Knitting grannies protest against gas

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A group of grandmas in Queensland, Australia are using their craft skills to protest against coal seam gas.

The Toowoomba Chronicle reports that Knitting Nannas Against Gas is a fast-growing international organisation, which originates in New South Wales and is quickly gaining new followers.

Each week a peaceful demonstration is staged outside the electorate office of Lismore MP Thomas George, and now, following in their footsteps a new group is bringing this passion to Queensland.

Not your typical protestors, the women are trying to stop resource companies stripping the state of its food bowls by extracting fossil fuels.

Group member Marianne Irvine told the publication that she felt extremely inspired by the movement and its unique approach to protesting what is fast becoming a very serious modern day issue.

Mrs Irvine said: "I find that this whole concept of these women who are passionate and are not being activists just inspiring.

"There is a new term coming out and that is "protectors" rather than protestors, and that is what I see these women as being."

While she admitted that she could understand both sides of the resources development argument, Mrs Irvine went on to say "as far as I'm concerned it's an incredibly serious issue".

As part of their latest projects, she showed the publication a series of black and yellow triangles which she had been knitting and had come to represent the growing resistance to resource developments.

Knitting Nannas Against Gas covers a wide range of specific issues and this month the Queensland and New South Wales groups are planning to converge for a Heroes and Heartlands rally in the fight against mining developments.

Anyone who is interested in joining the event or the group is invited to get in touch, regardless of how professional your knitting skills are.

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