The School Strike for Climate is a global movement inspired by Greta Thunberg.

Strikes have been arranged across the country is support of reducing climate impacts.

The ABC claim “Students risk failing tests and their absence will be officially “unauthorised”

This is at a time when the Australian Prime Minister has not received an invitation to speak to the United Nations when 81 other countries have. There is another story there.

The Thunberg movement within Australia is asking the Federal Government for:

  • No new coal, oil or gas projects
  • 100 per cent renewable energy generation and exports by 2030
  • Funding for “a just transition and job creation for all fossil-fuel industry workers and communities”

Analysts have commented that some students have been placed in a quandary as a result of the conflict with exams. It is difficult choosing between a cause that is helping the planet and their future.

Wonthaggi student Harry Hunt was faced with the decision to attend school. He was finally influenced by the Teachers union who have thrown their support behind the school climate strike.

I phoned the Victorian branch of the Australian Education Union and they explained that support of Greta and the strike was a national initiative.

The question was a result of encountering a voice message at Wonthaggi school when I reported my son absent.

Teachers have requested flexibility so students can support climate action to the point where assignments or tests are actually postponed.