While sea levels rise in the Pacific, huge droughts devastate and wildfires burn through Australia on a regular basis, a giant coal mine has been proposed right next to where Australia’s greatest environmental asset, the Great Barrier Reef, lies. Under the motto “We are not drowning, we are fighting”, Pacific climate activists are determined to stop it.
Community activist Bev Smiles doesn’t view the international coal giant Peabody Energy as just a faceless mining corporation. She calls Peabody her personal nemesis.
For more than 30 years Bev has lived in the picturesque village of Wollar, between Denman and Mudgee in the Upper Hunter. Once a thriving community, the town has changed irrecoverably since 2006 when the Wilpinjong coal mine was approved.
In Australia, #RiseForClimate saw more than 5000 people show up to over 50 actions around the country this weekend, everyone calling for climate action!
Globally, more than 250,000 people attended over 900 actions, in 95 countries, on all seven continents.
THIS is what people power looks like. This is what will beat the fossil fuel industry.
In September 2018 the Global Climate Action Summit will bring together people from around the world to celebrate the extraordinary achievements by states, regions, cities, companies, investors and citizens in addressing climate change. It aims to inspire further action, share skills, as well as encourage investment in technology and systems to tackle this urgent global problem.