Revoke approval of Adani's mine to protect the Reef

Revoke approval of Adani's mine to protect the Reef

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Brooklyn O'Hearn Claire Galvin started this petition to Federal Environment Minister Sussan Ley

Right now, Adani wants to build a giant coal mine in Queensland’s Galilee Basin. If it goes ahead it would be the biggest coal mine in Australia’s history and drive dangerous global warming. 

As north Queenslanders who want to protect our Great Barrier Reef and the communities who rely on it, we can’t stand by and let this happen. We’ve grown up watching the Reef suffer mass coral bleaching events caused by rising global temperatures.

We know that if Adani’s giant coal mine goes ahead, it will lock in decades of carbon emissions and our magnificent reef will suffer.   

It will hit the tourism and hospitality industries hard and devastate the jobs of our friends who work on dive boats and in the reef coast’s restaurants and bars. If this mine goes ahead, reef-reliant communities like Cairns and Townsville will struggle to recover from frequent coral bleaching. 

That’s why we’ve presented the federal government with new expert evidence and strong legal grounds to revoke approval of Adani’s controversial Carmichael coal mine.   

Will you show you support for Federal Environment Minister Sussan Ley, to consider the evidence and revoke the mine’s environmental approval? 

Even though we’re still in our teenage years, we’ve already experienced the disastrous impacts of climate change – floods, heat, fires and reef bleaching— and watched Australian governments continue to avoid their responsibilities to protect our World Heritage sites from climate damage. 

It's not good enough. It's inexcusable. It’s cowardly. And it doesn’t face up to the truth.    

In school and at university, we've been taught that good government decision making listens to the expert science, and responds accordingly, in line with the government’s legal obligations, for the good of the communities they serve.  

So, we’ve done our homework because the federal government hasn’t. And the law and the science are on our side. 

We instructed lawyers at Environmental Justice Australia to obtain independent expert evidence on our behalf. That expert evidence comprises three reports from leading experts: a leading climate scientist, a financial analyst and an energy economist.   

Their expert reports show that the grounds for approving Adani’s mine were wrong and the mine should never have been approved. The reports find that the proposed mine would increase net global greenhouse gas emissions and have a significant impact on our Great Barrier Reef.   

These reports were prepared under the Federal Court of Australia’s Expert Evidence Practice Note and the Expert Witness Code of Conduct.  

This critical new information allows Environment Minister Sussan Ley to exercise her discretionary powers under Australia’s national environment law, the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, to revoke the Carmichael coal mine’s approval. 

Australia needs to urgently phase out fossil fuels, including coal, to ensure our Reef and the communities who rely on it can thrive. Otherwise, Queenslanders will lose an international wonder and an integral part of our regional economy.   

We’ve given Federal Environment Minister Sussan Ley a chance to be on the right side of history by revoking approval of Adani’s coal mine to protect our Great Barrier Reef. 

Will you join our call to stop Adani’s mine and protect our Great Barrier Reef? 

Read more about this work including the expert evidence.

Dear Minister Ley,

I wish to add my support to Environmental Justice Australia's legal request on behalf of North Queensland teenagers, Claire Galvin and Brooklyn O'Hearn, to consider the new expert evidence they have provided and revoke environmental approval of Adani's Carmichael coal mine.

If this coal mine goes ahead, it will lock in decades of carbon emissions and our Great Barrier Reef will suffer.  It will hit the tourism and hospitality industries hard and reef-reliant communities like Cairns and Townsville will struggle to recover from frequent coral bleaching. 

The new expert evidence provided by Claire and Brooklyn shows that, contrary to reasons for the mine's approval in 2015, the proposed mine would increase net global greenhouse gas emissions and have a significant impact on our Great Barrier Reef. 

I urge you to review the expert evidence provided and exercise your discretionary powers under Australia’s national environment law, the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, to revoke approval of Adani's Carmichael coal mine.

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