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People mobilise to save planet

October 2019

Organisers estimate 300,000 Australians have gathered at climate change rallies around the country in one of the largest protest events in the nation's history.
The global day of action, led by Swedish teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg, is happening three days before the United Nations Climate Change Summit in New York.
Organisers say millions of people have turned out worldwide in 150 countries.
In Australia, demonstrators took place in all eight capital cities as well as 104 other centres.
The Australian protesters called for the Federal Government to commit to:
* No new coal, oil or gas projects
* 100 per cent renewable energy generation and exports by 2030
* Funding for "a just transition and job creation for all fossil fuel industry workers and communities".
The movement has rallied behind 16-year-old Thunberg, who first started protesting alone outside Sweden's Parliament last year.
As the Australian protests began she tweeted in support.
"Incredible pictures as Australia's gathering for the #climatestrike This is the huge crowd building up in Sydney. Australia is setting the standard! Its bedtime in New please share as many pictures as you can as the strikes move across Asia to Europe and Africa!"
The movement has been controversial in Australia, with some teachers being accused of bias and bringing politics into the classroom, and the Federal Government linking the demonstrations to flagging test results.
More than 2,500 Australian businesses took part, either closing their doors or allowing their employees to walk off the job.
The businesses signed on to Not Business As Usual, an alliance which said it was a "group of Australian and global businesses pledging to support worker participation in the climate strike".
The exact number of demonstrators nationally was unclear, but more conservative estimates put the number closer to 180,000.
The centres of Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane were brought to a standstill as the protests snaked their way through CBD streets.
Tens of thousands turned out at The Domain in Sydney. Organisers placed the number at 80,000 people.
In Brisbane, organisers estimated more than 35,000 people were in attendance. Queensland Police said the figure was closer to 12,000.
Thousands of students and other protesters in Adelaide marched through Victoria Square to South Australia's Parliament House.
"I'm here because we need to stop it now, we're running out of time to sort this mess out," Year 9 student Archie Salmond said.
"It's all going by too fast. If we don't fix it, no one will, and it just needs to be stopped."  

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