Thousands of youth in Australia are walking out of school to protest against climate change across the country. Up to 50,000 students are expected to join “School Strike 4 Climate”, a campaign started by young people to call for action on the issue of the climate crisis. Australia has faced criticisms for not setting more ambitious targets. Youth protesters are pushing the government to stop opening new coal, oil, and gas projects in the country. They are also urging the government to use 100% renewable energy and transition away from using fossil fuels.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison is pressured to reduce pollution. But at a global summit held last month, Morrison rejected demands to set higher goals even when other nations promised to reduce emissions. According to the country’s science and weather agencies, Australia has warmed up by 1.4 degrees Celsius on average since national records began in 1910. Because of this, extreme weather events and increased forest fires were experienced in the last century. The government has vowed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions but will focus on using technology. Critics and youth protesters argue that the Australian government should focus on renewable energy resources instead of gas.