People power works. When communities join together, history shows we can stand up to reckless coal corporations, take on the banks that fund them, and hold our politicians to account.
Over the last decade, big community-led wins have stopped several coal projects in their tracks. First Nations people and farmers rallied together to stop the Shenhua Watermark open-cut coal mine in the Liverpool plains; local community pressure pushed South 32 to abandon coal expansion plans that would have caused irreversible damage to Sydney and the Illawarra's drinking water; and a 10 year community battle led by farmers defeated the Rocky Hill open cut coal mine in court on climate and social impact grounds – just to name a few!
People-powered campaigns like the #StopAdani movement have pushed hundreds of the world’s biggest banks and financial institutions to rule out support for coal. While the fight continues, grassroots finance campaigns helped to delay and constrain Adani's mega coal mine in the Galilee Basin for 8 years, and continue to hold back Adani's coal plans.
No one can do it alone – but when many people, groups, and fights come together, we win.