Build our future: climate justice and jobs

August 18, 2020
Protesting for a safe climate in Brisbane, February. Photo: Alex Bainbridge

School Strike 4 Climate has called a national day of action for September 25.

Corporations, aided by the federal government, are manoeuvring to take advantage of the social and economic turmoil created by the COVID-19 crisis. They are proposing measures that prioritise fossil fuel projects and profits over the social investments we need to respond to the economic and climate crises.

These measures risk locking in Australia’s reliance on high cost gas, continuing to push power prices up and increasing emissions for decades to come.

We have an opportunity to rebuild our economy with clean energy and climate solutions.

Decarbonising our economy can put millions back to work, ramping up publicly-owned renewable and energy efficiency projects and investing in the community and climate resilience — work that we need.

These measures can drive down emissions and electricity prices, and expand opportunities for meaningful work based on low cost, clean energy.

We are calling for no public funds for gas and other damaging fossil fuel projects.

Instead, recovery funds should be spent on:

1. Resourcing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-led solutions that guarantee land rights and care for country;

2. The creation of jobs that fast track solutions to the climate crisis and help communities recover; and

3. Projects that transition our economy and communities to 100% renewable energy by 2030 through expanded public ownership.

The School Strike for Climate movement has led some of the biggest demonstrations in recent history, inspiring many to join the fight for a safe climate future.

Students are calling on all workers and community members to take action with them on September 25.

Take a day of leave to attend a protest, organise a workplace/lock-down solidarity selfie or pass a workplace resolution supporting the above demands.

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