15 March 2019

Gallery: Med students join huge crowds at #SchoolsStrike4Climate

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Sydney Town Hall was jam packed with school children cutting class to protest against inaction on climate change today.

Children dressed in school uniforms climbed onto walls, shook placards, chanted and sang along to John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’. Most of the speeches were made by kids. “This is what democracy looks like,” one speaker said.

The crowds were so thick that police had to form a ring around the central rally to manage foot traffic.

Fourth-year medical student Keerthi Muvva, the Code Green coordinator for AMSA, told The Medical Republic:“Climate change is the greatest global health threat of the 21st century.

“It is unimaginable how many facets of our life climate change is going to effect, whether it is vector-borne disease, air pollution, mental health, food security.

“There are going to be so many patients who will have to deal with the consequences.”

The same scene was replicated across the country, with tens of thousands of children joining protests in capital cities, as well as the Blue Mountains, Orange, Tamworth, Bendigo, Mackay, Port Macquarie, Alice Springs and Cairns.

The Medical Republic’s photographer, Victoria Nelson, weaved through the crowd to capture a few shots of medical students who had also skipped lectures to take to the streets.

Editor’s note: This story previously included a TMR Twitter post, which featured an image of medical students at the rally who were incorrectly referred to as doctors.

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Maryanne
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Maryanne
2 months 1 day ago

So proud of the young people of today. Lets hope they have the courage, strength and opportunities to continue the momentum and make real changes for the future. Protests are just one of many ways by which consciousness is raised in a society about a particular issue, and the civil rights movement or the women’s suffrage movement are good examples of how society can be changed via grass roots ground swells.

John Caska
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2 months 1 day ago
Fake news & blind almost fanatical zeal are the hallmarks of many new causes whipped into a frenzy without a true knowledge of what is really going on. Firstly, do these students or their teachers & informers know & appreciate that Australia only contributes 1.3% of the world’s carbon pollution according to the Climate Change scientists. If we totally shut Australia down with no pollution at all – no electricity, cars, TV, phones etc etc & could save this we make absolutely NO difference.We could live in caves & hunt wallabies & dig for yams but not cook them as… Read more »
Sandra
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Sandra
2 months 4 days ago

All that’s missing is Mao’s youth’s red neck ties. Goes to show students clever or lucky enough to get into med school can still be stupid enough to jump on a bandwagon without investigating the background science, politics, and implications first.

Paul Jenkinson
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Paul Jenkinson
1 month 24 days ago
Totally agree with you and John Caska. Australia’s efforts will have no effect on climate warming at all and we are making life far more difficult for our poor and vulnerable people. Energy conglomerates,mostly international (eg AGL)are making record profits because of lack of competition to supply fossil fuel energy which will be our major energy source for decades to come no matter what happens. But it must feel good to be part of the herd I suppose for these adolescents. Global warming hysteria is ultimately a wealth distribution process. China and India’s thousands(and growing)of coal plants easily overwhelm Australia’s… Read more »
David King
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David King
2 months 1 day ago

Sandra,
You put your nexk on the line when you called these students stupid. I don’t think they are stupid for agreeing with the evidence of every national scientific body world wide, rather than commentators in the Murdoch press. Maybe you could spend some time reading up on the science and health impacts of climate change, but make sure you select reputable sources, eg The Lancet, BMJ, NASA, SCIRO, Aust Academy of Science etc.

Chris Ray
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Chris Ray
2 months 3 days ago

Dear Sandra, the science now is better than ever. Past predictions have been a conservative underestimate of effects from human activity contribution to climate change. It’s not about Mao – Freudian slip and irony – Mao did not allow democratic expression. These Medical and other students are ethically and morally motivated to protect our home and biosphere. It is their right and duty. They are brave. I am grateful – I am proud of them. Dear Sandra, it’s not about right and left; it is about right and wrong. Peace be with you.

Bob
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Bob
2 months 4 days ago

Sorry, what?
No bandwagons here Sandra, just passionate, informed people wanting what is best for our community.

Bob
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Bob
2 months 4 days ago

Hi Sandra, Mao’s youth would be so lucky to have such freedom of expression.
As for science, please read any of the reports published in the last decade to get a glimpse of the consequences that lie ahead due to climate change, both in Australia and abroad.

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