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The planned student-led march has shut down key CBD streets with students and activists calling on the federal government ahead of the election to address the climate crisis.

The protesters have marched along Macquarie street to the NSW Liberal Party headquarters.

Thousands of school students have descended on Sydney's CBD to march for climate action today.
Thousands of school students have descended on Sydney’s CBD to march for climate action today. (9News)

One student told 9News that although many at the march are too young to vote, this is their way of sending a message to the government.

“Voting is just one way to engage in our democracy and that’s why we’re here today to have a platform and get our message across and tell voters and plead with them to vote for our future,” Natasha Abhayawickrana said.

“Our communities are going to be voting for climate and we need climate action now.”

Thousands of school students have descended on Sydney's CBD to march for climate action today.
Thousands of school students have descended on Sydney’s CBD to march for climate action today. (9News)

Many students can be seen wearing their school uniforms during the protest.

Bailey Linton-Simpkins, a student and organiser, told 9News that he wore his school uniform to set an example for other students on taking action against climate change.

“I’m out here in my blazer as a prefect showing that the youth are powerful and we’re here,” Linton-Simpkins said.

“Being engaged is really important, so I think it’s nice to see prefects and other people in leadership positions kinda supporting such a good cause.

Thousands of school students have descended on Sydney's CBD to march for climate action today.
Thousands of school students have descended on Sydney’s CBD to march for climate action today. (9News)

“The government’s telling us that we’ve had action on the climate crisis, that’s a lie.

“At the end of the day, we’re here on the right side of history.”

Macquarie Street is currently closed due to the protest.

Tanya Plibersek shared a throwback photo to Twitter to remind young Australians to enrol. The deadline to do so 8pm tonight.

Throwback photos of federal politicians

Source: 9News

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