The arrest last week of three identifiably religious people drew attention again to Whitehaven’s new coal mine site at Maules Creek, in northern NSW.
The arrests came after a Catholic priest, three Uniting Church ministers, a Buddhist priest and the three arrestees faced off against a line of heavy haulage trucks at the entrance to the site. Why did these people of faith feel it was time to put their bodies on the line?
What is conveniently overlooked is the fact that aviation’s contribution to global emissions varies from two per cent to five per cent or more, depending on who’s counting. Compounding these calculations is the fact that burning fuel at high altitude has nearly three times the climate impact of burning the same fuel at ground level. There is added complexity because the nitrous oxides created are 310 times more powerful than carbon dioxide, and the effects from condensation trails (contrails) are difficult to quantify.