The protests are calling for climate action, bushfire relief and the removal of Scott Morrison as Prime Minister.
As bushfires continue to threaten lives and homes across the country, Australians are growing angrier at the Liberal government’s insistence that this natural disaster bears no relation to climate change.
Between Scott Morrison skipping off to Hawaii for a little holiday as the country went up in flames and him using the current national crisis as one big photo op, people are tired of the lack of leadership from our PM.
Activist group Uni Students for Climate Justice have organised protests in cities across the country, all set to take place on Friday January 10, demanding action on climate change and calling for Morrison to get the sack.
Other demands include full funding and pay for all firefighters, sufficient relief and aid for affected communities and the immediate transition away from fossil fuels.
Despite requests from the Victorian Police to call off the protest, with high temperatures and strong winds set to worsen fire conditions across the state, the Melbourne rally will go ahead and looks to draw thousands to the CBD.
So far, the damaged caused by the bushfires have exceeded that of the Amazon and Californian fires combined, with over 8.5 million hectares of Australian land having been burnt. The fires have also taken the lives of over 20 Australians and thousands of koalas, kangaroos and other wildlife and livestock.
Where to find Friday’s protests:
Melbourne – State Library of Victoria
Sydney – Sydney Town Hall
Canberra – Garema Place
Brisbane – King George Square
Perth – Forrest Place
Adelaide – Parliament House
Wollongong – Arts Precinct Wollongong
Newcastle – Civic Park
Geelong – Lt Malop Street Mall
Port Macquarie – Town Green
Byron Bay – Railway Park
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