At ACF, we are proud of and inspired by the incredible leadership of young people who demand more from our government; who demand a safe future to live and thrive in.

The students from School Strike 4 Climate are calling out the government’s plans to back gas instead of their future and are taking to the streets on Friday May 21. 

They’re demanding our government #FundOurFutureNotGas. And they’re calling on all of us to join them in colourful, COVID-safe rallies across our continent – can they count on you?

RSVP to a strike on Friday 21 May near you!

After a year of Zoom meetings and online action, the student strikers are able to take to the streets again. This is the first time in a while we’ve asked you to turn up in person at a mass demonstration – and it’s because we believe this moment is urgent and full of possibility for big change.

Instead of taking climate action seriously, the Morrison Government continues to promote its proposed ‘gas-led recovery’ – against the position of some of our biggest energy providers and the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO), and under mounting pressure from more ambitious governments around the world. 

It’s up to all of us to turn up the pressure by showing up in huge numbers on May 21.

The student-led movement is working hard to make these gatherings powerful without risking the health of our community. It’s up to all of us to back them in and call for a climate response commensurate to the risk we face – just like we’ve seen in the response to the pandemic.

Four weeks from today I’ll be hitting the streets in Melbourne, walking with young people to demand a future where sun and wind power our country and where nature and communities thrive – a future for all of us. 

I hope you can join me.

These are independent events run by our allies at School Strike 4 Climate. These are COVID safe events. Please observe the health advice around public gatherings and COVID restrictions for your state. Please bring your hand sanitiser and face mask, observe physical distancing, and do not attend if you feel unwell or have cold or flu-like symptoms.

Phoebe Rountree

Mobilisation Coordinator at Australian Conservation Foundation