High schoolers, university students, community activists, teachers and workers are set to descend on Wollongong CBD next Friday for the global climate strike.
The mass protest on September 20 is the second such rally held in the city in the last six months.
In March this year hundreds of Illawarra students put politicians of all persuasions on notice to act on climate change as a matter of urgency.
Primary and high school students wearing their uniforms gathered at Wollongong's Civic Plaza to demand action on climate change as part of the global Strike 4 Climate Action movement.
Thy will do so again on September 20.
But in the meantime, a group of School Strikers of the Illawarra met with Wollongong MP Paul Scully to discuss the upcoming strike and seek his opinion on climate-related topics.
Mikaela Amos, Finn Francis, Lola Bell and Ikey Doosey-Shaw from Wollongong Performing Arts High School, Smiths Hill High School and Lake Illawarra High School, said the meeting was "eye-opening".
"We did not find middle ground on all of the climate strikers demands but we believe it gave us an insight into what the government is willing to do," Mikaela said.
No matter what response we could have received the students of the Illawarra and the world will always fight to protect our future.Mikaela Amos
"No matter what response we could have received the students of the Illawarra and the world will always fight to protect our future.
"We hope to see everyone at the strike on September 20."
Mr Scully said he enjoyed meeting with the passionate youngsters.
"It was a really good meeting," he said.
"The students who are organising the strike locally are clearly very passionate, quite well informed about a number of issues and I'm sure that the climate strike next Friday will be well supported.
"There are those who say students should stay in school and not protest the issues that are important to them.
"I disagree with this as part of the education process is making sure that students do their research, inform their opinions and are able to present those opinions in the public domain, and this is part and parcel of it."