Adani says they are go - but they are not counting on our determination to stop this environmental disaster in its tracks
Now that the Palaszczuk government has succumbed to intense political pressure and signed off on a ground water management plan that has an 80% chance of extincting the sacred, 2 million year old Doongmabulla Springs, Adani say they will start work immediately. Not so fast because ACF have just won in Court, defeating Adani over their Suttor River water plans, causing a review (the government admitted they had not considered 2000 public submissions and had lost some). Adani have no agreement with the traditional owners. Environmentalists right round Australia are gearing up for a hot season of non violent direct action and massive protests - let's get ready for action!
The traditional owners, the Wangan and Jagalingou people, have been standing between our kids and the massive impact of Galilee carbon - and now, for as little as 100 permanent jobs, the Adani Mine risks draining their sacred Doongmabulla Springs, the home of the Rainbow Serpent, the origin of Time. Please consider supporting Wangan and Jagalingou as they fight in court trying to overthrow the bussed in, paid for, ILUA obtained without the traditional owners consent.
People power has stopped projects that were already underway. We should look to places like Bentleigh - James Price Point - Jabiluka and the Franklin, and take courage.
We can't let billionaire profits trump our kids' future. The Adani mine will devastate water, farming, irreversibly damage the Great Artesian Basin and worst of all, completely wreck one of the oldest living cultures on the planet.
This project just can't go ahead - we can't afford to unleash the fourth largest source of carbon the planet just because mining magnates have the measure of the electoral process.
It's time to step up and join a massive national upwelling of resistance.
Renewables and hydrogen have the potential to recreate Australia as a clean energy superpower. What right do we have to exterminate the heritage of the oldest living culture on the planet for temporary profits for a bunch of mining squillionaires. The lure of more Caymans dollars for Clive or Gina, or boom and bust windfalls for real estate chains must not be allowed to wreck our kids' futures.
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The government is still the same. And our task is still the same:
- 100% renewables along with decarbonisation of transport and industry
- No new coal or gas projects heading to a managed phase out of fossil energy
- Protection of carbon stores and beginning natural carbon drawdown
The Galilee Basin is home to a staggering amount of carbon.
29 BILLION TONS
That's nearly twice as much as Exxon has burnt since 1988. It would be the fourth largest amount of carbon in the world, by entity. And if Adani gets up, then a certain coal baron who spent $60 million to help out in this election will get his mine up too. Oh and don't forget our favourite conservative donor, Gina, and her Galilee mining hopes.
Adani is not just about emissions, its about local farming and water, and damaging the Great Artesian Basin, where it takes a million years for water to travel from one end to the other.
And we must not forget that the another Adani mine outcome may well be cultural genocide.
Adani has not been able to satisfactorily prove that the sacred Doongmabulla Springs is not fed from fissured upwellings from the Great Artesian Basin, like other near by springs. And as Uncle Adrian Burragubba says if the Springs die, we die. For the Wangan and Jagalingou people, the Doongmabulla Springs is the home of the Rainbow Serpent, the origin of Time itself.
The vast majority of Australians do not want the Adani mine to be built.
There is no market case: new renewables and storage is now cheaper than running old coal plants, in India and well as in Australia. And Adani has vowed to automate the mine from pit to port. Only one hundred workers are likely to gain permanent employment, and Hunter coal workers will be tipped out of work, with the Australia Institute estimating
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The Adani Mine will eventually cost thousands of coal jobs
Using a Woods Mackenzie Report on Galilee mines impact on total Australian seaborne coal volumes, and Adani’s and other Galilee miners probably now very inflated jobs figures, The Australia Institute calculated that the the development of the Galilee Basin would negatively impact coal jobs, including in the Surat, Bowen and Hunter basins: “Based on Adani’s estimates of labour productivity in its mines, the Galilee Basin would employ between 7,840 and 9,800 people to produce 150 million tonnes per year. Taking the relative employment reductions in other regions of between 12,480 and 13,641, this would see a relative reduction of employment of between 2,680 and 5,801 workers in the coal industry in 2035.” The impacts are likely to be much greater if you consider the current higher standards of automation and impacts of the global turn away from coal flowing from the Paris Climate Agreement.