Two new books take a hard look at the fight against Adani and Australia’s future
"The Coal Truth - The fight to stop Adani, defeat the big polluters and reclaim our democracy" and "Adani and the War Over Coal". 'Both books are a must read for progressives and help to equip readers for activism.'
'Contributors include Adrian Burragubba, Tara Moss and Berndt Sellheim, Lesley Hughes, John Quiggin, Hilary Bambrick, Ruchira Talukdar and Geoffrey Cousins.'
'This searing book takes apart the pivotal role of the Adani Carmichael mine in the conflict over coal.
'We see the rise of a fossil fuel power network linking mining companies, mining oligarchs, the big four banks, right-wing think tanks, lobby groups, the conservative media and all sides of Australian politics.
'On the other side, we have one of the biggest social movements ever seen in Australia in the form of #StopAdani uniting to try to save the Great Barrier Reef, native title rights and
to fight the corrupt politics of coal.'
Two new books take a hard look at the fight against Adani — and for our future
Green Left Weekly author Margaret Gleeson
June 28, 2018
The Coal Truth: The Fight to Stop Adani, Defeat the Big Polluters & Reclaim Our Democracy
David Ritter, 2018
Adani & the War Over Coal
' ... It is timely then, at this impasse, that two new books are released documenting the story so far and canvassing possible outcomes.
'The authors bring with them, from different perspectives, authoritative accounts from within the movement.
'Author of The Coal Truth, David Ritter is chief executive officer of Greenpeace Australia Pacific and holds honorary affiliations with the University of Sydney and the University of Western Australia.
'Quentin Beresford, author of Adani and the War Over Coal, is professor of politics at Edith Cowan University.
He has a background in journalism and is the prize winning author of The Rise and Fall of Gunns Ltd, which gave an account of the failed attempt to build a pulp mill in the pristine Tamar Valley in Tasmania.
'Both books are well researched and chapters well footnoted.
Sources are documented in detailed bibliographies.
Both authors also conducted interviews with key activists, which enliven their narratives.
'The Coal Truth opens with a prologue by Adrian Burragubba of the Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners who have opposed the Adani mine from the outset: ...
'Beresford says the fight against Adani has strengthened the environment movement,
uniting the climate change and broader environment movements.
As with Ritter’s book, Beresford’s ends on a hopeful note ...
'Both books are a must read for progressives as they help to equip readers for activism to bring about the needed social and ecological changes.'
GreenLeftWeekly author Margaret Gleeson
June 21, 2018
'In April Adani applied to the federal Department of Environment and Energy to expand a dam by 450% and build a pipeline for its Carmichael coalmine, without an assessment under national environment laws.