The School Strike 4 Climate took place on Friday September 20 at the Bendigo Library Gardens.
Approximately 600 people came to support the cause, including City of Greater Bendigo Youth Councillors Jemille McKenzie and Alyssa Lai, the Youth Deputy Mayor Annika Ritchie, and City of Greater Bendigo Mayor Margaret O’Rourke.
Youth Councillors in attendance at the event are also members of the Youth Council's Youth Environmental Sustainability Working Group, who hosted a poster making workshop at YO Bendigo prior to the event.
The School Strike 4 Climate was part of a series of international strikes and protests led by young people to demand action be taken to address climate change. It is a global movement inspired by 16 year old Greta Thunberg. There have now been strikes across the globe in every major city.
An estimated 1.4 million people from around the world participated in the School Strike 4 Climate in September.
Speakers at the Bendigo event included Mayor Margaret O’Rourke, Deputy Youth Mayor Annika Ritchie, Bendigo Young Citizen of the Year Sam Kane, Youth Environmental Sustainability Working Group Member Immy Shand, Member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters and Australian Conservation Foundation member Ken Rookes. Dja Dja Wurrung CEO Rodney Carter provided the Welcome to Country.
The event was supported by the Youth Council as it aligns with their priority of youth engagement.