The pressure on Adani's contractors is working. Why not organise a faith-based action outside a contractor's office? There are offices all over the country and it's easy to do. You only need a few people in order to make it effective too!
How to hold a contractor action
Build your team
The most important thing is building a small team of people who will organise the event. There's no need to do it all yourself! Can you think of one, two or three people from your faith community who would be willing to help? Talk to them. Let them know you need their help in making this a success.
Find a contractor near you
We're currently prioritising GHD and Aurizon.
GHD is helping to design some of the works for Adani and may be about to get a contract to do some of the major works themselves. They're also feeling the heat from protest actions, so they're well worth persisting with.
Aurizon is a rail company that could end up building Adani's rail line. They are also feeling the pressure.
Here is a map of contractors' offices. There should be one of their officers near you!
Get your team to start asking people to get involved
Once you've got your team and you know which contractor you're going to talk to, get the team to start asking people to turn up on the day. You might also invite them to a sign-painting session (see below) so that you're all prepared and to build up the buzz ahead of time.
The most effective thing is asking individuals directly. Emails are OK, but actual conversations, either face-to-face or over the phone, make most difference. It's worth dividing up who you're each going to talk to.
You can always contact people from other congregations as well. There's no need to limit it to just your own. Get creative. Who could you ask? As long as they're people of faith, that's fine.
Get any permissions you need
Do you need to speak with the faith leader from your community, or an organising committee of some kind? If so, do try to get them on board early on. If possible, see if they will attend on the day - don't worry if they'd rather not come themselves. All you need is a few people of faith, with or without a religious leader. If, on the other hand, your local faith leader does come to the action, please ask him or her to wear formal religious attire.
Let the contractor know you're coming
Do contact the contractor with as much advance notice as possible to let them know what you're planning. Let them know you're people of faith and that you'll be contacting the media.
Let them know as well that if they publicly announce that they will no longer do business with Adani you will call the action off.
See if you can arrange a face-to-face meeting with a company representative in the lead-up to the action to discuss your concerns about them doing business with Adani.
Get the media interested
Do contact your local paper and radio station ahead of time to let them know you're planning this action. For help with doing this, please have a look at our media guide.
Signs and t-shirts
It's essential to be visible as people of faith for your action to have the best effect. So, please do wear clothing and/or carry signs that make this clear.
You may wish to ask people participating to meet to paint signs a week or so before the action. Why not paint the name of your local place of worship on one sign? Get creative with what you write!
If you don't have an ARRCC t-shirt, you can order them here.
Hand out flyers
It's cheap and easy to print black and white flyers that get your message across. These should be written with both staff members from the contractor organisation and general members of the public in mind. We will be publishing some sample flyers here shortly. Watch this space!
Remember to listen
Do take the time to chat with staff members from the contractor organisation and to listen to what they have to say. They may pass on valuable information about how they and others inside the company feel and what effect the pressure is having. If you hear anything of note, please pass this on to firstname.lastname@example.org
Pray, mediate or sing!
You may just wish to hand out flyers and talk to people, but you nothing shows that you're there as people of faith like praying, meditating or singing.
If you choose to pray or meditate, do make sure that not everyone does that and that a few people are also talking with people and handing out flyers, as communication is an essential part of a successful action.
As we get closer to Christmas, why not sing Carols against Coal?
This is a super-easy and fun way to get involved - by singing. We have a songbook of 'Christmas Carols against Coal'.
Here is the link to the songbook with the words. Sheet music will be coming soon!
Take photos and videos and post them on Facebook
On the day of the action, do remember to take photos on videos and to post them on Facebook. Photos of people meditating or praying, photos of signs and t-shirts, as well as videos of people singing are particularly helpful.
If your place of worship has a Facebook page that they're happy for you to post on, please post on that. You'll need to get admin rights to the page ahead of time. Otherwise, just post it as normal as a personal Facebook post - but please remember to mention the name of your congregation in the post.
Check out our social media guide for tips and tricks to help you do these things.
Tag the ARRCC Facebook page
Whenever you post something on Facebook about your action, please remember to tag the ARRCC Facebook page so that we can share it too. You just need to start typing your post as you normally would and type the word '@Australian Religious Response to Climate Change' into the body of the text. It should prompt you with the name of our page as you do so. Hit 'enter' and you'll tag our page.
Do remember to tag the people in the photos, too. Check out the social media guide for help with this.
Tell us about it
Please do let us know your plans as you go along. If you get any response from the contractor organisation we would love to hear that too. And do let us know how the event goes on the day. Please email our community organiser, Tejopala Rawls, on email@example.com