Over 3,000 people packed into the Mullumbimby showgrounds yesterday to show support for Bob Brown and the Stop Adani Convoy which left Tasmania last week.
Brown said he was delighted that so many took time from their Easter Sunday to stand for the environment.
‘This is the biggest turn out anywhere in Australia,’ he said. ’In the election campaign it is a simple issue that goes to the heart of Australia as a nation: do we vote for the deadly effects of the Adani mine, or do we vote for a secure future for our children?’
Photos Jeff Dawson
Brown asked those gathered for a show of hands for the coal mine project and not one in the throng backed a vote for Adani.
No one voted for the second option: sitting on the fence.
There was a unanimous show of hands for stopping the Adani project.
Sixteen-year-old Mia Thom called on voters to save the future from the climate emergency.
After an aboriginal welcome to country, Midnight Oil’s Rob Hirst spoke to the convoy and supportrs as did fellow musicians Lukas Nelson, Moreton and Australian actor Isabel Lucas.
‘This is an issue which is amazingly still there after all this time,’ said Hirst. ‘We thought it might have gone away by now. What a crazy idea, burning coal in 2019.’
Bluesfest heavyweight Lukas Nelson also shared his thoughts on coal. ‘There is a global awakening now,’ he said. ‘We are starting to realise that the old ways aren’t working.’
Brown called opening new coal mines like Adani a ‘criminal act’ in light of the estimated 150,000 deaths from global warming worldwide last year.
Hussy Hicks took a time-out from a hectic Bluesfest schedule to perform at the rally as the crowd assembled. ‘There were a bunch of great speakers,’ they said. ‘Moreton played, Lukas Nelson and Rob Hirst spoke. There were lots of very inspiring speakers. Bob Brown really brought it home though.
‘The positivity in the air was undeniable. Mia Thom was incredible! So many beautiful people standing up for the planet. ’
The convoy left Mullum and spent the night in Brisbane where there is to be a street rally against the Adani mine today, with speakers including businessman Geoff Cousins.
To keep up with the convoy, visit the Bob Brown Foundation website.