Protecting the Northern Rivers from Damaging Development: An essay five years after the Bentley Blockade by Dr Wayne Somerville

It’s half a decade since the Gasfield Free campaign in the Northern Rivers climaxed at the Bentley Blockade, but few are celebrating. These are tough times for people who care about Mother Earth and her dependents. The past five years have been the hottest on record worldwide with temperatures rising as concentrations of atmospheric carbon dioxide and methane continue a relentless upward trajectory. As human-induced climate catastrophe unfolds, nature is taking a beating while politicians fiddle and many folk feel desperate. But I’m writing this essay to celebrate and build on what our community achieved when it drove the unconventional gas industry out of the region.

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