The threat to the magnificent Great Barrier Reef just reached a terrifying new level!
Scientists just discovered a plan to build one of the worlds largest coal ports can create devastating plumes of heavy-metal contaminated water that will streak across these pristine waters.
It’s a nightmare scenario for this global ecological treasure – and could decimate the delicate corals that endangered turtles, dolphins and spectacular tropical fish call home.
Incredibly, the coal-crazy Australian government has launched a massive international effort to get a green light from the international body charged with protecting our reef treasure – and they’re winning! We need to move fast. If this polluting plan isn’t stopped, billions of dollars of funding will start to flow and the destruction will begin.
We can be the voice the reef needs to survive. A handful of countries will determine the decision — and only our global movement has the enormous reach and massive numbers to convince them not to approve the polluting plan.
Just a small pledge now from each of us can create a coordinated public outcry in capital cities around the world — with ads in with ads in national newspapers, stunts outside offices, lawyers to help enforce environmental law and an enormous citizen-led lobbying effort — to stop this reef-destroying plan.
Click to pledge what you can now — Avaaz will only process the donations if we raise enough to make a difference:
The Australian government is pushing the project as hard as they can: fast-tracking approvals for the massive mining companies, flying ministers around the world to get banks to invest, and now a full court press on UNESCO. If the plan goes through, scientists warn that disaster will follow — just one crashed coal carrier could destroy swathes of reef unless we act fast to protect it. Together, our community can launch a comprehensive campaign to fight the plan and save the reef. Here’s what our pledges could do:
- Unleash a massive citizen-led lobbying effort for ministers on the UNESCO committee.
- Put the reef at the top of the media with cutting edge ads and creative stunts, in countries with key UNESCO votes.
- Get banks all over the world to back away from investing with huge public pressure on their brands and boards.
- Ensure environmental approvals are swamped with our voices speaking up to protect the reef.
Even before this new killer coal threat, there was an average of two shipping incidents a year on the reef and now the ship numbers are set to increase to one ship per hour! And if just two of the seven coal mines in the Galilee Basin are given the green light, they’d contribute emissions equivalent to six times the annual carbon footprint of the UK.
The reef is irreplaceable and this coal explosion could be deadly. Our global community is uniquely placed to protect it. Small contributions from around the world can have a huge impact and save the reef for generations to come. Pledge now, so we can get started, right away.
Click to pledge now:Avaaz members have taken action time and again to protect this global treasure. We’ve helped delay and threaten the reef-killing projects by petitioning key investors, shutting down funding channels and challenging government approvals. And if we supercharge our efforts right now, this can be the year we help save the reef for good.
With hope and determination,
Oliver, Dalia, Emily, David, Danny, Emma, Ricken and the whole Avaaz team
Julie Bishop lobbies nations with heritage sites to block Great Barrier Reef danger call (Courier Mail) http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/julie-bishop-lobbies-nations-with-heritage-sites-to-block-great-barrier-reef-danger-call/story-fnn8dlfs-1227149225447
Coral reefs face heightened risk of fatal disease from dredging, says research (The Guardian) http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/jul/16/coral-reefs-face-heightened-risk-of-fatal-disease-from-dredging-says-research
UNESCO smacks down Australia over its treatment of Great Barrier Reef (News.com.au) http://www.news.com.au/technology/environment/unesco-smacks-down-australia-over-its-treatment-of-great-barrier-reef/story-fnjww010-1226959657462
Gladstone Dredging (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) http://www.abc.net.au/catalyst/stories/3593812.htm
Cargo ship rescued after breakdown to prevent it drifting into Great Barrier Reef (The Guardian) http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/jan/13/cargo-ship-rescued-after-breakdown-to-prevent-it-drifting-into-great-barrier-reef