Time to be honest
IN THE not-too-distant future, when your children ask you, “What did you do about the Great Barrier Reef bleaching events in 2016 and 2017, when we lost nearly 50% of the reef?”
How will you answer? Will you say…
“Well, not much actually. I stood by while the largest thermal coalmine in Australia was dug in the Galilee Basin. This coal, when burned, more than doubled Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions.
“I looked on as our government granted free water licences to the Adani Carmichael mine for billions of litres of water. Water that farmers needed and had to pay for.
“I watched our Federal Government give away nearly a billion dollars to an Indian
billionaire to build a railway to support the Adani Carmichael mine.
“I didn’t lift a finger in protest when the Queensland Government gave away millions of dollars in royalties to the Adani Carmichael mine.” Or will your answer be… “I realised that our State and Federal governments were wedded to the fossil fuel industry and were doing little to nothing to combat climate change. We were watching the Great Barrier Reef die before our eyes.
“I stood with the community. We drew a line in the sand and said, ‘Enough, no more.’
“I joined a national campaign and we fought the expansion of the coal industry. We did our best to stop the Adani Carmichael mine in the Galilee Basin.
“We fought to protect the 70,000 jobs provided by the
Great Barrier Reef tourism industry.
“We pushed for a fair and fast transition to renewable energy, which would bring jobs to regional Queensland.
“We supported the politicians who supported reef protection and fought against climate change.
“We rallied, we marched, we protested and together... we won.”
When the time comes, how will you answer your children? — Tony Fontes Airlie Beach
We rallied, we marched, we protested and together ... we won. — Tony Fontes