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All coal trains at the world’s biggest coal port in Newcastle have been stopped, after a ‘Blockade Australia’ activist scaled 20 metres of a structure this morning, blocking access to the port.

Zoe was suspended 20m up an electrical pylon at 6am this morning and is expected to stay for multiple hours. The 20-year-old is hanging on a rope tied to a monopole on the rail bridge that provides all access to the port.

This is the second of two actions this week which have shut down operations on the world’s biggest coal port to get in the way of the extractive Australian project.

Zoe is expected to be arrested as a result of causing hours of disruption to the functioning of the port, an integral piece of Australia’s economy.

The activist hung a banner calling for people to “Blockade Australia”.

‘Australia is a death cult driving global climate collapse,’ Zoe said.

‘This is a call for people to get in the way of it. Most people on this continent want change. Australia doesn’t. So we need to do it ourselves with direct action like this.

“Voting doesn’t work. This system doesn’t listen to people, only money. Only actions like this can disrupt the flow of money.

From June 27 next year, people will use actions similar to these to shut down Sydney for a week.


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15 COMMENTS

  1. I’m all for a clean environment and a sustainable future but there is a reluctance of governments to flick the switch to OFF on polluting industries. The reason for that is something called MACRO ECONOMICS. I can only suggest these protesters need to do further homework to truly understand how the world really fits together. Good health and give a smile.

    • It isn’t MACRO ECONOMICS it is the stranglehold that the Fossil Fuel Industry has on both the ‘Lib/Nat COALition’ and the ‘Liberal-lite ALP’. via them being hopelessly compromised by the $’smillions they accept in bribes and donations from Coal, Oil and Gas companies. End those donations and you end their woeful effort on climate action.

  2. Damn right!! Government does nothing but care about profits. ScoMo is a national embarrassment to Australia on a global scale.

  3. Dave Walker, macro economics is a psuedo science ungrounded in Ecological reality. Yes citizen shutdowns will cause economic pain, buy if government will not respond to scientific advice then humanity has no choice.

    Employees in these industries knowingly have accepted money to do things that do no have social licence;the risk is theirs.

  4. Only direct action will stop these greedy stupid corporate [email protected]#ta£d$ and save carbon based life on Earth. Maybe life exists only here in all the Universe? And $$$$$ means more to these fossil fuel addicts? Inexplicable. Congratulations to these brave climate defence warriors, standing in for little old ladies like me.

  5. So, if we are genuinely concerned about climate change, what are we doing to stop Formula 1 car racing, indeed any car racing, from burning up fossil fuel going round in circles.
    Or night football, burning gazillions of watts of energy on an activity that used to be played in perfectly good sunlight, so commercial television can make millions selling more things?

  6. Inspiring and admired action in these dire times. We are living in the 6th Extinction. Mother Earth cannot sustain the Profit Motive. A rapid change of consciousness is occuring. we all face change and alternatives are imperative to survival of sentient beings.

  7. … People, in your gap year, pack your backpack, with tablet(s)and take your point of view/protests to China and Russia, who failed to appear at the recent BLAH BLAH BLAH Fest.

    • Dave, you are factually incorrect. China and Russia were both at COP26 and represented by teams of officials of both countries. It was only the Leaders of China and Russia who did not attend.

  8. My thoughts are with Zoe, how incredably brave she is, Im so grateful to her for rising up, I hold her in a loving light and ask that you all do the same, lets keep her safe. We need her. XO🙏

  9. I think all those blockhead protestors who think they know what is best for us all, and by stopping Aussie families from feeding their families should hang their heads in shame and be educated on the existence of others in society.
    Please someone give these neglected protesters a hug, they need attention and lack someone to show them the way maybe into a paid job and keep them off the streets so that others can live their daily lives without the ill informed dictating to them and stopping our workers of Australia to be able to feed, house and educate their children who hopefully will in turn be an asset to society and not a blockhead like those who waste their time and instead should be at the big emmitters embassies pushing their anger on those who are ignoring the demands of the blockheads.

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