Much has been made of the students walking out of Australian schools to protest climate change, but few know that the original protests were a dismal failure.
Protest organiser, Ida Dontwash, 31, originally planned to stick it to the government by having students stay back after school and do another six hours of school work. A bold plan, one which saw three whole kids across the country stay back – and all three being the children of teachers who had to stay anyway.
“I really dropped the ball on that one,” said Ida. “Don’t know what I was thinking, but when no one turned up I realised I had gone about this the wrong way. Kids hate school, so why not get them to walk out rather than stay back.”
And thus, the great climate change walk out was born, after Ida convinced kids who don’t want to be at school to take a day off and not get in trouble. Never mind that they would have walked out for any old cause that their parents and teachers supported, Ida seems to think their actions prove just how much they support battling climate change.
“They didn’t walk out because they wanted a day off school, that’s stupid,” said Mr Dontwash. “Although, none of them stayed back… nah, they didn’t walk out because they wanted a day off school,” laughed Ida, trying very hard to convince himself of this lie.