Greenpeace Call for Stronger Barrier Reef Protection

Greenpeace Australia is calling on the national and local governments to implement tougher action to help protect the Great Barrier Reef. This comes after scientists revealed that the Reef has lost over half of it’s coral cover in the last 27 years!

The study by the Australian Institute of Marine Sciences also concludes that the Great Barrier Reef could lose another 50% in the next decade, proving that direct action needs to be taken sooner rather than later. The rate of current loss shows that as little as 10-5% of the reef will be covered 2022 due to these factors –

  • Tropical cyclones
  • Coral bleaching
  • Outbreaks of crown of thorn starfish

Greenpeace is insisting that the local and national governments heed the advice of the World Heritage Committee, who back in June 2012 requested that coastal development not be permitted due to the damage it will cause to the reef.

Greenpeace Climate and Energy Campaigner, Georgina Woods, said –

This is alarming new evidence that decisive action is needed to save the Great Barrier Reef. The Reef is in peril, but Australia has yet to respond to a World Heritage Committee decision requesting we not approve any more development that will impact on its Outstanding Universal Value. If Australia really wants to get tough on coral bleaching, we have to do more to cut climate pollution by cutting our coal exports. It is easy for politicians to stand up and declare their love for the Reef. It’s much harder to match that sentiment with tough action that will really make a difference to the Reef’s future. So far, Australian Environment Minister Tony Burke has talked eloquently about his concern for the Reef, but his actions haven’t matched his words. He has approved a new coal mine and railway that will impact the World Heritage Area, and may very soon approve the first of several large new coal ports for the Reef coast. We will judge the contribution of current Australian Governments to protecting the Great Barrier Reef on their willingness to take decisive action to avert very clear and present threats to its future.

Here’s hoping that the respective governments listen to this damning new evidence and stop all local coastal development to try and save one of the planet’s true Seven Wonders of the World. If you would like to learn more about the amazing work Greenpeace do across the globe or would like to make a donation, check out our dedicated charity page where you can find more information and also ways in which you can help.

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