Adani: thousands protest across Australia against Carmichael mine – by Staff (The Guardian – December 8, 2018)

Thousands of protestors campaigning against Indian mining giant Adani’s controversial Queensland coalmine have taken to the streets in major cities across Australia to call on the government to stop it going ahead.

Protesters marched in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Cairns on Saturday, just a week after 15,000 school students demonstrated against government inaction on climate change. It follows the announcement last month by Adani it would self-finance the controversial project after scaling back its size and scope.

The coal project is being downsized from a 60-million-tonnes a year, $16.5 billion mega-mine to a more manageable 10-to-15 million tonnes a year costing around $2 billion. In Brisbane, hundreds of protestors gathered outside Adani’s headquarters to voice their opposition to the project.

“No longer will we sit back and be lectured to by people who are outdated and out of touch,” Thomas Cullen told the crowd. The 17-year-old was one of the thousands of students criticised by Prime Minister Scott Morrison for skipping school to stage national strikes calling for immediate action on climate change just over a week ago.

This week he was among the students who travelled to Canberra for a sit-in in parliament to confront Morrison over the issue. “We are preparing to show our leaders that we will not stand for their inaction,” he said.

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