Thousands of parents whose children will today walk out of class to protest climate change inaction will be issued a “please explain” by WA schools.
About 2000 Perth schoolchildren are expected to take part in the School Strike 4 Climate Action rally, which will march along St Georges Terrace from 11am.
Premier Mark McGowan said yesterday it was a “good thing” that young people were “passionate about issues”.
“I think if they wanted to protest it’d be better if they did it after school or on weekends but I don’t object to them protesting,” Mr McGowan said.
“This has been an issue that has been around for 30 or 40 years. We know that climate change is happening and we all need to take some responsibility, certainly at a national level.”
“Frankly, I blame (former prime minister) Tony Abbott.
“He wrecked a comprehensive national approach to this issue. I just hope after the Federal election far more sense comes into this debate.”
His comments come despite Education Minister Sue Ellery saying she did not support students skipping class and reminding parents it was a legal obligation for their children to attend school.
Kevin Donnelly, education expert and author of How Political Correctness is Destroying Australia, said the “indoctrination” of children into a “deep green ideology” about climate change was “appalling”.