This video presents “Abbot Point Wetlands: Why risk this beautiful place for coal?”

  • Abbot Point is in Northeast Australia (right by the Great Barrier Reef).
  • Until the coal industry moved in, Abbot Point was just another stunning beach in far north Queensland. But the wetlands behind Abbot Point were always something special.
  • The traditional owners of Abbot Point have lived here for many thousands of years. But change is on its way.
  • Coal companies think Abbot Point would make a better shipping port than beach. Today, industrialisation is digging deep into this beautiful country.

Avaaz's image: An urgent threat to the Great Barrier Reef.

Avaaz’s image: An urgent threat to the Great Barrier Reef.

The Great Barrier Reef is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

However, the Reef — the largest living organism on earth and home to a quarter of all the species that live in the world’s oceans — has slowly been dying for years.

  • It’s lost half its coral in the past three decades and that rate is only accelerating as a result of climate change and Australia’s booming mining industry.

Now, Australia mining industry has a new plan to build the world’s largest coal mining complex, and then build a shipping lane to that port straight through the Great Barrier Reef!

In the following letter, the Avaaz team is asking for our help to

  • urge Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, Environment Minister Mark Butler and potential investors in Abbot Point to protect the Great Barrier Reef by saying no to hugely damaging dredging and dumping, and opposing the Abbot Point port extension and other similar projects; and
  • please sign this urgent petition below and share it with everyone you know to stop the Great Barrier Reef wreck.
    • At the present time of this blog posting, 914,689 people have signed.
    • Help us get to 1,000,000.

Dear Avaazers,

The Great Barrier Reef is at risk of being dredged to make way for a mega coal project. But if one key investor walks away, the deal would be sunk and the world heritage site protected. We can convince them to pull out, or get PM Rudd to stop the plan, but we have to act now — sign this urgent petition to help save the Great Barrier Reef:

It would be hard to make this stuff up. Australia’s legendarily irresponsible mining industry has a new plan: while the planet faces catastrophic climate change, build the world’s largest coal mining complex, and then build a shipping lane to that port straight through the greatest ecological treasure we have – the Great Barrier Reef!

This is a terrible idea with devastating consequences, and the investor group Aurizon that’s backing it know it. They’re getting cold feet, and we might be able to push them over the edge, and kill the project. One of the main potential funders has even donated to climate activism!

If one million of us express our head-shaking disbelief at this crazy project in the next few days, we can help get Aurizon to pull funding and maybe even persuade the Australian PM to step in. This is what Avaaz is for, let’s raise a voice for common sense:

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/australian_coal_disaster_global/?bkyeWbb&v=27489

The Great Barrier Reef — the largest living organism on earth and home to a quarter of all the species that live in the world’s oceans — has slowly been dying for years.  It’s lost half its coral in the past three decades and that rate is only accelerating.  Climate change is one cause, but so is Australia’s booming mining industry.  The german magazine Der Spiegel reported that “if current trends continue, the unthinkable could happen: the Great Barrier Reef could die.”

And yet, the mining industry plans to build massive new ports at a complex called Abbot Point in Northeast Australia (right by the Reef) to make it easier to get the coal it’s mining out to the world. Not only would that mean doubling the number of ships that pass by the Reef each year and ripping up to 3 million cubic meters of material from the fragile sea bed, but if all the coal from the proposed mines this would enable is burned, it would be three times Australia’s current climate pollution — hurtling us faster towards the point of no return.

The investors are meeting now to decide what to do and the Australian Environment Minister will choose whether to approve the project in the next two weeks.  Our voices can signal to all of them to block this disaster, especially to Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd if he hopes to maintain his global reputation in the lead-up to his re-election bid.

They’re all deciding what to do now.  Sign this urgent petition and share it with everyone you know to stop the Great Barrier train wreck:

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/australian_coal_disaster_global/?bkyeWbb&v=27489

The Avaaz community has been fighting to save the unparalleled beauty of the reef for years. Last year, Avaaz members threatened a public US Bank when they were set to invest in Reef destruction. And hundreds of thousands of Avaaz members sent messages to the Australian Environment Minister to help win the largest marine reserve in the world. Let’s do it again and put the reef out of reach of these profiteering plunderers.

With hope and determination,

David, Alex, Emily, Lisa, Oli, Marie, Ricken, Alice and the whole Avaaz team

PS – Many Avaaz campaigns are started by members of our community. It’s easy to get started – click to start yours now and win on any issue – local, national or global: http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/start_a_petition/?bgMYedb&v=23917

SOURCES:

Great Barrier Reef Under Threat (TIME)
http://www.avaaz.org/time_great_barrier_reef_article

‘Death By a Thousand Cuts’: Coal Boom Could Destroy Great Barrier Reef (Spiegel)
http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/australia-debates-how-to-protect-the-great-barrier-reef-a-900911.html

GVK’s Australia coal project ‘a quagmire, not an investment’ says report (The Times of India)
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/GVKs-Australia-coal-project-a-quagmire-not-an-investment-says-report/articleshow/20651363.cms

Report- Stranded: Alpha Coal Project in Australia’s Galilee Basin (IEEFA)
http://www.ieefa.org/report-stranded-alpha-coal-project-in-australias-galilee-basin/

GVK rejects claim Alpha is ‘stranded’ (The Age)
http://www.theage.com.au/business/carbon-economy/gvk-rejects-claim-alpha-is-stranded-20130619-2oj96.html

Abbott Point Coal Mine Map (Greenpeace)
http://www.greenpeace.org/australia/en/what-we-do/climate/resources/reports/Cooking-the-climate-Wrecking-the-reef/

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