National campaign to stop coal export expansions

Environmental campaigners from across the country have joined a national campaign calling for the expansion of coal exports to cease.

The campaign, titled “Let’s talk about coal” included a full page advert in yesterday’s Financial Review and featured dozens of signatures from academics, environmental groups and activists.

Greenpeace Asia Pacific organised and paid for the ad, the Herald reported.

The advertisement says that coal exports are Australia’s biggest contribution to climate change and Australians were already suffering the impacts.

‘‘We understand that it is not easy for Australians to talk about the role coal plays in driving climate change, but we can no longer maintain our silence,’’ the advertisement states.

The advert calls for Australian coal exports to “peak and decline by the middle of this decade”.

Climate campaigner for Greenpeace Georgina Woods said ‘‘so many groups have signed it (the advertisement) because they feel the coal industry has over-stepped the mark in terms of how much land it has taken and the effects it is having’’.

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