As the temperature rises, so will we.
From Northern QLD to South West WA, we’re sending a message that it’s time to stop the expansion of the coal and gas industry in Australia.
Earlier this year, the planet lurched past 400 parts per million of CO2 — for the first time in human civilisation. That’s dangerously beyond the safe limit of 350 ppm – the number that scientists tell us is essential for a safe climate. Yet as we begin to create dangerous “new normals”, our politicians continue to ignore the facts. Tony Abbott is powering ahead with his plans to repeal the carbon price and introduce his laughable ‘direct action’ plan.
The moment has come – the moment to ask you to do important, challenging and powerful things. Last year Australia experienced an ‘Angry Summer’. Temperature records were smashed nationwide. And with the 12 months leading up to this September being Australia’s hottest on record, we can expect Summer 2013-14 to be one of extremes too.
This year we want to make it politically hot as well. That means we need you, out on the frontline. We need to show up and speak out. We need you to show Tony Abbott and the fossil fuel industry what direct action is really all about.
Around the country, communities are fighting on the front lines of Australia’s coal and gas expansion. In New South Wales, the Maules Creek community is determined to stop Whitehaven’s plans to start a massive mine in the Leard State Forest. In WA, gas mining in the Kimberley and Midwest wildflower country is being fought at every turn.
In Queensland, the fight over the Galilee Basin, which would involve nine new massive coal mines, is heating up. If the Galilee Basin is opened up for exploitation, the impact will be global. Just six or seven places on earth have concentrated stores of carbon as large as the Galilee’s. Unless the carbon within them remains in the ground, catastrophic climate change is a certainty.
We have never confronted such a dramatic and dangerous expansion of fossil fuel extraction. It is time not only to challenge these projects individually, but to challenge this extreme expansion in a united effort. We need to fight it at every turn.
We’re calling this next phase of the fight “Summer Heat.” Over Summer 2013-14, from Northern Queensland to the South West of WA, we’ll be delivering the message that it’s time to stop the reckless expansion of the fossil fuel industry in Australia. And that means it’s time to stand up – peacefully but firmly — to the industry that is wrecking our climate, and our future.
We believe that mass action can breathe life into even the most hardened political fights, and so these actions will aim to unite thousands of people — perhaps sometimes on the other side of the law.
For those on the front lines these fights are often, understandably, about the local immediate impacts. And now all of us together need to add the weight of our anger and hope as well. It’s one big fight for our future. Front-line communities need and deserve reinforcements, pouring in to help the people who have been carrying these struggles as they begin to impact upon us all.
This movement isn’t made up of professional protesters. For the most part, it’s students, teachers, retirees, civil servants, farmers, businesspeople, fisher folk, artists, religious ministers. It’s about the people whose homes were demolished by the floods in Queensland or the fires in New South Wales.
We’ll be facing up against some powerful opposition. Mining magnates such as Clive Palmer and Gina Rinehart will do anything to make a profit, even at the expense of our planet. And with Tony Abbott as Prime Minister the fossil fuel industry has right of way. We can’t outspend them, but we have other currencies to work in: community, passion, creativity, spirit. And sometimes we will have to put our bodies on the line – like the climate movement in the United States has over recent years to halt the Keystone XL pipeline.
Here’s how it works.
This is the fight of the decade and we need you on board.
Let’s make summer 2013-14 an historic show of solidarity not just with the Australians who suffer most from the coal and gas industries, but with the people across the planet whose lives are at risk as the world warms — and indeed with the planet itself, beleaguered but still so worth fighting for.
If you weren’t needed, we wouldn’t ask. But in a fight as big as this, we are all needed, now more than ever
On Monday 2nd December we launched Summer Heat with a creative action at the heart of the fossil fuel industry lobby – the Minerals Council of Australia. We projected the faces of hundreds of people that have pledged to take part in the Summer Heat campaign were projected on to Council’s Head Quarters in Canberra.
The fossil fuel industry plans to triple Australia’s coal and gas exports. Click here to keep reading…
Written by Sam Cooper, AYCC NSW
Lend Lease, the global building and construction company that regularly touts its sustainability credentials, wants to build a massive coal port on the Great Barrier Reef – putting this Australian icon at grave risk. Thirty five of us gathered outside their Annual General Meeting on November 16th, along with Nemo, scuba gear, cardboard fish, a giant banner and a tv screen on a truck, to show them what’s at stake if they proceed. Click here to keep reading…
Written by Nicki Laws, Oakey Coal Action Alliance (sign their petition here)
Tom Doherty Park, Acland has undergone a rejuvenation recently and had its play equipment, signage and seats restored and returned.
Now this may not seem much, but the signs were taken away in 2005 on the eve of the Queensland Premier Anna Bligh opening the Stage 2 New Acland open cut pit. Click here to keep reading…
This incredible show of support is the perfect launchpad for a summer full of creative and daring campaigns to stop the expansion of the fossil fuel industry,
Check out some of the photos from the day here
If you are ready for a summer of climate action, then join us by taking the Summer Heat Pledge
Our thanks to GetUp!, the many partner organisations, and everyone that turned out for such a great event! Click here to keep reading…
On Wednesday the 13th November the rail company Aurizon held their AGM in Brisbane. Aurizon is currently in an agreement with the coal company GVK to build the rail link for the Alpha Coal mine in the Galilee Basin – but they haven’t signed a contract yet!
The Galilee Basin is the largest coal basin in Australia. Coal companies currently have plans to build nine new mines at the basin, five of which would be larger than any coal mine in Australia. Click here to keep reading…
On the 1st-2nd November 100 Commonwealth Bank customers closed their accounts in protest of the bank’s roles as a major lender to the fossil fuel industry.
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Grassroots climate justice campaigners of all kinds are coming together — from student divestment activists, to folks on the front lines where the fossil fuel industry does its dirty work, to people whose communities have been impacted by climate change, and those acting in solidarity with us across the country. Our goal with all of these actions is to demonstrate that it is not just a few radicals challenging the fossil fuel industry, but people of all manner of backgrounds and beliefs.
Something for everyone! From creative banner drops, social media storms, to civil disobedience in cities and by front line communities standing up to fossil fuel expansion projects. 350.org Australia and the various groups we collaborate with embrace the principles of peaceful direct action as a valid and powerful tactic.
No. Different actions could potentially involve different levels of legal risk, but all will include spaces appropriate for people who do not want to risk arrest. Each person who participates is fully and solely responsible for the legal risks of participating in these actions. Many events will however include a basic training that will brief everyone involved on what to expect, the principles of peaceful direct action, and how to participate in the safest manner possible..
If you can’t make it to an action, the best way to support is to organize events that can directly support the actions underway. Fundraisers, movie screenings and talks to get people fired up to go, or other recruitment events are all great ways to help out. In general, the more concrete your support, the more helpful it will be to the folks on the front lines. Drop us a line if you want to help out: email@example.com
That’s fine — our movement is growing, and we expect a lot of people to join in for the first time! Many events will also include a basic training that will brief everyone involved on what to expect, and how to participate in the safest manner possible. We hope you enjoy taking part during the summer and find inspiration to continue showing the fossil fuel industry that they cannot endlessly reck our climate, land and communities.
Where possible, events will have their own ride and housing board for people to find and share rides and housing. If we’re able to secure mass transit or group housing, we’ll let participants of each event know via email and with a post on the event page.
Depending on the event, location and numbers, the Summer Heat team will help organise transport. However as funds are tight and time short, we would welcome any help to organise these logistics. Get in touch if your are interested: firstname.lastname@example.org
Summer Heat has three major aims:
If you need support to run an action or event that takes on the fossil fuel industry in your community, then the Summer Heat team is here to help. The sooner we get started planning, the better off we’ll be. So drop us a line and we’ll see how we can help: email@example.com