SUE JACKSON Therapist/Writer/Photographer/Activist

Last year, as the unofficial blogger/photographer to the anti-East-West Link campaign, our battles were my blog's entire focus. But by Christmas, with the electoral win for people power and the dumping of the dud Tunnel, I was suddenly at a loss. What to write about now? Not sure yet. But there will be ongoing musings and images from this Australian life. So please leave a message. (No need to sign into an account. Simply comment as ‘anonymous’; then leave your name within the comment itself.)

Friday, November 30, 2018

Funeral for our future. Stop Adani Melbourne



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This morning there was a Funeral for Our Future at Melbourne's Federation Square. This was the organiser's (Stop Adani)  invitation:

It's time to send a strong message to our politicians - our future is in serious jeopardy due to their inaction on climate change. On the #StopAdani National Day of Action, wear black and join us in mourning what we may lose, and demand our politicians take action: they must publicly commit to stopping the Adani coal mine and transitioning away from fossil fuels in order to save our reefs, our farmers, our home, our future. 

The funeral had everything! 

There was a casket, surrounded by carefully arranged displays highlighting the inmate's characteristics.

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There was a celebrant, who was all too aware of the corpse's power for evil. Yet she still encouraged us to persist and to hold on to hope for the future.


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Of course there was a sympathy card. But in a week when the West Australian government has opened the gates to fracking and Adani has announced he will use his corporate billions to build his coal mine (even as catastrophic fires decimate Queensland), it was the guests who needed sympathy at this funeral.


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There were forlorn mourners.


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And those who are determined to point the finger directly at a principle culprit for a harrowing future scenario.


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 As is appropriate at a religious service, some people came with their entreaties.


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Others knew exactly where to address those requests. And given Victorian Labor's recent massive electoral victory, plus the fact that an early action of the original Andrew's Government was to dump the dreaded East-West Link and then make Victoria fracking free, we can only hope they will soon step up and oppose Adani before it is too late. The electoral result should surely embolden them.


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The service had its ritual: a march around the CBD, featuring pallbearers who carried their weighty burden with dignity.


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In true New Orleans fashion, the great Riff Raff Marching Band celebrated the corpse's passing and trumpeted all our hopes for a fossil free future. 


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4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good to see you still documenting the great causes of our time. The battle against Adani's not over yet.

9:24 PM  
Blogger Sue Jackson said...

Too true! But the opposition is getting stronger and more wide spread!

9:55 PM  
Blogger John sumattasay said...

I made the train trip from Ballarat and back and thought the service the band the speakers and choir were all excellent but I was very surprised that it was such a small crowd, I was expecting it to be huge. A big thank you to you Sue and everyone who put in so much. The big disappointment I see today is that Labor is saying that contracts already agreed upon are legally impossible to reverse. BUT the mine will be very small in comparison to the Mega mine Adani was hoping for. Of course I'm bitterly disappointed that the bastard gets his big dirty foot in the door because we all know that he will try to enlarge whatever mine gets off the ground. Hopefully lawyers representing the Aboriginal owners of the land will be able to come up with something to over throw any mine no matter how small.

10:11 PM  
Blogger Sue Jackson said...

I totally agree with you John. And good on you for coming all that way from Ballarat.
We may be small numerically, but we sure are determined - as is obvious by the lengths you went to to participate. Here's to People Power!

10:47 PM  

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