Target: Australian Environment Minister Greg Hunt
Goal: Reinstate chapter on damage caused to the Great Barrier Reef in UN climate report which was removed out of fear of losing tourism revenue.
The Great Barrier Reef is the largest reef system in the world and home to thousands of species of fish and coral, many of which cannot live without the other. This beautiful yet fragile ecosystem has been threatened and eroded by human activity and is at risk of being irreparably damaged and exacerbating already high extinction rates.
The cumulative effects of climate change–runoff, coastal development, fishing, recreation, coral bleaching, and ocean acidification–together pose a major threat to the life in this unique ecosystem. Rather than recognize and face the threat, Australia removed a chapter describing such threats to the Great Barrier Reef from the UN climate report. Fear that recognizing this damage could slow tourism revenue has led to this attempt to hide this ecological catastrophe from the international spotlight.
Please sign the petition below to demand that Australia recognize the damages internationally by reinstating the chapter on damage to the Great Barrier Reef in the next UN climate report.
Dear Minister Hunt,
The damage dealt to the Great Barrier Reef requires immediate attention to prevent irreversible long-term damage. Loss of diversity and high rates of species extinction are certain if trends of damage to the ecosystem are allowed to continue unchecked.
This threat to the future of the Great Barrier Reef must be recognized on the international stage through the UN climate report. The chapter removed in the latest climate report should be reinstated to officially recognize the damage done and to take the first steps towards repairing the ecosystem. The Australian tourism industry today is important, but lacks a future if Australia’s natural resources and biodiversity are not protected from the multitude of threats they face. Climate change, coral bleaching, fishing, recreation, and ocean acidification could spell the end for much of the life in the reef ecosystem if they are not addressed properly and immediately.
I am urging you to officially recognize the problems facing the future of this fragile and unique ecosystem and to internationally approach this problem head-on with long-term solutions. The future of the Australian tourism industry, and the future of the life in this beautiful ecosystem are absolutely dependent on preventative measures being taken sooner rather than later.
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