31/10/2019

Climate activists have entered the Townsville office of GHD today, calling on the engineering company to cut ties with Adani’s controversial Carmichael mine.

A group of 25 people entered the foyer of GHD’s building, with some entering the office to share their concerns with the company about the mine. They noted a joint letter published yesterday by industry, farming and investment groups. The letter called on the federal government to introduce new policies driving private-sector climate action or else risk failing to meet the Paris climate agreement.

Spokesperson Isaac Davies said “industry leaders are recognising the need for stronger climate action. So are individual workers, as shown by reports last week of internal frictions at GHD caused by the company’s involvement with Adani. Companies are recognising the imperative too, with 61 of them already publicly announcing they won’t work with Adani. We call on GHD to join them and to take a strong stand for the climate by rejecting any further work on this destructive project.

“In the face of climate crisis, and the continuing failure of governments to take appropriate action, we need to all take personal responsibility and act now. For companies like GHD, this should mean rejecting destructive projects. Because no amount of profits can outweigh the social and environmental costs of climate breakdown.

“Adani’s official launch today of their solar farm at Rugby Run is a sign that there are other projects that can be part of a cleaner energy future and still be profitable. This is the kind of investment the world needs, and we call on GHD be a part of that rather than engineering us towards climate disaster”.

Earlier this morning, work was disrupted at BMD’s site at Haughton River, with activists similarly calling on the construction company to not work on the Carmichael mine.

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