It didn’t get much coverage on our TV News but an estimated 15,000 Aussie students staged a school strike last Friday to tell their politicians they had to do a lot more about Climate Change.
PM Scott Morrison promptly told the kids off in parliament.
“What we want is more learning in schools and less activism” he said … completely missing the fact that these young people were giving him a lesson in civics while at the same time forgetting that many of them are just a year or two from the voting age of 18.
Morrison may one day look back on that stupid remark and recognise it as the moment he lost the next election.
One of the signs I really liked was carried by a female high school student. It read:
“I’ve seen smarter Cabinets at Ikea”.
It was clear from the many vox pop interviews I listened to however that Climate Change is no joke for many young people who are very worried about issues such as rising sea levels and sweltering temperatures.
We have 12 years left (90 Climate change scientists told us in a UN Intergovernmental report delivered just a couple of weeks ago) before there is irreversible change to our planet .
So good on these young people for embarrassing the Morrison government on the most important issue off our time.
Wouldn’t it be great if school kids from across America decided to march on Washington and their local courthouses and seats of State government to teach Trump a lesson in Climate Change?
I live in hope.
Bryan Bruce is one of NZs most respected documentary makers and public intellectuals who has tirelessly exposed NZs neoliberal economic settings as the main cause for social issues.