Asked if they believe there's hope for the future in the face of climate change, Maneesha Todd and Jack Simmons answered a resounding yes.
It's why they, and friends, are camping at the Wollongong Lighthouse to demand Prime Minister Scott Morrison take a climate and jobs plan to the Glasgow COP26 Conference.
Part of the Tomorrow Movement's Wollongong branch the duo are emphatic that it is possible to not just survive, but thrive, in the face of the climate threat.
"Drastic action on climate change needs to happen now, and net zero by 2050 is far too late," Mr Simmons, who is an atmospheric scientist, said.
"We have the solutions. We want urgent action to address the climate crisis and a living wage for all."
"While the federal government bickers and delays over a 2050 emissions target, Environment Minister Sussan Ley has approved three coal mine extensions in the last month, including the Russell Vale mine here in Wollongong.
"This is not good enough. Our future is on the line."
Prime Minister Scott Morrison will take a commitment to net zero by 2050 to the United Nations COP26 climate conference which starts on Sunday in Glasgow.
Australia will not update its 2030 goals despite international pressure to do more in the next decade to limit global temperature rises.
Instead, the government released new projections showing the nation would reduce its emissions 30 to 35 per cent on 2005 levels by the end of the decade.
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