A Western Australian Walkout from Uranium Mining
Walk away from uranium mining, Green Left, By Kerrie-Ann Garlick, Perth, July 23, 2011, Footprints for Peace, an international grassroots group that organises walks, bike rides and runs around the world, invites families and people of all ages, background and cultures to come and support traditional owners in their opposition to uranium mining in Western Australia by taking part in the “Walk away from uranium mining” that begins in Wiluna on August 19 and finishes in Perth on October 28.
Footprints for Peace are working together with the Western Australian Nuclear Free Alliance (WANFA) to organise this grassroots awareness-raising and action-based campaign.
WANFA, which is made up of Aboriginal traditional owners from the Pilbara, the Kimberley, the Goldfields, the Great Victoria Desert, the Central Desert, the Gascoyne, Perth and the South West, has given full permission and support to the event.
We have confirmed walkers from all over Australia. International supporters are coming from New Zealand, France, Greece, Italy and the United States, including Native American people to support Australian traditional owners’ campaign to stop uranium mining.
Everyone is welcome to join the walk for a few hours, a day, a few weeks or the whole way. Even if you cannot walk we still require financial assistance, drivers, kitchen crew members, media liaison volunteers, video operators and photographers, musicians, artists, singers and general support for daily events, such as camp set up and pack up, food shopping and water collection.
The walk will follow a scheduled route from Wiluna south to Kalgoorlie, and then due west to Perth over 10 weeks.
The walkers will cover a distance of 20 to 25 kilometres a day, with a rest day every five days…………The walk’s conclusion in Perth will coincide with the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. There we will deliver our well-supported and strong message that it is time to shut down the nuclear industry’s plans to expand in Western Australia and the rest of Australia.
For our children, for our children’s children, and for a peaceful, nuclear free future.
[A bus for participants in the ‘Walk away from uranium mining’ will leave from Perth on August 18 and return on August 26. To book tickets email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://nuclearfreefuture.com/ ]–
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