Save the GBR – crowdsourcing appeal

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The Great Barrier Reef is already under great pressure from climate change. But to make things worse, the Australian Government is giving the green light to build the world’s biggest coal export facility at Abbot Point, right on the edge of the Reef.

Near Gladstone they’re literally cutting channels through the seafloor for huge coal ships in a practice known as dredging. It releases toxins trapped in sediment which then find their way into our food chain. Locally, the effects are clear: fishers are bringing in catch that are so sick it’s not safe to sell. Globally, we are losing one of the natural wonders of the world, and doing it so we can export more coal to warm the planet. It’s absolutely crazy!

There’s something we can do about it. Environment Minister Tony Burke keeps saying publicly that he wants to save the Reef. He’s trying to walk both sides of the street – saying he’ll save the Reef but at the same time approving massive new coal and coal seam gas terminals – and so far he’s getting away with it, because only locals know what’s really going on. Together, we’re going to change that, and show both major parties that voters will know what they doing to the reef:

50 years ago there was a successful community campaign to create the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. In the face of massive dredging and proposed shipping traffic increases through the area, concerned ocean lovers need to act once more.

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