MMG Mining company moved in another machine to the contentious Tarkine rainforest this morning, protesters have shut it down. Roadworks on the site of MMG's proposed toxic tailings dam in takayna/Tarkine has been halted again as two citizens have locked themselves to excavators on the rainforest site.
Outdoor Educator Clancy Leary (23) and Psychologist/Support Worker Michael Nowara (31) have walked six and a half kilometres beyond the company's road block to attach themselves to the two excavators preventing clearing and roadworks this morning.
"Why this activism is still necessary in a world now awake to the climate crisis is a question I can't answer. We should instinctively know to protect that which allows us to live and breathe. takayna is where I live and breathe deepest. Come, see it for yourself, you will reconnect and you will understand", said Mr Leary.
"I've never been so worried about the future of the planet. So many people are becoming aware of the actions that need to take place to prevent planet Earth from slipping further into a climate crisis. Reducing emissions, shifting to green energy, saving our rainforest. People generally agree on these issues but barely anyone is willing to or knows how to take action. I want to encourage more people to take action, as much as they can. Don't take the back seat any longer", urged Mr Nowara.
The Bob Brown Foundation supports their calls to action as hundreds of people are joining the foundation in frontline actions in takayna/Tarkine. Chinese state-owned miner MMG is pushing in roads to build a heavy metals tailings dam that would flatten primeval rainforests and tall eucalyptus forests for their waste dump.
"These brave and passionate citizens are right. If we are going to defend the planet we must be willing to stand up for our wild places. We can only hope that Minister Ley wants to stand with the 62 protestors that have been arrested over the past 51 days defending the rainforests of takayna/Tarkine", said Bob Brown Foundation takayna/Tarkine Campaigner Scott Jordan.