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Update on Adani action

UPDATE ON ARRCC ACTION TO BLOCK ADANI RAIL LINE

A Uniting Church Minister, ordained Buddhist, two lay Catholics and a Quaker were arrested on Tuesday, November 21, for temporarily blocking construction relating to the Adani rail line. If this rail line from Abbott Point to the Galilee Basin is built, potentially with a $1 billion loan from the Federal government, it will lock us in to coal mining for decades, at a time when we need to be investing in renewables.

We're very pleased that we've been able to stop construction on the rail line today. We'll continue to work with people of faith from across the country to ensure that we do not build any new coal mines in Australia. 

If you're in one of the marginal seats in Townsville, please distribute this flyer there. The basic message is this:

If developed, Adani’s mega-mine would open the Galilee, which would lead to significant damage to the climate system by itself.

Queensland already knows the potential impact of climate change, however:

-          Droughts and hot days will become more frequent

-          The CSIRO predicts that cyclones will become more powerful

-          A dying Reef

-          Loss of coastal infrastructure from storm surges and sea level rise

-          Pacific islanders and Torres Strait Islanders will lose their islands

-          A potentially inhospitable climate in one or two generations.

Adani’s proposed Carmichael mine and rail line pose an unacceptable risk. In Court, Adani admitted there would only be at most 1,464 jobs at any one time. For this, Adani would:

  • Flood the world’s markets with cheap coal to compete with renewables
  • Lead to greenhouse pollution equal to that of whole countries such as Bangladesh and Malaysia
  • Potentially waste $1bn public money on a failing, shonky foreign corporation with a reputation for defaulting on loans
  • Use large amounts of Artesian Basin groundwater needed for agriculture
  • Steal homelands from the Wangan and Jagalingou Aboriginal people

 Think before you vote.

A LIVABLE WORLD IS NOT WORTH A FEW JOBS

 

Stop Adani action 21-11-17 - religious media release

November 21, 2017

Media release             For immediate release

RELIGIOUS BLOCKADE OF ADANI RAIL LINE

A multi-faith group of six peaceful protesters are blocking work on the rail line from Abbot Point to the Galilee Basin, to protest Adani’s proposed mega-coal mine.  The protesters are all members of the Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC), a multi-faith organisation that works with diverse faith communities to tackle global warming.

Stop Adani action 21-11-17 - mainstream media release

November 21, 2017

Media release             For immediate release

RELIGIOUS LEADERS BLOCKADE ADANI RAIL LINE

Religious leaders are blocking work on the rail line from Abbot Point to the Galilee Basin, to protest Adani’s proposed mega coal mine. The peaceful protesters are all members of the Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC), a multi-faith organization that works with diverse faith communities to tackle global warming.

Join ARRCC in stopping the Carmichael coal mine

Australia’s reliance on coal as an export has contributed to the further disrespect of the rights of Aboriginal communities, caused adverse health impacts, has destroyed local ecological communities and is ultimately leading to climate disruption. The power of the mining lobby has subverted our democracy to the point that governments are enlisted in support of mining interests.

At this point in time ARRCC is very concerned about the support being given by both the federal and Queensland governments for proposals for greatly expanded coal mining and associated rail line and coal port expansion in Queensland and especially the Adani Company’s proposed Carmichael Coal Mine and Rail Project.