What happens when a coal company builds a mine inside Australia’s most prestigious university?
24 September 2014
Greenpeace recently revealed that one of Australia’s most prestigious universities, the University of Sydney, has a million dollar stake in the company responsible for the largest coal mine currently under construction in Australia.
But what happens when the university shows their commitment to fossil fuels by letting Whitehaven Coal build a coal mine inside the university campus?
Whitehaven Coal’s Maules Creek coal mine is not only contentious for its contribution of around 30 million tonnes of CO2 per year when operational. Building Maules Creek coal mine is flattening endangered forest, trashing indigenous heritage sites, destroying prime farmland, and ignoring the demands of local community members.
But despite receiving emails from over 28,000 concerned Greenpeace supporters – including University of Sydney students, staff and alumni, and acknowledging that Whitehaven Coal is a dodgy investment by conducting a review into investment policy – Sydney University management have still not pulled their money out of this disastrous project.
Whitehaven Coal’s operations might seem far away to the University of Sydney management – but for the community at Maules Creek, the destruction of endangered forest, Indigenous heritage sites and prime farmland couldn’t be closer to home.