Grassroots Coal Train Blockade in Australia

Our friends down under are really escalating the coal fights in their country.

  • 150,000 recently marched for climate progress (in a country with only about 23 million)
  • Greenpeace Australia/Pacific activists occupied a coal plant.
  • Rising Tide Australia has been blockading coal terminals

And now Rising Tide Australia has begun blockading shipments of coal via train. newcastle RT

Grassroots climate change action group Rising Tide has blockaded a coal train on its way into the world’s biggest coal export port, at Kooragang Island in Newcastle Harbour. No trains are able to enter Kooragang Coal Terminal because of the blockade.

The blockade comes just two days after the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a report warning that the effects of climate change will be worse than previously anticipated, and five days before the Federal Election.

Spokesperson for Rising Tide, Georgina Woods, said, “Our Governments have failed us: both major parties are terminally addicted to coal. The situation is dreadful and we have been forced to take this action because the leadership of this country is morally bankrupt.

Uh, well er, sound familiar?

Al Gore has been challenging the US wing of the climate action movement to begin using civil disobedience against coal plants. Last week, in Charlotte, 2 Warren Wilson students locked themselves to the doors of climate criminal Duke Energy over Duke’s dirty coal plant at Cliffside.

It’s time to join our comrades and step this thing up.

1 Response to “Grassroots Coal Train Blockade in Australia”

  1. 1 Evan Nov 19th, 2007 at 8:06 pm

    where are the major rail lines that transport coal in this country? or where might i find out? let’s get this kind of thing happening everywhere.

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Scott Parkin is a Senior Campaigner with Rainforest Action Network and organizes with Rising Tide North America. He has worked on a variety of campaigns around climate change, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, mountaintop removal, labor issues and anti-corporate globalization. Originally from Texas, he now lives in San Francisco.

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