Tiny teen leads Coast’s global climate charge
MILLIONS of people will walk out of their workplaces, homes and schools tomorrow to join young climate strikers on the streets and demand an end to the age of fossil fuels.
As part of the Global Climate Strike movement, Echo Hunter Demecs will lead the School Strike for Climate on the Sunshine Coast.
While she has only been a part of the project since March, the Year 12 student believes that climate change was surely on its way to destruction.
"We need to let the world leaders know that we need transitions to sustainable energy and need to be thinking about our future," she said.
"As a young person, obviously you have to think about what's coming and at the rate this world is warming and the emissions, our future is looking pretty bleak."
Echo said the School Strike in Australia had three core demands, including 100 per cent renewables and exports by 2030, no new coal or gas and a sustainable and just transition for workers in the industry.
"We understand that what makes that transition so difficult is that it's an industry that supports the lives of so many communities, and we need to make sure that we are supporting those people as well as a sustainable future," she said.
In the lead up to the United Nations Climate Summit, Echo said the most important factor for those attending the strike at the 2500 registered events, was to put pressure on "our leaders".
"We just want them to consider the sustainable transition because it's not only important on an individual level, but as part of this community we have to acknowledge it's essentially up to the government to make these decisions," she said.
"Even if the goals don't 100 per cent go ahead, it's definitely a start."
Echo believes the recent fires at Peregian, although not a direct result of climate change, were exacerbated by the "extreme" dry conditions.
"This kind of thing is going to happen more and more often if people don't start thinking about it as a crisis," Echo said.
"Myself and everyone else involved are excited to stand up for our future and hopefully our children's futures."
More than 1000 people are expected to attend the event at Maroochydore Rotary Park at Cotton Tree from noon on Friday.