Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Coast Hosts Green Warriors; Grass Roots Campaigners Fight Adani

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Coast Hosts Green Warriors; Grass Roots Campaigners Fight Adani

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Byline: Bill Hoffman

THE Sunshine Coast is playing host this weekend to the grass roots campaign fighting to stop the Adani coal mine and driving community demand for the transition from fossil fuels to more sustainable alternatives.

The event will be staged at the same time the Sunshine Coast celebrates its 39th annual World Environment Day tomorow at Cotton Tree.

The 2018 Beyond Coal and Gas National Conference over three days at Alexandra Headland was the fourth by The Sunrise Project which aimed to drive the change to a pollution-free future powered by sun, wind and water.

It has attracted more than 350 people from across Australia and internationally who lead or have led campaigns to protect their land, water and future.

The key conference focus would be on the campaign to stop the Adani coal mine in north Queensland as would strategies to shift the politics of climate change.

The Sunrise Project founder and executive director John Hepburn who convened the conference, has an engineering background and has also spent a decade working with Greenpeace Australia Pacific including managing its climate and energy campaign.

"Tens of thousands of people around Australia are fighting fossil fuel expansion and championing the shift to clean energy that is taking the world by storm," he said.

The conference purpose was how best to use a social movement to defend communities, natural heritage and the global climate from the impacts of the fossil fuel industry.

Speakers include Beyond Coal campaigner Bruce Nilles from the United States who has helped slow and stop construction of 196 new proposed coal plants and to retire and replace another existing 266.

Indian campaigner for environmental justice Dr Vaishali Patil, whose representation of India's poorest and most marginalised people has brought her head to head with Adani and other coal and nuclear projects, was also on the speakers' list. …

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