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Why our weather events will only get worse - Students expected to skip school to attend strike for climate action

Why our weather events will only get worse

Wake up, Australia.

That’s the message from experts across the country who say we have a “serious lack of appreciation” of the serious weather events hitting our towns and cities.

They say as a result, we’re not ready to deal with disasters.

Their concerns come as weather extremes lash different states, from Sydney being flooded with a month’s rainfall in two hours, to a “firestorm” in Queensland the worst of its kind.

Experts say these are all signs of climate change and Australians need to start paying attention or consequences will be “catastrophic”, with these latest events considered “tame” compared to what’s to come.

“Australia needs to accept that climate change is behind the intensity of these unprecedented events,” warns Professor Hilary Bambrick, head of public health at Queensland University of Technology.

“We need to not only adapt fire management strategies to meet the ‘new climate normal’ but also urgently and meaningfully reduce our greenhouse gas pollution in order to limit future climate change.”

Students expected to skip school to attend strike for climate action

When Nosrat Fareha heard the comments from Prime Minister Scott Morrison condemning the schools strike she is helping to lead today, she felt really upset and then angry.

The Auburn Girls High School student is one of hundreds of students expected to skip school in Melbourne and Sydney to protest the government’s lack of climate change action today as part of the School Strike for Climate Action.

Students in other cities like Hobart held strikes earlier this week and in total, students from all capital cities and 20 regional areas were expected to head to their nearest Parliament House or MP’s office for the strike.

The event in Sydney has become so big that the event, which was due to be held outside NSW Parliament House, has been shifted to Martin Place.

Fareha will be meeting up with about 10-15 other students from her school and then heading to the event taking place between midday and 2pm.

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