IGS students support climate action

With permission from their parents, more than 300 IGS students of all ages and year groups took part in the student climate strike on 20 September.

Nearly all students in Year 9 and 10 attended the strike and our younger students were accompanied by parents.

“I think it’s important that we show our support, to show that we don’t want to have to live in a word that’s not healthy and safe,” said Nell of Year 8.

Maya and Ella of Year 11, who have been involved in previous student action on climate change, said it was encouraging that workers were joining students this year.

“We are seeing more adults and uni students joining in. It makes you so angry when you are being dismissed simply because of your age or experience when it’s something that’s important to all of us,” Ella said.

Declan of Year 11: I think it’s the right thing to do. I am done with my exams, so I’m not missing anything.

Katya of Year 11: Our planet is literally on fire. We are dying and the government doesn’t care. If we can do something, we will.

Lily of Year 11: There’s not actually much we can do, so it’s important for us to do this. We truly don’t have much control, but what little we can do is community involvement. I don’t want to look back in 30 years and think we saw this happening and did nothing. It’s important not to sit back when governments and people in power are being unjust.

Grace of Year 11: I care about the earth we live on and things need to change.

Tilly of Year 4: I am taking part to save the planet and tell people what’s right.

Fin of Year 4: I want to help other countries that are in need.

Conner of Year 4: I am doing this to save the environment.

Maxwell of Year 4: I want to stop climate change.

Arlo of Year 4: We are fighting for the world and our generation.

Frankin of Year 4: We are doing this to save the environment and for future generations.

Matteus of Year 8: I’m fighting for my own future. If we don’t do something about it now we might be the last generation. 

Alegra of Year 11: The Government isn’t doing anything so I guess students have to. I think this time the strike will have more leverage because it’s also adults participating, and I hope adults listen to other adults.

Grace of Year 11: I care about the Earth that we live on, and things need to change.

Year 5 students Mollie, Saskia, Alexandra, Coco and Edie were interviewed by the Sydney Morning Herald.

IGS parent Laura said it was a huge afternoon of learning and observation.

The student strike was inspired by Swedish student Greta Thunberg and this week, students from more than 150 countries have taken part in the movement.

The IGS Sustainable Futures Club helped spread the word within the IGS community.

Some of the protesters