Stop Australia from Putting a Nuclear Dumping Site Near This Aboriginal Community

  • by: Jessica Ramos
  • recipient: Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister of Australia and Josh Frydenberg MP, the Minister for Resources, Energy and Northern Australia

Australia is about to make a horrible mistake: placing a nuclear dumping site near aboriginal Adnyamathanha territory. While the decision hasn't been finalized, the Wallerberdina Station (a cattle station) near Barndioota is the only nominee left, so the location seems inevitable.

The Adnyamathanha community is vehemently against the nuclear dumping site, especially because it's been largely excluded from the decision-making process. “This is our land, we have been here forever and we will always be here and we are totally opposed to this dump,” says Vince Coulthard, the Adnyamathanha Traditional Lands Association (ATLA) chief executive, to The Guardian. Coulthard also likens the project to "cultural genocide." And when Regina McKenzi, an Adnyamathanha woman, learned about the proposed dumping area coming to her ancestral lands, she told The Guardian that she felt like she was "getting news of a death."  

As aboriginal Australians who have survived centuries of colonization, haven't the Adnyamathanha been through enough? The final decision for the nuclear dumping site will occur in a year, please act now by signing and sharing this petition urging Australian leaders not to dump nuclear waste near Adnyamathanha territory.

Photo Credit: Jonas Bengtsson

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