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Age of activism: Grandparents ditch the caravan for the picket line

Inspired by school climate strikers, grandparents are joining the fight to haul down emissions. Using their time and, for some, their wealth, older Australians are turning retirement into activism.  In this special project co-published with All The Best Radio, reporter Jordyn Beazley follows two grandparents on a mission to barricade one of the most infamous sites in Australian climate politics – Queensland’s Adani coal mine.

Podcast by Jordyn Beazley
 

 

John Sheridan, a 78 year old activtist who has been arrested five times in the past five years protesting for climate action, says he is breaking the law while protesting for climate action to make a statement: “The law is written to sustain the status quo, rather than being written thinking in terms of justice, and it really should be justice.” Image credit: Jordyn Beazley

John Sheridan, a 78 year old activtist who has been arrested five times in the past five years protesting for climate action, says he is breaking the law while protesting for climate action to make a statement: “The law is written to sustain the status quo, rather than being written thinking in terms of justice, and it really should be justice.” Image credit: Jordyn Beazley

75 year old activist Rae Sheridan, who has been arrested six times in the past five years protesting for climate action, said she is disappointed to not see a flotilla of caravans surrounding parliament house demanding action on climate change: “We really are the rich generation that has inherited a lot of benefits and kept them. So we could be so powerful if that motivation was there.” Image credit: Jordyn Beazley

75 year old activist Rae Sheridan, who has been arrested six times in the past five years protesting for climate action, said she is disappointed to not see a flotilla of caravans surrounding parliament house demanding action on climate change: “We really are the rich generation that has inherited a lot of benefits and kept them. So we could be so powerful if that motivation was there.” Image credit: Jordyn Beazley

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This story is part of Covering Climate Now, a global collaboration of more than 220 news outlets to strengthen coverage of the climate story.

Producer: Jordyn Beazley

Supervising Producer: Rachel Fountain

Additional Supervising Production: Mell Chun

Music: Pulsating Brain, Lobo Loco – Sourced from The Free Music Archive.

This story was originally published with All the Best, FBi Radio.

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