Sea Shepherd’s flagship ‘Steve Irwin’ and crew visit Gold Coast this weekend

Sea Shepherd will anchor its iconic Steve Irwin ship offshore from Kurrawa SLSC this Saturday, joining forces with local action groups with Adani’s proposed coal mine firmly in their sites.

It’s the first time the ship will visit the Gold Coast in the organisation’s history.

While the boat is moored offshore, its crew will join community members from across the Gold Coast who are united in their concern for the future of the Great Barrier Reef and the far-reaching and already-felt impacts of climate change across the globe.

The M/Y Steve Irwin is on the Gold Coast as part of an east coast tour which ends at Abbot Point

“Our position will be made clear – Australia will not trade the Great Barrier Reef with one of the world’s biggest and most destructive coalmines,” says Sea Shepherd about the tour.

Hundreds of people are expected to gather in Pratten Park from 10.30am this Saturday 28 July to add their voice to the campaign to #stopadani with Stop Adani Gold Coast and Stop Adani Tweed groups collaborating on the action.

A 27m-long banner has been created by local activists to lead the rally which will see people use their bodies to make a line in the sand.

The action follows several undertaken by Stop Adani Gold Coast targeting Steven Ciobo MPs’ role in relaxing policy measures in order to finance the Adani coal mine through the government’s Export Finance and Insurance Corporation, otherwise known as EFIC. Steven Ciobo is a Gold Coast Member of Parliament. He’s also the Federal Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment.

The Adani mine is expected to produce 2.3 billion tonnes of coal over 60 years, all while pumping out 4.7 billion tonnes of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.

Mining, burning and exporting coal is the key contribution Australia makes to this global crisis and as the largest exporter of coal in the world, Australia is literally exporting climate change across the globe.

If it goes ahead, Adani’s mine would be Australia’s biggest ever coal mine and one of the largest in the world.

The peaceful rally is open to everyone keen to add their voice calling for our local member Steven Ciobo to rule out public funding for Adani’s destructive coal mine.

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Stop Adani with Sea Shepherd’s M/Y Steve Irwin
Saturday 28 July, 10.15am – 12 noon
Pratten Park, Broadbeach
Get more details via Stop Adani Gold Coast’s event page for Operation Reef Defence



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