Illawarra Knitting Nannas Against Greed were among many taking part in the Australian Youth Climate Coalition’s Stop Adani National Day of Action in Wollongong on Saturday morning.
More than 200 red-clad protesters formed a human sign at North Wollongong Beach on Saturday morning.
Many others gathered at Seven Mile Beach and in Kiama and other locations along the South Coast in protest of the Adani coal mine.
AYCC Wollongong co-coordinator Donald Scott said the signs were being replicated in about 30 locations around Australia. Many brought hand-crafted signs and surfboards, to form massive human ‘STOP ADANI’ signs on the sand.
Ms Scott said Adani wants to build the biggest mine in the southern hemisphere in Central Queensland’s Galilee Basin and the AYCC is trying to stop because “our governments have promised Adani – free coal, free water and $1 billion in public money. If built, this mine will cause unprecedented global warming including the continued destruction of the Great Barrier Reef”.
Mr Scott said many people in Illawarra want Australia to transition to renewable energy instead. “This is an opportunity for Wollongong to take serious action against the Adani mine alongside the rest of the country,” he said.
Annie Marlow from the Illawarra Knitting Nannas Against Greed said around 12 of its members turned out for the rally. “We have been going about four years and have a mailing list of about 400”.
Ms Marlow said the group’s member felt the Adani mine proposal was wrong for Australia.
“We are talking climate change issues here and that coal should stay in the ground,” she said.
Simon Preshaw, of Seed Mob, and NSW Greens MP David Showbridge were among those who spoke to the crowd prior to the sign being formed.