(This post was updated on 23 September with more tweets and links).
The Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres, has urged young people to continue their fight for climate justice in the wake of unprecedented crowds worldwide at the 20 September climate strike.
I encourage you to go on …
To keep your mobilisation, and more and more to hold my generation accountable.
My generation has largely failed until now to preserve both justice in the world and to preserve the planet. My generation has a huge responsibility.
It is your generation that must make us be accountable to make sure that we don’t betray the future of humankind.”
Meanwhile, the Climate Action Summit in New York on 23 September will kick off a series of high-level events at UN headquarters to drive action for people and the planet, running alongside the UN General Assembly’s annual general debate.
World leaders will discuss progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), universal healthcare for all, and securing a broad-based development partnership for small island developing States.
The tweets below capture some of the historic scenes from around Australia and the world; also check the Twitter timeline of @gretathunberg for more photographs and film.
At the forefront
Listen to Jam-Graham Blair, from Seed Mob speaking to the rally in nipaluna/Hobart: “We have fought the root cause of climate change since invasion, as have every other Indigenous peoples around the world…This fight is not new; by coming to this rally, you have joined a centuries old battle for justice.”
(And you can donate to the Seed Mob here).
Watch this inteview with Melbourne Labor MPs Ged Kearney (Cooper) and Josh Burns (Macnamara) at the Melbourne strike.
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory
Listen to Mike Brown, former chief of the Tasmanian Fire Department, warning of the bushfire threat to Tasmania.
Listen to Toby Thorpe, youth leader from the Huon Valley, about meeting with Greta Thunberg and why student activism is about students as teachers.
Listen to 16-year-old Imogen Viner from Tasmania, outlining the students’ demands.
Listen to Year Six student Jess address rally in Hobart.
Listen to trade unionist Jess Munday call for a just transition for workers as part of climate action.
Listen to Hobart City Councillor Zelinda Sherlock speak powerfully of climate impacts, including in Fiji.
Video clip by Ginny Stein
On media coverage
Watch this video
See more photos from the #ClimateStrike at Croakey on Facebook.
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