Target: Queensland Minister for Natural Resources and Mines, Dr. Anthony Lynham.
Goal: Stop the Adani Group’s Carmichael Coal Project from destroying the Great Barrier Reef.
The Adani Group’s Carmichael Coal Project has the potential to destroy the already fragile Great Barrier Reef. Coal mines produce huge amounts of greenhouse gases, worsening climate change conditions that have already severely weakened the Great Barrier Reef. On a more local level, the Carmichael Coal Project will destabilize the water table while putting the area’s complex system of rivers and creeks, which flow into the Coral Sea, at risk.
Controversy has plagued the Carmichael project since it was first announced and for good reason. Though the Adani Group has since backed off its plans to dump waste from the mine into surrounding wetlands due to public pressure, there remains serious doubt as to how serious the Adani Group and the Australian government are about protecting the Great Barrier Reef from harm.
Initial research by the Adani Group regarding the environmental impact of the project have been insufficient, according to many independent scientists. This, coupled with the company’s history of environmental breaches in their home country of India, are more than enough cause for alarm. Considering that Carmichael is slated to produce over 200 million tonnes of greenhouse gases over 60 years while the Australian government continually fails to meet pollution standards for the Great Barrier Reef, one can only assume that protecting the environment is not a top priority for the Australian government, either.
Putting the world’s largest coral reef system at risk for the sake of corporate profit and unsustainable energy is a mistake that cannot be fixed after the fact. If the Australian government really cares about protecting the Great Barrier Reef, they should not allow a corporation with inconsistent environmental safety habits to wreak havoc on the shores of the Coral Sea. Demand that the Queensland Minister for Natural Resources and Mines, Dr. Anthony Lynham, revokes his approval for the Adani Group’s Carmichael Coal Project.
Dear Dr. Anthony Lynham,
The Carmichael Coal Project is a dangerous corporate money grab that puts the Great Barrier Reef at significant risk. The Adani Group’s unimpressive track record regarding environmental safety, coupled with the Australian government’s failures to meet pollution standards set for the region, are enough to cause concern for anyone who cares about protecting the Great Barrier Reef. Coupling these facts with the impact Carmichael will have on local water systems and global greenhouse emissions paints a grim picture of an environmental disaster waiting to happen.
There is no reason to believe that the Carmichael Project will do anything more than harm the local environment in the short-term while accelerating climate change in the long-term. The Great Barrier Reef has already been weakened by climate change conditions in our present as well as continual pollution of the Coral Sea over the years.
Coal mining is not a sustainable option for energy. The impacts such projects have on local environments and global climate change can no longer be ignored. I urge you to revoke your approval for the Adani Group’s Carmichael Coal Project.
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