This Friday 25 September school students in Emerald Beach, Coffs Harbour Jetty and Sawtell Beach will rally as part of a day of action demanding PM Morrison rule out giving billions of Covid-19 recovery funds to gas.
The September 25th: #FundOurFutureNotGas day of action is quickly becoming the most widespread day of action against gas in Australia’s history, with hundreds of actions. The day is being organised by the School Strike 4 Climate network, as well as First Nations communities, unions, and everyday Australians in response to leaked plans revealing that PM Morrison is considering giving billions of Covid-19 recovery funds to gas.
Ellena Cheers-Flavell, Year 11 at Toormina High School: “Students here on the Coffs Coast want Scott Morrison to invest Covid-19 recovery funds into renewable energy, creating thousands of jobs that would also help tackle climate change. Giving billions of taxpayer dollars to the polluting gas industry is clearly an irresponsible use of public funds.”
Ryan Gilchrist, Year 12 at Toormina High School: “The leaked gas plans come from the National Covid-19 Coordination Commission, a commission that is stacked with gas executives. Of course they’re trying to convince Scott Morrison to give billions of taxpayer dollars to their own industry. It’s appalling.”
Dawn: Emerald Beach
8:30am: Coffs Harbour Jetty
10am: Sawtell Beach (main event)
Students and the community will form a line along the beach 1.5m apart to symbolise the collective mindset of “Fund Our Future Not Gas”.
People are asked to bring along colourful banners and posters to advocate for the issue which will be coupled with great sound bites and visuals.
Strict social distancing practices will be implemented along with the use of masks being strongly recommended.
More info: Visit the national day of action website: ss4c.info/sept25
The above is a Press Release on behalf of the Coffs Harbour Student Strikers group.