Hobart, Australia, The Stop Adani Convoy left sunny Hobart Wednesday morning after being sent off by a large, jubilant, crowd of supporters.
The Stop Adani Convoy, led by Australian Greens’ former Senator and eminent environmentalist Bob Brown, will travel around 5000 kms up the east coast of Australia with a number of events along the way before it concludes on Sunday May 5 with a rally for Climate in Canberra.
According to the Bob Brown Foundation’s spokesperson Adam Burling, more than 600 people turned out here Wednesday morning to take part in the Convoy. The convoy now has 754 cars registered, all part of this citizens’ action for climate change during a crucial election period.
“We are a celebration in motion. It is a community commitment – an act of defiance – for the future of our planet. A peaceful protest against Gautam Adani’s mine, which his operatives say will be under way soon,” said Bob Brown.
“Our convoy will be a success if voters, on May 18th, have the Adani issue changing their vote,” said Bob Brown.
“From 42 degrees south, this convoy carries the hopes of the nation for a livable future beyond coal and gas, for a restored Great Barrier Reef and for 100pc renewable energy,” said Christine Milne, another top leader of the Australian Greens.
“It all started with me joining hundreds of kids on Tasmanian parliament house lawns, as part of the world wide climate strike. They were all demanding action on climate and asking where the adults were on this issue. I felt embarrassed but it also gave me hope, gave me courage to stand up and then join the Stop Adani Convoy. I know now, that together we can stop the Adani coal mine,” said Anthony Houston, a farmer.
The Bob Brown Foundation said the aim of the convoy is to bring national and international attention to the proposed Adani mega coal mine, during the national election period, via the Stop Adani Convoy.
The convoy will pick up participants at designated locations along the way, including Hobart, Melbourne, Albury, Sydney, Coffs Harbour, Mullumbimby, Brisbane, Yeppoon, Airlie Beach, Mackay, the Galilee Basin and Canberra. “We will be holding rallies in these places along the way,” Mr Brown said.
“The purpose is to create citizen action to pressure Labor opposition party into changing their policy and announce a commitment to stop Adani mine before the Federal Election. Keep Climate and Adani on the agenda in the lead up to the Federal Election,” said Mr Bob Brown in a statement.
“Also, the convoy’s aim is to keep Adani and climate change on voters’ minds as they go to the ballot box on May 18th. May the next parliament move the nation out of extracting and burning fossil fuels! Our plans are strong and based on the best information available, but there is always a chance the schedule might have to change due to circumstances outside our control,” added Mr Brown.
According to him, the Indian billionaire Guatam Adani is forging ahead with the world’s most contentious coal mine. “It is proposed to be one of the largest open cut coal mines on the planet. Adani states that it intends to ship the coal to India for use in power generation. The Adani or ‘Carmichael’ mine would, when the coal is burned, produce millions of tonnes more carbon dioxide per annum and inject them into Earth’s already overloaded atmosphere,” said Mr Brown.
He said Adani has plans to operate the mine for at least 60 years, mining an estimated 2.3 billion tonnes of product coal in the process.”Burning this coal would result in the emission of 4.6 billion tonnes of CO2. Adani’s mine would open the way for six more adjacent coal mines in the Galilee Basin.The mine will result in over 500 extra coal ships travelling through the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area each year with all the associated risks of groundings and oil spills in the Reef,” added he.
In the meanwhile, the India Greens Party (IGP) has extended its support to the Convoy and to the Australian Greens. The party said it would oppose all anti-environmental activities of Adani in India, in Australia or anywhere else. “We cannot allow these hungry, greedy and irresponsible corporations and multinational companies to ruin the Earth and the future,” added IGP in a solidarity letter sent to the Bob Brown Foundation.
“We also call on the Australian voters to keep Adani and climate change on their minds as they go to the ballot box on 18 May, “the solidarity letter further said.