ABOUT 200 people joined the School Strike for Climate Australia protest at Sale's Clocktower mall on Friday, to vent their anger at government "inaction" on climate change.
It was a strong show of community support for the growing movement demanding policy changes and "real action" to prevent more habitat destruction, global warming and species loss.
Students from schools in all secondary schools in Sale and Maffra joined parents, teachers, young families and older residents concerned about the state of the environment.
The Sale 'climate strike' protest began at noon at the Sale mall, with music and speeches, a short march down Raymond St, and performances by local musicians and poets.
School Strike for Climate Australia is modelled on the international movement, 'School Strike for Climate', which encourages millions of people and students to walk out of workplaces, schools and homes around the world every year in September to demand "an end to the age of fossil fuels".
Similar protests also took place in Bairnsdale and Traralgon, while the Global Climate Strike movement held climate action strikes in Melbourne and more than 100 countries during September.
Two of the protest organisers, Lucy Capurso and Grace De Keersmaeker, gave moving speeches about young people's "real" concerns for the future of the planet.
Wildlife artist and passionate climate change activist Dawn Stubbs told the crowd climate change and species loss were connected, and protestors needed to continue to pressure government to take action to prevent more environmental "destruction".
Ms Stubbs received resounding applause when she said communities were rising up because they recognised the "urgency" of the matter, despite the government's continual denial of the science behind global warming.