5 DAYS TO LAUNCH!
Link in bio to RSVP for our 6 Months to Make a Difference campaign launch.
Very honoured to be joined by Professor Kate Auty and Professor Tony Birch for our launch event this Thursday May 24.
Uncle Colin Hunter will also be there to welcome us on to Wurundjeri country, where we acknowledge that sovereignty has never been ceded.
We'll also be joined by two Auslan interpreters. We are working towards making our events as accessible as possible, so please contact us if you have any accessibility requirements.
RSVP in the link in bio or at foe.org.au/6months
On our last day on the road the #RadTour2018 met with members of the Flinders Local Action Group (FLAG) in Quorn.
FLAG is made up up of farmers, tourism operators, local residents and Traditional Owners from across the Flinders Ranges who are opposed to plans to dump a nuclear waste in the Flinders Ranges.
Thank you so much to everyone who welcomed us onto country and community this year, it's been incredible to build relationships and stand in solidarity with you. We'll be back soon!
"The government is causing a split in the community and they are causing arguments."
"The consultation with this government has been totally flawed. There is nothing right about it. It goes against all the policies and procedures they've got." Adnyamathanha woman Regina McKenzie standing by a site threatened by plans for a national nuclear waste dump in the South Australian Flinders Ranges.
. #RadTour2018 has been lucky enough to spend the past few days out on Adnyamathanha country, hearing from Regina about the cultural significance of this land and the decades of cultural heritage work her family have been doing to protect their country. #DontDumpOnSA#NuclearBan#ShutRoxbyDown#RadioactiveExposureTour
Shout out to the #RadTour2018 food crew!
These two beautiful humans have worked on stop to ensure everyone on the #RadioactiveExposureTour ate delicious meals for 10 days! They sourced donations from generous suppliers in Melbourne and Adelaide and coordinated amazing, desert-ready meals for the whole tour and all our guests. Legends! #NuclearBan#DontDumpOnSA#ShutRoxbyDown
When the #RadTour2018 rolled into the outback town of Maree, we met up with living legend Jan Wright who organised the first nuclear-free road trips with FoE over 30 years ago.
Jan worked with Arabunna elders to organise the RoxStop Tours with Friends of the Earth before the opening of Olympic Dam uranium mine to draw attention to aboriginal resistance to the mine.
30 years later FoE is still bringing people out to these lands to meet with the people, continuing a legacy of solidarity, and standing together to stop the nuclear industry.
Here's a late post from our time out at Lake Eyre on Arabunna land.
Throughout the trip we have heard from traditional owners from many indigenous nations about the horrors of nuclear weapons testing in Australia, and Australia's continuing involvement in nuclear weapons proliferation.
The #RadTour2018 been blessed to travel with founding members and current campaigners from the International Campaign To Abolish Nuclear Weapons who secured a permanent ban on nuclear weapons at the United Nations.
Australia is yet to sign the Treaty. It is time for Australia to end its relationship with these weapons of mass destruction and sign the nuclear weapons ban treaty. #NuclearBan#ShutRoxbyDown#DontDumpOnSA#RadioactiveExposureTour
"Most radioactive isotopes used for important nuclear medicine, can be developed producing much less long lived nuclear waste". "Worlds best practice for waste storage involves communities having a full understanding of what they are signing up for. This is not what is happening here." Dr Margie Beavis from the Medical Association for the Prevention of War de-bunking myths that a remote nuclear waste dump is essential to provide nuclear medicine, being recorded here at Wilpena Pound on Adnyamathanha country by Crunchie from the Radioactive Show on @3crmelbourne
A site here in the beautiful Flinders Ranges has been nominated to host a national nuclear waste dump to store toxic waste. The #RadTour2018 will be visiting the site with Traditional Owners who are opposed to the dump tomorrow. #RadioactiveExposureTour#DontDumpOnSA#ShutRoxbyDown#NuclearBan
Yesterday the #RadTour2018 visited the Mound Springs on Arabunna Country.
Each spring is a unique ecosystem where ancient water from the Great Artesian Basin pushes to the surface.
Sadly, only few springs remain from what was once a wetland. BHP started mining at the Olympic Dam uranium mine almost 30 years ago and continue to take over 30 million litres of water a day from the Great Artesian Basin
Representatives of BHP's Olympic Dam uranium mine having an informative exchange following the tour they provided to #RadTour2018 participants.
Participants learnt about the extraordinary use of water from the great artesian basin, using 34 mega-litres a day (and that's 34 million litres), and have done so for 30+ years and plan to maintain this level of usage for at least the next 85 years.
We also heard of plans to attempt new heap- leach mining techniques for low cost mining, with experiments taking place in Adelaide currently.
Despite plans for continued mining, there are no long term health studies in place to monitor workers health, however BHP do regularly monitor radiation levels on site and with workers.