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Perth school students walk out of class in strike on climate change

UPDATE: Striking students have closed St Georges Terrace as part of a climate change protest.

Hundreds of WA students walked out of class this morning, joining young colleagues in nation-wide strike over inaction on climate change.

Young protesters gathered at St George’s Cathedral in the Perth CBD before marching towards Elizabeth Quay.

Traffic was blocked on St Georges Terrace in both directions from Barrack to Pier Streets.

The students also staged a sit-in on the corner of the Esplanade and Williams Street.

Student organisers led chants of ‘planet not profit, ScoMo get off it’ and ‘planet justice, now.’

Swan Christian College student Connor Peroni, 15, said her generation would not be complacent in the destruction of the planet.

“We might live in a world as adults without food security and without fresh water if we don’t do something now,” she said.

Connor said if she were eligible to vote at this year’s Federal election, she would vote Green.

Shenton College student Ruri Lawrence, 11, was with her sister and mother at the protest.

“This is a lesson in itself,” she said when asked about criticism of students missing school to attend.

“Action is needed now to protect our world for the future.”

Willetton Senior High School student Ryan Hunt, 13, said he was striking to save the world.

“Future generations won’t see the world we see today,” he said.

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