- Title: Thousands rally and march in Sydney for climate change protest
- Date: 20th September 2019
- Summary: SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA (SEPTEMBER 20, 2019) (REUTERS) PROTESTERS HITTING AND TOSSING BALL IN SHAPE OF EARTH ACROSS CROWD CROWD CHEERING AND HOLDING PLACARDS CLIMATE STRIKE ORGANISER, JEAN HINCHCLIFFE SPEAKING TO CROWD SYDNEY CLIMATE STRIKE ORGANISER, JEAN HINCHCLIFFE, SAYING (English): "IT SEEMS THAT THE ONLY PEOPLE STANDING ON THE WRONG SIDE OF HISTORY ON THIS ISSUE IS OUR GOVERNMENT." VARIOUS OF CROWD CHEERING AND HOLDING SIGNS AND PLACARDS SYDNEY CLIMATE STRIKE ORGANISER DAISY JEFFREY SPEAKING AT PROTEST/ CROWD CHEERING (SOUNDBITE) (English) SYDNEY CLIMATE STRIKE ORGANISER, VARSHA YAJMAN, SAYING: "We haven't seen any governmental action being taken since the last strike and that means we're going to keep fighting for the sustainability that we deserve and that we need and the economic stability that we also want for our world, the idea that renewable energy can be the alternative. That is the only option." PUPPET HEAD OF AUSTRALIAN PRIME MINISTER SCOTT MORRISON LIGHTING PROP MATCH PACIFIC ISLANDERS SPEAKING ON SAGE AND WAVING FLAGS OF PACIFIC COUNTRIES PROTESTERS HOLDING PLACARDS VARIOUS OF PEOPLE CARRYING PLACARDS AND BEGINNING MARCH VARIOUS OF STUDENT PROTESTERS CHANTING, HOLDING BANNER AND MARCHING DOWN STREET VARIOUS OF PROTESTERS MARCHING HOLDING PLACARDS (SOUNDBITE) (English) SOLAR ANALYTICS EMPLOYEE, STEPH BOND-HUTKIN, SAYING: "Yes. This is the first time we're striking and in fact our whole company is here today. Our CEO, it's really important to him to allow people to make the decision between a paycheck and to be able to protest. And we really believe that solar and renewable energy is the cleanest, cheapest form of energy in the world and everyone should have access to it and we think our government should be making that change right now." VARIOUS OF PROTESTERS CHANTING, HOLDING BANNERS, FLAGS, SIGNS AND PLACARDS VARIOUS OF PROTESTERS MARCHING HOLDING PLACARDS (SOUNDBITE) (English) NOWRA RESIDENT AND RETIREE, BOB, SAYING: "They have to stop making political advantage of this issue and unite the country behind a crisis approach to dealing with modifying our economy to become carbon free. It's absolutely essential we have a very, very short time and we are way behind the rest of the world in attacking this issue."
- Embargoed: 4th October 2019 08:46
- Keywords: climate change Australia strike march Sydney school students domain UN Climate Action Summit
- Location: SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
- City: SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
- Country: Australia
- Topics: Environment,Climate Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA001AXGNXAF
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Thousands of students and protesters took to the streets of Sydney on Friday (September 20) to kick off a global strike demanding world leaders gathering for a UN Climate Action Summit adopt urgent measures to stop an environmental catastrophe.
Protesters gathered in the Domain and marched through the centre of Sydney to Hyde Park chanting slogans and holding placards.
Similar protests, inspired by 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, are planned in some 150 countries on Friday. The aim is for students and others from around the world to speak in one voice about the impending effects of climate change on the planet.
The strike will culminate in New York when Thunberg, who has been nominated for a Nobel prize for her climate activism, will spearhead a rally at home of the United Nations headquarters.
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