Conservation and Development Aren’t Opposing Ideas
On Friday 7 August the Australian Financial Review ran a story stating that The Pew Charitable Trusts was funding a legal challenge against the Carmichael coal mine in Queensland.
This is incorrect. Pew has nothing to do with this lawsuit or the campaign against the Carmichael mine. A correction, which now runs at the end of the original story, states:
This article previously stated that Pew Charitable Trusts provided funding to the Mackay Conservation Group, which mounted a legal challenge against Adani's proposed Carmichael coal mine in Queensland. Pew Trusts provided money to the Queensland Conservation Council in 2013-14 for work on the Coral Sea and had no involvement in the court case.
Pew is open and transparent about our work in Australia. We collaborate with a wide range of community and industry groups in Australia’s Outback, along its coasts, and near its oceans, regions of global environmental significance. We believe that areas of special importance should be fully protected and that others should be managed in ways that maintain the health of the Outback as a whole. This approach provides a framework to accommodate responsible industrial activity, including mining. Conservation and development aren’t opposing ideas. We support taking care of both needs.