Raquel and Stephanie, both 19, are university students. "Seeing kids who are coming out here and sacrificing a day of education, the least we could do as university students on a Friday when we don't have class is to come out and show our support," Raquel told BuzzFeed News.
"Half the Great Barrier Reef is gone and each year the heatwaves are increasing by mass amounts. We're not politicians, we can't make massive changes, but just show them that your youth is screaming at you; I think that says something."
The forthcoming federal election is the first in which they'll be able to vote. "I think that these strikes are so integral to a child's forming of opinions. I think it's an amazing way in our first year to vote to learn from kids like this," Raquel said.
"We're so super excited to get our say in the vote this time. We have been waiting for so long to have our say for our future, and now's the time," Stephanie said.