Update on the campaign to #StopAdani - your help is needed!

On 22 January 2018, the newly elected Queensland Cabinet will make a crucial decision in the fight to #StopAdani.

On that day, they will decide whether or not to veto a loan from the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) to a company called Aurizon to build a rail line for Adani's dirty coal mine.

Aurizon is a huge coal freighting company. They’ve applied for a massive taxpayer-funded loan to build the rail line for Adani. Premier Palaszczuk has vetoed the $1 billion loan to Adani, but not to Aurizon.

If Aurizon gets this loan, then Adani will be back on the front foot.

Here are some actions you can take to pressure the Queensland Cabinet to veto this taxpayer-funded loan to Aurizon to build Adani’s rail line:

1. Email Queensland Cabinet and share!

Send this pre-written email to Queensland Cabinet.

Once you've sent your email please share it with your friends and family, encouraging them to send it too and share it on your group's Facebook page.

2. Call Cabinet

Call one or more of the below three prominent Cabinet members - regularly, if you can manage it:

  • (07) 3737 2100 - Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk
  • (07) 3724 9100 - Treasurer and Deputy Premier, Jackie Trad
  • (07) 3554 8100 - Minister for Mines and Energy, Anthony Lynham

3. Organise an urgent meeting with Cabinet members

If you're too far from a Cabinet member, organise a meeting with your local MP.

Here are some useful resources for you to organise a meeting:

[With thanks to the #StopAdani campaign for these suggestions and much of the text.]



More Mercy action to #StopAdani

Sisters of Mercy across Australia participated in Sunday's Big Day of Action to stop the Adani coal mine:

Mary Tinney rsm  is in the "N" in this incredible photo taken in Brisbane.

Mary Tinney rsm is in the "N" in this incredible photo taken in Brisbane.

Tess Flaherty rsm, Gabrielle Travers rsm and Claudette Cusack rsm at the Adelaide Adani gathering on the beach at Henley Beach

Tess Flaherty rsm, Gabrielle Travers rsm and Claudette Cusack rsm at the Adelaide Adani gathering on the beach at Henley Beach

#StopAdani action at Bondi Beach, NSW

#StopAdani action at Bondi Beach, NSW

The #StopAdani sign on Bondi Beach, NSW - Tricia Nugent rsm is in the "N".

The #StopAdani sign on Bondi Beach, NSW - Tricia Nugent rsm is in the "N".

If you have a photo from the Big Day of Action that you'd like to share, send it to us and we'll be glad to include it here!

Sisters of Mercy of the Americas continue to support youth in climate lawsuits (Americas)

The Institute Leadership Team (ILT) and the Northeast Community Leadership Team (CLT) signed onto an amicus curiae ("friend of the court") brief filed September 5, 2017, with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of 21 youth. The youth, aged 10-21 and from around the country, are suing the U.S. government to protect their fundamental right to a climate system capable of sustaining human life. This is the third time since 2013 that the ILT and Northeast CLT have supported youth in these types of cases.

To learn more about this case and why Mercy is engaged in this way, click here.


Community climate petition tabled in Parliament

Yesterday in Parliament Adam Bandt, federal MP for Melbourne, formally tabled the community climate petition which many of the Sisters of Mercy, and Rahamim's local community, have supported by signing in recent months.

In tabling the petition, Mr Bandt said:

"I'm very proud to present to parliament a major petition from communities of faith supporting action on climate change and a just transition to renewable energy. Grassroots communities of faith around the country, including Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, Sikhs and Jews have come together to recognise that climate change is disproportionately affecting poor and marginalised communities around the world and that has Australia has a special responsibility to act. The petition calls for stronger action to reduce our emissions, transition away from fossil fuels, move towards renewable energy, and support our poorest and most vulnerable neighbours as they face the increasing impacts of climate change. Twenty-five thousand people of faith around the country have signed, all on pen and paper, including 192 of my constituents in Melbourne. I would like to thank my constituents Yen Daly, Tom Allen, Jo Knight and Sister Elizabeth Young of the Sisters of Mercy who met with me in Melbourne to present the petition to me.

... What these leaders and these communities are saying is loud and clear: climate change is a justice issue, and people of faith are responding.

I'm not a person of religious faith, but all of us here must recognise deeply the values that have been expressed in this petition and in the actions of faith communities around the country: that we need to care for each other and that we should not abandon our sisters, brothers and neighbours to a crueller world and the suffering that will be an inevitable result of climate change if we don't act. The choices before us are stark: we can either work together to care for one another and protect a safe climate or abandon our neighbours, put up walls and make a crueller world. Because climate change is a question of justice, it can't be solved without justice at the forefront of our response. We won't stop climate change if we don't bring everyone along with us and support the most vulnerable communities, and there will be no justice for the vulnerable if we do not stop climate change.

This week the world saw a glimpse of what could be our future if we don't take action. We saw it in Houston, where Hurricane Harvey left so many devastated or stranded. We saw it in Bangladesh, where extreme rainfall has led to the worst flooding in decades and the deaths of thousands of people. My constituents and the faith leaders that I met yesterday cannot sit by quietly and allow this to happen, and I commend those faith leaders for their action. These are the values that reflect the faith of so many Australians and people around the world. I'm proud to share their message in parliament, and I support their call for a rapid and just transition to renewable energy and urgent climate action."

Readers may enjoy this video which features speakers from diverse faiths explaining why they have supported this petition.