A climate activist this morning locked herself to a drill rig on Adani’s Carmichael mine site, disrupting work on the controversial project.

Heather Simpson from Stanthorpe locked herself to the drill rig at 6:30am by the Gregory Highway; while a group of supporters gathered around to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Australia’s first environmental blockade at Terania Creek.

The Terania Creek blockade began near Nimbin, NSW on August 16th, 1979. It led to the creation of the Nightcap National Park and began a tradition of front line environmental activism that has resulted in the preservation of diverse and unique natural environments across the continent.

Frontline Action on Coal spokesperson Andy Paine said “Australia’s history of environmental blockades is a wonderful tradition that has changed the way we relate to this country. From the Daintree to East Gippsland on the East Coast; from James Price Point to Walpole on the West; from Kakadu in the top end to the Franklin River in the South of Tasmania: Australia is covered in beautiful and cherished national parks that were the result of people engaging in civil disobedience.”

“These blockades were all the result of brave and creative people making personal sacrifices. Each of them were at the time accused of being troublemakers and costing jobs, but history has vindicated them and their legacy is the national parks we all enjoy. We say the best way to celebrate that tradition is not only to remember those stories, but to continue it by blockading the Adani mine and preserving a safe climate for all life on Earth.”

Adani is currently clearing trees for the construction of its Carmichael mine, which would produce 4.7 billion tonnes of greenhouse emissions over its lifetime. The mine has been the subject of mass protests for five years, and this is the fourth civil disobedience action against it in the last week and a half.