An urgent threat to the Great Barrier Reef

An urgent threat to the Great Barrier Reef

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To Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Environment Minister Greg Hunt and potential investors in Abbot Point:

As concerned citizens around the world, we urge you to protect the Great Barrier Reef by saying no to hugely damaging dredging and dumping. The Abbot Point port extension and other similar projects would endanger this World Heritage Site and its magnificent marine life and we call on you to oppose such projects.


1,220,932 have signed. Let’s get to 1,500,000

Update: 31 January 2014
The Australian government is turning its back on the Reef, and decided to open the door to dredging and dumping in the Marine Protected area. But right now the main investor can’t finance for these projects — let’s keep upping the pressure on them to make sure they never do and keep the reef safe despite the terrible government decision!
Update: 15 August  2013
Round one to the people! After over a million Avaaz members joined the campaign, the Australia government has delayed its decision and announced a public consultation. Let’s use this momentum to ramp up the pressure, beat the industry lobbyists, and kill the project for good  — sign and share this with everyone now! 

Posted: 26 July 2013
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!


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