Butler teen petitions council to declare climate emergency

Aiden Campbell.
Aiden Campbell.

A BUTLER teenager is taking his concerns about climate change to his local government through a petition that more than 500 people have signed so far.

Aiden Campbell (15) started the change.org petition in early September calling for Wanneroo Council to declare a climate emergency.

Aiden, who planned to join a climate action strike in Perth today, said he was inspired to start researching the climate emergency by Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg (16).

“There wasn’t enough being done (so) I decided to take action,” he said.

“I’ve started this petition in hopes in leading action and change.”

The petition asks the council to declare a climate emergency, and Aiden said he hoped the State and Federal governments would also declare it.

His petition aimed to send a message for governments to “work harder on its commitments to reducing carbon emissions, to stop global warming, and factors such as plastic which is destroying the environment”.

Aiden said Friday’s School Strike 4 Climate in Forrest Place calling for government action was environmentally friendly.

“We believe in climate change and we need to work harder to stop it,” he said.

“Climate change is the new terrorism and we need to stop it before we can’t reverse it.”

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The Year 10 Butler College student said his school was now using paper straws rather than plastic ones in the cafeteria.

He said he worked at McDonald’s, where staff were encouraged not to use straws and to bring their own water bottles.

Aiden, who is also a volunteer surf lifesaver, said ways to address climate change at a local level included avoiding plastic packaging and using public transport or walking to school or work.

“There’s a lack of knowledge on the climate crisis,” he said.

“People aren’t even sure what it’s about and what are the consequences to it.”

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In the petition, Aiden said Wanneroo’s population for more than 200,000 people could be “victims in the consequences of the climate crisis if we don’t start making drastic action now”.

“My friends, peers, family, teachers, school and community are all examples of people that are fearing to the consequences of the climate crisis,” he said.

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