Prime Minister Scott Morrison doesn’t want young people to have “needless anxiety” about big issues like climate change. We asked our online community if he’s right, and over 900 people responded. We hit the streets to find out more, and turns out it’s a clear ‘no’ all round.
Scott Morrison’s comments came in response to a powerful speech by young Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg at the United Nations Climate Summit on Monday 23 September.
So, are young people’s concerns “needless?” Close to 950 responses to our social polls revealed that the overwhelming majority don’t agree with the Prime Minister’s comments.
Ryan from Brisbane said:
“If he took it more seriously, then the kids wouldn’t be so concerned in the first place.”
Brittany from Adelaide said:
“Teenagers aren’t kids. If they’re concerned about climate change and their future, he’s not doing his job as the people-appointed leader of this country. Stop deflecting Scomo and start doing.”
Aaron from Tasmania said:
“No matter the opinion, it’s not the smartest idea to talk down or demean your future voting demographic, especially the biggest, most enthusiastic population since the Vietnam War, and the group that will vote by the next 2 election cycles.”
Mahala from Queensland said:
“It’d be great if kids could just be kids and not need to worry about these things for sure but that would require the adults to have solutions to the problems rather than choosing to ignore it.”
Less than a week before these comments were made, an estimated 300,000 mostly young Australians took to the streets around the country to lead the School Strike 4 Climate in what was one of the biggest environmental protests in world history.
Check out what some young people from Melbourne’s climate strike had to say!
Scott Morrison also told reporters: “I want children growing up in Australia to feel positive about their future, and I think it is important we give them that confidence that they will not only have a wonderful country and pristine environment to live in, that they will also have an economy to live in as well.”
What could make young Australians more confident and positive about their futures? For young people and those we heard from, this couldn’t be clearer. Decision-makers: Take meaningful action on climate change. Now.