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School strike for climate change action

This is a world-wide movement started by Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg in August 2018. There is little point in me writing about its history, that can be read about elsewhere on the internet, including Wikipedia.

I will confine myself to a few words on why kids should be concerned, how the answers to climate change are obvious and available, and why I support the movement wholeheartedly.

This page was written 2019/03/11 – ©
Contact: David K. Clarke
 
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The possibility of Man causing climate change has been recognised
for over a century.
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Why kids should be concerned

At the time of writing I am 73 years old, while I am already seeing the impact of climate change I will not live long enough to see the full disaster that I am convinced it will be; those who are children now will suffer from having to live in a world that will be greatly damaged by the selfish actions of those of my generation who are controlling the world at present.

I have argued on another page on this site that to oppose action to reduce greenhouse emissions is a crime against humanity; indeed against all life on Earth. I also hold that for a person in a position of power to knowingly oppose action on climate change is to take part in the greatest crime in human history. There are many in recent Australian governments, state and federal, who are guilty of this crime.

I have been disappointed by the apathy of the great majority of people in regard to climate change – so it is wonderful to see those who are just old enough to recognise the implications taking what action they can.

The answers to the climate change problem are available and obvious

There are three main industries that are responsible for greenhouse emissions: electricity generation, transport and agriculture.
Electricity generation
Since the turn of the twenty-first century we have seen huge developments in renewable energy, particularly wind and solar. By the time of writing it was quite obvious that renewable energy, together with energy storage, could replace most, if not all, fossil fuel energy; however we are seeing great resistance to this essential change.
Transport
In transport battery or clean hydrogen powered vehicles can replace fossil fuelled vehicles, electric trains can replace diesel power trains, electricity or hydrogen can replace highly polluting bunkering oil.
Agriculture
The biggest cause of emissions associated with agriculture is land clearing; the world should be protecting all the remaining forest and revegetating where possible.
My country, Australia, has huge potential for producing and exporting renewable energy either as electricity, hydrogen, ammonia, or in some other form. This could replace emissions-producing fossil fuels in electricity generation and transport.

In contrast to what Australia could be doing is what Australia is actually doing. Australia ranks 53rd in the world in population, but sixth in the world in the CO2 produced by its electricity industry; it has 0.3% of the world's population, but produces 1.2% of the world's greenhouse gasses; it is well up among the worst greenhouse polluters on the planet.

Of course I can do nothing other than support the kids in their School Strike for Climate Action to the best of my ability.

My involvement

 

Demonstration

I don't live close to any place where School Strike demonstrations have been held, but some of my family (wife, daughter, son-in-law, two grandchildren) were able to join in at Bunbury, Western Australia, on 2019/03/15.
Climate change has probably been my greatest concern for twenty years or more.

I've been writing on the Internet about the threat posed by climate change since 2002 (one of my earliest pages largely devoted to climate change was Failings of Australian governments).

In 2012 I was the oldest person among about 70 who take part in a 328 km walk from Port Augusta to Adelaide (the state capital) in support of a solar thermal power station to at least partly replace the coal-fired power stations at Port Augusta.

In 2014 I took part in a walk of about 750 km from Melbourne to Canberra (the national capital of Australia) to deliver a petition to parliament pressing for decisive action on climate change.



Wind farms like this can go a long way to replacing fossil fuelled power stations
Wind turbines
Hornsdale Wind Farm, South Australia
Photo by my drone, 2016/01/10
 
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External sites...

School Strike 4 Climate: Students Striking from School for a Safe Climate Future

Wikipedia: School strike for climate

George Monbiot, 2019/02/16, My generation trashed the planet. So I salute the children striking back.

On this site...

Australia's energy future

Australia's Morrison Government: the most environmentally irresponsible in Australian history?

Climate change from an international and Australian perspective.

Climate change, 'natural' disasters and what we should be doing

Contribution

Compassion

End of coal: The coal industry is facing its end days.

Crime against humanity: Opposing the transition to renewable energy is a crime against humanity

Ethics

Exporting death: is Australia's biggest export death?

Greatest crime in the history of humanity: Dishonestly supporting the retention of the fossil fuel industry and opposing the introduction of renewable energy has to be the greatest crime in the history of humanity.

Major threatened disasters compared

Why I support the local wind farm



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