We need climate action

I was sentenced to 12 months in prison for having a political opinion near the scene of a crime, which is a coal port. – Sergieo.

It is strange that less than 40 years ago working class people in Britain were fighting for the right to work in the coal mines. Margaret Thatcher reduced an entire class to poverty from south to north by attacking the miners and their union. Thatcher destroyed the coal mining industry in Britain in the 1980s. Then UK’s energy came from North Sea oil and gas, from nuclear power and some wind power in Wales.

In Queensland yesterday Extinction Rebellion made the call along with Greens councillor Jonathan Sri: No peaceful activist should go to prison. A young man from the Sunshine Coast has been sentenced to a year’s jail for standing in the way of the fossil fuel madness. He is currently out on bail but a protest about the sentence was on in Brisbane today.

The activists are calling for a rapid phasing out of fossil fuel extraction and export, with an equitable transition plan for affected workers, and practical measures to support oppressed communities on the front line who are already feeling the negative impacts of global warming. Their aim? To give our political ‘leaders’ something to think about over their Christmas holidays.

Greens MP Michael Berkman being interviewed by Channel 9 journo and 4PR’s Ian Curr outside parliament

A peaceful march through the city on the morning of Thursday, 2 December, coincided with the Queensland Parliament’s last sitting day of the year, to say ‘No!’ to the jailing of peaceful protesters and ‘Yes!’ to climate justice.

One retired civil engineer on the march said that the turnout (of about 100 people) was disappointing.

Nevertheless about 100 people marched and the

Riff Raff Radical Marching Band – Brisbane marched to their own song sheet:

Coal Climate Change 2 Dec ’21 Actions in Qld

SPEAKERS
Eric Herbert, Jonno Sri (Councillor), Michael Berkmann (MP), Ian Curr, Andy Paine, Paul Jukes, Channel 9 journo, Anon.
Song: Feraliza – Like It Or Not

Andy 

The Australian government has shown that they are either not capable or not willing to take the action needed to stop climate disaster. It is people power that has slowed down and downsized Adani Carmichael mine and its people power, people of conscience with courage and creativity. That is going to be the only thing that can save us from climate disaster.

Anon 

We are in the middle of the climate breakdown, and we have to stop burning coal to provide a safer future.

Sergeio (Eric Serge Herbert) 
I’m Sergeio or Eric Herbert, I’m a young 22 year old climate activist. On Monday, I was sentenced to 12 months in prison for having a political opinion near the scene of a crime, which is a coalport. I’m currently on strict bail conditions, while the appeal is going ahead to see if I do actually have to spend a year in prison, that appeal will be in March, we hopefully I will not have to spend a year in prison. But I’m willing to and I’m calling on others, to face up to the reality that civil resistance is what we have left. been arrested 29 times now. And I’m now the first person in Australia to have been sentenced to a prison sentence for climate action.

Ian Curr 
This is Paul Jukes speaking from Abbot Point terminal, high up in a coal stacker as the Adani coal rolls underneath and police are trying to get him down from a very high vantage point on a girder. This is his what he’s describing what is going on. As this happens,

Ian Curr 

This is Paul Jukes speaking from Abbot Point terminal, high up in a coal reclaimer stacker as the Adani coal rolls underneath and police are trying to get him down from a very high vantage point on a girder. This is his what he’s describing what is going on. As this happens,

Paul Jukes 

So I’ve come back up onto the girder, because it’s literally not safe for them to cut me out of what was a safe situation for me down there. And so I presume when they get up here, they’re going to somehow try and get me …. so I really don’t know how this is gonna go. Because I’m happy to self rescue, I’ve said that I’m happy to self rescue. That that’s no problem for me that I could do it safely. And clearly, clearly, that wasn’t the case. Or maybe they were just lying all the time, or I don’t know what to make of that. But you know, it’s a bit of a shame because I like to come from a position of trusting people and and I do recognize that he’s only negotiating with me. He’s not, he’s not making the decisions, his boss is. But you know, the negotiation went on for a long time,

(speaking about negotiations with police) … now we’re going to have a bail condition that allowed me to go back out to the area of the mine site or get some consultancy work that I was going to do. But all the other bail conditions I you know, in any of this sort of infrastructure, we’re going to stay in place, and they’re going to write some nice words on their QP9 (police charge form) if I self released at 4:15, he actually recommended three o’clock as the time. And I thought we had a reasonable negotiation anyway, put that to his boss. And his boss basically has just sent in the rescue crew immediately.

I actually think really, what’s happened is they just were waiting for this crew to get here. And it’s taken them this amount of time, and they probably had no intention of actually fulfilling any promises they made to me. In the end with the bail conditions, All it required was them sending the bail form up, so I could see what they were gonna be. That’s not a really big ask. I’ve give an undertaking that I’m not going to

(speaking to police down below) …. if you want to come up, we can have a chat like I’m happy to do this peacefully. No rushing things OK? I can I want it to be safe. (reply inaudible)

Well, because you’ve come urgently, it means that my ropes down there, I’ll need to fiddle around with some stuff so that I can actually upsell down, which I’m happy to do but not in the sort of urgent way where you’re running up the stairs to get me down.

(To the audience on the mob) I mean, it’s going to take ages to set up all the gear to get me down and I’d actually be down by the time. By the time that happened, if

So this is a Reclaimer Stacker, which I’ve been up on top of all day, looking out over the Whitsundays looks like there’s a cold  (??) event happening at the moment. I could smell it when I was coming in this morning. But you can definitely see it on the ocean out there. Now, those shady bits out there. You can see all the ships out there and there’s one at the port there all day waiting to be loaded.

They’re going to put my life at risk because of some money. When I’m actually quite safe. I know what I’m doing. I’ve been rock climbing for 30 years so so I don’t see any need for them to be doing what they’re doing.

Ian Curr  That was Paul Jukes speaking from the top of a coal stacker. Now let’s go to the railway line from Carmichael to Abbott point where there are two people on the railway line locked-on preventing a train from passing with the Adani coal. Let’s go to it now.

The Australian government has shown that they are either not capable or not willing to take the action needed to stop climate disaster. It is people power that has slowed down and downsized Adani Carmichael mine and its people power, people of conscience with courage and creativity. That is going to be the only thing that can save us from climate disaster.

Feraliza sings: How’s things been going mate? How was your day?
Trust the activists? Locked my fuckin’ fate(?) Dude, I’m so sorry for ya sounds like a real shame …. evacuation is a real pain maybe somebody’s got to do something about climate change …. my mother with her hands in a lock on pipe … bringing the message doin’ what’s right …. my mother dragged off by the cops politicians don’t listen … that (?) she got …. she’s a mother protecting her kids but she says she’s a mother protecting her kids … not enough beds in the hospital. Too many people struggling for oxygen topsoil blowing smoke in our lungs no water in the top again. Welcome to Queensland sunshine banners don’t know where to go get a job in the ?? we’ll never have enough coal they have emergency burning out of control … my mother with her hands in a lock on pipe …type bringing the message right my doctor dragged off by the cops … politicians don’t listen what choice has got … she’s a doctor with a duty of care doing what she can She’s a doctor with a duty of care doing what she can …. my kids been skipping school. Why get an education when the experts are ignored how dare you steal our scientists … fairy tales of eternal economic growth millions of kids saying we’ve had enough changes coming whether you like it or not in bring in the message right my teacher dragged off by the thoughts politicians. Listen to the teacher knows she knows she has to act. She’s a teacher who know what is fact … Get out of my way. Arrest the rebels get them out of my way … turn off turn off the fire alarm …. Go back, go to sleep.

Playlist
Feraliza – Like it or not

“Rock’n Roll for Blockin’ Coal” album is available here and supports Front Line Action on Coal (FLAC) and contains a whole list of songs from artists who have been involved in the anti coal movement in Queensland: https://frontlineactiononcoal.bandcamp.com/…/rocknroll…

Always was, always will be, Aboriginal land!


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