Resources Minister Matt Canavan criticised demonstrators for missing out on school

Protests were held in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Coffs Harbour, Bendigo and other cities, as students banded together to pressure the Morrison Government in the lead-up to a federal election.

“The politicians aren’t listening to us when we try to ask nicely for what we want and for what we need,” said Castlemaine student Harriet O’Shea Carre.

“So now we have to go to extreme lengths and miss out on school.”

It follows similar protests in Canberra and Hobart earlier this week, which have spurred on the junior activists…….

You don’t learn anything from protesting’

But the protests have sparked their own reaction among key members of the Federal Government who have used commercial radio to dress down the students.

Resources Minister Matt Canavan said the only thing children would be learn from the protest was how to collect government benefits.

“Walking off school and protesting, you don’t learn anything from that,” he told Sydney radio station 2GB.

“The best thing you learn about going to a protest is how to join the dole queue.

Mr Canavan said he instead supported children learning science.

“I want kids to be at school to learn about how you build a mine, how you do geology, how you drill for oil and gas, which is one of the most remarkable scientific exploits of anywhere in the world that we do,” he said.

“These are the type of things excite young children.”

But Mr Canavan’s comments have been roundly rejected by one parent, Trent, who was at the protest with his eight-year-old child and their friends.

“They’ve actually been looking at climate change at school and they have a pretty incredible understanding of the science,” he told ABC Radio Melbourne.

“I think what’s striking in Matt Canavan’s comments is how demeaning he is about young people and what they actually know, and how he underestimates their understanding,” he said.

“I heard students today at the rally talking about the IPCC report, talking about the 700 odd days until emissions can peak before we exceed 1.5 degrees.

“These are kids that actually understand the science in a way that I think most of parliamentarians don’t.”……….

Organiser Deanna Athanosos, who is in year 10, said Mr Morrison’s rhetoric towards the strike made her laugh.

“If you were doing your job properly, we wouldn’t be here,” she said………https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-11-30/australian-students-climate-change-protest-scott-morrison/10571168

 

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December 1, 2018 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, climate change - global warming

1 Comment »

  1. canavan is the same twit who wants to dump nuclear waste in SA – whats our country come to? we have to put up with these twits for another 6 months

    Comment by Kim Mavromatis | December 1, 2018 | Reply


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