I'm utterly shocked at what the coal industry has in store next for our Great Barrier Reef.
Within weeks, our government could allow developers to start tearing enormous holes in the seabed inside the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area - a practice known as dredging - near the Whitsunday Islands. Some 3 million cubic metres of sediment (enough to fill 1,200 Olympic-sized swimming pools!) would be ripped from the ocean bed, destroying the homes and food sources of turtles, dugongs and rare snubfin dolphins.
It gets worse. The sediment (known as "dredge spoil") would be dumped just a few kilometres out to sea, which could smother to death corals and marine life. All this damage to make way for monster ships exporting coal that, when burnt, will drive climate change. It sounds like a bad joke.
I shouldn't really be surprised by this considering the little known fact that our environment minister is also the minister for mining, yes that's right! Talk about conflicting interests!!!
Please take the time to sign this urgent petition, I'm sure that signatures from overseas will make a great impact and we desperately need your help, I mean it's the Great Barrier Reef for God's sake...the line has to be drawn somewhere and this a World Heriatage Area. We can't let them get away with this. [link]