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Our Great Barrier Reef needs renewable energy, not dirty coal

Australia’s iconic natural wonder, the Great Barrier Reef has been hit by an unprecedented and severe coral bleaching event. As a result, half of the corals in the northern Great Barrier Reef have died and are now covered in brown algae. We know that this devastating event has been caused by global warming. We also know that the mining and burning of coal is the biggest contributor to Australia’s emissions. Tell Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten that the future of the Reef relies on a rapid transition to renewable energy.

Bleached coral reefs are the deathly face of climate change. When corals turn white and die it's a sign that the ocean is struggling to carry the burden of carbon pollution. The images of bleached coral now covered in algae are confronting and impossible to ignore.  

Our politicians need to act now to protect our oceans and stop more severe coral bleaching events happening to our Great Barrier Reef and to corals around the world.

For decades, governments have failed to listen to scientists who have repeatedly warned about the catastrophic impacts of global warming on our Reef. Instead, in the last year, the federal government has approved the largest coal mine in Australia’s history, and a mega coal port on our fragile Reef coast at a time when we are meant to be reducing emissions due to the climate crisis. It is reckless beyond belief.

What’s more, the Queensland Environment Department has approved the environment licence for the mine. 

The science is clear: we can develop one of the world’s largest coal mines in the Galilee Basin or we can protect the world’s largest coral reef system, but we can’t do both.

Mining and burning more coal will continue to drive dangerous global warming leading to more frequent and severe coral bleaching events like this one. Our politicians need to act now to protect our Reef and our oceans from the devastating impacts of climate change.

The Reef can recover, but only if we move rapidly to 100% renewables and keep coal in the ground. Join us in calling on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten to show strong leadership and act decisively on global warming. Let them know that Australians want a transition to 100% renewable energy by 2035 at the latest, for the sake of our magnificent Reef and the 69,000 jobs that depend on it. 

This petition was delivered to:
  • Prime Minister of Australia
    Malcolm Turnbull
  • Prime Minister of Australia
    Hon. Malcolm Turnbull MP
  • Australian Labor Party Leader
    Hon. Bill Shorten, MP
  • Minister for Environment and Energy
    Hon. Josh Frydenberg, MP
  • Shadow Environment Minister
    Hon. Mark Butler, MP


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