Mining magnates Gina Rinehart and Clive Palmer have their
fingerprints all over the Australian government submission to the second UN Rio Earth Summit – a meeting of world leaders from June 20-22 in Brazil – which 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.
But you’ll never guess what the government’s answer to
the environmental problems caused by mining is: why, more mining of course!
Protest our government promoting 'sustainable mining' at the Rio+20 Earth Summit
When: 12pm, Thursday June 21
Where: Starting from the State Library, Cnr La Trobe and Swanston Streets
Not only will mining companies be at the meeting, but they've also got the Australian government singing their tune. The Australian government will be talking up the importance of 'sustainable mining' to the planet's future.
With an aggressive mining industry ripping holes in Australian farms and forests, and some of the bloodiest and dirtiest mines right on our doorstep, the Australian government knows all about how to sell your soul - and the planet's future - for some quick easy cash.
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 call Brett from the Friends of the Earth Climate Justice Collective on
0432 918 150.
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