Organisers estimate that 15,000 students, workers, parents and retirees joined the global strike for climate action at an event held at Glebe Park on Friday 20 September.
Canberra was one of 100 cities and towns participating in Australia, which saw an estimated 300,000 people strike across the nation.
Aoibhinn Crimmins, a year 12 student from Dickson College, said Friday’s event provided a clear message: “We know what we have to do to avert the climate crisis and we have the means to do it, all we are missing is the political will. People are demanding climate justice: a safe and healthy world for all, regardless of age, nationality or socioeconomic standing.”
The strike was organised by School Strike 4 Climate with Australian strikers calling on governments to commit to: no new coal, oil and gas projects, including the Adani mine; 100% renewable energy generation and exports by 2030; and fund a just transition and job creation for all fossil-fuel industry workers and communities.
The ACT Government passed a motion supporting the climate strike and has also committed to reach zero net emissions by 2045. Canberra students are calling on the Federal Government to follow their lead.