Justin O’Brien (links) and Dave Sweeney (rechts) at the Moviemento Cinema (Berlin, Germany)
The indigenous Mirarr community has struggled with the world’s second largest uranium mine for 30 years. Now the Mirarr need our support.
Friday night the Australians Dave Sweeney, nuclear campaigner of the environment organisation Australian Conservation Foundation, and Justin O’Brien, executive officer of the Gundjeihmi Aboriginal Corporation, visited Berlin for a film screening.
They reported on the crucial situation of the Mirrar, an Aboriginal clan in North Australia. The Mirrar are the Traditional Owners of the land where the Ranger uranium mine operates. The mine is run by London based Rio Tinto Group, that is trying to develop more uranium mines on Mirrar land.
Now O´Brien and Sweeney ask us- the Europeans- for support. The Mirrar just want to live peacefully on their own land and by supporting the switch to Renewable Energy in Europe, we can help them to do so. Because: When there is no need for uranium in European nuclear power plants, there is no need to mine uranium in Australia. If Germany really phases out of nuclear power as promised, the Mirrar would have a better chance to oppose uranium mining, stated Sweeney. A real nuclear phase out would send an immeasurable signal on other countries, that would follow Germany´s energy policy.
Listen to the statement by Justin O’Brien who lives and works in close proximity to the Ranger uranium mine in Kakadu National Park.