What a surprising Easter Sunday listening to Enviro Rock Star, Bob Brown talk about his mission in the Stop Adani Convoy. His love and passion for keeping Australia green is contagious. And perfect timing, Easter Sunday. Easter is historically a time of earth renewal where we are called upon to awaken and renew ourselves. Originally a spring time festival, the egg, the bunny and Easter were ancient symbols of fertility, birth and creation. So, it made sense being a part of a group of people, that were dressed beautifully for the Easter celebrations, demand change, a renewal of a system that is outdated and backwards.
Bob Brown was eloquent in his discourse educating people how the Adani Group is proposing to dig the biggest coal mine in Australia’s history. The Adani mine has planned to be built inland of the Great Barrier Reef and would be one of the biggest coal mines in the world.
The environmental concerns are many. The mine will allow around 500 coal ships to travel through the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area every year for 60 years destroying important coral reefs and tourism. The Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef system and the biggest living structure on the planet. So as Australians, we have a lot of loose for the planet and future generations.
The Adani mine will have access to 270 billion litres of Queensland’s precious groundwater for 60 years, for free. There is a great risk that this will damage the aquifers of the Great Artesian Basin (GAB). This basin is Australia’s largest groundwater basin. The dangers of destroying this basin are many. Australians felt the distress and disgust of the death of over a million-native fish in the Murray Darling Basin. This may be the future of the GAB. Our native fish dying on the sides of river banks. Who would believe that this was Australia?
There will be an expected increase of 4.6 billion tonnes of carbon pollution to our atmosphere. Government data shows that Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions have reached their highest level in seven years, mainly due to increases in emissions from diesel transport, mining and natural gas sectors.
The mine will destroy the ancestral lands, waters and cultures of Indigenous people. The Murray-Darling Basin alone, which produces a third of the country’s food supply, has experienced a 41 per cent decline in flow by over the last 20 years. A new report has warned that Australia is facing more severe floods and droughts as rainfall patterns diminish over the past three decades due to climate change. The Adani mine just adds to this number. Once again, with only a few benefitting from the mine.
Who owns Adani?
Adani Group is an Indian multinational conglomerate headquartered in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India. Meanwhile in India, the Indian government has declared that it intends to cease all coal imports in the near future. Curiously, Adani wants a billion dollars from Australian taxpayers. This is not just a totemic fight for political conservatives; it’s also a fight about money. Lots and lots of public money.
How many jobs with the mines generate?
And all the jobs this will create? There is much debate about this. The Adani group promotes that it will create 10,000 jobs but realistically it will create 1,464 jobs. This figure was generated from Adani’s expert witness in the Land Court, Jerome Fahrer from ACIL Allen consulting.
The 1,464 figure is the average increase in employment across the project life, so it does include those workers in the early years, as well as years where employment is much lower.
The cost are high for Australians. New polling shows three quarters of Australians want Adani to fund their own infrastructure, rather than rely on a $1 billion loan of public money. A little crazy as areas of health and education are constantly experiencing cuts to budgets. The Adani group won’t have to pay ‘coal royalties’ for its first five years. So we are paying to destroy our beautiful sunburnt country – Australia!
Stop Adani Alliance
Thirteen key environment groups have joined forces launching the ‘Stop Adani Alliance’. This alliance stands strong representing 1.5 million Australians and the PLANET. Bob Brown has said the fight over Adani is the biggest and most important environmental battle since the fight to save Tasmania’s wild rivers from the Franklin Dam. Take a stand.
Stop Adani mines is a growing movement. People from all walks of life are joining forces. As Bob Brown stated today, this is a time to get off the fence and choose your side. Make a stand, if not for the earth for your children and grandchildren.
The thirteen alliance members: Bob Brown Foundation, Australian Conservation Foundation, 350.org, GetUp, Australian Youth Climate Coalition, Seed Indigenous Youth Climate Network, Australian Marine Conservation Society, Mackay Conservation Group, North Queensland Conservation Council, Environment Council of Central Queensland, Whitsundays Residents Against Dumping, Market Forces, The Sunrise Project.