Responding to Federal Government approval for groundwater management plans that bring the controversial Adani coal mine a step closer, Oxfam Australia Climate Change Adviser Dr Simon Bradshaw said:
“The Federal Government approval – a major hurdle that brings the disastrous Adani coal mine a step closer to reality – is a reckless and shameful decision made just days before the election is to be called.
“The grossly irresponsible coal mine would be a disaster for vulnerable communities around the world. More coal will drive more people into poverty through the devastating impacts of climate change, as well as the direct impact of coal burning on local communities.
“We are urging Labor to commit to stopping this disaster should it win government.
“Whoever forms the next government, Australia needs to step up to stop climate damage. A commitment to no new coal mines – including stopping Adani – and a rapid transition to renewable energy must be part of any meaningful commitment to tackling climate change.
“It is not too late to stop the Adani project – now more than ever we need to make this the climate election. The cost of digging and burning coal is being measured in more hunger, communities forced from their land and homes, and entrenched poverty.”
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