Hundreds to protest at ALP Conference against fossil fuel expansion

MEDIA ALERT: Hundreds to protest at ALP conference against the expansion of the fossil fuel industry

  • Environmentalists, unionists, religious organisations and First Nations leaders demand climate leadership from ALP 
  • ALP must stop Great Australian Bight oil drilling, Adani coal mine and fracking for a liveable climate
  • Expanding fossil fuel industry negates ALP’s strong renewables policy

WHEN: Sunday, December 16, 12:45pm

WHERE: Adelaide Convention Centre forecourt, North Terrace, Adelaide

WHO: Environmentalists, unionists, religious leaders, First Nations people, youth and concerned citizens will join the rally.

Speakers will include:

  • GetUp Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Campaigner Larissa Baldwin
  • Multifaith SA President Philippa Rowland
  • Wilderness Society SA Director Peter Owen
  • Stop Adani representative Billy Colless
  • Maritime Union of Australia WA Branch Assistant Secretary Danny Cain
  • School strikers Zelly, Doha and Deanna

A coalition of environment, unions and faith groups will protest outside the Labor Party’s national conference in Adelaide on Sunday, calling for the ALP to stop the expansion of the fossil fuel industry, including stopping oil drilling in the Great Australian Bight, stopping Adani and other coal mines in Queensland’s Galilee Basin and stopping fracking and gas exploration, including in the Northern Territory, Western Australia’s stunning Kimberley and the Pilliga Forest in NSW.

Australian Youth Climate Coalition Campaigns Director Kelly Albion said: “Young people are fired up like never before about standing up for our future and stopping the dangerous Adani mine – we’re literally fighting for our lives. There are skilled-up activists all across the country who are determined to make climate change and stopping Adani an election issue, even when Labor are determined to not talk about it. 

“We’ll be at every Labor event, every doorstop, every press conference asking them which side of history they want to stand on - the side of a safe climate future, or the side of fossil fuel billionaires?

“It’s insane Australia is opening up new oil, gas and coal frontiers when we know we need to stop burning fossil fuels,” said Wilderness Society South Australia Director Peter Owen. “Expanding the fossil fuel industry is the height of irresponsibility and not an option if we are to have any chance of providing our children with a liveable climate.

We now know we must act immediately to avoid locking in catastrophic climate change. Allowing the fossil fuel industry to expand would negate Labor’s good work in promoting renewable energy. It’s time for the Labor Party to show national leadership and commit to stopping the expansion of the fossil fuel industry when it sets its election platform at this national conference.”

Philippa Rowland, President of Multifaith SA, said: “People of faith in Australia feel the urgent need for an ethical response to threats posed to vulnerable communities from escalating climate impacts across our region – all climate policies must include a rapid transition away from fossil fuels.”

Hundreds of people will join together at the rally in Adelaide to share their vision for Australia's future beyond fossil fuels, where all workers are supported in a just transition to the sustainable jobs of the future.

Maritime Union of Australia WA Branch Assistant Secretary Danny Cain said: “It’s time for Labor to recognise the need to move away from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources and a sustainable energy system. Our members are at the forefront of this change. The employment shift must involve a just transition for workers in fossil fuel industries to real union jobs in new, safe renewable industries.”

For media enquiries contact AYCC Communications Manager Alex Fuller on 0437 316 331

All speakers are available for interview prior to and during the event. High-resolution images can be made available after the event.

 

Authorised by G. Borgo-Carratti, AYCC Carlton