United Nations: Protect the Endangered Great Barrier Reef

Target: Nikki Haley, United States Ambassador to the United Nations (U.N.)

Goal: Push the United Nations to acknowledge the threats faced by the Great Barrier Reef and increase efforts for its protection.

When the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) voted not to include the Great Barrier Reef on its list of “in danger” world heritage sites during an annual meeting, the decision shocked scientists and environmentalists worldwide. The reef, which is the largest living structure on earth, has lost more than half its coral cover since 1985. At this time, over 70 percent of the reef is affected by bleaching caused by warming ocean temperatures.

Many observers have suggested that UNESCO’s decision to exclude the reef from its list of imperiled sites was politically motivated. Australia’s Environment Minister, Josh Frydenberg, has called the move a “big win” for his nation, which has been reluctant to address the main causes of the reef’s decline, such as global warming and water pollution exacerbated by the country’s major coal plants.

The Great Barrier Reef is a natural treasure which should be preserved for future generations to enjoy, as well as for the sake of the environment. Sign this petition to demand that the United States Ambassador to the U.N. push the organization to acknowledge the imperiled state of this site and fight for stronger protections and greater funding.


Dear Ambassador Haley,

This year’s meeting of the UNESCO board shockingly decided to leave out the Great Barrier Reef from its list of “in danger” sites. Given the fact that over half of the reef has been lost over the past three decades and that significant sections of it are currently dying, it would seem obvious that its existence is imperiled. The reef will likely be permanently lost without increased global efforts to address the environmental threats that it faces.

The purpose of UNESCO’s world heritage sites has been to preserve locations which have been deemed culturally or scientifically vital for future generations. The Great Barrier Reef is certainly an example of both, and is a crucial part of the environment. I urge you to push the United Nations to acknowledge the threats that the reef faces and to increase efforts to protect it and fund its conservation.


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Photo Credit: Wise Hok Wai Lum

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One Comment

  1. The Great Barrier Reef is in extreme danger of being completely destroyed. Some scientists have almost given up hope that it can be saved. The UN should immediately reverse it’s horrible and politically motivated decision.

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