Knauf Australia supported the Global Climate Strike in Australia on 20 September 2019, and added our voice to thousands of Australian companies, trade unions, workers and students who rallied for action from government and industries to prevent further global warming and climate change.
The global climate strike took place on Friday 20 September, three days before the UN Climate Action summit. Adults joined millions of school children around the world in the streets to send a message to governments – now is the time for urgent and meaningful climate action.
The strike was very well supported in Australia. Organisers estimated that 300,000 Australians gathered at climate change rallies around the country in one of the largest protest events in the nation’s history.
“It is really encouraging to see how the Australia construction industry is supporting the cause for climate action,” said Knauf Australia Marketing Manager Stephanie Olsen. “More than 550 signatories have already joined Architects Declare Australia since its launch in July, for instance. Many architects also took to the streets on 20 September to show their support.
“It’s been reported that building and construction accounts for nearly 40 percent of energy-related carbon dioxide emissions. Knauf Australia fully supports strategies to turn this around.”
Ms Olsen added that the Climate Strike aligned with Knauf’s commitment to sustainability and the environment. Knauf developed Australia’s first carbon neutral plasterboard with an opt-in carbon offset program that is certified against the National Carbon Offset Standard (NCOS) for the manufacture of a range of their products.
Knauf Australia supported employees who wished to take leave to take a stand on the climate and biodiversity emergency by attending the strikes in the various locations.