Today, a colleague and I decided to gap it from work at the very last minute and beeline it to the Climate Strike rally at The Domain. It was probably a very irresponsible thing to do because I completely cooked it and failed to inform any of my higher-ups, so if any of my bosses are reading this — I’m sorry for my reckless impulsivity.
It was one of those weird things where I spent the entire morning feeling like history was brewing and I was actively choosing not to participate it by staying at work. Anyway, this was a bad, naval-gazing way of opening up an article that is entirely NOT about me but about THE EARTH AS WE KNOW IT.
If you were at the Sydney Climate Strike rally today, firstly, congratulations — truly. We all know how anxiety-inducing it can be asking your boss for time off work or your parent if you can bunk of school for a couple of hours. So you, being there, rallying for the planet is a victory in itself.
— School Strike 4 Climate (@StrikeClimate) September 20, 2019
Incredible pictures as Australia’s gathering for the #climatestrike
This is the huge crowd building up in Sydney.
Australia is setting the standard!
Its bedtime in New York…so please share as many pictures as you can as the strikes move across Asia to Europe and Africa! pic.twitter.com/7eAPUQPq5C
— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) September 20, 2019
The rally was nothing short of glorious. Punters upon punters of all descriptions piled in armed with protest signs and a burning desire for change. It was furious, desperate and so, so hopeful. The camaraderie and gentle heroism on display today literally made me well up. It was beautiful to witness.
In amongst all the adrenaline were some of the most fantastical protest signs we’ve seen in our lifetime, have a suss of a few we managed to capture below.
In the wake of Billie Eilish’s apocryphal climate change-inspired video for ‘all the good girls go to hell’ this sign was fitting.
Sometimes the simpler the better. This is a masterclass on minimalism, babe.
Is this Basquiat?