If the project’s implemented, its total greenhouse gas emissions will rise up to 1.8 bn tons over the next 30 years. The project also comprises the building of a dedicated railway and the extension of Abott Port, a few miles away from the Great Barrier Reef. The Alpha Coal project is thus a major threat to any ambitious political action against climate change.
For several months, Friends of the Earth, Attac France, Bizi! and several other groups have engaged in a very creative campaign against the bank’s participation in the project. Campaigners and activists have occupied Société Générale’s branches, dressed in kangaroo suits. They also dumped 1.8 tons of coal in front of one of its branches. Reaching out to the bank’s client, they called them to withdraw their money and move it to a ‘cleaner’ back. Check out some videos from the actions.
These campaigns are also one very powerful way to express our solidarity with the domestic campaigners and activists who’ll try to block work, as well as with the Pacific Islanders who recently blocked the port in traditional canoes.
Our mobilisation is more important than ever.