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Australian students protest against Adani coal mine's launch

IANS  |  Canberra 

Thousands of student demonstrators took to the streets of Australias main cities on Saturday in their latest protest against the planned launch of a coal mine in state by Indian conglomerate

The protesters called on the to halt the coal mining project, whose construction according to would begin "imminently", news reported.

Protest Organizers, Stop Adani, estimated that 15,000 people had joined the marches across the country, while the said that 5,000 people had marched in alone.

The rallies followed last week's demonstrations urging action on climate change, which saw 15,000 school students walk out of class.

Students and activists then staged a sit-in at on Wednesday to confront Scott Morrison, who had criticized the student protest movement.

"Kids should go to school. We do not support our schools being turned into Parliaments," Morrison said in November. "What we want is more learning in schools and less activism in schools."

has pledged to reduce total emissions to 26-28 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030, but a recent UN report revealed no improvement in the country's climate policy since 2017.

The document said the latest projections published by the government indicated that emissions would remain high rather than being reduced in line with the 2030 targets.

Climate change has historically been a thorny issue in Australia, which has seen several of its governments make policies on eliminating taxes on polluting gases or the national

This responds to a strong conservative political sector that seeks to keep up the exploitation of fossil fuels, arguing that alternative energies or measures to mitigate climate change will raise electric tariffs.



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First Published: Sat, December 08 2018. 17:34 IST