Reef destruction: a political failure
“Many are calling this reef destruction as a political failure. In November 2014, United States President Barack Obama told a University of Queensland crowd that the exceptional glory of The Great Barrier Reef is threatened. However, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop did not pay heed to it and said the reef is perfectly fine and not in danger.
In 2015, Australian government spent close to $100,000 sending officials to different parts of the world to convince World Heritage Committee members not to place the reef on the “in danger” list, according to the Guardian.
Hughes said the “disconnect” between science and Australia’s policies of developing coalmines is the primary reason for the reef’s sorry state. University of Queensland professor and renowned coral scientist John Pandolfi believes that this coral bleaching event is totally manmade and that emissions must be controlled.”
Ritwik Roy – in International Business Times
» International Business Times – 31 March 2016:
There’s no way the Great Barrier Reef can be climate-proofed; Reef destruction a political failure
The Great Barrier Reef Supports 69,000 Jobs: To Save Them, We Must Make A Choice – New Matilda
Jack Williams posted on his Facebook page on 29 March 2016:
“But we are not managing the reef prudently. In fact, as a nation, Australia is doing everything it can to destroy the reef. The problems go well beyond the usual culprits of over-fishing, industrialisation of the coast line and fertiliser run-off from northern rivers.
The existential threat to the reef is from a rapidly warming ocean. Australia is supposedly committed to limiting global warming. For instance, we signed up to the Paris climate deal late in 2015.
But Australia is also committed to digging up and burning fossil fuels – exactly the thing that is causing the world to warm, and the reef to bleach.
If want to witness the hypocrisy of Australia’s commitment to saving the reef, you can see it in person at Curtis Island, just off the coast of Gladstone. There, a group of multinational energy companies have constructed a vast infrastructure for the processing and export of natural gas – much of it piped in from coal-seam gas wells in central Queensland.
Natural gas is methane – a potent greenhouse gas. When burnt, it contributes to global warming. Australia is on track to become the world’s largest producer of natural gas.
Australia’s ambitions to export ever more coal from central Queensland are equally crazy. The government has given the green light to the massive Carmichael mine in central Queensland, Australia’s largest ever coal mine. When burnt, all that coal will result in hundreds of millions of tonnes of carbon being spewed into the atmosphere.
The insanity of it all has long been apparent to scientists and environmentalists, and or anyone who can understand basic chemistry, really.
The time has arrived when Australia must choose what sort of future we want. We can have a Great Barrier Reef: a natural wonder of the world and a 70,000 worker industry. Or we can have a fossil fuel industry. But we can’t have both.
But that’s a logic that has long escaped the Coalition government of Malcolm Turnbull. The government might have shelved the florid rhetoric about coal being good for humanity, but it remains as wedded as ever to the special interests of the mining and resources sector.”
» The Christian Science Monitor – 29 March 2016:
Great Barrier Reef bleaching could be final ‘wake-up call’ for climate action
Extensive bleaching has been caused by higher ocean temperatures. To prevent further damage, governments should commit to lowering emissions, an Australian team says.
ACF: ‘This is an emergency’
“Stunning,” “wow,” “shocker,” “bombshell,” “astronomical,” “insane,” “unprecedented”.
These are just some of the words climate scientists are using for the record-shattering global temperatures in February 2016.
But when it comes to the Turnbull Government, these warnings – no matter how frightening – are falling on deaf ears.
Almost five months have passed since our government talked big at the Paris global climate talks – and still no action.
And while they stand idle, our magnificent Great Barrier Reef is suffering the worst bleaching event in history.
This is an emergency. We’re calling an urgent online meeting this Wednesday 6th April 2016 from 6.15-7pm to talk to you about what we can do right now so our Reef can survive.
Will you come?
2016 is an election year – a time in our democracy where your voice matters most.
Our federal government has a responsibility to create an energy industry that supports our air, water and wildlife, not destroys it. And it’s up to us to demand it.
Let’s show Members of Parliament and election candidates we want representatives who will stop backing dirty coal and protect our Reef.
We’re flooding MP offices with origami fish containing tens of thousands of pledges from the community, committing to make their vote count for our Reef.
Thousands have already taken the pledge. But if we want to change the course of our future, we need to make a much bigger splash.
Will you help us make a huge splash and call for leaders who act for people, not polluters by pledging?:
This election I will use my vote to support clean energy, cutting pollution, and protecting our reefs, rivers, forests, and wildlife.
TAKE THE PLEDGE
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Over 30 years ago, after years speaking out and taking action tirelessly, ACF supporters – like you – kickstarted a Royal Commission into protection of the Great Barrier Reef. You were integral in giving the Reef World Heritage status. We need that energy again – so our Reef can survive.
Australian Conservation Foundation
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