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Konkan activist takes up aboriginals’ cause in Australia

Coal News - Published on Mon, 18 Jun 2018

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Economic Times reported that tribal rights and social activist Dr Vaishali Patil is back from Australia where she was one of the international campaigners who guided the aboriginal community in its fight against Adani group’s mining project in Queensland. Konkan-based Patil had been to Australia in April last year as well after the community invited her to take up their cause.

Patil said that The Carmichael coal mine project will impact Australia’s indigenous community in various ways, besides causing irreparable damage to the environment.

Ms Patil told Mumbai Mirror that “I went to participate in the ‘Stop Adani’ movement in Australia and share my ideas about the fight against the mining giant. The coal will be supplied to India, but it is of very low quality.”

Emphasising on the benefits of renewable energy and the need to go for it, Patil said that it is a better option than thermal power.

Ms Patil said that “We now have the option of renewable energy, which is cheaper and affordable. Thermal power comes at a huge cost to the nature as coal mining affects the environment and ecology in the affected areas. In India, I have been fighting for tribals’ right to gain access to natural resources. In Australia, the natural resources have been sold to the corporates.”

The Adani group bagged Queensland’s coal mine in May 2011 and planned to bring coal to India for its Vaishali Patil along with other activists in Queensland power plant. It got a hefty subsidy from the Australian government to build facilities such as train track to transport the coal. The aboriginal people and environmental activists from across the world have joined hands to oppose the project as the subsidy came from the taxpayers’ money, Patil said.

Speaking on the plight of the indigenous people of Australia, Ms Patil said they are no different from the tribals in India. Ms Patil said that “The standard of living is little better for the aboriginal people. But their issues are the same. After coming back, I am trying to connect a few tribal people here with the aboriginal community to create a network for awareness and exchange of ideas.”

Back home, Ms Patil was at the forefront of campaigns against the Jaitapur nuclear power plant and special economic zone in Raigad.

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Posted By : Amom Remju on Mon, 18 Jun 2018
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