From the same people that think “coronavirus is the cure”, meaning living humans are bad. If that’s the case then you first, you numptys.
Friday 26 March 2021
EMBARGOED: 8.30am Monday 29 March 2021 Intersection of Bathurst and George Street, Sydney
8am Monday 29 MARCH 2021
Extinction Rebellion will majorly disrupt Sydney’s CBD on Monday from 8am with simple demand: no gas-fired recovery.
Extinction Rebellion (XR) protesters will take part in two actions in Sydney’s CBD on Monday March 29 to call on governments and companies to commit to abandon gas. XR calls for no more dirty gas destroying land, water and the planet.
XR will start with a Renewables Recovery March from Pitt Street Mall on Monday March 29 at 8.15am. This loud and colourful procession will call for demanding no gas-fired recovery and a sustainable future.
Another disruptive action will take place at the intersection of Bathurst and George Street. From 8.00AM, protesters will occupy the space. XR is aware of the inconvenience caused to drivers, however time is running out.
Extinction Rebellion demand APA back out of the Western Slopes Pipeline and Santos’s Narrabri Gas Project. APA are progressing plans to construct a 450-kilometre pipeline to carry gas from Santos’s Gas Project in Narrabri to Newcastle will destroy forest and farmland which we need for oxygen and food as well as pollute the air with fugitive gas emissions and NSW’s water supply.
Extinction Rebellion spokesperson Danny Noonan (47, Dapto) who has a vision impairment is taking part in the protest at Bathurst and George Street. He said:
“Using regular channels and being polite is not working. We need to find a way that does, mass and disruptive actions are the first step in forcing the people in power to start listening.”
XR rebels will block a road in protest of the undemocratic approval of the Western Slopes Pipeline and Santos’s Narrabri Gas Project and in solidarity with the local people of Narrabri as well as Gamilaraay Traditional Owners. The project was recommended for approval despite 23,000 submissions opposing the project (98% of all submissions).
The Narrabri gas project is not supported by the local community, interest groups or Traditional Owners. The communities are increasingly aware that their town water, land and food security are put at risk by the project. A 2014 survey found that 97% of the community oppose projects like this in their area. The Country Women’s Association of NSW opposed the project, questioning how a project with 134 conditions could continue. NSW Farmers say the project seriously risks water resources, soil, air quality and food security in NSW.
Another XR member at the protest AJ Tennant (39, Glebe) said, “We’re telling APA, Santos and our governments to listen. Listen to local communities, listen to traditional owners. The outrage is palpable – they do not want these dirty gas projects. They know it threatens their water, their land and the future of our planet.”
The projects are a serious threat to what’s left of the Pilliga Forest. The Pilliga forest is the largest remaining forest in Australia and NSW relies the forest on for groundwater capture. The damage that will be done to local communities and the planet will not see a good return on investment from this ‘economic mirage. The project will massively contribute to carbon pollution as Australia and the world urgently needs to reach net zero emissions.
Danny Noonan said, “Government is not listening to us or to the scientists. Change is not happening fast enough for us to make any real difference. We have met and are constantly meeting tipping points without doing enough to stop us from falling over the edge.”
XR is calling on APA to urgently back out of the project. The company is aware that the project threatens the water table, food production and the future of the local area.
These actions were planned as part of a national week of protests around capital cities last week. Due to extreme weather caused by the climate emergency these actions in Sydney were postponed.
MEDIA CONTACT AND INTERVIEWS:
Danny Noonan 0419 623 868
AJ Tennant 0424 141 620
Extinction Rebellion demands our governments:
1. declare a climate emergency
2. halt biodiversity loss and reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2025
3. and be led by the binding decisions of a Citizens’ Assembly on climate and ecological justice.
Acknowledgement of Country
XR acknowledges our actions take place on stolen land. We pay respect to the traditional custodians of this land, including elders past and present. First Nations people around the world have been on the frontline against colonial expansion and environmental destruction for centuries. Always was, always will be, Aboriginal land.