Expert: Climate change debate is a struggle for young people

Last week in the Senate, the Green’s motion to condemn the WA Government to allow fracking in our state was voted down, with the Coalition, ALP and One Nation all supporting fracking.

Greens Senator, Jordon Steele John, said this toxic industry has no social license in WA and will only line the pockets of major part corporate donors who want to send the gas off shore.

“It’s time to demand a ban on fracking, protect our precious places and build a future for all of us,” he wrote on social media.

Mr Steele John has also strongly advocated for the #SchoolStrike4Climate, where children across Australia skipped school to protest against climate change.

WA’s demonstration attracted hundreds of children waving politically charged signs and chanting in solidarity.

Despite commendations to the children for speaking up for future generations, many have accused the schools of indoctrinating their students and using them as political pawns.

Questions were raised over whether the students were actively interested in political issues like climate change, or if it was an excuse to simply have a day off school.

Prime Minister, Scott Morrison dismissed the nationwide protests, commenting there should be less activism in schools.

Global politics and policy lecturer, Dr Ian Cook, said the climate change debate is a struggle for young people as it’s an issue which older generations are not sympathetic to.

“I think Scott Morrison’s response telling them to be at school studying and not worrying about climate change is a little bit conducing, and not particularly helpful,”

“It shows that politicians on both sides are old, disconnected, and unaware of the issues that are interesting to young people going into the future,” Dr Cook said.

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