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Far South Coast kids join nation-wide student strike for climate

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Bega High student Matt Gibbs joined the strike at Littleton Gardens today. 

Over 100 students from schools in Bega came together for a rally urging government, corporate and individual action on climate change today. 

Students as young as 10 gave speeches to the crowd at Littleton  Gardens, which included supportive adults. 

The students were part of a national action, which saw thousands of schoolchildren walking out of class in regional and metropolitan areas.  

The students said climate change is already having an impact with worsening drought, fires and extreme weather, and called for urgent change including an end to coal mining and deforestation. 

Fairfax is reporting today that Australia's greenhouse gas emissions have continued to rise in the June quarter, ending the financial year at their highest level since mid-2011, government figures show.

Total emissions in the economy at the end of June were the equivalent of 533.7 million tonnes, up 3.4 million tonnes from a year earlier, according to the latest quarterly report. 

The World Meteorological Organisation says greenhouse gas concentrations are once again at record levels and if the current trend continues we may see temperature increases 3 to 5 degrees by the end of the century.

This year is on course to be the fourth hottest year on record, trailing only the three previous years, as rising levels of greenhouse gases warm the planet, the WMO has said.