Climate Action

Students set to strike as it’s revealed that Australia’s carbon emissions have hit record high

School students across Australia set to strike as new data has found that Australia’s carbon emissions are at an all-time high.

  • 14 March 2019
  • Rachel Cooper

School students across Australia set to strike as new data has found that Australia’s carbon emissions are at an all-time high.

Data from Ndevr environmental, an organisation that releases quarterly greenhouse gas emissions data, has found that Australia’s carbon emissions are hitting an all-time high, this marks the third consecutive year of record increases.

The Quarterly Report for 2019 found that despite the annual emissions from electricity decreasing, increases from statutory energy, transport and fugitives have meant that overall emissions are still rising.

The report also found that emissions have exceeded the Paris Agreement target by 4.7 Mt CO2-e.

On Friday 15th March school students from across the world are set to strike for climate action. Students from across 60 locations in Australia will join the march. The protest will include parents, friends and some teachers in a bid to alert governments to the dangerous effects of climate change.

Greta Thunberg, Swedish student, started the strike movement in her home town last year. She took to Twitter to share how the movement has gone global.

Across the world, carbon emissions are also increasing. A new report by the UN has found that temperature rise in the Arctic will lead to increased thawing of the permafrost which is expected to contribute significantly to carbon dioxide and methane emissions. Last year, a report by the Global Carbon Project found that in 2018, carbon emissions were at an all-time high.