Libby Coker MP will be hosting a Youth Climate Forum with the Australian Youth Climate Coalition at Deakin University in Waurn Ponds on Sunday 15 September and has offered her support for the upcoming climate strike.

Ms Coker said she understood why young people living in the local community were concerned about climate change, saying she stood with them.

“Climate change is real and we must act to protect Australia’s future. The students who are taking part in the School Strike for Climate on September 20 need to have a voice on future policy. They will be voting at the next election and they are actively engaged, so they should be encouraged, not criticised.”

Ms Coker pointed out that the forum was an opportunity to discuss effective climate action, to learn together and look at the how young people in Corangamite can be more involved.

“Young people are taking a strong stance because they are facing an uncertain future and not witnessing effective and comprehensive federal government action. This Government, on its own projections, is 19 per cent short of their 26 per cent emissions reduction target, this is just not good enough.”

“We need federal government to immediately take effective action to address this crisis. The Morrison Government must commit to substantial emissions reductions, better support the renewable energy industry, and take a leadership role in our region to help facilitate a shift towards a climate friendly future.”

“I support the student’s right to peacefully protest for their future, I support peaceful action to drive democratic change, and I encourage schools and parents across Corangamite to back their kids.”

“I would also encourage young people in Corangamite, who are concerned about the impact of climate change on their future, and who would like to know what they can do, to attend the Forum on 15 September and take the opportunity to speak with climate leaders, community groups, and with me about their concerns and their ideas for future action.”

Representatives from AYCC said the Forum was an important part of increasing support for climate action in the region.

“On September 20, millions of people across the globe will strike on the streets to demand climate justice. The Forum is an opportunity for the local Geelong community to learn about the strike from AYCC members and hopefully become inspired to join the movement,” Laura Kelly said.

The Youth Climate Forum will be held in conjunction with the Australian Youth Climate Coalition (AYCC)

When: Sunday 15 December, 10am to 11.30am

Where: Deakin University, Waurn Ponds Campus
Lecture Theatre Ka3.411