TODAY 10:30AM FED PARLT: ACT SCHOOL STRIKERS RALLY AGAINST MORRISON’S GAS PLANS
WHAT: 70 SCHOOL CLIMATE STRIKERS WITH PROTEST PLACARDS POSITIONED ACROSS LAWNS + MASSIVE “FUND OUR FUTURE NOT GAS” BANNER
WHERE: PARLIAMENT HOUSE LAWNS
WHEN: 10.30AM, FRIDAY 25 SEPTEMBER 2020.
WHO: Student spokespeople will be giving short statements at 10.30am, or interviews by arrangement.
TODAY over 70 school students from the ACT will take to the lawns of Federal Parliament, in one of over 500 COVID-safe actions around Australia, demanding that the Morrison government rule out plans to give billions of dollars in public money to the gas industry. Full demands outlined below.
The September 25th: #FundOurFutureNotGas day of action is Australia’s first national day of action against the gas industry, and one of the largest actions against gas undertaken in this country. This year, with COVID-19 restrictions in place, students have got creative, with hundreds of individual actions taking place across Australia - from Perth to Cairns, Darwin to Hobart, to the red centre of Alice Springs.
New national YouGov polling also released today shows over 6 in 10 Australian voters support student demands of no public funding for gas or other fossil fuels (61%). Almost two thirds believe Australia should rely on renewables not fossil fuels to power us in the future (65%), including nine in ten Gen Z voters (92%) [full details below].
Jimmy Hollo, Year 9, said: “Giving billions of taxpayer dollars to the polluting gas industry is clearly an irresponsible use of public funds, and this pandemic will not stop young people from around Australia organising against the government’s gas plans. Students want Scott Morrison to invest recovery funds in renewable energy. This will create thousands of jobs while also helping to tackle climate change.”
Rosie Brady, Year 11, said: “The Prime Minister is trying to prop up big gas companies with public money, entrenching a fossil fuel which will only make climate change worse. It’s appalling. If Morrison’s gas plans go ahead, I’ll have to see my chance of a happy, free and sustainable future fade away before my eyes. I will not stand by and let that happen.”
The day is organised by the School Strike 4 Climate network, joined by First Nations communities and 25 unions representing over one million workers, including the United Workers Union - which has coverage of many gas workers, the Maritime Union of Australia - which represents offshore gas workers, and the Australian Nurses and Midwives Association - the biggest union in Australia.
Media enquiries: Spokes ROSIE BRADY, 0491 122 026, firstname.lastname@example.org or on the day co-ordinator MINNA FEATHERSTONE 0422 526 246. More info: Visit the national day of action website: ss4c.info/sept25
School Strike 4 Climate demands
The demands of September 25th are that no public funds are spent on gas or other damaging fossil fuels. Instead, recovery funds should be spent on:
Resourcing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-led solutions that guarantee land rights and care for country,
Creating jobs that fast track solutions to the climate crisis and help communities recover.
Backing projects that transition our economy and communities to 100% renewable energy by 2030, through expanded public ownership.
National YouGov polling
The poll of 1015 people, conducted between 14-16 September, to a nationally representative sample of Australian voters found:
Powering the country
The majority of Australian voters believe that Australia should rely on renewable energy sources to power the country in the future (65%), rather than fossil fuels such as coal and gas (20%). Younger voters are the strongest supporters of Australia moving to rely on renewables, including nine in ten Gen Z voters (92%) and three quarters of Millennials (74%). Whilst support is lower among older voters, the majority of Baby Boomers (60%) and Gen X (55%) still support the move to rely on renewables over fossil fuels.
Support for student demands
Just over six in ten voters (61%) support student demands for the government to not use public funds for gas, and instead take urgent action on issues such as guaranteeing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander land rights, creating jobs that focus on tackling climate change and backing renewable energy projects.