Coal protesters respond to IPCC report with Carrington action

ACTION: A Coalition of environment groups protested at Carrington about government policy on climate change. Picture: supplied
ACTION: A Coalition of environment groups protested at Carrington about government policy on climate change. Picture: supplied

A coalition of environmental groups led by the Wilderness Society of Newcastle have rallied outside the Carrington Coal terminal following the release of a report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). 

About 120 protesters arrived at the site, on October 9, in response to the report which called for urgent action on climate change.  

“The Newcastle community came together at the world’s largest coal port to call on Prime Minister Scott Morrison to not renege on the Paris Climate Agreement and honour Australia’s part in this international effort to cut global carbon emissions,” Wilderness Society community organiser Elle Lawless said. 

“The coal port provides a fitting backdrop for the fossil fuel industry the IPCC is advising needs urgently to be left in the past. 

“We know everyone cares about the future for the next generation.

“We know we have the renewable energy solutions for a clean and sustainable future.

“We must come together to build a positive community of crisis, of hope and of action.

“There is still time to avoid the most catastrophic climate impacts if we act now. We must join together and demand our elected representatives stand up against the fossil fuel lobby and legislate effective climate policies.” 

The report assessed the impacts of 1.5c warming and was commissioned as part of the 2016 Paris Agreement. The IPCC advise we require enormous and immediate transformation in human activity.