Campaign update on the Great Barrier Reef

Posted by
Kelsey
14th November 2012

We just got back from filming this video in Northern Queensland, and we can’t believe what we saw. The damage being done to the Great Barrier Reef World World Heritage Area will shock the country. Check it out here: https://www.getup.org.au/campaigns/mining/gladstone/watch-this-video-now

The Great Barrier Reef is already under great pressure from climate change. But to make things worse, the Australian Government is giving Gina Rinehart and others the green light to build the world’s biggest coal export facility at Abbot Point, right on the edge of the Reef.

Near Gladstone they’re literally cutting channels through the seafloor for huge coal ships in a practice known as dredging. It releases toxins trapped in sediment which then find their way into our food chain. Locally, the effects are clear: fishers are bringing in catch that are so sick it’s not safe to sell. Globally, we are losing one of the natural wonders of the world, and doing it so we can export more coal to warm the planet. It’s absolutely crazy!

There’s something we can do about it. Environment Minister Tony Burke keeps saying publicly that he wants to save the Reef. He’s trying to walk both sides of the street – saying he’ll save the Reef but at the same time approving massive new coal and coal seam gas terminals – and so far he’s getting away with it, because only locals know what’s really going on. Together, we’re going to change that, and show both major parties that voters will know what they doing to the reef:

In our new ad, new footage and scientific interviews show Australia what’s really going on. Please watch and join the campaign now.

https://www.getup.org.au/campaigns/mining/gladstone/watch-this-video-now

Here’s the plan: there’s an election not far away. Queensland is full of important marginal electorates. The Great Barrier Reef employs 10 per cent of the population of Gladstone and adds $5 billion to the State’s tourism economy annually – we’re talking major economic ramifications, not just conservation – and politicians know it.

That’s why we’re kicking this campaign off by blanketing cinemas across Queensland. If we raise enough we’ll screen it in Tony Burke’s electorate too. Are you able to help this thing go big?

https://www.getup.org.au/campaigns/mining/gladstone/watch-this-video-now

Our Environment Minister Tony Burke and his government really don’t want destroying the Reef to become their legacy. Neither do we.

Thanks for standing up for the Reef,
the GetUp team.

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  • Anonymous

    Important issue, but the problem with this video is that it doesn’t communicate facts. No reference to studies or information people can check, just the opinions of a veterinarian and the
    film-maker. It’s not even effectively emotive. Lots of shots of pretty fish juxtaposed with dead fish. It’s not a very effective video.

  • Fred

    Coal does not ‘warm the planet’.please stop pushing these man made global warming hoax theories.

  • Anonymous

    I’m assuming you have some substantial and credible basis for the claim that the burning of fossil fuels, including coal, is not a component of AGW?

    You know what … don’t even bother. I think it’s pretty much clear to anyone reading that you’re a troll with no real intention of engaging constructively with this, or indeed any campaign on this site.

    I guess don’t really get the point in making a comment so obviously incorrect that it is likely to cause instant dismissal in any halfway reasonable reader. Maybe it’s just me.

  • Fred

    Yeah if only those damn woolly mammoths hadn’t burnt all that coal the ice caps wouldn’t have melted and we wouldn’t be alive today.Tarnation!

  • http://getup.org.au Kelsey

    Cheers Wobblybloke & Ryan. In turn, we responded to Burke’s rebuttal on our blog. The top half of this post details the research used to inform our campaign video; the second half rebuts Burke’s comments. Here’s the link: http://blog.getup.org.au/2012/11/21/gbr/

  • Anonymous

    Sorry. What?

    Is your argument that the climate has changed previously, or that given that the past change was pre-industrial, it must have been caused by woolly mammoths?

    Our climate is a shifting system, and we have a good understanding of why this is. The fact that natural climate shifts occur in no way invalidates AGW, in fact it is a component in understanding the problem. Natural cycles have taken thousands of years, even tens of thousands of years to achieve the change we have initiated in just 100. See the problem? Natural long term cycle, sudden change. Natural long term cycle, sudden change.

    Trivial perhaps, but then, these long term cycles do pretty much dictate if the planet can sustain us or not. A sudden change is therefore a major concern, and our best attempts to find the cause has produced what is known as AGW. There is no real debate. It is presently the only explanation for the changes we continue to measure.

    It’s especially concerning because our ability to adversely impact the climate system is now at it’s peak. The next 50 years may well decide what kind of world future generations will live in, if they have a future at all.

    To be clear, Natural climate change in the past proves that climate is sensitive to an energy imbalance. If the planet accumulates heat, global temperatures will go up. Currently, CO2 is imposing an energy imbalance due to the enhanced greenhouse effect. Past climate change actually provides evidence for our climate’s sensitivity to CO2.

    But yes, let’s discuss high-school science and make lame quips about woolly mammoths.

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