This morning, as Australia burns, two activists are protesting the Adani Carmichael coalmine by blocking the entrance to Abbot Point coal terminal in Bowen to both coal trains and workers entering the facility.
Eleanor Haas and Gali Schell have responded to what they say are the ‘devasting fires’ around Australia by restricting the export of coal out of Australia and delaying work at the coal terminal. They say they are blocking work in support of the victims and survivors of the bushfires.
They want to send out the message on the anti-Adani banner: ‘Aus is burning. Coal is fuelling the fire. Ausgov + Adani = arsonists.’
Ms Schell said they have locked on because over 12 million acres have been devastated by fire throughout Australia. ‘If you are looking for someone to blame, point your fingers at the Australian government and Adani she said. Ms Haas says she is blocking work because she feels prevention is the first line of defence. ‘The increase in frequency, duration and intensity of bushfires in the future will be contributed to by the Adani mine.’
Protesters say Adani’s Abbot Point coal terminal is in a controversial location given the close proximity to the Great Barrier Reef which allegedly has the potential to be severely impacted by the increase in coal ships that will need to transit through this reef to collect and transport coal overseas.