News and Events:
FootPrints for Peace are planning a community walk from Cairns to Gladstone to highlight the impact that coal exports will have on the Great Barrier Reef. The walk is supported by Friends of the Earth and Lock the Gate.
FootPrints for Peace is keen to connect with communities between Cairns and Gladstone to discuss the impact that coal and coal seam gas will have on communities along the east coast.
ANZ - We die-in your world
Today, activists staged a die-in at two of ANZ's Brisbane branches, calling on the bank to stop funding dirty coal projects like Whitehaven Coal's Maules Creek Coal project.
The bank is contributing $1.2 billion towards a mine which would destroy koala habitat in Leard State Forest, and be responsible for 13 million tonnes per annum of dirty coal, making the effects of climate change even worse.
This event is part of the Colony Collapse Tour -
Rebellious bees from Turtle Island (North America) have landed in Oz to do some much-needed cross-pollination. They'll be be bringing stories of people's movements, earth defense, decolonization and solidarity, as well as high-energy hip-hop, spoken word, and graphic storytelling to all rebel hives that will receive them.
The Land Court today rejected Xstrata's legal costs application against Friends of the Earth Brisbane, over their objection to the Wandoan mega coal mine.
Friends of the Earth spokesperson Dr Bradley Smith says their organisation is relieved by the decision. The costs application was expected to be for over half a million dollars, far above the resources of Friends of the Earth Brisbane, which is a small volunteer-run environment group.
Friends of the Earth today slammed the revival of New Acland coal mine expansion as bad for farms, towns and the global environment.
The Queensland Government today released for public comment the previously 'ruled out' New Acland coal mine expansion plans.
Friends of the Earth spokeperson Bradley Smith says that New Hope Coal have a record of neglecting their social responsibilities, and shouldn't get a hearing on new plans until current problems are fixed.
The Solar Dawn solar-thermal power station project near Chinchilla was confirmed dead today, following Newman Government pulling $75 million in funding earlier this year.
Friends of the Earth Brisbane spokesperson Bradley Smith says that this is a significant loss for Queenslanders.
Two Brisbane men from environmental group Friends of the Earth plead guilty to trespass today at the Oakey Magistrate's court, following their arrest at New Hope Coal's Jondaryan coal loading facility last month.
The Magistrate at Oakey Court said that he understood the motivation for the protest and did not record any convictions, but handed down fines totalling $750.
This morning Friends of the Earth and Residents from Jondaryan and Oakey called for the end of the Jondaryan coal dump with two people scaling New Hope's 30 metre high pile of coal and dropping a banner. After half an hour on top of the coal dump, the two were arrested and removed from the coal dump site.
The coal dump is 1.5km from the town of Jondaryan and coal dust is contaminating the air and water of the locals. New Hope Coal recently applied for an expansion of what was supposed to be a 'temporary' coal dump.