2 years ago

12 April, 2016

Unit 7, Stanton Place Captain Cook Highway Smithfield Queensland

Organised by:
JCU Sustainability Advocacy Club

WHAT: A visual expression of outrage in black and white, and a public, collective commitment to save the reef

WHERE: Outside the office of Craig Crawford, MP for Barron River, Stanton Place, Captain Cook Highway Smithfield

WHEN: Tuesday 12 April from 5 - 6pm. Pledge to save the reef ceremony at 5.30pm. Open mic until 6pm.

WHO: Locals and visitors of the Cairns region; anyone who wants to join in taking a pledge to save the reef.

HOW: Coal or coral - a black and white choice - a black and white action. Gather outside Craig Crawford's office from 5pm, wearing ALL BLACK or ALL WHITE to make the link between black COAL and bleached CORAL. Bring black and white signs, banners, or anything you wish to express yourself with. 5.30 we make the pledge to save the reef. Then we jam/open mic til 6pm.

WHY: Save our reef! Save our tourism industry! Stop Adani! Support Wangan and Jagalingou land rights! Take action for Climate Justice!

The Queensland Minister for Natural Resources and Mines, Dr Anthony Lynham, just granted three individual mining leases for the $21.7 billion Carmichael coal, mine and rail project.

Burning this coal will devastate the planet. Here is why: http://350.org/about/science/

Global Warming has already impacted corals by bleaching and killing them:

We will not sit back and be silent!

We stand with the Wangan & Jagalingou People, climate scientists, other stakeholders and groups to tell Queensland Labor and the World that 'No Still Means No!'


Media Release Tuesday 5 April 2016 Cairns Climate Action Network

ALP betrays North Queensland, local groups vow to oppose Carmichael mine and save the reef.

The Cairns Climate Action Network has called for locals and visitors in North Queensland to join them in expressing outrage over the Queensland ALP’s decision to grant a mining lease to Adani for the Carmichael black coal mine in the Galilee Basin. The Carmichael mine is set to be the largest coal mine in the world, and would double Australia’s carbon emissions. The traditional owners, the Wangan and Jagalingou peoples, are opposed to the mine, and have mounted a court challenge to uphold their rights in the land. The Cairns Climate Action Network has called for an action on Tuesday April 12 from 5pm at the offices of Queensland MP Craig Crawford, Member for Barron River, to demand that the ALP revoke the mining lease, honour international law regarding the rights of indigenous peoples, and act to preserve the Great Barrier Reef.

Zelda Grimshaw, spokesperson for the Cairns Climate Action Network, said

"In backing a massive new coal mine, ALP is backing the destruction of the reef and the destruction of thousands of reef-related tourism jobs. The evidence is now overwhelming - it is coral or coal. We can't have both. We call on Craig Crawford and the ALP to back North Queensland, back our jobs and back away from big coal.

“At a time when the Great Barrier Reef is suffering massive coral bleaching, the Queensland government has signed a deal that will guarantee further and more damaging bleaching in the future. The Adani mine is a death knell for the Great Barrier Reef.

“Adding to our disgust, we note that significant public money – working people’s money – has been allocated to support Adani, a notoriously corrupt international company with an appalling environmental record.

“The Cairns Climate Action Network stands in support of the Wangan and Jagalingou people, and in support of local jobs. We choose coral, not coal.

“At a time when other nations – such as Scotland – are closing their coal mines and moving to renewable energy, it is a matter of international embarrassment that Australia is poised to build the biggest coal mine on the planet. At the COP in Paris 2015, Australia signed a pledge to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels. We demand that the Australian and Queensland governments honour that commitment and act to prevent further global warming
“We urge the Australian and Queensland governments to revoke the Carmichael mining lease.

“A ‘Defend the Reef’ action will be held on Tuesday 12 April, from 5pm, at the offices of Queensland MP Craig Crawford, Stanton Place, Captain Cook Highway, Smithfield. The ‘Defend the Reef’ action will be in black and white, representing black coal and bleached coral. We invite locals and visitors alike to join with us, dressed in black or white. It’s a clear choice – coral or coal. The Queensland government must put our reef, and our jobs, ahead of foreign mining interests.

“This is the first of a series of actions planned to stop Adani.

“We will not sit idly by and let the Great Barrier Reef die.”

The Cairns Climate Action Network represents the ordinary people of Northern Queensland. The organization includes people from all walks of life who are deeply concerned about climate change, and who are committed to protecting our natural resources.