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Protest occupies Downer EDI office: Don't get into bed with Adani

About 20 Activists this morning occupied the Melbourne offices of Downer, an infrastructure company, to protest participation in developing the Adani Carmichael coal mine in the Galilee Basin of Queensland, widely seen as a climate carbon bomb with no social license.

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  1. The Adani Carmichael coal mine is a climate carbon bomb that would push temperatures well past the 2 degrees C limit that countries set in Paris UN climate Conference in 2015 at COP21. Research shows that Australia needs to leave 95 percent of it's coal in the ground unexploited and unburnt to stand a reasonable chance of not exceeding the 2C target.
  2. In January 2015 it was announced that Downer EDI had won a $2 billion contract for works at Adani’s Carmichael coal mine in Queensland’s Galilee Basin, according to Australian Mining.
  3. The Climate Guardian Angels were on hand in Downer's Melbourne office. They want Downer not to get into bed with Adani.
  4. Two protesters have locked on to the doors. There has been no response from Downer CEO Grant Fenn to meet with the protesters and discuss the companies withdrawal from the Adani project. See the protestors written requests in a letter to the Downer Group (PDF)
  5. At about 11.20am police arrived on the scene. At 11.45am police left the offices. The occupation was peaceful and there was no threat, no harm in the occupation. Protesters argue the much bigger threat comes from Downer's willingness to build the Carmichael mine for Adani and the damage that it will impose in Australia and globally through climate change.
  6. By 3.30pm the occupation protest was all over. There were no arrests. The Police were called, they came, they listened, they shook hands and left.
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