Aurizon Brisbane HQ occupied by #stopAdani climate protestors reports @takvera

Rail freight company Aurizon Headquarters in Brisbane was occupied by Adani protestors today. Aurizon have put in a funding application to the Northern Australian Infrastructure Fund (NAIF) to build the coal freight railway line from the Galilee basin to the coast at Abbot Point. Yesterday in Canberra 13 community organisations launched a major campaign that will likely include civil disobedience actions, to Stop the Adani Carmichael coal mine. Former Tasmanian Greens senator and Franklin Dam campaigner Bob Brown joined community leaders to launch the Stop Adani Alliance to build the ‘biggest movement in Australia’s history’ to stop Adani’s coal mine from being developed. “People are coming together to draw a […]

Resistance and hope in the face of Trump #climatedenial – @takvera

Despite the climate denialism in a Trump administration, it will be difficult to stop the zero carbon transition already underway and driven by economic forces, with action by citizens, businesses and states. As the minutes ticked past midday with Trump’s inauguration on January 20, the whitehouse.gov website was swept clean of anything climate related. Obama’s record in this area has been officially archived and Trump’s pages announce an America First Energy Plan. The plan re-affirms that “Trump is committed to eliminating harmful and unnecessary policies such as the Climate Action Plan and the Waters of the U.S. rule.” This is the only mention of the word climate on the page. […]

Perth HQ of Chevron, BP targeted by #Breakfree2016 climate activists – @takvera

The protest included a march and street sit-in, office occupation, and a sit-in occupation in the foyer of the QV1 building, the Perth Headquarters for BP and Chevron in Western Australia. John Englart reports using social media. Perth is home to the largest concentration of oil and gas companies with more than 300 international companies in the sector now based in the city. Western Australia is also a regional base for more than 40 major oilfield service companies. One of the people refusing to leave the QV1 building was University Student Aleesha. In a statement she highlighted that occupants of the building directly contribute to the injustice that the world […]

Refugee activists occupy Immigration offices to #BringThemHere #Melbourne – @takvera

In a snap action refugee activists called a rally on short notice in Melbourne followed by a march and civil disobedient occupation of Commonwealth immigration offices. Online reporting by John Englart. [View the story “Refugee activists occupy Immigation offices to #BringThemHere #Melbourne” on Storify]

#climate protestors close down Newcastle coal port for #Breakfree2016 as #ausvotes called – @takvera

When the politics has failed in taking necessary rapid climate action, more people will step up, to protest, to put their bodies on the line in civil disobedient actions. As part of the Global BreakFree mobilisation Australians blockaded Newcastle coal port on Mothers Day, Sunday 8 May 2016. This article is derived from John Englart’s live blog on Storify of the protest in Newcastle. The protest drew more than 2,000 people to Horseshoe Beach, one of the largest climate protests against coal in the NSW regional city of Newcastle. More than 60 people, including a flock of climate angels and Bill Ryan a 94 year old Kokoda veteran from World […]

Coal train protest ends 1st week of #Leardblockade action on #coal reports @takvera

“Red alert, red alert, keep the coal in the dirt” the protestors chanted at a blockade of coal haul trucks going to Whitehaven’s Tarrawonga coal mine while Whitehaven and Idemitsu bulldozers are lining up to devastate the Leard forest to expand coal mining. Nofibs reporter John Englart reports on the week of action – titled the Bats Return – at the Leard blockade via social media. The Bats Return is a six week creative action protest at Maules Creek, north-western New South Wales, that started on February 13. [View the story “Busy week at #Leardblockade against #coal” on Storify]

Occupation of #Santos #Pilliga #CSG site by traditional owners, local farmers reports @takvera

Santos plans for a Coal seam gas field in the Pilliga region of western NSW has met stiff opposition from local farmers and traditional owners. A Santos test site was occupied today by 120 people in a mass civil disobedience action. 120 people joined traditional owners from the Gamilaraay / Gomeroi mob in occupying the Leewood site and equipment where Santos hopes to build a waste water treatment plant for contaminated water from drilling gas wells. [View the story “Occupation of Pilliga Santos #CSG site lead by traditional owners and local farmers” on Storify]

The Paris moment for #climatejustice. @takvera on the historic #Parisagreement of #COP21

In the history of the World the Paris Agreement will be regarded as an historic moment. Even though it was far from perfect and didn’t go far enough. It was part of the Paris moment for climate justice. Paris was a moral turning point. When 195 countries agreed by consensus to set a target to decarbonise by the later half of the century, an ambitious climate temperature goal and an international framework to achieve it. It signifies the turning of the tide against fossil fuel pollution, although as Naomi Klein highlights, fossil fuels is not mentioned once in the agreement. The Paris Agreement (PDF) is far from a fair deal […]

Thousands protest for #climatejustice in Paris #D12 as #COP21 concludes reports @takvera

Even though the State of Emergency which prohibits large political protests is still in place, tens of thousands turned out on the streets of Paris for climate justice in various creative protests. The French state on Friday, relented, and allowed the protest to go ahead. For two weeks activists had been planning a day for redlines for the climate emergency, to defy the state crackdown on the right to freedom of speech and assembly. Organisers had embarked on civil disobedience training of thousands of people at the Climate Action Zone in preparation for the day. The Climate emergency, it was argued, was far more important than the security restrictions imposed […]

#Climate justice demanded of world leaders at #COP21 reports @takvera from Paris

Today I observed and sometimes joined a peaceful human chain for a climate of peace on the Boulevard Voltaire in Paris. Organisers estimated about 10,000 people participated in one way or another. This event took place because Parisians and visitors to Paris were denied the freedom of speech and assembly to march down the street under the state of emergency provisions. These provisions were enacted by the French state after the terrorist attacks on November 13 which resulted in 130 deaths and over 300 injured. It caused a dark cloud to hang over the climate conference. Just the fact that national leaders focus was redirected on security and terrorism has […]