Who is Adani?
Adani is a multinational company in Ahmedabad, India, which creates and runs mines, ports and power plants. Adani has operations in coal, gas and renewable energy across India, Indonesia and Australia. Currently in Australia there are major conflicts between the Australian government and the tourism industry due to the negative impacts the Adani Group will have should plans for mining go ahead have. The following article explains why tour operators within the tourism industry are working together to Stop Adani.
Coal is a killer of people and the planet and the biggest cause of air pollution in Australia. This deadly fuel has serious consequences and destroys everything in its path. Coal contributes to three thousand deaths every year in Australia. Worldwide air pollution kills an estimated three million people and as one of the biggest drivers of climate change, coal is a key contributor. Coal mining contaminates water, destroys the environment and suffocates our lungs. The dust from coalmines, ports and trains is also a considerable cause of respiratory diseases, including the fatal Black Lung disease, lung cancer, and increased rates of heart and kidney failure.
Internationally, the coal industry continues to record mining accidents and mortalities. Adani coal companies have claimed severe injuries and fatalities in India. Just last year twenty-one workers suffered horrific burns at Adani’s coal-fired power station in Gujarat when a hot water pipe burst, seven of whom later died from their injuries.
Can’t Trust Adani
Adani Group companies have an awful record, which includes corruption, fraud, money laundering and environmental and social devastation. This is what the Adani Group is known for and the list goes on. In an Australian court Adani was also exposed for misinforming the public about the amount of royalties and employments the mine would create.
Adani hired a ship that sank and polluted waters off Mumbai’s coast, damaging tourism and poisoning the marine environment, this attracting a $975,000 AUD court fine. This causes much fear for what Australia could face if Adani ships travel through the Great Barrier Reef. So it’s not surprising that many Australians are in fear as Adani has already disrespected the environment, communities and protocols of Australia.
Adani Wrecks The Australian Climate and Ecosystems
While the world has agreed to reduce carbon emissions to stop global warming, the Australian Government is pursuing Adani’s enormous new coal mine. Accepting the Adani project along with its port infrastructure and rail would open the whole Galilee Basin to up to a further nine new mines of the globe’s most polluting fossil fuel. Adani’s mine would be the biggest coalmine in the world, more than double the expanse of Sydney Harbour.
Impacts on the landscape due to coal burning by Adani are shocking, with an increase in extreme heatwaves which are already Australia’s number one killer of natural disasters leading to droughts, bushfires and floods that threaten people’s livelihoods in Australia.
Scientists also foresee that burning the coal from Adani’s mines will be disastrous for the Great Barrier Reef, which has already experienced coral bleaching due to rising sea temperatures. If current climate patterns continue; large tracts of the Reef will be killed in the next twenty years and burning coal from the Adani mine will only accelerate this also counteracting any attempts to reduce emissions.
We are literally watching our planet and loved ones being tortured by this aggressive fuel and we can put a stop to this. The world is moving on from this destructive fuel, countries are transitioning to safer, healthier and less expensive alternatives of producing renewable electricity, including solar and wind. It is essential that Australia’s biggest coal mine plan is stopped before it begins.
Adani coalmines will steal our Water
Billions of litres of valuable water will be taken for free by Adani from the Great Artesian and other priceless basins, this threatening the farming community and surrounding habitats. Adani will not pay a penny for the water they consume; and currently the Queensland government has silenced farmers by taking away their rights to petition against Adani depleting their groundwater. Geographical features are also at risk; Adani’s mine will drain water from the unique Doongmabulla and Mellauka springs- both ecologically important, being over one millions years old and supporting masses of native wildlife and vegetation.
Adani’s mine along with the additional nine mines planned for the Galilee Basin will cause massive and unalterable damage to Queensland’s groundwater resources and risks serious contamination of water sources.
Adani Trashes Indigenous Rights
Adani’s project will sabotage the inherited lands, waters and culture of indigenous people in the region. The Wangan and Jagalingou; (W&J) people have rejected Adani’s application to build their mine. The W&J have invited people worldwide to support them with their battle against Adani. Despite this, Adani continues to pursue their plans, by pushing the state and federal governments to adjust state water laws and national native laws so their mine can go ahead.
The W&J have exposed Adani for using their resources and have supplied evidence in court that the Adani Group has attempted to gain consent from ineligible sources. Wangan and Jagalingou people are determined to stop Adani, but they can’t do it alone.
Taking Action to Stop Adani
The Australian tourism industry is also making their opinion of Adani known. A winner of Queensland’s tourism award rejected the prize because it was sponsored by Adani. Many other tourism bodies and tour operators have also voiced their opinions with the words ‘appalling’, ‘laughable’ and ‘shocking’ echoing throughout the industry. Another winner in the 2017 Whitsundays Tourism awards, threatened to quit the organization if it did not drop Adani. As a result, much controversy has been stimulated, with many other winners commenting that they cannot accept an award from a company that is destroying everything they stand for. By simply sharing this article, #stopadani and informing others of the Adani plans can go a long way to supporting our industry to Stop Adani. To find out other ways in which you may be able to support visit Stop Adani today.