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Youth On Strike!

Twelve Aussie school students vlogged their own story as they went on strike for climate change action.


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  • DIRECTOR Rob Innes

  • PRODUCER Rob Innes



In March 2019 over 150,000 Australian students went on strike to demand climate change action. They risked their studies to unite their generation, while still doing their homework. This is the story of how young Aussies defied calls to stay in school and organised one of the largest youth-led movements Australia has ever seen, told by twelve diverse students who vlogged the whole thing. These young people shared their stories of who they are and captured what it took to organise a movement. Using only footage recorded by the students, this is their story, this is Youth On Strike!

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  • 28th February 2021

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Issue Summary

A short summary of the issue the documentary is addressing

In 2019 the School Strike 4 Climate organised what was at the time, one of the largest youth movements ever held in Australia. Students from 11 to 20 years old took part and hit the streets with over 150,000 striking for the day. Young people from all different backgrounds banded together to demand that our government and leaders take action on climate change. Young Australians are poorly represented in leadership at the Federal level, and with the youngest generation facing the greatest impacts from climate change in their future, they don't feel like they are being listened to or heard. Climate change is a critical issue and its impact is highlighted by the devastation of the 2020 Australian summer bushfires. Young people are demanding action now and their future is something we should all fight for.


What is the impact vision statement of the documentary?

Our vision for the impact of this series is to first reach young people and inspire them to join the movement and demand action for climate change. Secondly, we want to inspire all Australians to not only support these young people but support the School Strike 4 Climate movement. This series will also help climate change and youth advocacy NGOs convene supporters and aid discussion around key issues.


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

Empower and inspire young people to take action for climate change.
Give young people a voice.
Shine a light on the School Strike 4 Climate movement to encourage audiences to join the movement and support their goals.
Support NGO’s and advocacy groups in the climate change, youth and civil rights space.


How will this documentary achieve its outcomes?

Through festival screenings, engagement with the School Strike 4 Climate movement, and through educators we’ll reach new audiences and grow the awareness of the series. These new audiences will consist of international viewers, students, and engaged parents.
Partner with School Strike 4 Climate and work with them to reach their goals (through hosting screenings and discussions, providing the films for the SS4C “Strike School”).
Connect with Education Institutions to engage educators and students to use the film and resources as a learning tool.
Develop new impact partnerships to help support the climate change movement through providing the YOS series as a tool to help educate, raise awareness and garner support for our partners goals.


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

We have relationships with School Strike 4 Climate, Foundation for Young Australians, Youth Action, Australian Conservation Foundation, Climate Reality and Tipping Point. We actively work with these stakeholders in the climate and youth space to make sure our strategy is helping raise the voices of young people and support them.

Audience Engagement and Social Impact

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

Join and/or support School Strike 4 Climate.
Visit the School Strike 4 Climate website and subscribe to receive email updates on the next strike.
Join and/or support their preferred environment or youth NGO.
Attend and/or support climate actions by young people.
Get the Youth On Strike! study guide for high school students and use it in education.
Share Youth On Strike! online through social media.
Hold a virtual or physical screening of the series.

Measurement and Evaluation

What is the projects indicators for success?

Survey responses.
Website visits.
Number of views, engagements and shares online for the series.
Engagement at screenings.
Number of education screenings.
Number of festival selections.