Like most countries throughout the world, Australia can't seem to curb its fossil fuel addiction. But unlike many places, Australia is also home to one of the Earth's few remaining biodiversity hotspots -- the Great Barrier Reef.
If the country continues on its current trajectory, having now approved four natural gas terminals and a huge coal-shipping terminal within the boundaries of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area, the potential losses to the area's wildlife are tremendous. Construction of these facilities requires massive dredging, dumping and shipping across the reef, muddying the waters and threatening endangered dugongs, sea turtles and whales.
In 2012 the Center sued to stop the United States from funding two of the gas terminals, and now UNESCO is threatening to list the World Heritage Area -- which for beauty and cultural significance is on par with Stonehenge and Grand Canyon National Park -- as "in danger."
We need your help. The Abbot Point coal port is being built to service a massive coal mine proposed in Australia's interior. And if built, aside from releasing up to 128 million tons of CO2, the Carmichael mine and the infrastructure it would entail would make further destruction of the reef inevitable.
Take action -- tell Australia's environmental minister to say no to the mine and protect the Great Barrier Reef from a death by a thousand exports.
June 11, 2014 Action Alert ID# 150
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