What does it take to fix a problem like climate change? Maybe just a padlock and chain.
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Last year at Climate Camp I took part in non-violent direct action to against burning coal and polluting more carbon. With seventy others, I locked myself on to the coal train line and was arrested and charged. The scariest thing about this was not the doing of locking-on but anxiety about going before a court.
A co-arrestee Justin told me that East Maitland Court used to sentence people to be hanged.
Today our story played out in East Maitland Court where I dressed my finest and arrived early with references signed and in hand. My boss Sarah, a family friend Jan, a person I worked with at Uni Belinda and my friend Kirsty gave me references for the Judge. We sat in the Court and listened to the Judge as he stated what we had done and how he made his decision about whether we should be convicted. He said we were ‘impressive and remarkable individuals.’
For all of us all it was a big sigh of relief.
We celebrated with drinks and lunch across the train line after Court and the locals congratulated us for what we did. Thanks to the Environmental Defender’s Office especially Sue Higgenson for amazing legal support.
The Crooked Fiddle Band have released their latest ‘Overgrown Tales’ and you can listen to it free online here. Thanks to the band for mentioning us in their liner notes. They’re a gorgeous band and this album is phenomenal. My favourite track is number 7, ‘Over hill and Under Hill.