25/09/2019

Work has been disrupted again on Adani’s controversial Carmichael mine this morning, with two people immobilising two drill rigs on the site.

22 year old Noah Neate and 19 year old Gabriel Macs-Martin suspended themselves from a tree, tied off to the drill rigs. They echoed the demands from last Friday’s global climate strike; of no new fossil fuel projects, 100% renewable energy generation by 2030, and a just transition for workers to sustainable industries.

Mr Neate said “last Friday people around the world took to the streets in unprecedented numbers. Yet just a few days later at the United Nations climate action summit we hear of no new attempts to lower emissions. World leaders from big polluting nations, including Australia, didn’t even turn up. Greta Thunberg is right to say those in power have betrayed young people.”

A UN-backed report by the World Meteorological Organisation launched this week found current emissions reductions targets would need to be tripled to meet the goals of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement. Yet the Climate Summit failed to deliver any substantial new resolutions.

Mr Neate said “the threat of climate breakdown is already obvious. But experts are still saying we have the ability to avoid the worst effects if we take action now. Events like the global marches on Friday show that the will is there. But in the face of powerful corporate interests and government inaction; it is clear that to make real change, young people must become active players in our own future and be the change we want to see in the world.”

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