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Issue #1778      May 24, 2017

Perth “Stop Adani Protest”

On Saturday May 13 about 80 protesters marched to the main office of the Commonwealth Bank in Murray Street, Perth to protest the bank’s decision to fund the expansion of the Adani Coal Mine at Carmichael in northern Queensland. The construction of the mine would have an adverse impact not only on global warming but part of that global warming would heat the ocean in which the Great Barrier Reef is situated.

The warming of the ocean contributes to bleaching of the coral, among the other negative impacts from the project which would involve potential annual carbon emissions of 128 million tonnes, equivalent to a quarter of Australia’s current emissions from fuel combustion and the drawing of billions of litres of water from the Great Artesian Basin, threatening the hydrology of this water resource vital to farmers and graziers in northern Queensland.

The protesters not only held placards and banners outside the entrance of the Commonwealth Bank but also staged a sit-in sit-down inside the bank where they gave out leaflets and called on the bank not to fund the project. Protests have been held in Cairns, Sydney and other cities around Australia. The protest was organised by a number of environmental groups in Perth. For further information or to join the movement an online website, STOPADANI.COM has been established.

The Communist Party of Australia supports the call for a halt to the Adani Carmichael Coal project and for investment instead in clean renewable energy which would further reduce the adverse impacts of climate change which have already begun to impact the world’s climate.

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