Climate Action Port Stephens supports school climate strike with Shoal Bay rally

RALLY: Port Stephens environmental group members, including CAPS, show their support for a cleaner future at Shoal Bay. Picture: Supplied
RALLY: Port Stephens environmental group members, including CAPS, show their support for a cleaner future at Shoal Bay. Picture: Supplied

The Port's environmental groups were out in force for the School Strike 4 Climate Australia's Global Day of Action on Friday.

Showing its support was Climate Action Port Stephens (CAPS) with members proudly displaying placards during a silent protest rally at Shoal Bay.

CAPS called on all politicians, including Port Stephens councillors, to take the future of the environment seriously and treat climate change as an emergency.

The group said that gas was a dangerous fossil fuel that would only worsen the climate crisis.

"We join with First Nations communities, school students and unions by hosting small-scale actions in towns suburbs, schools, and workplaces across Australia in calling on the federal government to fund futures, not gas," CAPS president Alisha Onslow said.

"School Strike 4 Climate demands that no public funds be used on gas and other damaging fossil fuel projects and is critical of the federal government plans to use gas as a transitional fuel in the process of conversion to renewable energy.

"Instead, recovery funds should be spent on resourcing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-led solutions that guarantee land rights and care for country; that create jobs that fast-track solutions to the climate crisis and help communities recover; and projects that transition our economy and communities to 100 per cent renewable energy by 2030, through expanded public ownership."

The global day of action also had the support of EcoNetwork-Port Stephens, which has 28 affiliated community groups.