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Students are demanding that politicians and policymakers map out a clear strategy to tackle one of the biggest problems facing the world today – climate change.
The recent student climate strikes across the world demonstrate how important this issue is to young people.
According to Curtin Guild President Finlay Nolan students will no longer tolerate inaction on climate change.
“For too long now politicians have ignored our calls for change. Instead of listening to students, they give tax subsidies to fossil fuel companies who contribute to the causes of climate change,” she said.
Recent estimates from the International Energy Agency suggest that more than $775 billion is spent globally each year subsidising fossil fuels. In Australia, is it estimated that tax fuel subsidies are worth up to $12 billion each year.
“That is money that could be used towards education and creating renewable sources of energy,” said Ms Nolan.
“This is a crisis - one that our politicians should start to take seriously and move towards 100% renewable energy targets.
“Students will not support any political parties who choose to be silent on this issue,” she said.
The Guild’s “We Will Not Be Left Behind” campaign demands include a call for the removal of subsidies given to fossil fuel companies, a flat 10% tax rate for gas companies for the next ten years, and the funding of free education as a result of these initiatives.
*(Demands came from NUS budget submission)