Over 7500 signatures on a petition calling for no new coal in WA were presented to the WA government at a climate rally on December 11. ALP member for Gosnells Chris Tallentire accepted the petitions from Safe Climate representative Kamala Emanuel and Greens parliamentarian Robin Chapple also spoke in favour of strong climate action.
One particular focus was opposition to the proposed coal mine at Margaret River which was reflected in colourful signs at the rally. Luke Petersen from the Margaret River Climate Action Group also spoke at the rally.
Another highlight was the message of solidarity from Mardoowarra (lower Fitzroy River) traditional owner, Dr Anne Poelina, who gave support to the campaign and also spoke out against the proposed coal mines in the Kimberley region.
Between 100-150 people participated in the rally which called for the development of renewable energy as the alternative to new coal and gas. Nuclear power and uranium mining was rejected as unsafe and a human rights abuse against traditional owners.