I’ve just come home from the Climate Strike. I hated the crowds and the noise, and my old body is now in pain from having stood around for hours — but I loved the event.
Usually, I emphasise that I don’t live in Melbourne but in a little nearby country town, but today I was proud to consider it my city. The official estimate is that 100,000 people participated. They ranged from little babies to those a generation older than I am; people in wheelchairs and schoolkids waving signs; union members proudly wearing T-shirts saying so; those identifying as loving a same-sex person and young male-female couples holding hands; kids in school uniform led by their teachers and kids in casual clothes with or without their parents… It was joyful gathering of humanity at its best.
Complete peace and harmony ruled. Most Australians are of European origin, but they cheered speeches from the original custodians of this land, and among us were people clearly from various other parts of the world: Malays and Chinese and Africans and South Sea Islanders, and heaven knows from where else. All of us were Family.
And all of us were there because we care. We want a future for the current generation, and want to stop the insanity of the dinosaurs who are dragging us into global suicide.
While I was there, I did a little informal survey. I want to recruit the power and passion of youngsters into the only political party in Australia that cares for the environment, and cares for people: the Australian Greens. I talked with several teenagers, all of whom said they’d join the Greens if they were old enough.
A friend originally from Britain has told me that there, each political party has an associated organisation, with the aim of recruiting high school kids. That’s what I want the Australian Greens to have.
So, I am asking for help and advice. If there are such organisations where you live, please let me know about them. Maybe you can put me in touch with them.
Also, I need a name for this organisation. I thought of “Climate Kids,” but some people think teenagers would feel it below them to be referred to as “Kids.” I’d like to make up a list of potential names, then survey youngsters to choose the best one.
Can you please email me suggestions?
UPDATE: Today’s estimate of the number of people at yesterday’s climate strike in Melbourne is 150,000!