This Thursday 21st June, 2012
@ 4-6 Bligh Street Sydney (Bob Carr's office)
"The UN Rio Earth Summit – a meeting of world leaders from June 20-22 in Brazil – is supposed to be “a chance to move away from business-as-usual” and create sustainable solutions to the world's most serious environmental problems.
You’ll never guess what the Australian government’s answer to the environmental problems caused by mining is: more mining of course!
The Australian government will be talking up the importance of 'sustainable mining' to the planet's future.
Communities across Australia are struggling to deal with the social and environmental costs of the ‘mining boom’. Far from being best practice, Australian state and federal governments are enabling the encroachment of coal seam gas and LNG across the nation, major port expansions in Queensland and NSW, uranium expansion and the imposition of a nuclear waste repository on indigenous land at Muckaty station outside Alice Springs.
Overseas the impact of Australian firms has put the nation into disrepute. For instance, the impacts of BHP and Rio Tinto’s operations in Papua New Guinea are still playing out.
We need real climate solutions, not more coal mines! An immediate transition to renewable energy and the shutting down of coal-fired power stations, a moratorium on exploration of new and unconventional coal and gas energy sources, and adequate compensation and investment in green jobs in affected communities.
For more information read our open letter to Bob Carr, or contact Friends of the Earth Sydney -
from a facebook post by Alex Parissi
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