Last Friday thousands of students from around the country took time off school to protest the Australian Government’s inaction on climate change.
Just days later, politicians have once again been questioned on the issue – this time by an articulate young Melbourne teenager called Marco on the ABC’s Q&A.
Marco helped get this school involved in the Strike 4 Climate Action protest and questioned the panel about the government’s lack of action.
— ABC Q&A (@QandA) December 3, 2018
“I’m greatly concerned about my future and the future of children all around the world who will suffer the consequences of climate change more than anyone else,” he said.
“When will the government start to care about my future and the children around the world by acting on climate change and creating a strong climate policy?”
Before the protest, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he wanted “more learning in schools and less activism in schools.”
Side note: Holly Wainwright and Andrew Daddo spoke to a 15-year-old girl organising the school walk out for climate change. Post continues below audio.
In response to Marco’s question, musician and activist Billy Bragg said young people’s voices should be counted: “It’s their future we’re talking about, of course they should be able to take a stand”.
Former South Australian Liberal senator Amanda Vanstone said she was sad to hear Marco’s perspective.
“It makes me sad to hear a young person say ‘people don’t care about my future’,” she said.