Geelong group joins national campaign to stop Adani coal madness

Join us in planning local action. Next meeting is on Monday 5 June at 6:30pm at the Geelong Library, 51 Lt Malop Street, Discussion Room 1, second floor. Come and share the passion – on World Environment Day!

On 24 May 2017, around 40 local residents from Geelong region came to Beav’s Bar to see the documentary film ‘Guarding the Galilee’ and take part in the launch of a local #StopAdani alliance of groups and individuals who are passionately convinced that this insane Carmichael coal mine that Adani, the Labor Queensland government and the Coalition federal government want to build, is never going to go ahead. And each and every one pledged to do their bit to ensure that it will not happen.

The headline of the meeting was: “Together we stopped fracking in our area. Now we will join thousands of Australians to stop Adani’s insane, climate-destroying coal mine.”

The way the climate emergency is escalating, accepting any new coal mine in 2017 means selfishly stealing the future from our own children and generations to come. More and more Australians have realised that we can no longer just be bystanders passively watching this mad and unnecessary destruction of our country, the Great Barrier Reef included.

Stephen Higgs is one such citizen. He was the principal of Ballarat Grammar for over 20 years. He has retired and moved with his wife to the Geelong region. He introduced the meeting in this way:

The letter by Ian Dunlop, which Stephen Higgs refers to, is entitled: “This is not rhetoric: approving the Adani coal mine will kill people”.

Ian Dunlop was an international oil, gas and coal industry executive, chairman of the Australian Coal Association and chief executive of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is a member of the Club of Rome. In the article in Canberra Times he writes:

“If we wait for catastrophe to happen, as we are doing, it will be too late to act. Time is the most important commodity; to avoid catastrophic outcomes requires emergency action to force the pace of change. Australia, along with the Asian regions to our north, is now considered to be “disaster alley”; we are already experiencing the most extreme impacts globally. In these circumstances, opening up a major new coal province is nothing less than a crime against humanity.”

We highly recommend that you read Ian Dunlop’s letter, if you haven’t already – and please don’t just read it: make sure others around you get to read it too. Family, friends, colleagues. This is a message that needs to get around:

» Canberra Times – 18 May 2017:
This is not rhetoric: approving the Adani coal mine will kill people

Watching the documentary ‘Guarding the Galilee’ was a good experience. It mainly consists of interviews with Australians who explain why they have joined the #StopAdani movement. One #StopAdani activist said:

“We are not giving up. It is going to continue right until the project’s defeated. It’s the biggest challenge facing global humanity. Someone needs to be doing it, and… why not me?”

What’s next – and a ‘climate peptalk’

After the film screening Mik Aidt from Geelong Sustainability talked about some of what we all can do – and about the next steps for the group, which will be planned more in detail at the meeting on 5 June at 6:30pm at the Geelong Library:

0:00–14:00   Mik about the Frack Free Geelong campaign and #StopAdani
14:00–18:40   Mik about climate perspectives
18:40–36:00   Q&A, comments and ideas

Some of the slides can be seen below:

Join photo shoots
to send a message to media and politicians – as you can see above, we took our first one right there at the meeting

Write letters to the editor
Here are some ideas to start with: The Age • Sydney Morning Herald: Financial Review • The Australian: • Adelaide: The AdvertiserThe Daily AdvertiserQueensland TimesThe ExaminerThe MercuryNT News • The West Australian: • Alice Springs News: • plus of course, your favourite local paper

Order an action pack
For the next photo shoot, and for helping with getting the word out to everyone you know, get an action pack on with material to open conversations with your friends, neighbours and your community.

Contact your local MP
When enough people stand up, politicians listen. We will plan at the meeting how and when we do this best.

Tell Commonwealth Bank to stop helping Adani
Join us when local gatherings are organised, and if you have an account with CB, let them know why you are closing it now. You can start sending them a direct message under one of their Facebook-posts.

Follow our group on Facebook
We also have a closed planning group on Facebook.

Join our mailing list
by sending an email to about who you are and how you imagine you could contribute to the campaign.

Since the launch meeting, 30 more people have joined the group, so the #StopAdani Geelong group today consists of over 70 local members.

The story of Frack Free Geelong in five shots

It could also have been summarised like this:

Global temperatures graph
Arctic ice volume graph
Extreme weather events on the news – constantly
It’s all happening much faster than anticipated
Climate change is a global emergency
So who got us there? Well…
Will the Adani mine be that wake-up call?

About why we have to raise our voices and make ourselves heard

The slides above, except the ones about Frack Free Geelong, are from a presentation by Dr Aaron Thierry at the University of Sheffield entitled ‘The Brutal Logic of Climate Change’:

Full length talk that covers the facts of climate change, the urgency with which it needs to be addressed and actions we can take to stop it. Delivered by Dr Aaron Thierry at the University of Sheffield, hosted by the Carbon Neutral University Network.

Published on on 19 May 2017.

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“When the coal from the mine is burned, it will produce up to 120 million tonnes of CO2 annually. That’s more than the annual emissions from fossil fuel combustion of over 100 countries.”

» The Guardian video explainer – 28 May 2017:
Fact v fiction: Adani’s Carmichael coal mine

» ABC News – 30 May 2017:
‘Adani and Queensland Government reach agreement over royalties for Carmichael coal mine’

“I am unable to make comment or respond”

Karla Way-McPhail, a director of a so-called “independent board” due to provide recommendations regarding a $900m taxpayer loan to Adani, has publicly – and not surprisingly – declared she is “very supportive” of its “vital” coal project. Not surprisingly, because Ms Way-McPhail happens to be running several mining labour and equipment hire companies. Asked by Guardian Australia if her public support for the Adani mine compromised perceptions of her independence, Way-McPhail said: “Due to confidentiality and privacy obligations I am unable to make comment or respond.” Smells fishy?

» The Guardian – 31 May 2017:
Adani: director on board that will consider $900m loan says project is ‘vital’
“Karla Way-McPhail, who runs mining labour and equipment companies, will not say whether she will recuse herself from Carmichael decision”

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Sign petitions

Here are some #StopAdani related petitions you can consider adding your name to – and supporting by sharing with your friends:

Stop Adani’s mega polluting coal mineAustralian Conservation Foundation
Up to 50% of Reef’s coral may have died on this government’s watch. Demand no public funding for coal pollution

More coal = more povertyOxfam Australia
Calling on Australian politicians to power up against poverty and help create a fairer, brighter future for everybody. This means a commitment to: No new coal mines in Australia, including Adani’s disastrous proposal – Ending Australia’s climate pollution – Tackling poverty and funding renewable energy solutions, here and overseas

Demand the Queensland Government holds Adani to account! Stop the mine before it starts!Georgia B
Petitioning Dr Steven Miles, Minister for Environment & Heritage Protection and Minister for National Parks & the Great Barrier Reef

Stop Free Water for AdaniAustralian Youth Climate Coalition
QLD Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has given a water license to Adani that would drain billions of litres of precious QLD water for free. Sign this petition to show the QLD Government you’re outraged at this out of touch pandering to the coal industry.

Beyond coal: replace coal with clean energyThe Greens
Call on State, Territory and Federal governments to work together on a plan for the retirement of all coal-fired power stations and a just transition for the workers and their communities.

Stop Funding Coal!Australian Marine Conservation Society
Send Prime Minister Turnbull an email making it clear that Adani’s Carmichael coal mine, Abbott Point coal terminal and rail link are a threat to our Reef and should not go ahead.

CommBank: Stop funding new coalGreenpeace
Petitioning CommBank CEO Ian Narev: Coal is polluting our world and threatening irreplaceable wonders like our Great Barrier Reef. I call on CommBank to help protect our Reef and power a renewable energy future by immediately committing to stop funding new coal projects.

Our Great Barrier Reef needs renewable energy, not dirty coalAustralian Marine Conservation Society
Petitioning Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten to tell them that the future of the Reef relies on a rapid transition to renewable energy.

Stop Adani’s Carmichael coal mineAustralian Conservation Foundation
Send your MP the Adani Brief. Tell them support for Adani means no support from you.

Stop Adani destroying our land and our cultureAdrian Burragubba
“We, the Wangan and Jagalingou people, are the traditional owners of the land in Queensland’s Galilee Basin. We call on Adani to IMMEDIATELY WITHDRAW from this damaging project on our land. 100,000 signatures reached about a year ago.

Malcolm, keep your promise! Don’t give Adani $1 billion to wreck our reef!GetUp
Prime Minister Turnbull, during the election you said there would be no public funding for Adani. Adani’s Reef-killing coal mine is not public infrastructure. Don’t waste taxpayers’ money on it.

We will not let this coal mine go ahead350 Australia
Tell Minister Canavan that you won’t accept taxpayers funding the Carmichael Coal mine at a time when we need to keep all fossil fuels in the ground.

Coal or the reef?The Australian Greens
Call on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk to reject the reckless expansion of the Abbot Point Coal Terminal.

Premier Palaszczuk, special treatment for Adani must endEnvironmental Defenders Office Queensland
Please Premier, stop giving Adani special treatment, and stand up for Queensland.

Renewables for the ReefAustralian Marine Conservation Society
Tell the Queensland Government that Australia needs the Reef and renewables – not more coal mines and more carbon pollution.

It’s time to come clean about the economics of coalThe Australia Institute
Add your name to the open letter to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull asking for some straight answers. No new coal mines!

Tell your bank to ditch fossil fuels!Australian Youth Climate Coalition
Petition calling on the big banks to keep warming at a safe level by ditching funding for fossil fuel projects like Adani’s.

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