Sea Shepherd Australia and the Conservation Council of Western Australia have today announced that they are joining the Stop Adani Alliance.
With the addition of these two organisations, there are now 28 members of the Stop Adani Alliance, whose combined membership represents well over 2 million Australians.
“Sea Shepherd is all about protecting our oceans. The back to back bleaching of the Great Barrier Reef this year and last, fuelled by climate change, is a call to action we just cannot ignore,” said Jeff Hansen, Sea Shepherd Australia’s Managing Director.
“If we wish to protect the Reef, there is no way we can let Adani’s plans for a polluting new coal mine go ahead” Mr Hansen continued.
The Conservation Council is Western Australia’s peak environment organisation. CCWA Director Piers Verstegen said, “Western Australia is particularly vulnerable to global warming.
“That means our reefs, forests, farmland and our water resources are threatened by the impacts of all coal and gas mining - however the sheer scale of the Adani proposal demands our urgent action right now.
“If Adani’s coal mine goes ahead, it would be the largest coal mine in Australia. Right at the time we must curb our carbon emissions, this project takes us in the wrong direction. It would lock in and fast forward dangerous global warming,” Mr Verstegen continued.
“CCWA will host community screenings of the campaign documentary Guarding the Galilee, and is supporting the WA community to establish local Stop Adani groups to add to the 178 groups that have already formed on the east coast,” Mr Verstegen concluded.
“There are serious allegations of tax dodging, corruption, fraud and money laundering about the operations of Adani Group companies elsewhere in the world. Adani chartered ships that caused a serious coal and oil spill off Mumbai’s coast. This is not a company we can trust with the Great Barrier Reef,” concluded Mr Hansen.