NSW teachers are among activists opposing Adani’s proposed Carmichael mine in the Galilee Basin, Queensland.
Current and retired members recently joined other concerned citizens to form human signs, in several locations, spelling “Stop Adani”. Opponents to the mine are concerned about its negative effect on the climate and environment.
The Stop Adani Alliance, a movement of environmental and local action groups, said Adani plans to mine 2.3 billion tonnes of coal from the Carmichael site over 60 years. The Stop Adani Alliance fears the Great Barrier Reef cannot survive more coal-fuelled global warming.
There are also concerns that the extraction of billions of litres of groundwater each year will irreversibly damage groundwater systems.
Federation President Maurie Mulheron told October Council that the union has a long history of environmental activism dating back to the late 1960s, early 1970s and was one of the first unions to support environmental movements. He said Federation would publicly oppose the Adani mine.
Federation’s Environment Policy from 2011 Annual Conference states: “NSW Teachers Federation recognises the preservation of our natural environment and addressing environmental challenges such as climate change is union business. As workers who are educators, our members have a role in encouraging the growth of a clean economy that will be safe and prosperous for future generations."