Guest essay by Eric Worrall
Remember the time everyone wondered who would do the easy jobs if everyone graduated? Greta Thunberg solved this problem for us.
School strike 4 Climate: Thousands of young Australians are urgently calling for action against climate change
Posted at 4:23 pm yesterday, updated 6 hours ago
Thousands of students and their supporters left classrooms and workplaces to attend School Strike 4 Climate events across the country and became part of a global youth movement advocating urgent action against climate change.
- Thousands of students and supporters attended events in major Australian cities
- They called on the federal government to do more to ensure a future for renewable energies
- Some said because they were too young to vote it was the only way to get their voices heard
Participants made their way to large rallies in the business districts of every Australian capital on Friday. Events were also planned in dozens of rural and regional areas from Alice Springs to Atherton.
The organizers call on the federal government to turn its back on emission-intensive energy sources, including through:
- Solutions led by Aboriginal and islanders of Torres Strait that guarantee land rights
- Funding the creation of secure jobs that accelerate solutions to the climate crisis
- Financing projects that will convert the economy to 100 percent renewable energies by 2030
All events took place in the shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic and, according to the organizers, were organized with the involvement of the relevant state and territorial health authorities.
A central theme for many in attendance was the federal government’s recent announcement that it would be spending $ 600 million on a new gas-fired power plant.
Read more: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-05-21/school-strike-for-climate-2021-national-wrap/100155114
The Australian government is being forced to fund a new gas-fired power plant with taxpayers’ money as shippable energy is no longer a safe investment in Australia due to its own market distortion rules and the hostility of opposition to fossil fuels. Energy companies seem to have given up on the idea that they are in any way responsible for Australia’s grid stability. A rational position in the face of all of their shippable energy sources is bled to death by anyone who can convince a politician to give them a grant to build renewable energy.
Imagine if the kids did something constructive with their time instead of marching and whining, like taking a trip into the desert and participating in some land restoration projects. But I think a few hours from their game consoles is all the poor darlings can stand, and digging Australia’s poor quality desert soil and dealing with flies, snakes and other pests is a terribly uncomfortable job.