Seven Over Our Dead Bodies environmental activists began their hunger strike to protest the planned development of a coal complex in the Galilee Basin outside Aurizon on Eagle Street in Brisbane CBD today.
The theme of the hunger strike is Carbon Bomb and the protest at Eagle Street was marked by Former Australian Senator Andrew Bartlett stealing the Carbon Bomb from Aurizon.
The group is targeting Aurizon’s plan to develop the largest coal complex in the world in the Galilee Basin in Central Queensland by providing financial capital to the debt-ridden Indian company GVK to develop the first three mines.
Generation Alpha founder Ben Pennings said Aurizon has ignored pleas from groups like Greenpeace, Get Up, Avazz, Friends of The Earth and the Australian Conservation Foundation.
“We are doing this to engage the environmental movement and beyond about the issue and get them more active,” Mr Penning said.
Mr Bartlett said in a press release the coal mine at Galilee Basin will produce over 700 million tons of carbon emissions each year.
“[That is] more than the total emissions Australia, the UK or Canada [produce yearly],” Mr Bartlett said.
Lauren Granger-Brown said she is committed to the hunger strike.
“How long is a piece of string,” Ms Granger-Brown said when asked for how long she will hunger strike.
Over Our Dead Bodies will continue their hunger strike at a shop front at 969 Ann Street in Fortitude Valley, which will serve as their headquarters.
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