And now for a part of the Australian landscape which is becoming all the more common and one which made me physically sick to see. This is the open cut gold mine at Cobar in north-west New South Wales. To give you an idea of the size of this blight on the environment, the vehicles you see at the bottom of the pit are the size of semi-trailers.
I posted this shot in response to two terrible things which have happened for environmentalists recently.
On 5 March 2016, the courageous indigenous environmental activist Berta Caceres was murdered by corporate interests in the Honduras. Her legacy will not be forgotten.
Locally in New South Wales, a law was quietly passed overnight in early March 2016 by our State Government. This law amends regulations which protect the populace from mining companies breaching mining leases, conditions of approval and environmental laws. Prior to the law being amended, a company was liable for $1 million for prospecting without a licence. It has now been reduced to an on the spot fine of $5,000, peanuts to a multimillion dollar firm.
The law is also being changed to prevent concerned citizens from protesting against mining and fracking, but will also be applicable to any type of environmental intrusion by the mining company or government. Our Premier has - with no sense of irony at all - labelled those who protest against the destruction of the environment as "environmental fascists".
Great to see you here. Very power image with a strong message. It is sad to see how some corporation is still doing such operation that will harm our beautiful earth. I'm not all too familiar with the environmental law, but I thought country like Australia would have a strict law again something like this. Excellent documentary shot.
p.s. Check out my post "First Contact" you will see my little bundle of joy in the series.
You must be kidding! They’re changing the law so we cannot speak out loud what we want to say against this industry? I am a greenie too and I am equally piii-ed how our landscape changes here in Switzerland. Whenever you return to places, you can be sure there is a crane and some new building is being built. Small villages turn to small towns with no heartbeat. And I hate wind machines, they’re turning our landscapes into something that constantly moves. This reminds me of the brilliant concert of the Australian band Midnight Oil in Zurich meanwhile a long time ago. The concert hall was a hot house, we had the impression something was changing in this world … but now I wonder where all this has gone. Just by “LIKING” Statements and eating Vegan foods nothing changes. This is not that marching we need to do … outside the internet. If I see our bankers and how they stand in line over lunchtime for Vegan foods and what not, I still have the impression they have no bloody idea what is going on. They just try to be different, that’s all. I am green with anger. Yet I leave my footprints just the same flying to the States tomorrow. This leaves a lot of footprints … yet I am not ready to change this part, I love to travel and exchange ideas about this world. Going to Vermont and NYC ... yuppiii.