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Keeping the pressure against the proposed Adani Carmichael coal mine in the Galilee Basin 25 year old Romaan halted coal transport to the Abbot Point Coal Terminal from a treesit 20 meters off the ground attached to the Newlands Rail line.

Adani has declared that it is ready to start work on the proposed mine once given the go-ahead by the Queensland government. The international conglomerate is still waiting on two approvals from the state government relating to their ground water management plan and the preservation of the ecosystem of the endangered Black-throated Finch.

Romaan’s protest is the second of its kind this year and one of a long series of nationwide demonstrations against the proposed mine. These actions are in response to growing concern about the impacts that the proposed coal mine will have on the region’s environment and the climate of the globe.

‘I felt inspired by the students who put their lives on hold during the School Strike for Climate to make the government listen to their concerns for the state of the climate and its implications for our future,’ said Romaan

‘The fact that our government is not taking the threat of climate change and resulting climate catastrophe seriously is deeply disturbing. We cannot allow the greed of a small minority jeopardise the livelihood of the whole planet. We, the people, need to stand up in community and take action into our own hands.

‘It is possible for humankind to become carbon-neutral in this lifetime and that is what we have to aim for if we intend to preserve our planet and all life on it. The building of the Carmichael mine will open up the potential for seven more coal mines in the Galilee Basin, effectively ending our chances at carbon neutrality. This is madness given the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 2018 report, states that we now have less than 12 years to to act on climate change to keep the increase of average global temperature within 1.5C and avoid extreme heat, drought, sea level rise and food scarcity. Even if the temperature rises 1.5C this still has major implications on all ecosystems which we depend upon for our survival. I simply cannot understand why more urgency is not taken as climate change is the largest threat humanity faces.’

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  1. The Greens are the only party with a ‘no new coal mine’ policy. The choice is clear at the next state and federal elections – vote Green for a carbon-free future for all of us.

    Here’s a snapshot of how they plan to tackle climate change. They want:

    1. Net zero or net negative Australian greenhouse gas emissions by no later than 2040.
    2. A leading role for Australia in negotiation of a multilateral emission abatement treaty which shares the burden equitably, recognising the proportionately greater historical and current contribution of wealthy industrialised nations to climate change.
    3. Removal of all subsidies to the fossil fuel industry.
    4. An orderly phase out of fossil fuel mining, fossil fuel based electricity generation and consumption of fossil fuels consistent with the emissions reduction plan.
    5. A just transition to a net zero carbon economy through a range of mechanisms including a plan to replace fossil fuels with renewable energy through strong regulatory intervention and a strong effective price on carbon.
    6. Binding national emission limits for each year through to 2050 supported by a well-funded, comprehensive, integrated and research-based emissions reduction plan with appropriate targets and reporting for all sectors with significant greenhouse emissions.

    Here’s a link to their Climate Change and Energy Policy: https://greens.org.au/policies/climate-change-and-energy

  2. Romaan, there are many of us with you. Some work the phones letting all state
    Governments know what we expect from them regarding Adani & climate change
    [often it’s done daily]. Others contact their local members by email weekly. Yet
    more again door knock & up-fronters wear what I often wear – a t-shirt that reads…
    “ADANI, NO MEANS NO.” We’ve been out on the streets & left no uncertain
    messages for the National, Liberal & Labor leadership to answer the Adani & Climate
    Change question. None have answered! Still, we won’t stop. The court case sits!
    Regardless, we’ll continue to be here. I thank you for all you’ve done.


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