Climate change strikes across Australia see student protesters defy calls to stay in school
The protests were inspired by the actions of a 16-year-old Swedish student, Greta Thunberg, in Stockholm
The protests were inspired by 16-year-old Swedish student Greta Thunberg, who pledged to protest outside the Parliament in Stockholm until the country caught up on its commitments under the Paris Agreement.
It's not the first time schoolkids have ditched class for protests in the streets — in November, students filled arcades and city squares, defying calls by the Prime Minister to stay in school, to call for an end to political inertia on climate policy.
Protests were held in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Coffs Harbour, Bendigo and other cities, as students banded together to pressure the Morrison Government in the lead-up to a federal election.