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Media Release: Stop Adani Australian delegation release new poll, attend Adani HQ mtg

Fri 17 March 2017

Three quarters of Australians polled want Qld Premier and Mayors, on their trade mission to India, to pursue Adani investment in solar not coal

ATTENTION PHOTO DESK: VISION and STILLS of press conference after visit to Adani HQ available below

  • New poll shows three quarters of people believe Qld Premier & Regional Mayors, in India today, should pursue solar not coal. See below.
  • Meeting between Adani HQ Senior Management and community delegation of Geoff Cousins AO, Qld farmer, tourism operator and reef campaigner.
  • With the hotly contested Third Test between India and Australia underway, former Cricket Captain Ian Chappell says renewable energy is the future.

AHMEDABAD, INDIA. Imogen Zethoven AO, Great Barrier Reef campaigner for the Australian Marine Conservation Society which commissioned the new poll said, “It’s clear from this new poll that Australians want our political leaders to pursue investment in clean energy, not dirty coal.

“Our glorious Great Barrier Reef, famous around the world, is once again dying in a devastating mass bleaching event, caused by global warming.

“Large scale solar, not the new Adani coal mine, is the solution to the climate crisis hitting nations around the globe.

Businessman Geoff Cousins AM said, “Our community delegation met with senior management at Adani Headquarters who received our open letter from prominent Australians.

“It was a productive meeting. We explained the growing opposition to the proposed Adani coal mine in Queensland and agreed to a continued dialogue with the company. We reiterated that we welcome Adani’s investment in solar in Australia but are steadfast in our opposition to their coal mine.”

Cricket legend Ian Chappell, who signed the eminent persons’ open letter delivered by the delegation said, “I have great memories of playing cricket in India and the warm reception our Australian team received. But we don’t need Adani’s coal mine in Australia. Bring on renewable energy – that’s the best future for everyone.”

Other delegates visiting Adani HQ with Mr Cousins included reef tourism operator Dr Lindsay Simpson, and Queensland farmer Bruce Currie.

POLL RESULTS

The Queensland Premier and regional Mayors are currently on a trade mission to India.  Do you think they should be seeking investment in clean energy solutions like new solar power stations, or in coal mines?

More than 7 out of 10 (72.1%) people polled wanted to see the Premier and regional Mayors pursue investment in solar, compared to just 14.6% who preferred coal.

Poll explained here, PDF here.

For more information:

Peter Stahel Essential Media 0408 584 439.

IMAGES of press conference after letter presentation available for download - Video and Stills

FULL BIOGRAPHIES and headshots of Australian Delegation here.

 

FURTHER BACKGROUND

The delegation of Australian citizens is India to demonstrate to Adani and the Indian community that the Australian people are strongly opposed to the Carmichael coal project. The group is sending the message that Australians would welcome Adani’s investment in solar in Australia but remain vehemently opposed to the Adani coal project which will damage groundwater, the climate and the much loved Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.

The open letter has been signed by over 90 eminent Australians including senior business leaders, sporting legends, Australians of the Year, authors, musicians, scientists, economists, artists and community leaders. Signatories include Ian and Greg Chappell, Missy Higgins, Tim Winton, Peter Garrett AM and businessmen Mark Burrows, John Mullen and Mark Joiner.

 

THE ADANI CARMICHAEL MINE PROJECT

Adani is attempting to develop the Carmichael coal project in the untapped Galilee Basin in Central Queensland, Australia. The project involves a 60 million tonne per annum coal mine, a 388km long rail line and the construction of a new coal export terminal at the Abbot Point coal port.

The project has been dogged by controversy from the outset amidst concerns by traditional Aboriginal landowners and environmentalists over the groundwater impacts of the project, and the climate change impacts of burning coal from the mine. In addition the impacts of the project on the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area have made it a highly controversial project, with over two million people actively expressing opposition to it and thirteen global banks ruling out providing funding.

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