Murrawah Johnson, a young Aboriginal woman, is fighting to stop what will be one of the world’s biggest coal mines, in central Queensland’s Galilee Basin. The mine is also driving coal port development that threatens the Great Barrier Reef.
Deep breath, I tell myself, whizzing up in the lift to meet with representatives of the world’s biggest investment banks.
By the time I step out and shake hands I’ve calmed my nerves and pulled myself together.
It’s game time, and I’ve been sent here to get results.
As a 20-year-old Aboriginal woman, and spokesperson for my people, the Wangan and Jangalingou, traditional owners of central Queensland, I know I am going to have to challenge some preconceptions.
I am here to tell the banks not to fund a huge coal mine – the biggest in Australian history – that will rip the heart out of my country.