Climate protest more than 100 arrested at world’s largest coal port
Climate protest more than 100 arrested at world’s largest coal port activists swam to occupy the Newcastle port’s shipping lane in Australia, to protest climate inaction.
More than half a million tonnes of coal were prevented from leaving the country as a result of the disruption.
In terms of coal exports, Australia ranks second in the world and relies on it for its own electricity generation.
The Port of Newcastle is the country’s most important coal shipping terminal, located 170 km (105 miles) from Sydney.
Over 3,000 people from across Australia took part in the 30-hour weekend blockade of its shipping lane, which was approved by police.
However, dozens of protesters remained in the water after the protest cut-off point, resulting in 109 arrests, including five minors.
A statement from New South Wales police said 104 people were charged after refusing to leave the harbour channel on Monday.
97-year-old Alan Stuart, who defied the deadline, said, “I’m doing this for my grandchildren and future generations.”
He continued, “I am sorry that they will suffer the consequences of our inaction. Therefore, I think it is my duty to do my part.”.
Australia’s largest act of civil disobedience to climate has been described by Rising Tide, which organised the action.
As COP28, the annual global climate change summit, begins on Thursday in Dubai, the protest took place just days before.
According to Rising Tide, Anthony Albanese’s government should tax thermal coal exports and cancel new fossil fuel projects.
Despite Australia’s reputation as a climate laggard, Mr Albanese promised to “join the global effort” to reduce emissions when he took office in 2022.