Clearing land for mining destroys habitat, and kills plants and animals. In fact, coal mining is driving Australia’s extinction crisis, threatening the habitats of the endangered koala and greater gliders. Coal also drives climate change, which is having devastating impacts on precious ecosystems like the Great Barrier Reef.
Water is our most precious resource. But coal corporations are guzzling 385 billion litres every year from our rivers and groundwater, draining and poisoning water needed for agriculture and drinking. That’s equivalent to the domestic water use of 5.2 million people in Australia.
Toxic air pollution from coal mining risks our health and safety. Each year more than 3000 Australians die a premature death from air pollution caused by the mining and burning of coal.