Posted by Chris Sheed, Thursday, 27th September 2012 @ 8:36pm
In 2011 more than 10,000 people filled the streets across eastern Australia as part of the Lock the Gate National Day of Action. From the peaks of the Scenic Rim to the Illawarra Bridge Walk, community groups chose colour and creativity to demand a future free of inappropriate coal and gas mining.
It was an amazing display of solidarity and strength across more than 100 towns and communities.
This year Lock the Gate are expanding to an Australia wide week of action to be held between 13 and 19 October.
Lock the Gate is asking local groups and communities to pick a date in that week that suits and come up with an event, a protest, a picnic, or a peaceful direct action of your choosing preferably unique to your city, town or region.
Just like last year, let's be diverse and daring. We all need to create a message our politicians can’t ignore.
The theme for this year is 'Healthy Communities' - because we know that the very fabric of our communities is put at risk from inappropriate coal and gas mining. Human health is threatened by dangerous coal dust and toxic gas fumes, quality of life is destroyed by industrialisation and the loss of amenity, and mental health is at risk from disempowerment and social dislocation.
So, this year, let's focus on our communities and what we love most about them. This year, let's send the message that healthy people and resilient communities are the way of the future, not more dirty coal and gas.
MCWAG encourages all our members and supporters to submit ideas for a day/week of action for consideration at the MCWAG AGM on Tuesday 9th October at 6pm at the Taree Uniting Church, Albert Street, Taree