Thousands of students join climate rally in Melbourne

“The Earth is getting hotter than my imaginary boyfriend,” read a sign written by students at Camberwell Girls Grammar School.

A student at the school, Charli Lincke, 16, took part in a Friday morning outing to deliver a letter to Mr Frydenberg’s neighboring office.

Camberwell Girls Grammar School grade 11 student Charli Lincke (holding a sign) and grade 12 student Holly Williams lead their classmates into town for Friday’s rally.

“We knew we had to make a big statement, especially with us being in Josh Frydenberg’s electorate, we had to let him know that we are really disappointed with his decision to fund gas,” she said.

“We need to take big action and make big waves for the government to listen to us.

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“Everyone is super excited. They understand that this is a really important fight.

Charli said his school supported the striking students.

“They understand the importance of building women who are fighting for their future,” she said.

The Melbourne event was one of 50 planned across the country, with large crowds gathering in Sydney’s CBD, and comes after large student protests in 2019.

Friends Jasmine and Malaya, in 10th grade at the Academy of Mary Immaculate in Fitzroy, said they have been attending climate change rallies since 8th grade.

“We just don’t want to grow up in a world where everything is dying,” Jasmine said.

Students from Camberwell Girls Grammar School hold up a handwritten sign during Friday's protest in Treasury Gardens.

Students from Camberwell Girls Grammar School hold up a handwritten sign during Friday’s protest in Treasury Gardens.Credit:Anna prytz

Victorian Trades Hall board chair Deb James told the crowd to stand up and fight back as the Liberal government threatened their future.

“The Morrison government should be very concerned that you are all old enough to vote soon,” she said.

The Australian Education Union, the Independent Education Union and the National Tertiary Education Union have issued a joint statement of solidarity with students.

“We support and admire their courage and dedication, and we share their deep concerns,” the statement said.

After listening to the speeches, the crowd marched from Treasury Gardens into the city.

After listening to the speeches, the crowd marched from Treasury Gardens into the city.Credit:Luis Enrique Ascui

“Australia’s lack of meaningful action on climate change is a missed opportunity and has become an international embarrassment. Worse yet, it is a reckless and irresponsible betrayal of future generations.

“Our three unions represent nearly 300,000 education workers across Australia who care deeply about the future of their students.”

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