Mullumbimby was awash today with a sea of umbrellas and colour as hundreds of people gathered in the rain outside Santos to protest against the Adani coal mine.
The beautiful yellow daisy like sunflower, the rudbeckia, adorned umbrellas and coiffures as they marched up the street to the Commonwealth bank chanting ‘hey hey, ho ho, Adani coal mine has to go’ to deliver a letter to the bank.
While the speeches were taking place on the steps staff at the bank closed the doors and when it was finally time to deliver the letter protestors politely knocked but were unable to induce them to open the doors. Finally, the protesters were forced to stuff the letter under the door in the hope that the manager would receive it.
The letter, delivered on behalf of the 200+ protestors, stated their objections to the mine and asked the Commonwealth bank to join other banks like Westpac in an unequivocal statement that they will cut their ties with Adani and not fund the coal mine.
Byron Shire Councillor, Jeannette Martin, called for the commonwealth bank to ‘showed it cares as much as we do’ and not to fund the mine.
Around half the people at the march raised their hands to say they had a commonwealth bank account. Ian Cohen then reminded the crowd to keep the energy rolling and, whether or not you have a commonwealth bank account, to call, email and get in contact with them. He emphasised the importance of asking about their environmental policy and questioning them specifically about cutting their ties with Adani.
For more information on the stop Adani campaign click here.