Photos by Dougal Gorman and Hamish McIntosh
The planet is fucked, in case you didn’t know.
Climate change has been swept under the rug by a bunch of rich and powerful people for too long, and last Friday 80,000 Sydney locals gathered on Gadigal land to join a global strike for change. Inspired by Swedish teenage activist Greta Thunberg, thousands of school students across the world skipped class to have their voices heard, a movement that quickly extended to people of all ages. There was no excuse to miss it.
Leading the strike were two 17-year-old schoolgirls, who both deserve a lot of praise. To stand up and talk passionately in front of 80,000 people is no easy task, and it instilled a lot of faith in humanity (unlike today’s politicians). With chants of ‘SCO MO FUCK YOU, WE DESERVE A FUTURE TOO’ echoing throughout The Domain, it’s no surprise Australian prime minister Scott Morison chose not to make an appearance.
His name, however, did turn up on the witty protest signs of Sydneysiders. Some personal favourites from the kids were, ‘Scott Morison is a poo poo bum bum’ and ‘Scomo you look a bit like an old angry potato.’ Yeah! Cop that, you big poo poo bum bum!
After the student’s speeches, workers, Indigenous protesters and punters made their move from The Domain to Hyde Park. As the march flowed past Sydney Parliament House, the crowd chanted loud and clear, making sure any useless old person behind its doors could hear them. The outpouring of energy and passion was like nothing I’ve seen before, and the day couldn’t have gone any better. That there were no arrests or rubbish left behind at The Domain (despite fake news reporting of widespread littering from other news outlets) was just the cherry on top.
Climate change isn’t a problem that only affects particular races, ages, or economic groups—it’s a problem for us all. And the sad truth is, it’s been left to today’s kids and the Greta Thunbergs of the world to start cleaning up the mess created by generations gone by. The only question is, will it be too late?