Last Friday thousands of Australian students a joined their global counterparts in a mass day of protest to demand action on climate change.
They were supported by 1,878 businesses and organisations throughout Australia who have joined the Not Business as Usual Alliance, who have pledged that the day will not be ‘business as usual’.
Such businesses were encouraged by the Alliance to do one or more of a range of activities.
These included closing its doors, having meeting-free days, allowing long lunches or sending emails to make it clear that teams will not be penalised for taking a few hours off.
This comes three days before the United Nations Climate Action Summit on September 23.
The turnout reached more than that of an earlier strike in which more than 1.5 million people worldwide including 150,000 Australians attended.
A host of firms related to the building design, architecture and engineering sector also took part.
Also participating were several firms who supply products and services to the built environment sector.