A bright future

06 Dec 2018 A bright future

Last week 20,000 students took to the streets to protest the Australian governments inaction on moving to a renewable energy future. The students want the federal government to stop the Adani coalmine and move Australia from fossil fuels to 100% renewable energy.

The government’s response “we don’t support children not going to school” and “they should be less activist” – Scott Morrison

“I’d prefer students learn about mining and science”. “These are the type of things that excite young children and we should be great at it as a nation”.  And “The best thing you’ll learn about going to a protest is how to join the dole queue.” - Resources minister Matt Canavan.

Then this week the Prime Minister failed to show at a meeting in Canberra with 11 students to talk about renewable energy policy.

Completely missing the point and not showing these students, future voters any respect or acknowledgment. 

I would suggest it quite the opposite to what our politicians think, as seems to be often the case. Children willing to stand up for their future is so inspiring. This should bring hope to politicians that the next generation of voters are engaged on issues that affect them. Though perhaps a generation of intelligent, engaged and caring people is a frightening prospect to politicians whose careers are built on fear, smoke screens and not much else?

These kids see the writing on the wall and regardless of your thoughts on climate change, there is no argument that everyone and everything will benefit from clean air and water and not adding unnecessary pollution to the atmosphere. As far as Adani is concerned, if a large proportion of the country (50% conservatively) is against this mine and the “science” points to it having a negative effect on our climate, water, environment and the Great Barrier Reef. Then why are our politicians not “representing” us in stopping this from happening? Is this not their job?

Watch the video above and sign the petition

As the students clearly have a better understanding of the “science” compared to the resources minister, it is also clear they have a motivation to care about something much bigger than themselves. Not something you can say about the minister or the PM. 

This motivation to care for the planet, the future and to look towards new, clean ways of generating energy for Australia shows that the “dole queue” is NOT something these kids are headed towards. Rather they are headed to a bright future. They are self-starters, movers and shakers and people who know that we need the planet, it doesn’t need us. 

The future is bright for them as individuals and bright for us, with a new generation of leaders who put the facts above a selfish benefit to a chosen few.

Paul Hellier - Founder 

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