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Two women have peacefully occupied a fully-laden
coal train in Werris Creek Sunday morning to call for a moratorium
on further coal and gas production in Australia as the world moves
to restrict fossil fuels and move to renewable energy.
The action has halted all railments of coal to the Port of
Newcastle, the world’s busiest coal port, and comes in the wake of
moves by Indonesia, the United States, France and Vietnam to leave
more fossil fuels in the ground.
“While the world is accepting that coal and gas are dying
industries, my community is bearing the brunt of our government’s
addiction to mining” said Roselyn Druce, a resident of Maules
Creek, where Whitehaven Coal is poised to begin another round of
forest clearing for open-cut coal mine expansion.
“Malcolm Turnbull told Townsville residents last week that the
end of the mining construction boom ‘always had to happen’, but our
communities are being left out in the lurch”.
“Coal and gas companies are devastating our health, our
communities, our water and our wildlife,” said Elise Chatterton,
23, one of the two women participating in the action.
“With coal and gas prices collapsing globally, we urgently need
a transition to clean energy in Australia as well,” said Monica
Haynes, 30, who was also...