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To: Vice-Chancellor Duncan Maskell

Support for global climate strike September 20

This campaign has ended.

We, the staff and students of the University of Melbourne, support the call from the global school student climate strike movement for a worldwide day of action on Friday, September 20th.

We call on the University of Melbourne leadership to allow staff and students to join the climate strike demonstration on September 20th, and assurance that no one will be penalised for stopping work or missing class to attend.

Why is this important?

The call from students organising the strike states: “Last year’s UN intergovernmental panel on climate change’s special report on global warming was clear about the unprecedented dangers of going beyond 1.5C of global heating. Emissions must drop rapidly – so that by the time we are in our mid- and late-20s we are living in a completely transformed world. But to change everything, we need everyone.”

Already the NTEU, the GSA and UMSU who represent staff and students at the University of Melbourne, have endorsed this call to action. We will work together to ensure the widest possible stoppage of work and study so that staff and students can attend demonstrations on this historic day.

The University of Melbourne has an opportunity to be a global leader on climate action – an opportunity that staff and students want the University to take. Climate change and climate action is a top concern within our university community for students and staff.

As students and workers in the higher education sector, we have a particular responsibility and opportunity to campaign on climate action. Universities will play a leading role in the research and development and retraining that will be needed for the transition. Our fight against casualisation and the marketisation and commodification of education is inseparable from supporting our fellow workers and unionists in energy, transportation, and agricultural industries to decarbonise the economy and create dignified clean energy jobs.

Transforming our destructive relationship with the environment requires a system change at all social, economic and political levels.

To that end we stand with Indigenous people in struggles to protect their lands and waters from impending expansion of fossil fuel projects.

We stand with workers in fossil fuel industries and their communities facing insecure work and an uncertain future.

We stand against the vested corporate and political interests placing profits above the future of the planet.

Students and staff call for the University of Melbourne to be bold on climate action and agree to stop work and class for all members of the university community to join the global climate strike on September 20th.

There is no education on a dead planet.

Reasons for signing

  • Status confirmed: I have: read, approved of, supported, signed, and shared this cause, campaign, daily action, and petition. These actions were taken upon Sunday, the 22nd of September 2019. This information has been typed for record(s) maintenance purpose(s). O:-|
  • I can’t stress enough how much recognition this needs! The politicians are to busy arguing about it and not doing anything about it! We all need to help
  • Because I love my kids


2020-09-09 13:00:02 +1000

Petition is successful with 863 signatures

2019-08-01 11:33:51 +1000

100 signatures reached

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50 signatures reached

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25 signatures reached

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10 signatures reached