Students take to the streets: 'We may be children but we are not fools'

We want action now: Students march down Barclay Street chanting for change. Photo: Rachel Mounsey
We want action now: Students march down Barclay Street chanting for change. Photo: Rachel Mounsey

A large group of secondary students from Eden, Pambula and Merimbula marched in solidarity with students all over the world today calling for immediate climate action.

At 11am, on Friday September 20, students left their desks marching out of the school gates down Barclay Street chanting for urgent response to climate change.

Upon arrival at Aslings Beach they were greeted by members of the public, some with placards and messages of support for the students.

"The next step is non violent direct action" Activist Hannah Doole addressed the crowd of students at Schools4 Climate change strike in Eden. Photo: Rachel Mounsey

"The next step is non violent direct action" Activist Hannah Doole addressed the crowd of students at Schools4 Climate change strike in Eden. Photo: Rachel Mounsey

Organiser Ffion Roberts -Thompson addressed the crowd stating the world is in the midst of a climate emergency.

"Looking forward to 2050 the earth will be in a catastrophic state... but in 2100 it will be a lot worse... with sea levels rising, Eden will be under water, Wonboyn, Pambula and Merimbula will all be affected... Eco systems will be lost and the marine eco-system will have collapsed," she said.

"If scientists say the planet is ill why not listen?"

Ffion urged all in attendance to sign the petition addressed to local state and federal members, Mike Kelly and Andrew Constance.

The petition read: "We may be children, but we are not fools. We see a world where a grossly inadequate response is being taken by the current generation of leaders to prevent the worst effects of climate change."

"Many of us will be old enough to vote in the next election and we want action - we will vote for those that prioritise our safety over and above the interests of power and money," she said.

Collective action: No Planet B created by the student strikers and community on Aslings Beach. Photo: Brent Occleshaw

Collective action: No Planet B created by the student strikers and community on Aslings Beach. Photo: Brent Occleshaw

Activist Hannah Doole was in the crowd, Ffion invited her to speak.

"This is an ongoing fight... we are facing a dystopian future... the truth needs to be recognised and we need to act now," Ms Doole said.

"The next step is to take non-violent direct action, we need to join together with our families and communities and force change,"

The strike concluded with all in attendance joining together creating a human word formation "No Planet B" and photographed via drone.

Mallacoota students marching to beat of the drum.

Mallacoota students marching to beat of the drum.

Further down the coast in Mallacoota, the community gathered along with students from Mallacoota P-12 College who took to the streets alongside percussionist Mark Grunden.

Secondary student Ashlee Johnston organised the strike. Primary school pupils delivered speeches to the crowd at the town gazebo.

Grade four pupil Lirra Nation told the crowd: "Adults are too busy watching T.V. and worrying about politics...We've left it up to the adults and they're not doing anything ... slowly our world is fading."

Signs of the times: Lirra Nation (centre) gave a poetic speech at the Mallacoota strikes for Climate Action. Photo: Supplied

Signs of the times: Lirra Nation (centre) gave a poetic speech at the Mallacoota strikes for Climate Action. Photo: Supplied