Less activism, more learning - Australia's PM rebukes schoolchildren protesting climate change

Scott Morrison making a speech during the opening ceremony of the Invictus Games in Sydney in October 2018

(CNN)Most politicians go to great lengths to avoid alienating large sections of the population, but Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison apparently didn't get the memo as he blasted schoolchildren who are organizing protests for climate action.

"What we want is more learning in schools and less activism in schools," Morrison said during question time in Parliament Monday.
Young people are planning a series of strikes over three days starting Wednesday, walking out of classes to draw attention to the lack of political action on climate change.
    Kids protesting climate change in Australia
    "We don't support the idea of kids not going to school to participate in things that can be dealt with outside of school," said Morrison.
    "Each day I send my kids to school and I know other members' kids should also go to school but we do not support our schools being turned into parliaments."
    The Prime Minister listed a number of ways in which the government is tackling climate change, before making clear his opposition to the walkout.
    "We are committed to all of these things, but I will tell you what we are also committed to -- kids should go to school," Morrison said.
    Castlemaine School Strikers Milou Albrecht, 14 (left), Harriet O'Shea Carre, 14 (center) and Nimowei Johnson, 13 (right)