Australian Labour Party: Block construction of Australia's biggest coal mine
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An Indian multi-national corporation Adani, wants to build one of the worlds biggest coal mines near Australia's iconic Great Barrier Reef in tropical North Queensland. A rail line from the mine is also proposed to transport coal to the coast. If it goes ahead, it will increase coal shipping through the Great Barrier Reef dramatically.
Right now, the Australian senate is debating whether to change the Native Title Act, a law recognising Aboriginal rights and interests to their land. If the Australian Labour Party backs the changes, construction on the mine is likely to begin in August.
Coal from the mine will be shipped half way around the world to furnaces in India, emitting millions of tons of carbon during the lifespan of the mine. Scientific research links carbon emissions from fossil fuels like coal, to the worst ever coral bleaching event on the Great Barrier Reef (see Hughes et al., 2017 below). Australia can not risk further destruction of the worlds most bio-diverse ecosystem. Nor can it risk the tens of thousands of jobs that depend on the Great Barrier Reef.
This is a call to Australians and the world, to demand the ALP to block all changes to the Native Title Act in the Australian senate immediately! Your signatures can help persuade leaders to act, stop the Adani coal mine, and help preserve the Great Barrier Reef.
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For more information, see the links below:
09/05/2017 - http://www.news.com.au/finance/business/mining/game-changing-few-weeks-ahead-for-adanis-carmichael-mine-as-australian-parliament-considers-native-title-bill/news-story/ca4eb51b40d2eeab1cabfbb979ef2cd7
Hughes et al., 2017 - https://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v543/n7645/full/nature21707.html
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