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!

Read more of Please Protect the Great Barrier Reef by Saying No to Hugely Damaging Dredging and Dumping

This video presents “Reef Under Threat!”:

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

  • Increase the pressure on Fred Hochberg, Chairman of the United States Export-Import Bank, and demand he halt funding for Great Barrier Coal which could be obtained by mining magnates building one of the world’s largest coal ports on top of the Great Barrier Reef ecosystem (a World Heritage Area) in Australia:

    • We have only days to act — he’s in Australia for meetings right now.
  • Please click on the “Sign The Petition” banner in the letter below to join the call to save the reef

    • and Avaaz will deliver our voices to Hochberg
  • At the present time of this blog posting, 411,654 people have signed
    • Please help us get to 500,000 signers by signing the petition in the Avaaz”s letter below and forward it to everyone:

“Dear friends,

Australia could let mining magnates build an enormous coal port on top of the Great Barrier Reef! But a bank owned by the US public is key to the project and global pressure could cause the bank to pull out. The bank’s chairman is in Australia for meetings right now — click below to bring a global call for reef protection straight to him:

Australia could let mining magnates build one of the world’s largest coal ports on top of the Great Barrier Reef ecosystem — opening access to 8 billion extra tonnes of planet-killing coal and risking the survival of this entire amazing world heritage site.

Activists in Australia are pressuring the government and UNESCO is speaking out, but a bank owned by the US public is key to the project. Global pressure on the US bank now could bring international shame and spotlight environmental issues in the middle of the US election season. If they pull out, the entire crazy plan could be shut down for good.

Read more of Please Save the Great Barrier Reef Ecosystem: Stop Great Barrier Coal!