The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) is today calling for urgent and critical action to reduce pressure on the Great Barrier Reef following the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) raising its coral bleaching response level to two, as the threat to the Reef from coral bleaching continues to worsen.
Imogen Zethoven, the Great Barrier Reef campaign director at AMCS said the Turnbull Government needed to take its share of responsibility and swing into action to prevent future damage.
“In the last few weeks we’ve seen outbreaks of coral bleaching around Lizard Island, Low Isles near Port Douglas and reports of bleaching in Princess Charlotte Bay on Cape York Peninsula.
“All Australians will be alarmed to hear that the Reef is being put under increased pressure because of global warming.
“As the bleaching on the Reef continues to intensify we need an urgent response from the Turnbull Government to avoid widespread bleaching happening repeatedly in the future.
“This bleaching event has revealed the true cost of approving more coal mines, more coal export port terminals and refusing to listen to the warnings.
“The solutions are clear, we must make a rapid transition from mining and burning coal to 100% renewable energy.
“The Queensland Parliament must also support the Palaszczuk government’s proposed tightening of vegetation management laws which were weakened under the Newman government, resulting in a massive increase in tree clearing and carbon emissions from the state.
“Last year Queensland welcomed 1.1 million international tourists, with the industry bringing in $6 billion to the Queensland economy.
“The Reef is vital to Queensland’s tourism industry and the state’s economy.
“GBRMPA’s decision today should be a wake up call for the Turnbull Government that we need to prevent further devastating coral bleaching events,” said Ms Zethoven
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