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Great Barrier Reef:
Located off the north-east coast of Australia, the Great Barrier Reef is one of the world’s most treasured natural jewels. Sadly, warming oceans - as a direct result of climate change - are currently causing the worst coral bleaching event in history on the Reef. In fact, since the UNESCO World Heritage Committee put the Great Barrier Reef on its watch list, up to 50% of the Great Barrier Reef’s total coral has died.
The effects of climate change are being exacerbated greatly by the on-going developments of the coal industry. Currently, efforts to open huge coal reserves in central Queensland will not only continue to increase climate change buy will also cause millions of tonnes of seafloor to be dredged in the Great Barrier Reef to construct massive coal port expansions.
Hundreds more coal ships will pass through the Reef, heightening the risk of accidents and oil spills and negatively impacting coral at a time when the health of the Reef is already in decline.The science is clear: we can have the Reef or coal, but not both. Join Sophie and Add your voice to the global movement of people who have already committed to save the Reef: