As Adani says they’ll start work on rail line, community vows to take peaceful action to stop them
Bowen, 13th October: As mining giant Adani promises to start work on the rail line for Australia’s largest ever coal mine within the next fortnight, hundreds of people are vowing to engage in peaceful, non-violent civil disobedience to stop them.
Backed by state and federal governments, Indian mining giant Adani wants to build one of the world’s largest coal mines, on the doorstep of the Great Barrier Reef. The mine would be a disaster – causing irreparable damage to the Reef and global climate, trashing Aboriginal land rights, and in a drought-prone state, robbing us of precious water.
“If this project goes ahead, Adani will be destroying our people, a people who Adani knows nothing about. He will be destroying our spiritual connection and cultural identity,” said Aunty Carol Prior, Juru Elder, and Traditional Custodian from the Abbot Point Area.
“We have protested, petitioned and raised our concerns about the impact on the climate, the land, our water and of course the Reef. Yet still our politicians continue to give Adani their support. I’m here because I value people, a safe future and a healthy Reef over coal, said Mathew Bing, from Mackay.
“The future of our local communities, land and water, and our Reef are all on the line. We must do everything in our power to stop this mine,” said Megan Armstrong from Townsville.
“Mining companies come and go, leaving a legacy of broken promises. But we’re here for the long haul. Adani is not a company our community can trust. Our politicians aren’t protecting us, so we’re standing up to protect everyone’s future by stopping this mine,” said Elvyn Smith, gem fossicker and Bowen local.
“I worked in the coal industry for decades but I can tell you it’s not the way of the future. Sickness, boom and bust, a dead Reef and spiralling climate change are not a legacy we want to be leaving for our kids. I can’t let our future be trashed by this mine,”said Steve Bulloch, former coal miner, Mackay.
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