Climate activists have halted work this morning on the site of Adani’s Carmichael mine in the Galilee Basin; disrupting the first week of land clearing for the controversial project.

Two people stopped land clearing by each suspending themselves from 9 metre high poles, together immobilising 17 machines.

Five years after first gaining approval for the Carmichael Mine, following numerous court battles and mass protests; Adani has begun clearing native bushland. This process is expected to destroy 450ha of endangered species’ habitat over approximately 80 days.

Amy Booth, one of the activists disrupting the work, said “I’m tired of signing petitions and waiting for politicians to act. If we are to have a chance of stopping climate catastrophe, it’s time for individuals to unite and show businesses like Adani that we say no”.

If built, Adani’s mine would permanently destroy native habitat, use over 10 billion litres of water per year, and contribute to irreversible climate change. The megamine could unearth 2.3 billion tonnes of coal, producing 4.7 billion tonnes of greenhouse emissions over its lifetime. This would rule out Australia’s commitment to the Paris agreement: to limit warming to below 2 degrees Celsius, 90% of Australia’s coal will need to stay in the ground.

In response to Adani’s commencement of clearing, environmental group Frontline Action on Coal is announcing a ‘Red Alert’, calling for all people concerned about climate change to come to central Queensland as soon as possible and resist the construction of the Carmichael mine.