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Schoolkids take their climate message to the politicians. Abbott pooh poohs it.

The earth has survived many things’, Abbott tells children protesting against climate change inaction,   SMH, By Laura Chung and Jenny Noyes  May 4, 2019    Dark clouds threatened rain as schoolkids gathered outside the Sydney electorate offices of both Labor and Liberal politicians on Friday, but it didn’t dampen their message on climate change.Prime Minister Scott Morrison, former prime minister Tony Abbott and Labor infrastructure spokesman Anthony Albanese were among those targeted as part of the nationwide protest against climate change inaction by federal MPs.

The protest held extra potency in Manly, where Mr Abbott’s 25-year grip on the seat of Warringah is under threat from independent candidate Zali Steggall in a campaign centred on climate change.

Armed with homemade signs, about a hundred students, parents and grandparents marched on Mr Abbott’s Manly office, chanting the slogan favoured by Steggall supporters: “Time’s up Tony”……..

A group of students tracked Mr Abbott down in a local cafe after the protest and voiced their concerns to him.

He responded to the students’ questions, telling them “the earth has survived many things”.

He also told them he didn’t believe the “environmental catastrophe” predicted by scientists would come about.

“I’m not saying that there isn’t going to be some time in the future when, for whatever reason, things come to an end, but I don’t believe that modest increases of atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations over the next few decades are bound to bring about the kind of environmental catastrophe that you seem to fear.”……

Another protester dressed up in costume as Scott Morrison and a blackened piece of ‘coal’.

Another protester dressed up in costume as Scott Morrison and a blackened piece of ‘coal’.

Labor wasn’t let off the hook either.

Students also took their climate message to infrastructure spokesman Anthony Albanese’s Marrickville electorate office too, with a focus on urging Labor to pull the plug on the Adani coal mine. A Bill Shorten costume also made an appearance.

May 6, 2019 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, climate change - global warming, election 2019

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