Save the Last Living Half of the Great Barrier Reef

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Target: Australian Minister for the Environment Greg Hunt

Goal: Address rapidly deteriorating health of the Great Barrier Reef.

Half of the world’s largest living ecosystem is “dead or dying” and the entire ecosystem faces extinction according to scientists in one of the grimmest reports on the health of the Great Barrier Reef. The reef has been ravaged by a process known as “bleaching” in which water warms and causes coral to expel the algae living inside of it. Experts estimate that a staggering 93 percent of the reef has been affected by bleaching.

The cause of this crisis is a familiar one–climate change. Australian officials warn that if the water remains warm and temperatures fail to drop, then the coral will be unable to recover and will die. Australia is one of the world’s biggest carbon emitters as it relies heavily on coal-fired power plants. Though officials have pledged to reduce carbon emissions, the country continues to endorse and support fossil fuel projects, including the recent $7.7 billion Carmichael coal project in western Queensland.

The Great Barrier Reef is one of the world’s most important ecosystems. Sign the petition below and urge the government to address this pressing issue.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Minister Hunt,

I am writing to express my serious concern about the health of the Great Barrier Reef. In a recent report on the health of the reef, scientists announced that half of the reef “dead or dying,” with about 93 percent being affected by a dangerous process known as “bleaching.” These problems stem from climate change, and if the water remains warm and temperatures fail to drop, the coral in the reef will certainly die.

Despite vowing to reduce carbon emissions, Australia remains as one of the world’s biggest carbon emitters, and the country continues to endorse fossil fuel projects such as the Carmichael coal project in western Queensland. The Great Barrier Reef is one of the world’s most important ecosystems, and I urge you to do everything in your power to protect it from extinction.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Kyle Taylor

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10 Comments

  1. IMPORTANT TO PROTECT THIS REEF .

  2. basha kline says:

    We are fast entering a black hole, one of despair, knowing that for thousands of years this world has been a haven for magnificent structures of the natural kind. To lose such blessings is pitiful, we have destroyed the land, the seas and now we are entering the space age where detritus is ruining even the air we breath – all of this is negatively destroying the very fabric of the environment, all the gifts which were given to nurture and appreciate – Please offer further protection to these reefs, at least so the next generation will understand them, knowing we have done all we can to preserve such a gift..

  3. “The human appetite for animal flesh is a driving force behind virtually every major category of environmental damage now threatening the human future – deforestation, erosion, fresh water scarcity, air and water pollution, climate change, biodiversity loss, social injustice, the destabilization of communities and the spread of disease.” — The World Watch Institute

    http://www.cowspiracy.com/

  4. The lives of those residents of the reefs are no less precious and valuable as those of humans who rape and pillage the planet of which they are undeserving custodians.

  5. Elsie Cambridge says:

    Heard that a multi-millionaire anchored his huge yacht in the Great Barrier Reef damaging a great amount of it. Any penalties for that? Probably not.

  6. Distressing how little regard Australia seems to have for all animals and now this beautiful reef!! The news articles on farm/ranches, pet abuse, the list goes on. Doesn’t Australia have any law governing this? Sounds like people do whatever with no recourse from the government, pitiful, I have lost respect for Australia.

  7. Lisa Zarafonetis Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Signed & Shared

  8. Lets wait until the whole Reef is destroyed. How much longer before action is taken to protect this precious Reef?

  9. Please do something to protect this reef,it is what your country is known for,we are losing so much of the natural world now,and we will never get it back.

  10. What we do to the environment is a reflection of how we think about and how we treat each other.

    If we started loving one another, as well as the earth, instead of cheating, lying and being cruel, I have little doubt that solutions to environmental problems would become apparent, and then implemented.

    We all need to take the challenge of becoming better people. The earth depends on it!

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