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The Great Barrier Reef is under threat
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Our Reef has just experienced its third mass bleaching in the last five years.
The Australian Federal Government continues to support the reckless burning fossil fuels which warm our oceans and threaten the largest coral reef system in the world. All under the cover of COVID-19. We won't let them get away with it.
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The coal industry's impact on the reef
Greenhouse Gas Emissions
The water used in coal mining and transport could become contaminated, thick and cloudy, and potentially end up in the reef. Coal toxins harm marine life and cloudy water blocks sunlight, preventing algae from making food through photosynthesis.
The greenhouse gases generated by burning coal warm the ocean and increase the likelihood of coral bleaching. There have been five mass coral bleaching events in the Great Barrier Reef since 1998. Coal-driven carbon dioxide in the air is also absorbed by the ocean, making the water more acidic and harming sea life.
The dredging of the reef floor to create routes for coal ships would destroy part of the reef bed. It can cause sediments to linger for kilometres, smothering the reef. More ships mean a greater chance of hitting the Reef and spilling oil. This threatens marine species that rely on the Great Barrier Reef as a breeding ground.
Why is the coral bleaching?
Tiny algae, zooxanthellae, live in coral, providing it with food and giving coral its colour. As the ocean absorbs more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, ocean temperatures and acidity levels rise. The algae become stressed and leave the coral, taking away the coral’s food source and colour.
The burning of coal, gas and oil is the largest source of CO2 emissions in our atmosphere. Our oceans absorb this excess CO2, raising water temperatures and disrupting the natural ecosystem. As the globe warms, bleaching events like this will become more frequent and could occur annually as soon as 2030.
We must reduce the severity of further bleaching by moving away from fossil fuels towards renewable energy that operate with almost no CO2 emissions.
Why our Reef is so special:
The largest coral reef system in the world
The World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef is the world's largest living structure and is the only living thing visible from space. Composed of 2900 individual reefs, the Great Barrier Reef is as large as the land mass of Tasmania and Victoria combined (or United Kingdom, Holland, and Switzerland combined for our global readers).
A natural biological bank over 20 million years old
The Great Barrier Reef is home to a spectacular array of nearly 9,000 marine species including dugongs, dolphins, whales, jellyfish and coral. More than 1500 different species of fish live in the Great Barrier Reef, which represents 10% of the world’s fish species. At over 20 million years old, the Great Barrier Reef has survived the last glacial periods.
Crucial to Australia’s economy and culture
The reef generates over $6 billion for Australian's economy and supports 64,000 jobs, mainly through tourism. It is culturally and spiritually important to Indigenous communities and all Australians. But the reef may disappear in just 40 years, destroying jobs and communities with it.
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