First Nations peoples tell of their resistance to fossil fuel corporations

March 27, 2024
At the 'Our Islands, Our Home' event. Photo: Coral Wynter

Traditional Owners from the Beetaloo Basin and the Torres Strait told their stories of resistance against the fossil fuel industry’s impact on First Nations communities on March 5.

Despite heat waves, bushfires, cyclones, coral bleaching and floods, Australia continues to extract and export coal and gas. It is Australia’s biggest contribution to the climate crisis.

Traditional Owners have been resisting extraction on Country for decades and now a growing movement is pushing back against the fossil fuel lobby.

Yessie, who is involved in the campaign “Our Islands, Our Home”, called on the Labor government to urgently fund the building of seawalls in the Torres Strait.

The audience was told how to stop coal and gas companies destroying First Nations peoples’ lands.

The event was organised by and a diaspora of Pacific islanders living in Gadigal/Sydney.

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Photo: Coral Wynter

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