alliance of organisations including Health on the Frontline, the Australian Student Environment Action Network and Faith in Climate Action and members of the Ipswich community.Thursday, 11 February 2021 - 8:30am to 11:00am
University of Southern Queensland Springfield Campus in Ipswich.
Coal2021, the Coal Operators Conference* is planned for 10-12 February next year at University of Southern Queensland Springfield Campus in Ipswich.
This mine managers conference is purely about coal - how to dig it up and burn it more efficiently. It was planned to be held at the University of Wollongong, NSW in January, but was forced to shut down due to successful protests from the Illawarra community.
Now conference organisers have moved the event to Queensland, and the outer suburbs of Ipswich in an attempt to avoid public protest and scrutiny.
The mining and burning of coal is Australia’s largest contribution to the climate crisis. To have any chance of a safe, livable future, we need to be phasing out coal production, investing in renewable energy alternatives, and striving to be at the forefront of new coal-free metallurgical technologies.
Join the People’s “Our Future Not Coal” conference - a vibrant, staunch, community protest against the 2021 Coal Conference. Send a message to the coal industry - Queenslanders don’t want more dirty coal that is driving the climate crisis, hurting communities through extreme weather and drought, and putting all of our futures at risk.
As Queensland rebuilds its economy from the COVID-19 crisis, it should seize the opportunity to create jobs in renewable energy and the industries it will power. By investing in renewable energy we can create up to 20,000 jobs for Queenslanders**
Our aim is to shut down the conference and spark intense community outrage which makes the conference unable to proceed. We will be holding an alternative People’s conference to give a voice to communities impacted by the climate crisis and talk about the need to move beyond fossil fuels.
W need to make this event as big as possible to send an early message to conference organisers before too many tickets have been sold. Please share this with your friends and networks to demonstrate widespread community opposition to the conference.
We’re kicking off early to stop people entering the conference, but the event will run all day so come when you can and follow the Facebook Event for updates!
* For more info visit the conference website: http://www.coaloperatorsconference.net.au/about2021
** Leaders and Legends: Thousands of clean jobs for Queenslanders, Climate Council Report. www.climatecouncil.org.au/resources/leaders-legends-thousands-clean-jobs...
This is being hosted by an alliance of organisations including Health on the Frontline, the Australian Student Environment Action Network and Faith in Climate Action and members of the Ipswich community.