Target: Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm Turnbull
Goal: Stop committing cultural genocide and environmental injustice by dumping nuclear waste on Adnyamathanha land.
Australia’s federal government is potentially making a nuclear dumping site out of land that belongs to the aboriginal Adnyamathanha people. This land, located in the Flinders Ranges region of South Australia near a permanent spring, was officially recognized as belonging to the Adnyamathanha people seven years ago. However, there has been little to no consultation with them regarding this decision to dump nuclear waste on their land.
Now that the plan has been made public, Chief Executive Vince Coulthard of the Adnyamathanha Traditional Lands Association (ATLA) has expressed a consensus opposition to it among his people. Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull must listen to the will of the Adnyamathanha people and change the proposed nuclear dumping site.
The low and intermediate level nuclear waste that would be dumped on Adnyamathanha land is not guaranteed to be safe upon its arrival. Mixing low level with intermediate level nuclear waste means that some elements may still contribute radiation to the environment and surrounding populations long after being dumped. Placing the Adnyamathanha people and their land at risk in this way in unacceptable, especially without properly consulting them.
Offering them a few million dollars in compensation, as the Australian government has announced, does not make up for the damage and disrespect that results from this process. Their way of life, which heavily emphasizes farming and a close relationship with the land, could be permanently altered by radiation-induced changes to the environment.
The Adnyamathanha people deserve to have a say over what is done with their land. Their livelihood and their connection with their traditions are at stake. By signing the petition below, you can help urge Australia’s Prime Minister to respect the Adnyamathanha people and their land by changing his plans for nuclear dumping.
Dear Prime Minister Turnbull,
Dumping nuclear waste on Adnyamathanha land is an affront to their native rights and a threat to their livelihood. Risks to their health and to their land should not be taken lightly, no matter the level at which the nuclear waste is rated.
Failing to consult with the Adnyamathanha people before announcing your plans for nuclear dumping on their land was a huge mistake. Since the news became public, Chief Executive Vince Coulthard of the Adnyamathanha Traditional Lands Association (ATLA) has responded by expressing a consensus opposition among his people. The only responsible choice you can make now is to forego your plans for nuclear dumping on Adnyamathanha land.
I urge you to respect the Adnyamathanha people and their land by not dumping nuclear waste in their territory.
[Your Name Here]
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