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.“
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.
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!