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  • Has campaigned against wind farms in the past

  • Hasn't really done much in general for the planet

  • Is against school strikes:

  • “It's good to see that we have active citizens among our kids & we always encourage that. I don't think that it should be at the expense of their education"

  • From: https://www.facebook.com/InsidersABC/videos/2773809339299017/

  • Says we are overshooting our Paris Targets when we can't be because OUR EMISSIONS ARE RISING

  • Also we are giving massive subsidies of up to $12 billion dollars a year to the fossil fuel industry: https://www.marketforces.org.au/campaigns/ffs/

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  • Has made no comment about climate change or school strikers

  • As the Minister for Health it is imperative that he be fully aware of the climate emergency 

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  • - Climate change impacts upon the health of many Australians - physical, psychological and emotional 
    - Bushfires and violent storms are threatening lives 
    - Toxic particles from coal plants can cause lung cancer 
    - Smoke from bush fires causes serious reactions for people with asthmatic conditions 
    - A warmer climate exacerbates disease 
    - Many children are suffering from enhanced mental problems due to stress and fear about the climate and not having a future 
    - If you want to do your job properly, then support us in our fight against climate change 
    - Here is some evidence from the climate council: https://www.climatecouncil.org.au/killer-coal-just-how-bad-are-the-health-effects-of-coal/
    - Here are many other reports, from the government itself: https://www.mediastatements.wa.gov.au/Pages/McGowan/2019/03/Inquiry-into-the-impact-of-climate-change-on-health-in-WA.aspx
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/western-australia/wa-government-feels-the-heat-over-health-department-s-750-000-climate-change-inquiry-20190923-p52u3o.html?ref=rss
    https://www.ruralhealth.org.au/sites/default/files/publications/nrha-factsheet-climate-change.pdf
    (Roger Cook is the health minister for WA.) 
    - On the Climate Reality Project YouTube channel, Al Gore interviews the Scottish First Minister (The equivalent of our Prime Minister) 
    - The Australian Medical Association has declared climate change a health emergency: https://ama.com.au/media/climate-change-health-emergency
    - Also here; https://insightplus.mja.com.au/2019/43/blanketed-in-smoke-contemplating-climate-change/

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  • We need to phase in renewable-powered public transport in big and small cities

  • You need to make sure that any spare space in big cities, for example vacant lots and rooftops, are occupied by green space

  • You need to support the installation of rooftop solar for urban families

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  • Traditional, industrial agriculture emits a lot of methane and CO2

  • Feeding seaweed to cows reduces their methane production by 85%

  • There are ways of sequestering carbon in the soil which not only take greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere but also increase the fertility and water-holding capacity of the soil

  • "Forest farming" has been used Africa and ____ to bring back forests while allowing farmers to make a profit

  • Climate change is not only partly caused by agriculture; it makes it very difficult, through droughts and floods

  • The last thing environmentalists want to do is have conflict with farmers: we want to work together, and so do the next generation of young farmers. We'll need to if we're going to have any chance of beating climate change.

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  • According to The Guardian: 

  • Australia’s education minister, Dan Tehan, has told striking students they should protest “after school”.

  • “[For] other action on issues that they think is important, they should do after school or on weekends,” he just told media in Melbourne. “No one is going to stop them from doing that. What our message is loud and clear today to all students, ‘be in school, join the National Action Day Against Bullying’.”

  • A reporter asks: “Can’t they do both? Is one afternoon off really going to harm their education?”

  • Tehan: “Students leaving school during school hours to protest is not something that we should encourage. Especially when they are being encouraged to do so by green political activists. They should be encouraging students to stay at school.”

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  • Explain why we are striking

  • Please support us; understand that we feel as if we have no choice

  • We are not "being encouraged to do so [go on strikes] by green political activists". I joined because I was inspired by Greta Thunberg, who certainly had no support when she started the strikes.

  • Change is coming, whether you like it or not.