Tag: Stop Adani Campaign

Mermaid says honest Coal barons are mythical creatures too


By SAT Newsdesk/FLAC

NORTH QUEENSLAND, 21 February: A mermaid chained to a cattle grid, 200 kilometers from the sea, is not what Adani contractor BMD expected to find on its way to work on Friday morning.

Actor and activist, Janie Gibson, staged a theatrical blockade to send a message to Adani, BMD and the Australian government that the Adani Carmichael mine is a carbon bomb that will accelerate catastrophic climate change. Dressed as a mermaid, Gibson chained herself to a cattle grid to stop workers from entering the BMD work camp and continuing work on the railway corridor that is critical to Adani’s Carmichael mine. A placard shared her message “Mythical Creatures: Mermaids & Honest Coal Barons – Don’t Trust Adani”.

Motivated by the urgency of the climate crisis, Gibson has put her body on the line to stop the Adani coal mine and defend the sacred water sources of the Great Artesian Basin. “Burning coal is the leading cause of climate change. We have seen Australia devastated by fires this summer and some of my family and friends were affected. All this has happened whilst our government is investing public money to extract new coal reserves and giving away precious groundwater for free. It is a completely ridiculous situation driven by greed and corporate influence. Until now, writing letters has not worked, lobbying the government has not worked, protesting in the street has not worked. It’s time that all Australians stepped up and put their bodies on the line to defend our right to life”.

Janie grew up in the coal-mining city of Newcastle NSW and her grandfather was a lifetime employee at the BHP steelworks. “While coal mining has been an important part of many Australian towns and communities, it is fast becoming a stranded asset. With companies like ANZ and BlackRock divesting from coal, it is clear that we need to transition to new technologies and clean energy sources. While countries like Germany are closing down their coal-fired power plants, Australia is being left behind in the 20th century. It is communities like these in rural Queensland that will be left high and dry; without groundwater, without jobs, and without a Great Barrier Reef. And with this mine projected to release 4.7 billion tonnes of carbon over its lifetime, it is now a global issue.

Adani’s mine a disaster for the Great Barrier Reef: Peter Garrett


By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE,24 October: Former Environment Minister and rock music icon Peter Garrett, in a prestigious National Press Club address in Canberra today, has criticised Australian governments for supporting Adani’s coal mine which he says will accelerate climate change and threaten the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef.

Mr Garrett was Federal Environment Minister for the Labor Government from 2007-2010 and Cabinet Minister from 2007-13. A member of the Order of Australia for contributions to the music industry and environment, Mr. Garrett is a lead singer of Midnight Oil, one of Australia’s most successful bands.

Mr. Garrett’s speech condemns the proposed AU$1 billion loan of public money to Mr. Adani’s project, for a mine which he notes is opposed by the indigenous people, will take vast amounts of water from Australian farmers and put the Great Barrier Reef and jobs which rely on the Reef at risk.

On the growing public push in Australia to stop the coal mine going ahead, Mr. Garrett said, “The Stop Adani campaign, the fourth major fight to save the Reef, is a defining moment that must be won if we are to have any hope of preserving a safe climate and the Reef.”

Mr. Garrett pledged that his world famous rock band, Midnight Oil, will support Australians rallying to oppose the project.

The Australian Marine Conservation Society’s Fight for Our Reef Campaign Director Imogen Zethoven said most Australians believe the state of the Great Barrier Reef is a national emergency. They want governments to reduce carbon pollution and invest more public money in clean energy sources like solar and wind.

“Our Great Barrier Reef has already suffered two back-to-back bleaching events driven by climate change. As a result, half of all the Reef’s shallow water corals bleached and died.

“Any threat to the Reef is also a threat to the 64,000 workers who depend on a healthy Reef for their livelihoods, not to mention the $6 billion it generates every year for the Australian economy,” Ms. Zethoven said.