Activists from all over Australia travelled to be part of the week of frontline action against Adani coalmine. Green Left Weekly spoke to some of them to get their thoughts on the protest.
Melea (Yeppoon, Queensland): "I am here because I am ready for action... I knew it would be inspiring but I couldn't begin to imagine just how amazing it is,... going out and doing this peaceful protest... I am really inspired to come back and do more actions and get more involved and create networks with more local crew from central Queensland and to spread the message far and wide."
John (Coffs Harbour, New South Wales): "[The Abbot Point protest] was a celebration of our humanity, our power and our love for the environment, but it was also a powerful message that this would be just the start and would go on and on with more people involved if Adani attempts to build this mine or the railway line."
John (Canberra, ACT): “The reason I got involved was because I think we need no more new coalmines in Australia and in fact in the world and the Adani coalmine is a massive coalmine that will have a significant impact on greenhouse emissions.
“Emissions from the Adani mine per year will probably be around about 20% of the Australian coal emissions per year, and there is no doubt that with that amount of emissions going into the atmosphere that we have a warmer planet and the reef will be lucky to survive."
Stuart, (Sydney, NSW): "People need to step up and we are just trying to set an example for people to get on board and start doing what you can to stop it. Actions like this are absolutely vital. It lets the multinationals know that there are people prepared to put their lives on the line, their liberty on the line to stop them."