5000 protesters unite at Stop Adani rally
UPDATE, Wednesday, 11.50am: A "THOROUGH" count of the number of people at the Stop Adani Convoy rally at Mullumbimby on Sunday has been completed.
Local organiser Ella Rose Goninan said they did a head count from an overhead photo.
"We did a thorough count from an overhead photo and 5000-plus people came to the Stop Adani Convoy - Mullumbimby Rally on Easter Sunday," she said.
"And this number doesn't include all those wishing to be there in the 4km long traffic jam.
"Initially we had said 3000-plus, but this was very much under-estimated."
Original story: ABOUT 3000 climate change activists joined Bob Brown at Mullumbimby yesterday to rally against the controversial Adani mine proposed to be built inland of the Great Barrier Reef.
Some protesters will venture on and join the StopAdani convoy driving north to later rally in Canberra leading up to the election.
The rally began at 2pm with local activists, celebrities and Mr Brown expressing pleas for support to consider the environmental impact of building Australia's biggest coal mine.
"The simplest act of our Prime Minister is to hold up a lump of coal and say that is good for humanity. No, Scott Morrison, that is not good for humanity, that is an insult to everybody in this country," Mr Brown said.
"They are thieves of the future of this planet.'
Celebrities Rob Hirst and Isabel Lucas also appeared on stage to encourage the crowd in their actions towards climate change.
One local protester Meggan Jack brought along her handmade crochet coral reefs which she plans to sell and donate to the grass roots activists because she was unable to go on the convoy.
"I'd like to see an end to fossil fuels all together and push towards renewable energy. The climate is in crisis," she said.