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.
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.
[Your Name Here]
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