While the Australian Labor Party is clearly more in favour of effective climate action that the Coalition, the Party has a long way to go when it comes to coal mining. In the SMH on 8 Feb, Chris Bowen is reported to have said that Labor would not block the mine if it wins office. Mr Bowen is a very influential person in the Shadow Cabinet, being Shadow Treasurer. Let’s let him know this is ethically unacceptable!
Mr Burke is another influential person being Shadow Member for the Environment and Water. He is known to hold similar views as those of Mr Bowen. He also says that he doesn’t hear much from his constituents about Adani’s Carmichael Project.
As people of faith, it’s not right that we remain silent. Silence is taken as consent. Let us make sure our elected representatives do hear from us on these issues!
Would you write a letter, along the lines of ......
In late November, 2018, Adani mining CEO Lucas Dow announced that they now have the finance to build both their mine and their rail line to ship the coal to port. They’re saying that they will be able to start work before Christmas.
At the time, Queensland was in the middle of ravaging bush fires and unprecedented high temperatures. There remains drought across most of the state as well as all of New South Wales. Children have been going on strike to protest for urgent climate action. As people of faith, we cannot be authentic and sit this one out.
Tell Opposition Leader, Bill Shorten MP, to get off the fence. Edit and send this template letter to Mr Shorten.
On October 31 Adani announced new plans to start work “within weeks” on a scaled down version of the original project. Essentially, the company is desperate to start digging before the federal election, to make finance easier and make it more difficult for civil society to stop them.
This means the struggle between forces for good and for evil is intensifying regarding Adani, and ARRCC is calling on people of faith to be ready to take action alongside others in the broader environment movement. This is no time to be giving up, indeed it is the moment for action. Convinced already? See We All Live Here.
We All Live Here – faith communities helping to Stop Adani
The We All Live Here campaign provides you with a toolkit which you can use with others in your congregation to put pressure on your MP in between now and the next federal election. There are five action steps.
ARRCC’s community organiser, Tejopala Rawls, is available online and by phone to provide support in using the kit.
With so many wins on the part of the environment movement in Australia, some are saying the mine won't go ahead anyway. Why waste energy on continuing campaigning? For an answer to this, we have turned to finance analyst, Tim Buckley of the IEEFA, Greenpeace, Sunrise Project and others. Be assured, we need to keep the pressure on, and we need your help to do it!
The reality is that the personal wealth of Mr Gautam Adani, already a multi-billionaire, more than doubled in 2017, so theoretically the Adani company could finance the Carmichael mine and rail project itself. Mr Adani is known to be determined and, of course, has the backing of Federal and Queensland Governments who are in turn heavily influenced (and generously rewarded financially) by the historically powerful coal lobby.
Women Religious and prominent Catholic theologians are among diverse faith leaders who have signed a joint letter asking Mr Gautam Adani to abandon his proposed new coal mine in North Queensland and invest in renewable energy in the region instead.
The faith leaders oppose all new coal mining in the Galilee Basin, saying that it would have an unacceptable impact on water supplies, the global climate and the Reef. They stressed the need for good local jobs in North Queensland and that these would be better met through investment in solar.
Representative from Adani HQ accepts letter from faith leaders, photo courtesy of FLAC
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
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.
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.