Last Friday school children walked out of their classrooms and held demonstrations in support of action on climate change, something the current government seems incapable of comprehending, let alone dealing with. These children are vastly more worldly wise, more knowledgeable, and more aware than I ever remember my classmates or me being at their age. One of the things which struck me the most about their strike was the desperation, the wit and sometimes, the wisdom of some of the placards. Here are a few:
I’ve seen smarter cabinets at Ikea
We’ll be less activist if you’ll be less shit
Civil disobedience requires no permission slip
Why should we go to school if you won’t listen to the educated
There are no jobs on a dead planet
Act now or swim later
Make earth cool again
Save our future
Our future not yours
There is no planet B
Our future is in your hands
You’re burning our future
Scomo likes it hot (accompanied by a cartoon of Morrison in a bikini)
Our Earth, our future
One planet, one choice
Stop burning my ancestors
It’s our future
The planet cannot sustain the system
100% renewable is 100% doable
I am not in denial
We have to live with your mistakes
Do your f@#$%&g job!
Scomo says go back to school! We say: only if you come with us! #GetEducatedAboutClimateChange
System change not climate change
Beam you up Scotty (accompanied by a cartoon of Morrison being blown out the top of a cooling tower)
I’m sorry Ms Jackson (ooh) climate change is real
Don’t burn our future
I’m a huge fan of renewables (accompanied by a drawing of a wind turbine)
Kids are smarter than politicians! Stop Adani
Keep our planet green and cool
Save our planet please
The time has come
Coal is killing our planet
Policy change for climate change
Protect our home
You have one world. Don’t f$%# it up!
Clean up our planet. It’s not Uranus.
@scomo: education + activism = action
Stop wrecking the planet
Be cool. Stop global warming now
Scott Morrison needs an education
Climate change is worse than homework
Where can we go?
Give a hoot, don’t pollute
I love a sun-powered country
I love clean energy and I can’t vote…yet.
I left school to keep the planet cool
Global warming is a global warning
If you were smart, we’d be in school
Sorry I can’t tidy my bedroom, I have to save the planet
I’ll stop farting if you stop burning coal!
@scomo Isn’t your govern-meant to enact policy?
This can’t wait till I’m bigger
Wake up! Take action now!
Horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment
Don’t just ignore our future until we don’t have one
Stop lining your pockets with our future
The oceans are rising and so are we
If this is the legacy of the Abbott-Turnbull-Morrison government, to turn early teenagers into activists demanding the government look after its people rather than its donors, then it may have been worth the excruciatingly incompetent, corrupt, vacuous six years of conservative stupidity.