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Australia, Japan, S Korea join Global Action Day to protest climate change

Sydney, Australia, Nov 25 (efe-epa).- Students in Australasia, from Australia and Japan too South Korea cities demonstrated Friday against fossil fuels in solidarity with the Global Action Day celebrated worldwide to protest the climate crisis within the framework of the UN General Assembly.

In small groups and respecting safe distances due to COVID-19, schoolchildren in Australia led campaigns in cities such as Sydney, Melbourne or Perth under the slogan “Finance our future, not gas” in reference to the polluting energy policy of the Australian Government.

“The climate is changing, why not us too?,” “You are burning our future” or “Later is too late” are some of the messages that could be read on students’ banners, calling for a transition in the country towards 100 percent renewable energy by 2030.

They criticize that the Australian government spends AUD 12,000 million (about $ 8,400 million) of taxes on subsidies for fossil fuels.

In addition to students, demonstrations have the support of unions and advocacy groups for indigenous minorities, including those affected by gas projects such as the Torres Strait between Australia and Papua New Guinea.

“The change we need is money directed at renewables like solar and wind (power). We need government funding to make the transition of workers from fossil fuels to renewables possible to leave no one behind,” Australian student Ella Simons said on Twitter.

The Government of Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison justifies its support for fossil fuels to guarantee the country’s energy independence and create jobs, and therefore continues to promote the exploitation of gas and coal deposits.

Australia is the world’s largest coal exporter and contributes to 5 percent of the world’s total climate pollution, if domestic emissions of greenhouse gases (1.4 percent) and exports of greenhouse gases, gas, fuels and coal (3.6 percent) are added.

In Japan, a group of students joined the call made by the movement and did so mainly with virtual initiatives to avoid large crowds of people.

The Fridays For Future Tokyo platform carried out signature collections through the internet in favor of abandoning fossil fuels and applying more firm measures against global warming, in addition to a “tweet storm” and various initiatives through Instagram and other social networks.

Japanese activists also staged a protest in front of the National Diet (Parliament) building in the Japanese capital, in which several dozen participants left their shoes on the ground next to posters with slogans such as “Be part of the solution” or “We do not have time.”

in Seoul about a dozen activists demonstrated Friday in front of the US embassy (the country with largest emissions of greenhouse gases per capita) in the central Gwanghwamun square carrying messages such as “Climate emergency” or “We want to be able to live” and some of them with their hands stained red simulating blood.

The low number of participants is due to the restriction of groups of more than 10 people gathering in the capital (eighth largest global emitter of polluting gases) due to the recent increase in COVID-19 infections in the country.

Global Action Day has been called by environmentalists and young people around the world mobilized around the Fridays For Future (FFF) movement, which emerged as a result of the protests of young Swedish activist Greta Thunberg.

Its objective is to ask the UN Assembly, which takes place between Sep. 15 and Sep. 30, to take urgent measures to comply with the Paris Agreement, which seeks to prevent the planet’s 1.5C-barrier from being exceeded this century, which would have serious global consequences. EFE-EPA

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