DOCTORS, students, campaigners and academics will share untold stories of Australia’s fossil fuel mining boom at the Canberra premiere of the “Mining the Truth” documentary today.
The film, produced by the Australian Student Environment Network, takes a roadtrip with 60 young and inspiring Australians to visit coal and gas mining communities in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria and hear their stories. It depicts traditional owners, miners, doctors, farmers, parents and others who are directly experiencing the environmental and social impacts of the fossil fuel industry.
The Canberra premiere tonight will be followed by a panel discussion. Peter Martin from the Southern Highlands Coal Action Group, Matt Grudnoff from the Australia Institute, Peter Tait from the Climate and Health Alliance, and students who travelled on the roadtrips will all bring their perspectives.
Laura Hogan, a student participant on one of the roadtrips, says it was a powerful experience. “In the media we hear about the mining boom all the time, but seeing firsthand the impacts that these industries have on the land was pretty devastating.”
She added that the most powerful aspect of this experience was meeting the people who face these impacts every day.
“Just as those who are fighting to protect their lands and community are people, those who work in the mines are people too.”
“Mining The Truth,” Canberra premiere, at Palace Electric Cinema, New Acton, 6.30pm, Thursday September 12. Bookings to