Newcastle in Focus: Australian Activists Gear Up to Halt Operations at World’s Largest Coal Port

November 23, 2023
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Climate warrior
Climate warrior

In a powerful stand for the environment, Australians are banding together for a historic protest against coal mining. At the heart of this action is Rising Tide, a group dedicated to fighting climate change. They’re planning a massive, peaceful blockade at Newcastle – the world’s largest coal port.

This isn’t just any protest. It’s a family-friendly event with a strong community spirit. People are bringing kayaks, surfboards, and all sorts of watercraft to physically block coal exports for 30 hours. It’s a unique, powerful way to say “enough is enough” when it comes to fossil fuels.

Among those leading the charge are two grandfathers from Illawarra. They’ve kayaked an impressive distance, from Port Kembla to Newcastle, to join the blockade. Their journey is inspiring – showing that individual actions can contribute to a bigger cause.


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The weekend of the blockade is packed with activities. There will be live music, educational talks, and even a dance party on floating pontoons. It’s a protest, but it’s also a celebration – of people coming together, of a shared love for our planet, and of the hope for a cleaner, greener future.

What makes this protest stand out is its clear message: it’s time to stop new coal projects and rethink our reliance on fossil fuels. The group demands a hefty tax on coal profits to help communities transition to greener industries.

This protest in Newcastle is more than a local event; it’s part of a global movement. It’s about Australians saying they care about the planet and urging their government to take stronger action against climate change. It’s a reminder that when people come together for the environment, they can create a powerful force for change.

Govind Tekale

Embarking on a new journey post-retirement, Govind, once a dedicated teacher, has transformed his enduring passion for current affairs and general knowledge into a conduit for expression through writing. His historical love affair with reading, which borders on addiction, has evolved into a medium to articulate his thoughts and disseminate vital information. Govind pens down his insights on a myriad of crucial topics, including the environment, wildlife, energy, sustainability, and health, weaving through every aspect that is quintessential for both our existence and that of our planet. His writings not only mirror his profound understanding and curiosity but also serve as a valuable resource, offering a deep dive into issues that are critical to our collective future and well-being.

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