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It was a great thing to attend the non-violent direct action training with Aidan Ricketts at the Lismore Workers Club last Thursday night. It was informative and inspiring and in the discussion of the direct action in the past it was shocking to realise that people risked their lives to save our forests.

They chained themselves to bulldozers for hours at a time to stop the work and sometimes that meant if someone did the wrong thing they could die. At Chaelundi Forest blockade they apparently built high tripod structures that they stood on and then from a tree branch overhead they had a hangman’s rope they would put around their neck so if anyone disturbed the tripod they would hang.

The old blockaders often got arrested and harassed and all because they wanted to do something good in the world. To save our old-growth forests that would’ve been gone forever. Now we need to take direct action to save our countryside from the potential pollution of our water, earth and atmosphere by those who already have much more than they need.

Why do Gina Rinehart and Clive Palmer need more money? They already have way more than the rest of us but they are fighting for the right to grab more of our natural resources. Their desperate need to make more money causes them to ignore any environmental concerns. Our politicians hang their heads and submit to the demands of the rich and powerful, except for Bob Brown of course.

Bob Brown was arrested for blockading at the Franklin River. He and all of the old blockaders are heroes and have done us proud. They looked after us and now it’s our turn to stand up, have a voice, support each other and take direct action.

I am worried about mining pollution, especially coal seam gas mining and fossil fuel pollution and the extreme weather events we are having. The TV stations tell us it’s not climate change and yet in the Herald and online we hear a different story. Many people watch TV and are influenced by the information they are given through the media. It’s not fair. The people with all the money have so much power and influence. We are just ordinary people who are getting ready to put our heads in the hangman’s noose to protect our natural heritage and our lives from the damage of unchecked pollution of the earth and the atmosphere. Hooray for the new heroes and farewell to Bob Brown.


Beth Shelley, Booerie Creek



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  1. Yes indeed we owe a great debt to the people who inthe past put them selves on the line for the good of society whether they were fighting for the vote for ordinary people, in the unions for better conditions& higher wages or enviromentalists to save our cities from the bulldozers or our country from get rich quick
    merchants- in forests or CSG.


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