Anohni Protests Again: Set to walk 110 Miles in the Desert
Having just released her stunning protest album, HOPELESSNESS, in early May, musician and Milk fav Anohni announced earlier today her plan to join a group of Australia’s indigenous Martu people in walking across the country’s Western Desert. The eight-day, 110 mile journey has been organized as a demonstration against the planned construction of a uranium mine on the traditional lands of the Martu. While Cameco, the world’s third-largest uranium producer and the main company behind the venture, told The Guardian they’re “confident the… project can be constructed, operated and closed in a way which maintains the ecological functions and environmental values in the area and will ensure all regulatory conditions are met,” the Martu assert that the mine not only encroaches on their land, but also poses a threat to the area’s keystone water systems.
ANOHNI TO JOIN WALK 180 KM ACROSS WESTERN AUSTRALIAN DESERT WITH THE MARTU PEOPLE TO SUPPORT FIGHT AGAINST URANIUM MINE "In 2 days time, I am joining my Martu friends Nola and Curtis Taylor, over 100 other people from Parnngurr and neighboring communities, and other supporters from around the country on an 8 day, 180 Km protest walk from their remote community to the site of Mitsubishi and Cameco's proposed open cart uranium mine in the Western Australian Desert. The proposed Kintyre mine is on their traditional lands and a threat to their well-being, as well as being gouged out of Karlamilyi National Park. Curtis and I did a piece about it on National Indigenous Television network today." – Anohni image of Martu artist Ngalangka Nola Curtis http://www.ccwa.org.au/kintyre #martupeople #martumob #uraniummine #indigenousrights #protest #corporatecorruption #karlamilyi #mitsubishi #camecocorporation #parnngurr
This all comes after a longstanding ban on uranium mining was lifted in 2009; however, the land has been changing hands since 1994, when it was carved out of a national park to allow for future development. Plans for the mine received conditional approval from Western Australia’s Minister of the Environment back in March of 2015, although Cameco’s initial formulation dates back to 2013, of which the Martu say they were not informed. This same year, Anohni spent ten days visiting with the Martu, later telling The Guardian that “‘some corporations have disingenuously sought to divide and conquer locals, and in the dust cloud of confusion, make off with the spoils.'”
The walk is set to begin on Friday, June 3rd—and as of now, over 100 Martu have agreed to take part. Considering Anohni’s political views, her decision to join in on the walk couldn’t feel more apt. Back in May, the mesmerizing musician and artist told us that climate change is “the only issue that will matter in 100 years.” She went on, “Hopefulness and hopelessness won’t determine whether this comes to pass…what will determine it are our actions.” Preach.
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Photo by Alice O’Malley.