School Strike 4 Climate: Green leader Adam Bandt joins the Sydney protest

High schoolers who feel their future has been “exhausted” by politicians marched through Sydney alongside Green leader Adam Bandt.

A group of teens who feel their futures have been “exhausted” by politicians not doing enough to slow climate change marched through Sydney on Friday.

The children, many of whom were in uniform and skipped school to join the protest, sang “We fucking hate gas” and shouted demands for “climate justice”.

“We are here today because our future has been exhausted by those in charge … serving the interest of fossil fuel companies rather than honoring their duty of care to young people,” 17-year-old Bailey Linton-Simpkins told the crowd.

She wore a green Epping Boys blazer and shared the stage with fellow School Strike 4 Climate organizer Natasha Abhayawickrama.

“In the event of a climate crisis, please don’t trust adults to have this under control,” said Ms. Abhayawickrama, 17.

There were also some adults present, including Green leader Adam Bandt, who said the protesters were “heroes”.

“I challenge Scott Morrison and Anthony Albanese to attend this demonstration and tell the students that opening new coal and gas mines is a good thing,” he told reporters at the event.

“The liberal and union climate goals both mean the end of the Great Barrier Reef and a warmer future for these students.”

Although many of the student protesters are too young to vote in elections, Bandt predicted the movement would still have an impact.

“This election, expect to see a huge riot at the polls, as more and more young people vote Greens to keep coal and gas underground.”

Sophia Lark, 17, Fedora Hamori, 17, Lourdes Moya Jones, 16, and Elena Parker, 16, said that the fact that they couldn’t vote was one of the main reasons they decided to march.

“We don’t have a voice, but that’s how we get one,” Ms. Lark said.

“We are really relying on other people to vote on our behalf so that we have a future.”

Originally published as ‘Revolt’: the leader of the Greens joins the protest for the climate of school students

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