Save the Reef

Off the north-east coast of Australia, one of the world’s greatest natural wonders is at threat from the coal mining industry and in urgent need of your help.

If the coal industry gets its wish, huge coal reserves in central Queensland will be opened up for mining and millions of tonnes of seafloor will be dredged in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area to construct massive coal port expansions.

Hundreds more coal ships will pass through the Reef, heightening the risk of accidents and oil spills and negatively impacting coral at a time when the health of the Reef is already in decline.

The science is clear: we can have the Reef or coal, but not both. Add your voice to the global movement of people who have already committed to save the Reef.

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The Great Barrier Reef is an ancient ocean jewel. We need to come together urgently to protect its irreplaceable beauty.  Your voice can make the difference.

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Painting Ourselves White to Keep the Reef Colourful

Blog entry by Justin Hawk | 22 April, 2016

Friday morning nearly 100 of us gathered near the Sydney Opera House to raise awareness about the current coral bleaching event and to call on... The post Painting Ourselves White to Keep the Reef Colourful appeared first on Greenpeace...

In pictures: The Great Barrier Reef’s coral bleaching

Blog entry by Greenpeace Australia Pacific | 13 April, 2016

The bleaching process Before corals bleach, they are often a deep brown or khaki-green colour. These colours come from the symbiotic algae (sometimes called... The post In pictures: The Great Barrier Reef’s coral bleaching appeared first on...

Why the Great Barrier Reef is Dying

Blog entry by Justin Hawk | 12 April, 2016

Fish of every imaginable colour race between the corals as the sun’s rays dance through the ocean’s surface. A stingray slowly drifts by, taking... The post Why the Great Barrier Reef is Dying appeared first on Greenpeace Australia Pacific...

Dr Naidoo visits Australia to talk about the Reef, the climate and the Commonwealth Bank

Blog entry by Penny Mercoulia | 29 July, 2015

Dr Kumi Naidoo, Greenpeace International Executive Director, has a special message for Australia as he heads down-under to talk about the Reef, climate change and the Commonwealth Bank. Our International Executive Director is arriving at a...

Greg Hunt, let’s just pretend Carmichael never happened

Blog entry by Rashini Suriyaarachchi | 24 July, 2015

It’s been a tough week for Australian Environment Minister Greg Hunt. We have some advice we think might just help… It’s not been his best week. Image copyright News Limited, via Greg Hunt’s very bad, terribly awful week Being the...

Revoke mining license for Carmichael mine

Press release | 22 July, 2015 at 13:45

Brisbane - July 22, Greenpeace has called on the Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt to revoke the mining licence for the Carmichael coal mine in Queensland, in the wake of the announcement that the developer, mining company Adani, has stood...

UNESCO draft decision: The Barrier Reef is not listed as in danger, but the threats...

Blog entry by Greenpeace Australia Pacific | 1 June, 2015

Post by Jon C. Day, James Cook University, originally appeared in The Conversation The draft decision by UNESCO and IUCN proposes not to list the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) World Heritage Area as “in danger”, but it does put Australia on notice.

85% of Australians say Reef not Coal

Press release | 4 May, 2015 at 10:53

Brisbane, May 4, 2015: The overwhelming majority of Australians would choose to protect the Great Barrier Reef over expanding the coal industry, according to an opinion poll commissioned by Greenpeace Australia Pacific.

Queensland government must learn lessons from doomed coal port

Press release | 28 April, 2015 at 16:13

Gladstone, April 28, 2015 – The lacklustre demand for the Wiggins Island coal port cannot be glossed over by today’s long delayed first shipment and the Queensland government should reject new coal port developments along the Great Barrier Reef,...

Greenpeace stands in solidarity with the Wangan and Jagalingou People

Press release | 30 March, 2015 at 16:29

Brisbane, March 27 2015: Greenpeace offers its solidarity to the representatives for the Wangan and Jagalingou people who have formally rejected the Indigenous land use agreement for the Carmichael mine in the Queensland Galilee Basin.

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