The Coal Truth: The fight to stop Adani

David Ritter, chief executive officer for Greenpeace Australia Pacific, will be discussing the future of coal in Australia at this year’s festival.

The Coal Truth has a simple message – stop the proposed Adani Carmichael Mine in Queensland from going ahead.

Since 2012, the fight to stop the opening of the vast Galilee coal basin has emerged as an iconic crusade of the Australian climate and environment movement.

The Coal Truth by David Ritter.

In his latest book The Coal Truth: the fight to stop Adani, defeat the big polluters and reclaim our democracy David Ritter, chief executive officer for Greenpeace Australia Pacific, provides a timely and colourful contribution to one of the most important issues in our national history – the struggle over the future of the coal industry.

Written by an environmental insider with an eye on the world his daughters will inherit, The Coal Truth is told with wit and verve, drawing on other specialist voices to bring to life the contours of a contest that the people of Australia can’t afford to lose.

Before taking up his present position with Greenpeace Australia Pacific, David Ritter worked for Greenpeace in London in a series of senior campaign positions. Prior to joining Greenpeace, he was one of Australia’s leading Indigenous rights lawyers.

David is a widely published commentator on current affairs and is the author of two books on Indigenous land justice: Contesting Native Title and The Native Title Market.

David Ritter will be presenting a workshop on ‘Activism, Community and Advocacy’ on Wednesday 1 August, then discussing all things Adani and The Coal Truth in an off-site Feature Event at the Beach Hotel on Thursday 2 August presented in association with Dumbo Feather and The Beach Hotel.

Ritter will also feature at Byron Writers Festival in several sessions including The Anthropocene: Human Survival in the New Epoch with climate scientist Joelle Gergis and public intellectual and author Clive Hamilton.

In Keeping the Blue Planet Green he will be in conversation with former Greens leader and activist Christine Milne, Chris Hammer author of The River: A Journey through the Murray-Darling Basin and Joelle Gergis.

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