Kicking off on April 17, the Bob Brown Foundation’s Stop Adani Convoy has been holding protest rallies along Australia’s eastern coast as it makes its way to the site of Adani’s proposed coalmine in the Galilee Basin, Queensland, before ending with a protest outside federal parliament in Canberra on May 5.
The aim of the convey is to send a clear message to Adani and state and federal governments that coalmining, and all fossil fuel mining, are sunset industries in this time of human-induced climate change.
Support for the convoy has come from as far away as Western Australia, with the Stop Adani Convoy WA (SACWA), which left from Fremantle on April 13, linking up with the official convoy in Melbourne at a rally held at Birrarung Marr, on the banks of the Yarra River on April 18.
Former Australian Greens leader Bob Brown and others addressed the huge crowd of supporters present, with Indigenous elders, musicians and volunteers all contributing to the event.
The convoy, which includes a fleet of electric vehicles, then headed to Albury-Wodonga, where a rally was held on April 19, before arriving in Sydney for another successful rally at Paramatta Park.
Since then the convoy has held rallies in Coffs Harbour, Mullumbimby and Brisbane. At each stop, the convoy has received great support from people, with some lining streets to wave at the passing convoy.
The convoy plans to hold rallies in Emu Park, Hervey Bay, Airlie Beach, Mackay, Clermont and various other towns in Queensland before rallying in the Galilee Basin and then heading to Canberra.
Despite having travelled all the way from Western Australian, SACWA has committed itself to accompanying the Stop Adani Convoy all the way to the end.
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