On October 17th, Pacific Climate Warriors will use the canoes they have built to paddle out into the harbour of the world’s largest coal port - Newcastle - to stop coal exports for a day.
The Pacific Warriors cannot block a whole coal port alone, we need a whole flotilla of Australians to join them to sustain a strong presence for the entire day.
For over twenty years now Pacific Islanders have been negotiating and pleading with countries like Australia to cut their emissions and their fossil fuel production. They’ve been negotiating to save their homelands and their cultures.
After all this time, these negotiations have come to little. That’s why Pacific Islanders have decided to take matters into their own hands.
Over the past year, Warriors from 13 Pacific nations have been building traditional canoes on their Islands. Now the warriors will be bringing these canoes to Australia to go to the source of the problem.
About the action
The day will start with a welcoming ceremony in the morning, following by the launching of the traditional canoes and other boats into the water to block the access of coal ships for the day.
This will be a peaceful direct action - sending a strong message to the fossil fuel industry that we won't stand idly by as they sink our Pacific neighbours.
Where: Horseshoe Beach, Newcastle
When: 17 October, 9am - 5.30pm, followed by BBQ & music at foreshore park near Nobby's beach from 6pm
Getting there: Check out this guide, providing a comprehensive list of transport options to Newcastle.
Where to stay: Potential accommodation options are listed in this guide.
If you need assistance with transport or accommodation please let us know by filling out the registration form.
Register now to keep updated about the action
Will I be trained?
A training and briefing session will be run on Thursday 16th October from 6:30 - 8:30 pm in Newcastle. Find out more details here.
We have sourced as many kayaks as we can muster, but please feel encouraged to bring along your own boat, if you have one!
This is a defining moment for the future of the Pacific Islands and we’d love for you to join us!
Register now in the form on this page to find out more.