Media Release: Stop Adani protests in Canberra and Sydney.

Colourful ‘Stop Adani’ protests in Canberra and Sydney are ‘just the start’ of plans to take the issue global, Bob Brown said outside the Indian High Commission today.

More than two hundred people holding banners and chanting ‘Stop Adani’ were outside the High Commission in Canberra and another 35 at the Indian Consulate in Sydney. ‘Our protest is against this obscene opening of the Galilee Basin coal, to inject more greenhouse gases into Earth’s biosphere than the whole of the rest of Australia, and it is building,’ Brown said.

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Media release: CANBERRA, SYDNEY PROTESTS AGAINST ADANI’S INDIA DESTRUCTION

 
Today’s protests by the Bob Brown Foundation outside the Indian High Commission in Canberra and consulate in Sydney are highlighting Gautam Adani’s destruction of tribal land forests in Central India.
 
“This billionaire brute is smashing down wildlife-filled forest of the Gond people who are amongst the poorest in India. After assurances in 2009 that the forest would be protected forever, Adani is now set to bulldoze the Gond people’s forest to get atthe coal beneath,” Bob Brown said in Canberra today.

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Water Plan Approval is Corrupted Process - Brown

The Queensland government’s water approval for the Adani mine is the outcome of a corrupted process, Bob Brown said today.

“Independent science shows Gautam Adani’s coal extraction will most likely lead to the death of the Doongmabulla Springs, sacred to the Wangan and Jagalingou people, but here are the powers-that-be giving it a tick. As they gave the impending extinction of the Black-throated Finch a tick two weeks ago,” Brown said.

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Bob Brown Foundation calls for logging halt in Tasmania’s irreplaceable old growth forests.

The Bob Brown Foundation is calling for a logging halt in Tasmania’s wilderness tracts of old growth forests and the ancient rainforests of takayna / Tarkine. The logging was questioned in the Tasmanian Parliamentary estimates today after environmental groups have exposed ongoing clearfelling.  
“Old growth forest is being logged in Tasmania. In Tasmania’s Parliament Estimates today evidence of ongoing clearfelling of these fragile ecosystems was presented. Contrary to claims by Minister Courtney that Tasmania’s logging agency is not clearfelling old growth forests, they are,” Bob Brown Foundation Campaign Manager Jenny Weber said.  
Tasmania’s Minister for logging Sarah Courtney was provided photographic evidence of clearfelled old growth forests in the Styx River Valley. Greens MHA Cassy O’Connor gave the minister our evidence of a tree approximately 600 year old, stump-logged and burned in the Styx east of the World Heritage boundary.  
“Minister Courtney is denying the evidence right in front of her face! Her authorised logging is destroying rapidly vanishing ecological and carbon values that our planet cannot afford. STT’s own material states that within their permanent logging zones there are 34 000 hectares of old growth forest set aside for logging,” Jenny Weber said.  
The foundation and The Wilderness Society engaged forest advocate Ed Hill and botanist Nick Fitzgerald to assess the logging in Tasmania’s forests. This investigation formed our joint submission to the Forest Stewardship Council auditors who were in Tasmania for the last fortnight assessing Sustainable Timber Tasmania’s application for certification.
 “Continued old growth logging in Tasmania makes it very difficult to see how the unsustainable logging agency will meet the requirements of FSC. FSC certification standards require old growth forest to be protected. Tasmania’s rampant logging practices would strip FSC of its own reputation if it were to be certified,” Jenny Weber said.  
“The evidence of old growth logging in the Styx is a small snapshot of the state-wide destruction of these fragile ecosystems as it continues unabated,” the foundation’s Campaign Manager Jenny Weber said.  
“Rampant and aggressive clearfelling of old growth forests is occurring right now in the Central Highlands, next to Lake King William, adjacent to the Wilderness World Heritage Area,”  
“After we revealed the clearfelling of old growth rainforest in takayna / Tarkine last January 2018, the Tasmanian Government continues to ignore the climate emergency and extinction crisis that outdates these appalling practices in our environment,” Jenny Weber said.  
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Adani’s invasion of the central Indian forests

Bob Brown Foundation will hold a public gathering outside the Indian High Commission in Canberra on Saturday 15 June to protest Gautam Adani’s plan to desecrate an Indian forest for coal.

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Black-throated Finch - Australia's Second Deliberated Extinction

Today’s decision that the beautiful Black-throated Finch should be sacrificed for billionaire Gautam Adani’s coal mine shapes up as the second deliberated extinction in Australian history.

The first was the extirpation of the Tasmanian tiger after the 1888 state legislation put a one pound ($2) bounty on its head. More than 2000 were shot. The last tiger died in a Hobart zoo on 7 September 1936. 

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One Tarkine Rainforest given reprieve by peaceful protest

Bob Brown Foundation is celebrating the success of a protest camp in Tasmania’s takayna / Tarkine which has prevented the destruction of one area of ancient rainforests by logging after peacefully occupying the threatened forests since September 2018.  Tasmania’s state logging agency has informed the Foundation that no forest operations will commence before winter.

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Peter Hitchcock AM has died

Peter Hitchcock, who repeatedly used his scientific background to win protection for threatened wild areas both in Australia and overseas, died in Cairns Hospital this morning, aged 75.

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Tarkine anti-conservationists failed attempt to disrupt peaceful protest

A misguided protest by pro-logging activists has resulted in the official closure of a 30-metre section of road that they wanted open, despite it actually going nowhere.

The Bob Brown Foundation's Sumac Defenders Camp has, for the last nine months, prevented the construction of a controversial new logging road into the takayna/Tarkine.

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Adani Remains Australia's Moral Challenge, 2019

CFMEU repeated 2004 by delivering Coalition government.

The election outcome does not alter the immorality of proceeding with Gautam Adani’s coal mine one iota, environmentalist Bob Brown said today.

"While the Morrison camp gloats, Earth is heating. Inevitably, the future of every child on Earth, including every Australian child is on the altar of Adani. It is no more complicated than that. This is a challenge to Australia’s vision and future security.

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