#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 […]

Citizens of the planet unite demanding leaders save the #peoplesclimate: @jansant reports

The weekend saw more than 600,000 people take to the streets in 175 countries calling on world leaders to agree on binding emission reductions during the Paris Climate Talks. Melbourne led the way with 60,000 people attending, followed by London with 50,000, while Sydney’s crowd was estimated at 45,000. 60000 people have turned out in Melbourne for the first People’s #ClimateMarch of the weekend. #PeoplesClimate pic.twitter.com/3uUy5DCfmX — Greenpeace Aus Pac (@GreenpeaceAustP) November 27, 2015 In Paris, people defied the state of emergency called after the recent terrorist attack and there were clashes between protesters and police. In a symbolic gesture (after French authorities banned protests), Pope Francis and Ban Ki […]

BP has no right to risk the Bight’s #environment: @Wilderness_Aus comments

Just five years ago, one of the worst oil spill disasters in history shocked the world when BP’s undersea oil well, Deepwater Horizon, exploded in the Gulf of Mexico. Now, BP has its sights set on Australia. During the disaster, 11 workers tragically lost their lives and for 87 days, oil spewed into the Gulf of Mexico. Millions of animals died while local fishing and tourism industries collapsed. Here in Australia five years later, BP plan to drill four exploration wells in the pristine waters of the Great Australian Bight. The Great Australian Bight is home to one of the world’s most important southern right whale nurseries and communities depend […]

Pacific #ClimateWarriors in Queensland, “Where will I bury my next loved one who dies?”: @JanB_QLD Reports

We all respond differently to different types of occasion. The media love the big and the boisterous: colour and movement. It’s the intimate moments and personal encounters that move me. Over the past two weeks the 350 Pacific “Climate Warriors”, offered us both. They came from twelve different Pacific nations to hold events across Australia. Their aim was to bring the impacts of climate change on their South Pacific homelands to the attention of Australians and the world. The pivotal event of their visit, certainly in terms of publicity, was the blockade of the Newcastle coal port. The Climate Warriors used specially built traditional canoes and brought them with them […]

ANZ Bank HQ in Melbourne occupied by #ClimateWarriors: @Takvera

The Pacific Climate Warriors travelled to Melbourne today and were part of an occupation of the lobby of the Headquarters of the ANZ Bank. Over eighty people participated standing in solidarity with Pacific Islanders whose homes and cultures are being destroyed by fossil fuel expansion. Last week the Climate Warriors visited Whitehaven Coal’s Maules Creek coal mine near Narrabri and saw the destruction first hand of the Leard State forest where coal is extracted. Read my report of Pacific Climate Warriors joining the Leard blockade protesting coal and climate change They also visited and blockaded Newcastle coal port on Friday 17 October, pitting their traditional canoes against the huge coal […]

Living with coal, @Sikamikanico joins Pacific #ClimateWarriors to blockade Newcastle Port. #leardblockade

It’s pretty irritating living next to the coal train line in the shadow of the world’s largest coal port. The outside walls of our house are constantly covered in a layer of coal dust. I have to wash the dust out of the laundry baskets every time we use them (and yes, we do regularly do laundry). I quit smoking over five years ago and don’t have asthma, but I’ve a constant hacking cough that spurs strangers to tell me “those ciggies will kill you, you know”, and endless chest infections. So that’s not much fun, but it’s even to scarier to think what happens at the other end of […]