Protect our reef!

The Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is on the Coral Sea, off the coast of Queensland, and is the world’s largest coral reef system. It stretches for over 2,600 kilometres, can be seen from outer space, and is the world’s biggest single structure made by living organisms called coral polyps. CNN labelled it one of the seven natural wonders of the world, and it is the state icon of Queensland.

Why is it in danger?

Australia’s new Environment Minister Greg Hunt has recently approved massive construction projects that will have a major impact on the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park while at the same time claiming to have taken a “significant step towards improving and protecting the Marine Park for future generations”. Greenpeace believes it is not possible to simultaneously permit more fossil fuel export developments in this world heritage site as well as be its guardian.

What has been approved?

At the Port of Abbot Point Greg Hunt signed off a coal terminal and three million cubic metres of dredging. Removing seabed from areas adjacent to the port’s existing coal terminal will create the deeper water required for up to six new coal ship berths.

Combined with the existing two berths this will enable ships to export 240 million tonnes of coal from Abbot Point per year, almost five times the current capacity of 50 million tonnes. If it goes ahead the port will be the largest coal export port in the world. So large in fact that if it existed today it would export more coal than every country in the world except two: Australia and Indonesia.

What will this mean for the reef?

As eminent scientist Jon Brodie recently concluded, dredging for ports will swamp decades of reef protection. However, Minister Hunt stated that “conditions I have put in place for these projects will result in an improvement in water quality” by 150%, no less.

How can dumping millions of cubic metres of waste in the Reef be good for its water quality? In short, it can’t. Even Minister Hunt can’t sweep this kind of impact under the carpet.

Greenpeace campaign

Greenpeace are working toward getting the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority to abandon dumping in the reef. With our help we can get the right people to take notice and bring about changes to stop the destruction of the Great Barrier Reef.

Supporting Greenpeace

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How you can help

Sign the petitions to protect our reef:

https://www.greenpeace.org.au/action/?cid=59&src=GP1

http://www.savethereef.org.au/?section=petition

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