Climate change protesters will once again take to the streets in more than 40 towns around Australia - including Cessnock - this Friday.
Following on from the School Strike 4 Climate events held earlier in the year, this Friday's event will be a 'solidarity sit-down' in front of MPs offices and fossil fuel companies across the nation.
The sit-down comes in the wake of the nation's recent bushfire crisis, and the organisers are demanding increased support for Indigenous land management and the Rural Fire Service.
"Our Government's inaction on the climate crisis is contributing to these catastrophic fire conditions," student striker Campbell Knox said.
"The government has repeatedly ignored the experts in firefighting, climate science and Indigenous land management, who have all warned of the inevitable bushfire crisis.
"And they have failed to provide the support needed to manage country and bushfires in a time of climate crisis."
School Strike supporter Janet Murray says: "These kids want the government to acknowledge the climate crisis we are facing and do something about it - it's their future.
"They need leadership, not 'thoughts and prayers'.
"They want to see a plan based on the best science, not on donations to political parties.
"They want to see countries working together to solve this global problem, not quibbling that it's 'not our fault'."
The Cessnock event will be held in front of Hunter MP Joel Fitzgibbon's office in Edward Street from 4pm to 5pm. It is a student-led event, but people of all ages are welcome.
Funds will be collected for the Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Appeal, to help people affected by the bushfire crisis.