Jackson McCarthy of Sea Shepherd Australia
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“GBRMPA” AGREES TO DUMP 1 MILLION TONNES OF TOXIC SLUDGE ON THE GREAT BARRIER REEF
The Great Barrier Reef is in Great Danger enough as we read this. As human beings we rely on clean air to breath and stable temperatures to live in. The aquatic reef (Great barrier reef to name 1 of the largest in the world) Is an “ecosystem” that supports “our environment” All Aquatic ecosystems provide the planet 75% of the fresh oxygen we breath now and is also in charge of “heat distribution!! Australia plans to dump one million tonnes of sludge in the Great Barrier Reef. Despite strict laws on dumping waste, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) gave the go-ahead. A loophole was found - the laws don't apply to materials generated from port maintenance work. It comes one week after flood water from Queensland spread into the reef, which scientists say will "smother" the coral. The industrial residue is dredged from the bottom of the sea floor near Hay Point Port - one of the world's largest coal exports and a substantial economic source for the country. Larissa Waters, senator for Queensland and co-deputy leader of the Greens Party, called for the license to be revoked. "The last thing the reef needs is more sludge dumped on it, after being slammed by the floods recently," she told the Guardian. "One million tonnes of dumping dredged sludge into world heritage waters treats our reef like a rubbish tip." It's just "another nail in the coffin" for the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef, which is already under stress due to climate change, according to Dr Simon Boxall from the National Oceanography Centre Southampton. "If they are dumping it over the coral reef itself, it will have quite a devastating effect. The sludge is basically blanketing over the coral. "The coral relies on the algae, that's what give them their colour and what helps them feed - without this partnership the coral will suffer dramatically." Not only is it selfish of the GBRMPA to allow this too happen, as Australians, this should be an embarrassment to all of us to allow this to happen. Even knowing the horrific consequences this will cause if the reef is effected and destroyed anymore. We won’t HAVE the environment needed to thrive in, we won’t HAVE clean air OR evenly distributed heat across the globe. Say goodbye to plant life, animal life and say goodbye to human life. With out the reef, there is no us. Sign the petition. MAKE IT STOP!!!