QCOSS is proud to see people leading change together, as hundreds of thousands of people across the world prepare to take to the streets on 20 September 2019 to demand greater climate action in the lead up to the UN’s emergency climate summit.
We recognise that it takes more than one person in a community to lead change – this is at the core of QCOSS’ work. The climate strike is a true community-led movement in the face of a federal government paralysed against taking action.
QCOSS CEO Mark Henley says we need governments to take effective action on climate change and to support people, communities and organisations to become more resilient to extreme weather and natural disasters.
“Our young people are leading this climate strike because it is their future on the line.
“Last week we had our state conference themed Leading change together where we recognised that leading change is a collective venture – one that takes people, purpose and passion and needs to be supported by process, plans and partners.
“These young people recognise that change is a collective venture. And they are not alone – unions, businesses, community sector organisations, and the broader community, including QCOSS, are signing up to support them.
“Politicians need to listen to the community. This strike shows Australian’s are fed up with our elected representatives ignoring crystal clear evidence showing we have walked headfirst into a climate crisis.
“We need governments to take effective action on climate change and to support people, communities and organisations to become more resilient to extreme weather and natural disasters.”
“The climate crisis is a social justice issue and our voice is critical.”
One of QCOSS’ strategic focus areas is starting a revolution – building hope and optimism across Queensland through engaged, inclusive and thriving communities. This means communities should have a say in decisions that affect them, and their voice on this issue is loud and clear.
To add your support, attend one the rallies on September 20 or organise a workplace selfie to post on social media in support on the day. You can also help by promoting the rallies in the lead up to September 20 through social media.
For 60 years QCOSS has been a leading force for social change to eliminate poverty and disadvantage.
For interviews with CEO Mark Henley, please call Communications Officer Simone Hockins on 3004 6936.