Tuesday, April 8, 7:00 PM Manly Library Meeting Room1 Market PlaceSydney, 2095, Australia
This event is co-hosted by 350.org Australia, the Manly Environment Center and Lock the Gate.
It’s time: construction of the Maules Creek coal mine in Leard State Forest has begun, and we need your help.
This mine is being built on prime agricultural land in NSW's food bowl of the Liverpool Plains. Join us for this info night to learn how residents of the Northern Beaches can support farmers, Traditional Owners, ecologists, religious leaders and many others taking a courageous stand against big coal.
Guest speaker: Ric Laird - 5th generation farmer from Maules Creek.
If construction goes ahead, the coal from this mine would release carbon emissions almost equivalent to the yearly pollution of New Zealand’s entire energy sector. It will pump thousands of tonnes of coal dust onto neighboring communities, drain the water table by several metres and cause the destruction of 1600 hectares of unique bushland and farmland, 544 hectares of which is classified as critically endangered. This mine is a disaster for some of the most productive land in the country, much of the local community and the climate.
For four years now the community have been fighting this mine at every stage. Yet unfortunately at each turn, these concerns have fallen on deaf ears. At each turn the fossil fuel industry has had its way.
Right now community members, farmers, environmentalists and Traditional Owners are protesting against the construction of the mine as part of the ongoing blockade -- they need all the support they can get on the front line and in the cities. We'll discuss how you can head to blockade and also help build the movement on the Northern Beaches.