Today I attended a protest in Byron Bay against the Commonwealth Bank supplying the fossil fuel industry with loans. Last year the Commonwealth Bank loaned almost $4 Billion to this industry – way more than any other bank in Australia.
I joined a group of concerned residents to gather petition signatures from the locals. I talked to one man who had previously worked up at Mackay for the coal industry. He said he had seen some awful things there, including kangaroos drinking black coal water and living trees covered in black coal dust. He also talked about the people working there and how nearly all of them were suffering from depression because of the long hours and isolation.
I am really glad I attended today. It was very well organised and I met some like-minded people. I hope our actions will help the Commonwealth Bank decide not to fund the Adani mine or any other coal projects in Australia.