Last September, outdoor and mountain communities joined the student’s strike for climate in unprecedented numbers. A highlight for me was the colourful gathering that happened at Mt Hotham, demanding action on climate change.

On September 25, school strike for climate are organising another day of nationwide actions and they would welcome your involvement.

They say:

‘Australian communities have been hit hard by the dual bushfire and coronavirus crises. Right now we have an opportunity to build the future we can all thrive in by creating clean jobs that care for country, climate and our communities.

Instead the Federal Government and the Covid-19 Commission are secretly making plans to give billions of dollars in handouts to their mates in the gas industry that will turbocharge the climate crisis and threaten First Nations lands.

That’s why on Friday September 25 First Nations communities, School Strikers and young people, workers and unions are coming together to demand that our Government funds our future not gas.

We are taking action on September 25 to demand:

  • No public funds for gas and other damaging fossil fuel projects. Instead, recovery funds should be spent on:
  • Resourcing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-led solutions that guarantee land rights and care for country
  • The creation of jobs that fast-track solutions to the climate crisis and help communities recover from the pandemic
  • projects that transition our economy and communities to 100% renewable energy by 2030, through expanded public ownership.

Event organisers are encouraged to plan events in line with health and safety restrictions in their location to minimise the spread of Covid-19.

You can find out more here, including details on actions near you, and an organisers kit if you want to do your own.

Known events in or near the mountains:

Friday, September 25, 2020 • 12:00 PM
Snowy Mountains Grammar School
6339 Kosciuszko Road
Jindabyne, Australia 2627

Albury/Wodonga – SEPT 25 BUILD OUR FUTURE
Friday, September 25, 2020 • 12:00 PM
Albury/Wodonga, Australia 2640

There is still time to organise your own event. Check here for all the details.

Make your own action

The organisers are asking people to send them photos and videos before the 25th for inclusion in SS4S social media (details here).

But you can also take a photo/ video and post to your own social media and ask others to do the same!

Screen Shot 2020-09-18 at 5.08.56 pmSS4C will be using this hashtag – #FundOurFutureNotGas.

You might like to also use – #savetheoutdoors

Include some kind of message around the core theme of ‘Fund our Future’ (and maybe reference your favourite place).

Some guidelines from SS4C about photos:

  • Groups shots with a message clearly out the front
  • Interesting and diverse faces and individuals
  • Speakers, chant leaders, and musicians
  • Close ups of excellent creative signs and people holding them
  • Action shots, eg cheering, chanting, marching.

Contact SCHOOL STRIKE 4 CLIMATE AUSTRALIA for more information”