Taking action on climate change

Clare High School students Emma Cook, George Cook, Thomas Lymburn and Fos Cunningham will lead a local protest for action on climate change.
Clare High School students Emma Cook, George Cook, Thomas Lymburn and Fos Cunningham will lead a local protest for action on climate change.

On Friday afternoon, students from Clare High School will sign out of school and march down Clare's main street in protest.

It will be part of a world-wide effort to urge politicians to take action on climate change.

Spearheaded by Year 8 student Emma Cook, the strike was backed by Clare High School and members of the Clare Lions Club.

Before the march, a school assembly will be held at midday where Emma and other students will make speeches on climate change, followed by a barbecue to raise funds with an aim to make the school more environmentally friendly.

The march will then depart from the school at 2.15pm, down to the Zonta Gardens, on to Main North Road and finishing at Pioneer Park.

Emma took part in a similar rally in Adelaide earlier this year and was inspired to tackle the issue at a local level.

"I just thought this time I could do something more local and I was keen to get all my friends and the school involved to make our community more aware of what is going on," she said.

"I think it is very important for us to be aware of it and do all that we can now because it is our future that will be effected if we do not start changing."

The rally in March was the second world-wide school strike which saw more than 1 million students across the globe walk out of school in protest.

In November, Prime Minister Scott Morrison made headlines when he condemned students for striking as part of the first School Strike for Climate.

Mr Morrison said Australian schools needed "less activism" during question time in the lead up.

Emma said that the youth of the country were taking matters into their own hands with their concerns falling on deaf ears.

"We are being brushed under the carpet a bit," she said.

"The comments that were being made like 'go back to school', they are not hearing us."

Friday's strike was to take place three days before an Emergency United Nations Climate Summit in New York where world leaders would be in attendance.

At a local level, Emma said she would like to see organizations utilize renewable energy and become more environmentally friendly as a result of the strike.

The public is invited to join up with the students at Zonta Gardens for the march as it headed down Main North Road.