Bundaberg students join global climate change protest

Bundaberg students joined a global school strike today to protest on climate change.

Bundaberg Region students joined a global school strike today to protest about perceived government inaction on climate change.

Young voices were raised in support of the environment when about 70 students rallied in Buss Park.

The gathering was part of a broader global initiative that has seen students across Australia voice their concerns over perceived government inaction.

Bridgett Connolly, an 18-year-old university student, said it was time for the younger generation to be heard on climate change.

“We are the next generation, the next politicians in control and it’s important that we are heard,” she said.

“We are doing irreversible damage to our planet and it's important that as many people as possible become involved in sharing this message.”

Climate change rally
Young climate change rally participant Cyrus was proud to share his message.

Shalom College principal Dan McMahon was delighted that 40 students from the school participated.

“They are here because they are passionate and I am happy to support young people who are passionate,” he said.

“They are here with the permission of their parents. They are safe and in a controlled environment which I am happy about.

“Whether you agree entirely with the issue or not, I want young people to be thinking about the process of becoming a young adult and what is important to them.

“I want them to be keen about something more than the latest fashion tip or celebrity gossip on YouTube and I think this is far better than that.

“Last year we saw those young people in America who walked out of their classrooms protesting gun violence and the lack of action they are getting from their political leaders in that area.

“The politicians wouldn’t act so young people did and I think that’s fairly inspiring.”

Mr McMahon said it was a fact that young people were not reading newspapers or listening to mainstream news.

“I fear they are becoming disengaged from the process and I see this is a hopeful sign,” he said.

“These things are a good development in seeing young people develop as thinking adults and voting adults in our society.”