Australia’s approval of Adani mine inconsistent with goals to protect and promote the Great Barrier Reef
The Australian Marine Conservation Society has warned the Federal government that unless it stops approving new mega coal mines and authorising port expansions on the Great Barrier Reef, spending vast sums of money promoting the Great Barrier Reef could be wasted.
Imogen Zethoven, Great Barrier Reef campaign director for AMCS welcomed promoting the beauty of the Reef to the world but said protecting the Reef from global warming, dredging and port expansion was critical to ensuring the long term health of the international icon.
In Paris as part of international climate talks, Professor Ove Hoegh Guldberg, a leading marine scientist from the University of Queensland, told The Guardian that there is ‘a disjunct between the agreement we have to keep global warming below 2 degrees, and 1.5 in the longer term, necessary for the healthy future of the Reef, and opening the world’s largest coal mine’.
Ms Zethoven said that the Federal government is trying to have its cake and eat it too when it comes to the Adani coal mine, Abbot Point expansion and the protection of the Great Barrier Reef.
“The government wants to approve mega mines and approve dredging in the Reef’s waters on one hand and support the Reef tourism industry on another.
“The mining and burning of coal is one of the major contributors to global warming, making the Reef’s waters warmer and more acidic. This kills coral and damages the health of the Reef.
“The Great Barrier Reef is a tremendous asset. It supports a tourism industry that provides billions to the economy and 69,000 jobs.The best way the government can support Reef tourism is to properly protect the Reef from industrialisation and global warming.
“The Federal Government needs to come clean with the people of the world who want to see the Reef protected. It needs to explain the consequences for the Reef of its actions to approve massive new coal mines and port expansions,” said Ms Zethoven.
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