THE YOUTH of Bendigo gathered at the city's library gardens to have their voices heard on an important global issue.
On October 15, School Strike for Climate groups from not only central Victoria, but around the country, came together at their own COVID-safe events to have their worries heard about climate change.
And Bendigo organiser Lilly Correll said this year's event was a success.
"It was a great day. There was such a large age demographic there, not just the youth but older people as well," she said.
"We got over 100 signatures and messages on our banner that we had at the event and we now plan to circulate it throughout schools in town and eventually have it sent to Bendigo MP Lisa Chesters."
Lilly said while it wasn't the event they were able to have before the coronavirus pandemic, she felt it was still a great chance to get their voices heard.
"It was a great COVID-safe environment to talk and discuss our future and about the climate," she said.
"As students, it was very promising to see how many people care and we're really excited to put the pressure onto the federal government and let them know we're not going away."
The ralliers were joined by local figures such as Member for Bendigo West Maree Edward, the city's youth mayor Jack Smith as well as City of Greater Bendigo mayor Jennifer Alden.
Cr Alden said she was impressed by the event the young people were able to put together in this current COVID-19 climate.
"It's great to see such a well organised event that was able to proceed after having to accommodate COVID-19 restrictions," she said.
"We could have missed another year of these young people having the opportunity to voice their concerns because of the pandemic, but thankfully that wasn't the case."
Cr Alden said she holds the issue of climate change very close to her heart and hopes council can work with these groups to "create a better future for everyone".
"I was invited to speak at the event and I spoke personally about my concerns about climate change as I have done for over 40 years," she said.
"But increasingly in the last few decades about biodiversity and our natural systems collapsing and those impacts.
"Being on council now, I have this motivation to contribute to how we can create a more livable future for our community and I look forward to working with these young people to do that."
The students also asked attendees to bring flowers that they would eventually group together to make the group's logo.
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