#StopAdani, Fight For The Bight and Save the takayna / Tarkine, to name just a few. These are still important issues to refocus on, with the updates below highlighting the true power of grassroots movements.
It’s also time to refocus on tackling systemic environmental issues occurring, with campaigns such as, Murdoch’s media impact on climate denial, saving the Great Barrier Reef and Federal investing into clean energy!
#Stop Adani – The Carmichael coalmine
What is it?
The controversial monster project that is the Carmichael coalmine (or Adani coal mine) in Queensland, has been one of Australia’s most controversial fights.
The Indian company Adani Mining has set up shop on First Nation’s land around the Great Barrier Reef, to build a huge thermal coal mine (yes, really). The Climate Council, which is an independent organisation, states that if the mine were a country it would rank in the top 15 worst emitting nations in the world.
Campaigns such as #StopAdani have been instrumental in highlighting the climate crime to the masses, with millions of Australians stepping up to say no and big banks refusing to fund it. Thanks to mass protesting and pressure on the government, the Adani coalmine in 2019 was forced to reduce the size of the mine down to one-sixth of its originally proposed size.
“Adani knows its brand is toxic – which is why insurers, financiers and other contractors continue to abandon it…” – Christian Slattery, Australian Conservation Foundation Campaigner.
What’s happening now?
The fight continues and so far, according to the Stop Adani Group, no coal has been dug. In June 2020, the bank Investec pulled out of helping to raise capital for Adani over climate risk, which adds to the list of over 85 major companies that have refused to work with Adani.
This month, most likely due to the negative fame of the name, Adani Mining Australia changed its name to Bravus Mining.
Hilariously, Bravus forgot to claim the names on social media, with Stop Adani campaigners claiming it instead. Even more hilariously, The Guardian pointed out that Bravus means “crooked” in Latin, not “brave” as they thought. Someone has definitely been fired for that f*ck up.
There have also been multiple stories of corruption that may have slipped under the radar, most recently with the Rockhampton Mayor Margaret Strelow resigning due to being found guilty of misconduct relating to Adani’s private coal project.