Patronising politicians should listen to climate strikers

15 March 2019

Patronising politicians should listen to climate strikers

School children and other young people taking part in today’s Climate Strike should be praised, not patronised, says the state’s peak environment body.

Thousands of school children are expected to participate in the Strike, which kicks off on the steps of Parliament House at 11am before a march to Victoria Square.

“The last Climate Strike in November was deeply inspiring, and one of the most hopeful events I have been at for many years,” said Conservation SA Chief Executive Craig Wilkins.

“Today’s event will no doubt be much bigger as climate change concern grows around the world, and the window for action rapidly narrows.

“These impressively articulate children speak with more sense and foresight than many of our elected leaders.

“We are amazed and disappointed at the patronising reaction to the Strike from some adult commentators.

“They clearly aren’t listening to what these kids are saying, and totally underestimate their courage and strength of commitment.

 “They are the community leaders of the future, and they are the ones who will have to deal with the consequences of a changing climate. 

“The least we can do is treat them with respect and respond to their call for action – not patronise them,” he said.

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