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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.
What’s happening now?
Recent approvals have been made for major industrial projects on the reef, including the approval of the Abbot Point dredge disposal within the marine park. These approvals have come despite “concern” and “regret” from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and also “despite an indication that less impacting disposal alternatives may exist.” –UNESCO.
Now, “Reef Facts” commercials are being aired during prime-time TV shows in Australia, and they are purporting to tell the “facts” about the health of the Great Barrier Reef, but they don’t really tell the whole story.
The ads – which you can watch on the QRC (Queensland Resources Council) website – say that:
“No scientific study has blamed ports or shipping for coral loss, or a decline in the environmental health of the Great Barrier Reef.”
The facts used in these ads are misleading and you can get more information here:
What will happen to the reef?
Climate scientists argue that these coal developments will double Australia’s carbon emissions in the next decade. This will make conditions impossible for the reef’s survival, and will lead to environmental catastrophe.
“Studies have now established that dredging and spoil dumping on a large scale have had impacts on species and ecosystems of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area…and that’s concerning, given the likelihood of further massive dredging programs potentially generating up to 80 million tonnes of dredge spoil, which presents a significant threat to the inshore ecosystems and species of the Great Barrier Reef.” – Jon Brodie, Chief Research Scientist at James Cook University.
The Greenpeace campaign to save the reef
Greenpeace are spearheading the campaign to Save Our Reef. It is one of the biggest environmental battles in our nation’s history, and we need everyone on board to protect our reef and our climate.
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How you can help
Join tens of thousands of Australians and add your name to the petition for the Great Barrier Reef.
The future of the Great Barrier Reef hangs in the balance!
Read more about what’s happening to the Reef and how Greenpeace are trying to save it here:
Read more about the real dredging facts here:
You can also help by sharing the story with everyone you know. Every additional signature counts, it is up to us to fight for the Reef.