It’s no secret that climate change is killing our primary life support system, our oceans, whether this be in the form of warming or acidification, the killing of our mangroves or reefs, like our Great Barrier Reef or that we are missing 40% of the phytoplankton plants that give us with the majority of the air that we breathe.

In a world that desperately needs a rapid transition away from fossil fuels, we have a Federal and Queensland (QLD) State government openly embracing a new coal mine that, if it goes ahead, will be one of the biggest in this country, will spew 4.6 billion (that’s 460,000 million) tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent greenhouse gas into our fragile atmosphere over its reported ‘lifetime’ and speed up the impacts of climate change and global warming.

Turtle and bleached coral at Heron Island Feb 2016. Photo: The Ocean Agency / XL Catlin Seaview Survey / Richard Vevers Turtle and bleached coral at Heron Island Feb 2016. Photo: The Ocean Agency / XL Catlin Seaview Survey / Richard Vevers

More than two million people visit the Great Barrier Reef each year generating more than $AU2 billion in tourism dollars, and supporting thousands of jobs for Australians. It’s these people that our government should be supporting, not the Adani Group who has allegations of offshore tax dodging, corruption, fraud and money laundering, and they have chartered ships that have caused a serious coal and oil spill off Mumbai’s coast.

Apart from the absurdity of a government desperate to handout almost $1b in public funds by way of a concessional loan to an already economically shaky project, the carbon impacts of this mine are enough to blow the carbon budget and sink the Agreement made in Paris in December 2015 at COP21.

And this is when scientists have warned that 90% of known coal reserves need to remain in the ground if we are to achieve the Paris accord and restrict global warming to below 2 degrees Celsius from pre-industrial times.

If our government will not listen to the scientists, the farmers, the business people in far north QLD whose livelihoods are threatened, to the community, or to our children screaming at us to stop stealing their future away from them, then its up to us all to stand up, draw a line in the sand and say no.

If we cannot save a UNESCO World Heritage listed natural wonder like our globally renowned Great Barrier Reef, then what can we save?

We simply cannot allow this project to go ahead if we want to have a liveable climate in the future. Losing this one is simply not an option.

Sea Shepherd Managing Director Jeff Hansen and Conservation Council WA director Piers Verstegen launching joining the Adani Alliance.  Credit Sea Shepherd Sea Shepherd Managing Director Jeff Hansen and Conservation Council WA director Piers Verstegen launching joining the Adani Alliance. Credit Sea Shepherd

Sea Shepherd is very proud to be part of the Stop Adani Alliance (stopadanialliance.com, stopadani.com), whose make up consists of many fine organisations, business people, farmers and the wider community that want a real future for our children.

This is not just another “green” fight. The farmers in Queensland who have just joined the Stop Adani Alliance fearing for the impacts on their farms are not greenies. The business people in North and Far North Queensland whose livelihoods are threatened are not your typical greenies. The economic analysts, bank chiefs, doctors, scientists and engineers are not greenies. And the Defence Chiefs of Australia and the US who warn that climate change presents a serious risk to national security are not greenies.   Those of us who care about the impacts of climate change on future generations are not necessarily greenies. We’re just pragmatists; people who live in the real world, who care about the future and are not beholding to vested interests and lobby groups.

Sea Shepherd’s clients are whales, dolphins, sharks, right down to the plankton, however given most of the air that we breathe comes from our oceans, what Sea Shepherd does is ultimately for people. If you want to put people first, you have to put nature and our life support systems like our oceans first, that's how you look after our kids real future on this planet earth we call home.

Supporting this Adani coal mine in anyway shape or form is slap in the face of future generations and a complete disconnect and disrespect for all the world’s children.

It’s high time that our Federal and State QLD governments stopped backing such a ecologically destructive and financial lemon such as the Adani coal mine, and backed a real future for our children.

For more information on why Sea Shepherd has joined the Adani Alliance:

PDFWhy Sea Shepherd Australia has joined the Stop Adani Alliance

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