WHO WE ARE
Frontline Action on Coal (FLAC) is a movement, made up of people like you from across the continent, who aim to end the unnecessary extraction of fossil fuels while bringing about climate justice and creating meaningful change in the world.
Using collective power to highlight injustices and disrupt the status quo, we are on the frontlines, transforming the way we relate to each other and the world.
What We Do
Together, through community led, non-violent direct action (NVDA) we aim to achieve a state of economic and environmental balance called climate justice. We’ve had enough of corrupt politicians putting the interests of mining companies above all else, and are taking a stand to protect farms, forests, community, culture and the climate.
We are working on a number of campaigns around the country, opposing the destructive forces of the fossil fuel industry. Additionally, we support communities and other grassroots groups through solidarity, training, experience and resources.
Frontline Action on Coal was first established in August 2012 at Maule’s Creek, the site of the historic blockade to save the critically endangered Leard State Forest. From the Leard Blockade, we have grown into a national movement of 1000’s of individuals standing up to the injustice caused by the fossil fuel industry, as it continues to plunder our land and climate for corporate profit. While the Frontline Action on Coal movement continues to blockade destructive mines, we also use our skills and resources to target governments and corporations in major cities. We currently have a focus in a number of area’s including:
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We recognise First Nations Sovereignty. We respect First Nations Peoples as the owners and custodians of the un-ceded lands and waters of so-called ‘Australia’. We believe that to fight for Climate Justice with integrity we must acknowledge and respect the leadership, expertise, and continuing connection to Country of First Nations Peoples. We aspire to learn to act with the same respect for land, sky, and water that First Nations Peoples have carried for thousands of generations.
We believe that everyone deserves respect, and that respect is lived through our interactions. Everyone should show healthy respect for other people, creatures, communities, land, and themselves.
We do not condone the use of violence.
We believe that every person has a valuable contribution to make in our spaces, and should be heard during discussions and decision-making processes. We organize according to anti-hierarchical, consensus-based principles, which honour both the agency of the individual and the integrity of the group.
We believe that people have the right to influence decisions affecting their lives and communities. They have a right to help shape the world in which they live, and that they leave behind. We assert our right to cultivate our own collective power, rather than appeal to the existing power structures which do not serve our interests.
We acknowledge that different people within our society have different levels and types of privilege. We expect those who enter our spaces to recognise how privilege may shape their experiences, and reflect upon how they could use their privilege to undermine oppressive structures. This is lived by pushing for equitable opportunities which mitigate existing imbalances of power, amplifying voices and empowering people that are too often silenced.