Photos from the May 1st rally, to “Protect our Land and Water” from the ravages of the Coal Seam Gas industry. We walked from Martin Place, to Parliament House in Sydney, joining close to 10, 000 people from all over the state, all with their own stories to tell about the effects of CSG on their communities.

It was galvanising to march with so many people – students, farmers, environmentalists, the CWA – who are traditionally skeptical of each other. We’d found a common enemy: government in the pocket of extractive industries. Hopefully we’re also on the way to forging common values and interests: care for community, environment, food and water.

– Aimee