Millions of high school students around the world skipped school last Friday to go on strike to demand stronger political action on climate change in a movement called #FridaysForFuture.
A group of young, local student activists, including members of the Student Environment Committee and Student Representative Council at Ulladulla High School, ran a lunchtime rally.
Ulladulla youth decided to meet during their own lunchtime at school - sacrificing their own time, rather than class time - to show political leaders that the movement is not about missing school, but having a voice in decisions that will impact their future, school captain Takesa Frank said.
"Politicians need to realise a whole new generation of voters are coming, who want leadership on this climate crisis," Ms Frank said.
Students took turns at an open microphone sharing their message for stronger action on climate change and heard from student leaders, Take 3 For The Sea ambassadors and ambassador for Treading Lightly in the M.U.D.
The school strikes were inspired by 16-year-old Swedish student, Greta Thundberg, who led the first school strike after feeling like she was being ignored through the proper democratic channels like meetings and petitions.