During the weekend, hundreds of protesters blocked shipping at the Port of Newcastle, the world’s largest coal port, in New South Wales, Australia, using kayaks and floats.
n particular, climate group Rising Tide orchestrated a 30-hour blockade aimed at impeding the transportation of coal. The Blockade commenced at 10am on Saturday. As a result, over one hundred people risk arrest and remain in the shipping channel at the People’s Blockade of the Port of Newcastle, Rising Tide reports.
Over one hundred people, with the youngest 15-years-old and the oldest 97, are remaining on the water and risking arrest. If the Government will not take action on climate change the people will use civil disobedience.
… said Rising Tide organiser and spokesperson, Alexa Stuart
Meanwhile, 97-year-old Reverend Alan Stuart being one of 109 arrests, has made international news.
“When I was arrested, the police towed my boat back to a jetty and helped me off. I heard lots of cheering as I got out and as we walked by supporters. Later I was surprised when my youngest son told me they were cheering for me. I had no idea.” #PeoplesBlockade… pic.twitter.com/3xKU91Ss8S
— RisingTideAustralia (@RisingTideAus) November 28, 2023
Until the Albanese government says no to new coal projects and agrees to tax coal export profits at 75% to fund the transition, we will continue to disrupt the fossil fuel industry – because the climate crisis is impacting us all.
… supplied Alexa Stuart