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Youth On Strike!

Aussie students defied calls to stay in school and went on strike for climate change action. This is their story.


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  • PRODUCER Rob Innes



In 2019 Australian school students went on strike to demand government action on climate change. They risked their studies to unite their generation. But organising a movement while doing your homework is never easy. This is the story of how a group of diverse kids defied calls to stay in school and organised one of the largest youth-led movements this country has seen. Using the students own recorded videos and vlogs, we take a dive into who they are to discover how they created a movement and kept it youth led and exploring what young Australians think about their representation and their future during what was called the ‘climate election’ of 2019. This is their story. Told by them.

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Issue Summary

A short summary of the issue the documentary is addressing

In 2019 Australia held an election that was referred to as ‘the climate election’. Youth around Australia, most of whom cannot vote, took to the strikes to demand action on climate change. Government members, with help from sections of the media, instead attacked the students and tried to undermine them, they claimed the strike movement was driven by adults who were manipulating young people. Both climate change and the rights of young Australians are not taken seriously. Up until recently, Australia didn’t have a Youth Minister, but even now, that Youth Minister is 61 years old. Young people are not properly represented here, and they know that climate change is something their generation must face. This film aims to show how young people united together, and across differences in beliefs, politics, and race organised one of the largest youth-led strikes we’ve seen.


What is the impact vision statement of the documentary?

Our vision for the impact of this film is to first reach young people throughout Australia and inspire them to join in and demand action for climate change. Secondly, we want to inspire older Australians to not only support these young people but support their demands. We want audiences to see how intelligent, mature and articulate the youth of Australia are. We also want to create conversations around the rights and representation of young people, and give them a larger voice.


What outcomes does the project hope to achieve from making this documentary?

Our key outcomes that we hope to achieve are: inspire and educate young people so that they join student action on climate change; reach a high number of people online with the film; inspire older Australians to support not just the student strikes but their demands; create a conversation around young Australians and their representation and rights in decision making processes; and provide content that key partners in the climate change action space can use in their networks.


How will partnerships with this project help inform the project development?

We have started conversations with groups through our team. We are connected with the student strike network as Charlie Wood is one of the adult mentors. Our working group of students consists of eight students who are not only in the film but are also key members of the strike organising committees. Through them, we have unique access to other members of the school strikes and the organisations that support them. The students will be key contributors to how the film will be released and rolled out, as members of our key audience, they understand how to best reach their generation.

Audience Engagement and Social Impact

What actions does this project hope for its viewers after seeing this film?

The actions we hope audiences will take are: join one of the School Strike 4 Climate rallies and exercise their democratic rights; register or join with a partner organisation who is operating in the climate change action or youth rights space; and write to their local MP demanding action on climate change and an increase of the rights of young people. We will have a website where audiences can do all these things with just one click.

Measurement and Evaluation

What is the projects indicators for success?

Our indicators of success are: the number of partners and ambassadors we are able to work with and who distribute the film; the number of shares and engagements online which includes views and comments and the kind of audiences that are engaging with the film; media attention and mentions; number of people that attend the screenings; number of visitors to the website and the clickthrough rate for our calls to action; and how many new students join the SS4C groups. We will know that we’ve achieved our vision through the conversations online and the number of people we are able to reach.