Frontline on Coal

The calendar has flicked over to June, the nights at Camp Binbee are starting to get a bit chilly, and we mark another month of trying to stop Adani on the climate frontlines.

May began with the Tour De Carmichael – a four day, 90km bike ride to the Carmichael mine site guided by Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owner Coedie McAvoy. We were stoked to support Coedie on the ride, joining over 100 people in experiencing that country and witnessing Adani’s destruction of it. You can read a full account here, and if you missed out stay tuned for the next one.

The next week, Abhijeet and Sam stopped work for a day on Adani’s rail corridor – locking themselves to key infrastructure on the worksite. They took that action in solidarity with all indigenous people fighting to protect their land from Adani – Wangan & Jagalingou trying to stop them digging up coal here, and Adivasi people in India trying to stop it being burned over there. Have a read of Abhijeet’s reasons for action here.

Stopping work on another part of the rail line this month was Morgan, who locked himself to a concrete batching plant for over four hours. Morgan also eloquently put a call out for more direct action to stop climate chaos.

It was a busy month for those trying to keep track of Adani’s many environmental breaches. They were reprimanded for not having adequate flood management, and fined for clearing land without a wildlife spotter present. Their own study of the endangered black-throated finch found that numbers have reduced by a shocking 82%. And the courts found once again that the federal government failed to follow due process in its approval of Adani – they will have to go back and apply the “water trigger” stricter assessment of Adani’s North Galilee Water Scheme. The other big news this month was BMD, one of Adani’s biggest contractors, revealing they are risking their business by working on the rail line without insurance. This is a vindication of the many people who have pressured insurance companies not to back this disastrous mine.

A final word for the month about the brilliant creative projects so many people at FLAC have done. It takes all kind of creativity and ingenuity to stop a coal mine and a climate crisis – as we simultaneously try to stop Adani’s construction but also disrupt a culture of complacency and powerlessness. Over the years we have had t-shirts, tote bags, art exhibitions, a compilation album, and of course so many amazing banners!

We have been blessed with some very talented and dedicated film-makers especially, and our social media is full of brilliant videos showing the many actions we have done. This month we released the second episode of our FLAC TV series, bringing reports from the various climate frontlines around the country. We also had our old friend Wendy come back to camp and remind us of some films she made in 2019 following four individuals and their experiences at Binbee. She hopes these videos can be used as recruiting tools to encourage others to take frontline action. Click here to watch or download them to show others.

These creative efforts are a wonderful aspect of life on the frontlines as part of a community of resistance. Working to save the planet we can discover and refine our skills, and put them to use for a cause that matters. We should celebrate the things we have made together, as we keep going in the ultimate artwork – the creation of a better world.

Adani are continuing their work, and though we are doing our best to slow them down we need people to do so. So we would love to see you all at camp, and if you can’t make it in person please consider helping out financially or by sharing around some of our great content. See you on the frontlines!

Andy and the team at Camp Binbee

Frontline Action on Coal

Frontline Action on Coal acknowledges elders, past present and future. We respect the communication protocols and the important role of Elders in culture and heritage protection advice. We recognise and respect cultural heritage, beliefs, customs and the continuing relationship and responsibility to traditional land and water and day and night sky. We acknowledge that they are of continuing importance to the people living today and future generations, and stand in solidarity with First Nations people in their continuing struggle for justice.