While we are in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, it is crucial to remember that another crisis remains prevalent in modern society – climate change.
On Friday 25 September, IGS Sustainable Futures took action against the funding of gas, asking the government to fund our future, not gas, and act on climate change.
Friday marks the Global Day of Action against climate change, organised by the global School Strike for Climate movement.
IGS joined schools, institutions, organisations, and workplaces around the world demanding climate action, with over 300 protests taking place in Australia alone. This is an alternative to the school climate strikes, started in 2018 by activist Greta Thunberg, in order to remain COVID-19 safe.
The IGS actions included an open letter to local Federal Member of Parliament Tania Plibersek, a crafternoon to create placards, requesting donations for organisations focusing on climate action, and visual actions and protests against the government funding gas.
“Most importantly, we want IGS students, parents, staff members and the whole community to be involved in supporting the young people who are demanding that the government act on climate change in order to secure our future,” a media release from IGS Sustainable Futures stated.
“We would love for everyone to participate – even by doing something as simple as donating to support the movement here, or taking a photo and sharing it with the hashtag #fundourfuturenotgas, you will be making a difference.”
The site includes opportunities to donate to a crowdfunder for various organisations which fight climate change and the poor decisions which lead to it. These organisations are SS4C, AYCC, CANA, SEED and APN.
“Right now these organisations are promoting sustainable ways for our society to recover from COVID-19, while not jeopardising our future with fossil fuels. We encourage you to do further research into these if you are interested in supporting the movement by donating.
“Students who wish to participate even further in this event are encouraged to attend the online school strike at 6pm on Friday 25 September. This Australia-wide rally will be live streamed on YouTube and Facebook. For more information, anyone interested can visit https://www.schoolstrike4climate.com/buildourfuture or @schoolstrikeforclimate on Instagram.
“We urge you to get involved in the actions taking place at IGS on Friday, and to further educate yourselves and others about climate change and the effects of government investment in gas.”