The Reef doesn't have a voice. But you do.


"If we don't act within the next 10 years on climate change...the outlook for the Great Barrier Reef is poor"1

This was the plea from North Queensland tourism workers to their local MP in response to a damning new report2. The climate-driven decline of the Reef's health which they see everyday could take away their livelihoods.

But there's a real risk the shocking news and these people's plea will soon be forgotten, unless we join together now and speak up.

The voices of Queenslanders and Reef communities matter. And right now, politicians are at home, flicking through the local papers to get a sense of what those voices are asking for before they head back to Canberra next week.

Will they see a letter from you on the need to protect our Reef from climate change?

Yes! I'll take 5 minutes to speak up for the Reef in my local paper!

Politicians use local papers as a trusted barometer to sense what issues locals care about. It's the perfect opportunity to make your voice heard.

Together, we can make sure the Morrison government cannot sweep this under the rug. Together, we can prevent them from burying the story of the climate crisis to keep their coal donors happy.

When the Morrison government tries to silence the real threat to the Reef, we will bring it to light.

We've made it easy - simply click here, find your local paper on the list, and write down why you want real climate action to protect the Reef.

Reading about what climate change is doing to the Reef is hard. Coral breeding cycles are collapsing, currents are shifting by hundreds of kilometres, corals are becoming less resilient to increasing storms, and the Reef's health has been downgraded to "very poor" for the first time ever2.

But it's important to remember that there is still time to stop irreversible damage to the Reef. In the words of the scientists who wrote the report: "actions taken now will matter."

We can ensure future generations get to experience the Reef's wonder. We can ensure future scientists are inspired by its biodiversity. We can ensure First Nations culture lives on through its songlines.

There is still time - all we need is the political will.

Will you submit a letter to your local paper to show Queensland politicians they have a mandate to speak up for the Reef in Parliament?

For the Reef,
Miriam, Charlie, and Tessa for the GetUp team.

[1] Reef health concerns prompts action from dive industry, Cairns Post, 3 September 2019.
[2] Outlook Report 2019, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, 30 August 2019.
Australian Government Business Business & Economy Climate Change Conservation Environment Gardens & Parks Political Primary Industries Queensland Government

GetUp! Australia :
PO Box A105, Sydney South, NSW, 1235, Australia Wide
GetUp! Australia
Showing 10+ recent articles for this business
Scott Morrison's $4 million man 02 June 2020 | Nev Power has more than $4 million on the line — but we have our future on the line. More information...
Looking the other way while our wildlife vanishes 22 May 2020 | Newly revealed documents show the Morrison Government is wilfully ignoring the biggest threats to native wildlife.1 More information...
Climate deniers takeover 20 May 2020 | Morrison is letting the fossil fuel lobby pull the strings during coronavirus. More information...
The Resources Minister definitely heard you 19 May 2020 | Our movement's campaign to defend our Environmental Protection Laws is off to a flying start. More information...
Dutton's latest move 18 May 2020 | Under the cover of a global pandemic – Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton is trying to ram through wide ranging new powers that would let ASIO detain and question kids as young as 14, track your movements... More information...
Bolt vs ABC reporters 09 May 2020 | When we make that clear, many of them – from young parents to retirees – are ready to take action to defend the ABC. More information...
Unemployment crisis 06 May 2020 | It's the biggest spike in unemployment in living memory – the result of an unprecedented epidemic, as well as decades of neoliberalism eroding the security and dignity of work. More information...
As restrictions ease 02 May 2020 | Times are tough. But each day is a little bit easier when you have a group of neighbours to call on for support. More information...
The 1-minute video to give you hope right now 25 April 2020 | History shows that crises as immense as coronavirus result in fundamental shifts in society. But it's up to each and every one of us to make sure things change for the better. More information...
Wildlife under attack 24 April 2020 | Just months after more than a billion animals died in the bushfires1, Environment Minister Sussan Ley has announced she wants to rush through changes to Australia's environmental protections2. More information...

comments powered by Disqus

All articles submitted by third parties or written by My Sunshine Coast come under our Disclaimer / Terms of Service